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Justin

Montreal, Quebec, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Roger Penrose
    • Narrated By Bruce Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    From the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmology’s most profound questions: What, if anything, came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? What is its ultimate future?

    Darkcoffee says: "Difficult, Awe-inducing and Fascinating"
    "Terrible as an audiobook"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who already knows about the subject and just wants equations he can't see.


    What was most disappointing about Roger Penrose’s story?

    There is no story -- at least for the first 30 minutes when I gave up. It's more like a math textbook, and that translates horribly to storytelling, especially for audio, when it requires looking at equations and mentions diagrams we can't see.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bruce Mann?

    I don't know, but this narrator came off as pretentious which didn't help this subject.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cycles of Time?

    These kinds of subjects -- quantum physics, relativity etc. -- can work but you have to tell a story. You can't get into equations and diagrams when you can't see them. For audio, you must tell a compelling story instead of just be a reference book.


    Any additional comments?

    Four similar books that know how to tell a story are: The Age of Entanglement, Quantum, Parallel Worlds, The Grand Design.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8913)
    Performance
    (8291)
    Story
    (8290)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Fun with lots of nostalgic references"
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    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, nostalgic, unique


    What did you like best about this story?

    The well-researched and detailed references to classic video games, such as the perfect game in Pac-Man and the bug in Tempest that gives you free lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the first challenge was to beat the creature by playing the video game Joust. Me and my friend used to play that stand-up arcade game at a local gas station. It was awesome.


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

    The author really understood the cultural references he was talking about. He must be my age, and he must have grown up with arcade games and the Apple II like me and my friends. Also, the references to obscure TV shows -- especially the Japanese show with Giant Robots that live in a volcano -- and pop music. The story was great, but maybe a bit too long. As much as I liked it early on, towards the end it held my attention less.


    Any additional comments?

    « Ready Player One » reminds me of « The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy » -- another 80s cultural reference. Overall, a fun and unusual story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "Informative and interesting"
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    Where does The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Interesting science, but too many personal references to anxiety about aging.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little less emphasis on assuming the reading is in middle age and panicking about getting old.


    Have you listened to any of Nona Pipes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    How exercise helps create new neurons. The brain is plastic and can grow new cells, and science is finally overcoming the dogma decreed in 1913 that the brain can't change.


    Any additional comments?

    The book often referenced getting old and then made a point about how the aging brain is actually not as badly in decline as we presumed. This had the ironic effect of creating anxiety by starting with the assumption that we all worry about aging. I'd rather she just explain the discoveries and tone down all the personal concerns. I'd mention it once on the back cover, to pique the interest of older folks who really have started to worry about dementia, but don't harp on it throughout the book and alienate younger people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Your Cells: How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bruce H. Lipton
    • Narrated By Bruce H. Lipton
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton. With The Wisdom of Your Cells, this internationally recognized authority on cellular biology takes listeners on an in-depth exploration into the microscopic world, where new discoveries and research are revolutionizing the way we understand life, evolution, and consciousness.

    Alexandre says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Makes more sense than Darwin"
    Overall

    This is to biology what Quantum Mechanics was to Newtonian physics. It took physics 300 years to go beyond Newton, but it wasn't easy. Quantum Mechanics is still unintuitive and difficult to understand. Luckily, the way Bruce Lipton explains epigenetics makes it easier to understand life and evolution than current Darwinian theory. Instead of throwing everything out and starting from scratch, it builds on Darwin, making precisions on the mechanism of evolution, just as Quantum physics built on Newton.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum NLP

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christiane Turner
    • Narrated By Christiane Turner
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Quantum NLP is the art and science of human excellence. New scientific discoveries show us clearly that we are creating our reality through the use of our language. By teaching ourselves more effective language patterns, our brain automatically forms new neurological pathways that naturally lead to new behaviors and habits.

    MICHAEL KERR says: "very good"
    "Hard to get into"
    Overall

    The information is interesting, but it's not easy to listen to. Not enough storytelling I guess. The speaker's style is unusual. Gets better by the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "Good, but spoiled by Christian overtones"
    Overall

    A good listen, even though I sometimes didn't agree. The only irritation is the religious preaching. It should just be another argument, that the authors of these books failed in their utopian visions because they rejected God. Instead the author attempts to show us why they are evil because they didn't listen to their elders and religious tradition. Basically he seems to take it as a personal mission to demonize these books as opposed to just showing how they led to destructive ideas etc.

    5 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

    Greg says: "Good book – poor narrator"
    "Narration not that bad"
    Overall

    The narration is not really as bad as I expected based on previous reviews. The information is valuable enough to give it more than a minute's listen before giving up. For example, I got used to his voice after about 30 minutes and I retained lots of the material. Despite the voice I'm looking forward to listening to the whole 8 hours again.

    The basic ideas are unique as far as spiritual teaching goes, and quite convincing and easy to observe in daily experience.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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