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Daniel

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  • The Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals—the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado—and to the darker side of life in a resort town.Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo’s well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval; while Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, he refuses to leave the hotel.

    meg says: "Great And Greatly Over My Head"
    "Simon Vance's Siren voice kept me listening!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was a bit of a tease, building and building and then..... What made it worth my while was the reader. Mr. Vance brings the story to life in the mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (2657)
    Story
    (2640)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "A truly disappointing book."
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    Firstly I must say that I haven't been able to get past the first part. From reading many of the reviews I was under the impression that " Speaks The Nightbird" was going to be great, one of the best books of the year, and a brilliant new series to enjoy. The first chapter alone is riddled with dick jokes, unnecessarily crass, and off-putting. I kept getting pulled out of the story, and found it difficult to continue. Edoardo Ballerini, from what I have listened to, does more for this audiobook then the author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Samir Okasha
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism.

    Jamie says: "Excellent introduction"
    "A interesting counterpoitnt."
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    Some times it is beneficial understand the other side of the argument. This book begins on a good strong foot proclaiming the virtue of deductive logic, but then fills the rest of the book with non sequiturs and out of context arguments to undermine logical induction. The basis of science are both deduction and induction together. Undermine one and the whole card castle will fall. So it stands to reason that the author after stating how important induction is to scientific endeavors and then stating that induction can't be relied upon, is atempting to undermine the objectivity os science. Unfortunately some will not perceive the logical errors and will disavow science all together.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2650)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1666)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "What mind body dichotomy?"
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    Spark is a multipul listen book. It is chuck full of useful information covering a wide range of topics from exercise, medicine, brain function and disfunction ect.. Mr. Ratey is knowledgeable and forthright when the certain ideas are plausible but unproven. Most importantly he gives you the impetus to go out and exercise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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