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Timothy

College Station, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 52 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
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  • Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael S. Gazzaniga
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    The father of cognitive neuroscience and author of Human offers a provocative argument against the common belief that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes and we are therefore not responsible for our actions.

    Dan says: "Use Your Credit On "Who's In Charge""
    "Good, not great. Read Eagleman's Incognito instead"
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    This was a good book. There were two or three really mind-blowing concepts that I hadn't heard before. But I give it fewer stars because (1) it doesn't really spend very much time on the titular question -- specifically "free will". It's really a book about how the brain works, which is really interesting to me, but this book's not as good as David Eagleman's "Incognito", in my opinion. (2) It spends quite a bit of time on how current neuroscience impacts law and courtroom proceedings. Those parts seemed repetitive and dull to me.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5585)
    Performance
    (5134)
    Story
    (5138)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Not Gaiman's best, but still pretty good."
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    In terms of Gaiman's other books, this book is along the lines of Coraline and The Graveyard Book. However, I would rank this one at the bottom of those three (Coraline would be at the top).

    It does have a couple of "adult" scenes though, so I'm not sure if this was intended to be a "young adult" novel or not.

    It's not bad. It's just not great, and when I pick up Gaiman, I expect great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2922)
    Performance
    (2286)
    Story
    (2281)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Every human should read this."
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    This book is so good, so packed with useful, practical, mind-expanding information, that every human being should read this. This book will make you a better person. No matter what your interests, career, etc., this book has insights that will make you better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By An All-Star Cast
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1757)
    Story
    (1764)

    The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Just Plain Awesome"
    "Rubbish."
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    This book sounds like it was written by a junior high school kid who's not a very good writer.

    The characters are given no depth. The author relates battle scene after battle scene in exhausting detail (literally), but gives the reader no reason to care about the characters involved. I found it utterly un-listenable, and gave up about halfway through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18012)
    Performance
    (16714)
    Story
    (16718)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Best I've read in many years! Instant classic!"
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    This is a great book. I'm still processing it, but it may be up there with the best sci-fi I've ever read (and I read a lot). Absolutely riveting from beginning to the end.

    Many years from now this may be looked upon as a great classic of science fiction in the same league as the best of Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov, Crichton and others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (622)

    From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds.

    Jeffrey says: "An Excellent and Inspiring Listen"
    "Sam Harris' worst -- but still pretty good."
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    This is by far the worst book Sam Harris has written. Frankly, I found it kind of boring. He really just seems to have a few things to say, and just keeps going on and on about them.

    On the positive side, it's always nice to hear Sam Harris talk, and this is no exception.

    Also, he does have a few good things to say -- or if not good, at least interesting. Worth reading only if you're a fan of the author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (857)

    This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

    Jeffrey says: "Not for everyone"
    "Excellent! Not the gory bloodbath I expected!"
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    This was my first introduction to Lovecraft. I got the book because I'd heard that a movie was in the works based on it, and from what I read it sounded like something I'd like.

    Turns out, it WAS something I liked!

    For some reason, I was expecting a lot of gore and outright horror. I think I was also expecting some supernatural elements -- demons and the like. Instead, this book reminded me far more of some great sci-fi classics like Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama, Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Conan Doyle's The Lost World. I absolutely loved it, and can't wait for the movie now. I plan to get some other stuff by Lovecraft now that I have a better idea what he's about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (990)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Michael says: "Black Swan Turkey Jerky"
    "Interesting, but the author is too arrogant"
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    I'm sure Mr. Taleb is a very, very smart person, but I found this book difficult to listen to because of his general attitude. There is a lot of interesting information in here, but it's just hard to listen to Taleb.

    In person, I think Mr. Taleb might be a little like Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory, only when it's not a sitcom it's not as funny.

    I was unable to maintain interest long enough to finish, but got about 3/4 of the way through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Simon Singh
    • Narrated By William Neenan
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Simon Singh offers fascinating new insights into the celebrated television series The Simpsons: That the show drip-feeds morsels of number theory into the minds of its viewers - indeed, that there are so many mathematical references in the show, and in its sister program, Futurama, that they could form the basis of an entire university course.

    Vivek Goyal says: "Print probably better than audio"
    "Tons of fun if you're a Simpsons fan!"
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    This was tons of fun to listen to. The only problem with the book is that it's not long enough. I wanted him to keep going.

    Even if you are not into mathematics, I think you will enjoy this if you are a fan of the show.

    It's also quite interesting as the author goes into some detail about the history behind each mathematical "secret" he covers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (686)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    colleen says: "A Different Pratchett"
    "Not great. More fantasy than sci-fi."
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    This audiobook was just barely good enough to keep me listening until the end. I will not be reading any more of this series.

    In the interest of full disclosure: I have never liked Terry Pratchett, but Stephen Baxter has written some stuff I've really liked, so I took a chance hoping that there would be more Baxter here than Pratchett. Also, many other reviews indicated that Pratchett's fans felt that this was not what they expected from him, which gave me further reason to hope.

    Unfortunately, I guess that even a little Pratchett is too much for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7790)
    Performance
    (7194)
    Story
    (7213)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Good sequel to a great novel"
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    This book is good, but it's not The Shining. Also, I felt it petered out a bit too early.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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