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Rachel E. Watkins

Rachel E. Watkins

Cleburne, Texas | Member Since 2012

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  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
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    (142)
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    (136)
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    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "History and anthropology geeks will enjoy"
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    So far this has been a very enjoyable and educational lecture series. I have always enjoyed forays into history anthropology and studying ancient texts. This so far has given me much insight into many things which I previously did not understand, and is giving me new insight into appreciation of language and grammar. The speaker is very easy to listen to and speaks with animation such that you find lectures passing very quickly while you are absorbing a great deal of information. I have purchased several great courses so far and this is my favorite.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bernd Heinrich
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (23)

    In Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, biologist, illustrator, and award-winning author Bernd Heinrich explores his local woods, where he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there. Because winter drastically affects the most elemental component of all life---water---radical changes in a creature's physiology and behavior must take place to match the demands of the environment.

    Carly says: "wonderful"
    "Prose which enlightens and informs"
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    I first read this book about eight years ago, and though it is still on my shelf I did not hesitate to purchase the audio version. While this is highly informative regarding wildlife and nature, this is also such a lovely example of well done prose that I find when I need inspiration for writing or want to clear my head and think better this book does it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Kinda Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ryan King
    • Narrated By Rish Outfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    When the world as we know it falls, the New Texas Republic rises to face the harsh realities of holding civilization together one town at a time. Such is the task before Austin Reynolds, Texas Ranger, as he rides into the community of New Hope where a shifty-eyed mayor, his alluring and beautiful assistant, and a blind prophesying preacher complicate an inevitable battle against wild northern raiders. No Kinda Life is a post-apocalyptic adventure and traditional western rolled together into a riveting short novel

    Rachel E. Watkins says: "A story which will stick with you"
    "A story which will stick with you"
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    Having read several post-apocalyptic stories, suspension of disbelief can be a problem. Not here. Perhaps because, as a short story (novella), the author chose not to go on long excursions of explanations of what had happened to cause the downfall of society. Perhaps too, being familiar with the geography of the setting, nothing red-flagged me as bogus to pull me from the story.

    The characters are richly portrayed, the story well done. This is a very good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (195)
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    (196)

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    Joel says: "Enjoyable lecutre"
    "For the dabbler in scientific theory"
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    This is an excellent, easily understood, while not condescending, introduction to physics, associated history, and scientific method and thought. The expanded and explained story of Newton and his apple gave me a very profound appreciation of what was really going on with that story, and a much better understanding of the history of scientific thought. I have found myself quoting sections when relevant discussions come up and Professor Wolfson's analogies are quite clear. Articles which once left me rather confused trying to wrap my brain around concepts I can now appreciate due to this grounding in understanding. This is my third 'Great Courses' purchase and I have not yet been disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost and Found: The Taken Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (233)
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    (236)

    Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets....

    Ken says: "Alien abduction with a twist"
    "Entertaining, enjoyable adventure"
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    Another reviewer mentioned that he was unhappy to find that the next two in this trilogy were not currently available. This did give me pause before purchase, but I'm glad I did. This was a good book, an enjoyable story, one which I would be likely to listen to again. It was enjoyable enough that I DID want to read the next book in the trilogy, and pulled out my kindle and bought the next two books in the series (and have read those as well).

    I often look for profound sci-fi, but have neglected the less literary fun tales which still stick with you and which still have layers of meaning in the story, and this book reminded me that, indeed, a good sci-fi is about the people in the story going through extraordinary situations, as well as new ways of considering things. It would make a good movie, if Hollywood wasn't so prone to screwing up good stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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