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Ashley

Industrial Engineer, Application Architect, Value Investor, Health Nut, Father, Amateur everything else.

Member Since 2005

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  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman's last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.

    david says: "Richard The Fine Man"
    "Stupid, smart people"
    Overall

    Having worked with PhD's and other smart people without being one myself, Richards words resonated with me about how seldom people really discuss the core issues of problems and rather look at what constitutes a socially/politically acceptable solution. Real problem solving is a skill available to people almost irrespective of discipline. Richard discusses all this and more in a friendly, personal way that reflects the frustration many of us feel dealing with beaurocracies, large projects and implacable organizations. His words will remain a breath of fresh air to those of thus that experience the curse of Casandra.

    The book left me with a deep regret that I was not able to meet Richard or to have been taught by him. In a sense, I guess now I have been. Thank you Richard! BTW, If you hear or read these words whatever plane you inhabit now, you must feel a real idiot :). There is no imperical evidence, nor can there be for life after death.

    I loved this book .. us common people share the same problems as Nobel Laureates who are, as his book demonstrates, one of us (not so common), common people.

    37 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8808)
    Performance
    (3248)
    Story
    (3282)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "A literary cathedral"
    Overall

    A magnificent monument to man, echoing with ideas, shimmering with a reflection of mankind's' greatest traits, offset against the unilluminated silent corners of our baser instincts, but buttressed with our Quixotic desire to achieve the unachievable.

    Shedding a little light, not only on the dark ages, but on all ages.

    Bravo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ron Rosenbaum
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    When Hitler's war ended in 1945, the war over Hitler, who he really was, what gave birth to his unique evil, had just begun. Hitler did not escape the bunker in Berlin, but, half a century later, he has managed to escape explanation in ways both frightening and profound.

    Ashley says: "Perspective of 60 years"
    "Perspective of 60 years"
    Overall

    The book is comprehensively researched, reviewing and comparing the various "Hitler explainers" over the years. The odd thing is that each explanation tends to highlight the holes in our knowledge, the speculation that we must by necessity adopt in order to try and understand the un-understandable.

    Understanding Hitler's antisemitism is part of the problem and whether it was key to his personality, or was it a by-product of what he was really about? This is dealt with from many different explainers and angles.

    One problem of Rosenbaum's collated explanations is that they all pretend to fully explain his actions rather than each being a partial answer taken together. What IS clear is that it was a miracle he came to power in the first place AND apparently succeeded in what he set out to do (if we can even speculate on that).

    One centrally occuring questions: "how do we avoid granting Hitler posthumous victory?" is difficult to analyze and presents a conundrum until one realizes that unless we use what we know now to build a better world - without thought to whether he wins or not - then he does win!

    What is amazing are the gaps in the literature - his "nervous breakdown" in 1919 - post traumatic stress disorder now being better understood than it was prior to recent world events. Tie that to his bitterness over the loss of WWI due to "industrialist" (Jewish?) treachery, and some formative experiences ... I still have lots of questions.

    The one thing this book teaches me by reading between the explanations is that it may be impossible for a normal person to understand - Maybe that's why many try so hard but STILL CANNOT understand.

    Ron Rosenbaum does not state this thesis explicitly in this excellent, comprehensive work, but it is the only conclusion I feel comfortable about. This book concludes many excellent peoples' journeys but for me it is only the starting point.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery and Evidence That Could Change History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Simcha Jacobovici
    • Narrated By Michael Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The Jesus Family Tomb tells the story of what may very well be the greatest archaeological find of all time: the discovery and investigation of the tomb belonging to Jesus' family. The tomb in question houses ossuaries (bone boxes) with inscriptions bearing the names of Jesus of Nazareth, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Judas, the son of Jesus.

    John B. Zerkel says: "Sure to stir up reactionaries"
    "A mystery no longer"
    Overall

    The book is an archeological adventure and provides compelling statistical evidence for the existence of Yeshua ben Yosef (JC).
    The delivery is personal yet scientific and logical. The book is a scientific and personal adventure somewhere between the rigor of a scientific journal and a populist periodical. It takes us back 2000 years to the Realpolitik of the times, relates the customs and behaviours of Jews and raises a number of interesting questions, the least of which is whether JC would have been a follower of his own movement. Another would be: we found it, what next? I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Biblical history, theology, archeology or sociology... or anyone who enjoys a jolly good read!
    I am fairly convinced by the conclusion: the only problem is that a mystery is much more exciting when it remains a mystery with all of its possibilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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