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Atheous

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  • Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (98)

    In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect - a minority with its own rich, sometimes astonishing, culture and unique visual language, an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in hearing people as well.

    Douglas says: "A Rich Experience"
    "Wonderful and awakening"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to all of Oliver's medical books, but overlooked Seeing voices again and again. "What's interesting about deafness?" I'd ask myself, and put it off. Just after Oliver died, I got this book as well. I found myself as he described himself; finding deafness uninteresting, thinking of sign language as not a language, but pantomime of sorts and thinking of the deaf as "handicapped".

    I listened in wonder as if a veil was pulled back exposing a culture of it's own due completely to having it's own unique language and way of perceiving. This is such a fascinating book I listened in two sittings and wanted it to be twice as long, although I don't know what else he could cover.

    If, like myself, you've been eyeing this one, go ahead and get it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (213)

    Time moves forward, not backward---everyone knows you can't unscramble an egg. In the hands of one of today's hottest young physicists, that simple fact of breakfast becomes a doorway to understanding the Big Bang, the universe, and other universes, too. In From Eternity to Here, Sean Carroll argues that the arrow of time, pointing resolutely from the past to the future, owes its existence to conditions before the Big Bang itself---a period of modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed.

    Mardon says: "Great Book For Cosmology Lovers"
    "Tedious"
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    Tedious, tedious and more tedium. Over explained in the extreme, and a great book for insomniacs. Publisher should have insisted on cutting it in half.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kent A. Kiehl
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (478)

    We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies - from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment - how they were raised - or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?

    DORIS H. says: "An autobiography with splatter of neuropsychology."
    "Excellent easy to follow career in psychopathy"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story of the career of a very dedicated graduate student and later PHD. Not too technical, but quite explanatory. I particularly enjoyed hearing of the success of the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) in Wisconsin.

    We can expect more concrete and relevant work from Dr. Kiehl, and I'd be interested in hearing from him further.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David J. Hand
    • Narrated By Paul Hodgson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they’re commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience a miracle roughly once every month.

    But Hand is no believer in superstitions, prophecies, or the paranormal. His definition of "miracle" is thoroughly rational. No mystical or supernatural explanation is necessary to understand why someone is lucky enough to win the lottery twice, or is destined to be hit by lightning three times and still survive.

    J. C. says: "Really interesting and fun"
    "Extremely tedious"
    Overall
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    This is the worst of the excellent probability/chance audiobooks I've got from Audible. It is more technical; perhaps a better fit for mathematicians or the more mathematically inclined.

    Also, tables and figures are being very often referenced and they were not included with the audio version via .pdf file. Speaking of .pdf files, why are they not connected to and viewable by, the app?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3660)
    Performance
    (3263)
    Story
    (3257)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Fascinating to this atheist"
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    If you could sum up Zealot in three words, what would they be?

    Studied, engaging, history


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zealot?

    The political state of affairs in the region when Jesus began his ministry and the upheaval he perpetuated. His influence as one messiah out of many, that spurred this one to be the most influential one, and why.


    What does Reza Aslan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Of course the author is preferred by this reader for the obvious reasons, but Dr. Aslan has the fortune of the qualities of a good narrator as well, perhaps honed by teaching.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was fascination with the history of this time and place being interesting to me. This part of history I thought was largely non-recorded, and a bore. I was wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    I decided to read the book after seeing Dr. Aslan on "The Young Turks", a story they did on his fox news interview. His treatment as a hack and non-christian when he is a studied authority on the subject got me interested. Why would they try to discredit him? What are they afraid of this book? I decided to find out.

    I didn't think it would be interesting, and certainly must be too short to cover the subject (~8 hrs.). Wrong again. It was engaging and teeming with history of the place and the people that were in control, and the people that made Roman occupation more difficult.

    Dr. Aslan provides some translations of original texts that while minor, have nuance that change the point.

    Also, I didn't know it is a point of historical fact that Jesus had siblings. He became a much more interesting fellow, quite misunderstood by most.

    I now find that I want a paper copy of the book for it's references to some opposing views.

    So for believer or not, I recommend this book. For the believer, the demonstration of why Jesus was different than those that came before or after him, and the case for his possible divinity. For a non-believer, a thorough history and understanding of the motivations of this man.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Steven Novella
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella M.D. Georgetown University
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (616)

    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    Debbie says: "Great Listen for Anyone!"
    "It just starts with myths."
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    What made the experience of listening to Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us the most enjoyable?

    Even though I keep up with health and science news, I had some false information. The dispelation of myth is just the start of the real subject of this course. To start, the information is understandable to a layperson. In addition, it was released this year, 2013 and the information is up to date. The information is biased, but only toward fact. Science based medicine is the subject here. What is known, what is not known, what works, what doesn't, and what will harm you. In the process of describing a myth (and most he gives the history of as well), he must tell you how a biological process actually works. This bolsters the the understanding of your own biology and health, and is quite educational. As I said, I keep up with science, so most myths were obvious to me, but not the biology I learned while listening. The timing of this course is perfect. There are ill people spending money, time and hope on snake oil, others buying products they don't need for health problems they don't have, or don't even exist. Harm is coming to people from mis-information. The vaccination non-controversy is covered here as well, thankfully another platform for reliable factual information. I learned much that will effect my diet henceforth. It was solidified for me that supplements are unnecessary with a healthy diet, sans a specific deficiency which should make itself readily apparent. I decided to stop using medical marijuana because his explanation of the difficulty with dosing in addition to isolation of the active ingredient(s). During the lecture on problems with supplements, I realized why my results are so varied and unreliable. And, smoking a drug is the worst way to administer it. In my case the benefit doesn't justify not only it's risks, but obvious harm. It was costing me $300 /mo. Thanks Steve!


    What other book might you compare Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us to and why?

    The "Skeptoid" podcast books by Brian Dunning, because they dispel myths as well, just from more varied subjects.


    What does Professor Steven Novella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Obviously he delivers his material with the emphasis he intend when he wrote it. Subtle maybe, but I also listen to his podcast, so hearing him deliver the lectures was a treat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at all. There is much information here. In fact, I'll most likely listen again in a month or so.


    23 of 29 people found this review helpful

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