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Jonathan

Moss Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.

    Roger says: "Valuable scholarship, but not exactly literature"
    "The Manufacturing of Scientific Doubt Revealed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Merchants of Doubt the most enjoyable?

    This book draws back the curtain about how certain scientists and corporations have created public doubt about several major scientific issues during the past fifty years. It's narrative is remarkably informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Johnson?

    Unsure. Peter Johnson does a decent job, but his voice tends towards a monotone that is unpleasant at times.


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

    At times it blew me away and left me saying 'wow.' It's amazing how human knowledge can be socially engineered by manipulative individuals in positions of power.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well-researched, interesting, and remarkably insightful history about the manufacture of scientific doubt by organizations and individuals who adhere to free-market fundamentalism. The connections it draws and the conclusions it makes are eye-opening, provocative, and often deeply disconcerting. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of science or how misinformation is propagated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3138)
    Performance
    (1904)
    Story
    (1904)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "A Few Diamonds, a Lot of Rough"
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    Would you try another book from Gary Chapman and/or Gary Chapman?

    I might, under the right circumstances.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gary Chapman again?

    I might, under the right circumstances.


    Which character – as performed by Gary Chapman – was your favorite?

    N/A


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There's some wisdom in there.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about 25% heavy-handed religious rhetoric, 25% folksy nonsense, and 25% outright B.S. But the remaining 25% is genuinely insightful, interesting, and helpful. If you're willing to dig through the muddy presentation, there are some wonderful nuggets of wisdom.

    33 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jonathan Weiner
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting skills to the story of Seymour Benzer, the Brooklyn-born maverick scientist whose study of genetics and experiments with fruit fly genes has helped revolutionize or knowledge of the connections between DNA and behavior both animal and human.

    Timothy A. Smith says: "This is a profound science book"
    "An Excellent Look at the History of Biology"
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    Any additional comments?

    'Time, Love, Memory' presents a well-written and consistently interesting history of modern biology. By examining major figures in the field and describing various research breakthroughs, Weiner crafts an excellent book for anyone interested in the science of biological behavior.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Roy says: "Is the Internet Turning Our Brains to Mush?"
    "Bad Journalism"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Carr cherry-picks his evidence while consistently begging the question and often jumping to unsupported conclusions. 'The Shallows' is bad journalism and I can't recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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