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Errol

Saskatoon, SK, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (390)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Interesting at times"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is far too long. I'm sure it would be great for those more interested in the topic but I was looking for a brief explanation of how the mind works. The start of the book was great but then went into far more detail than I was prepared to listen to. There are many parts of the book that are fascinating and some great humour but a chore to get through the tedious parts.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4131)
    Performance
    (2449)
    Story
    (2487)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Far too long"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No , it is far too long. This book could have conveyed everything in 8 or 10 hrs. By the end of the book I felt that I had wasted my time. There were interesting portions but...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps, because the chances are it would be over in 3 hrs or less.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1093)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Easy to digest!"
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    Where does Gulp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the top 30%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gulp?

    There are too many to single out one but perhaps Elvis Presley's megacolon.


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


    This book makes one reconsider our own bodily functions. It is informative and also humorous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Neil Shubin
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    In his last book, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy - our hands, our jaws - and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago. Now, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies.

    Mark says: "Cosmic"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's loaded with interesting information.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read or listened to many books related to this topic. It is amazing how they all seem to refer to different scientists who bring new insights and make our understanding that much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8929)
    Performance
    (3162)
    Story
    (3240)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Interesting read but ending prolonged"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Symbol the most enjoyable?

    It was a good mystery but lasted 2 hours beyond the logical ending. Full of unexpected turns.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mal'akh because he was unpredictable.


    Any additional comments?

    The introduction of noetic science, religion and "ancient wisdom" would be objectionable if not part of a fictional plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1761)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "A great listen"
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    What did you love best about The Willpower Instinct?

    Some very simple ideas that are the opposite of what I had previously thought. Now to see if they will work. I can certainly relate to guilt and "what the hell" concepts. Many people might benefit from the suggestions in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (414)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Overall a good book!"
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    What did you love best about The Grand Design?

    A good review of the scientific advances for 70% of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The concepts of quantum physics and multiple dimensions are difficult to understand beyond the initial simple introductions. The written book might make it easier to stop and contemplate these concepts, especially it they were associated with graphics. Overall I enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5508)
    Performance
    (3117)
    Story
    (3141)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "amusing story"
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    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    thought provoking silliness


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ironic twists to the plot. The characters are mostly unbelievable, which makes it impossible to foresee how our hero Arthur will escape from his dilemmas.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    The changes in his voice as he switches between the characters.


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

    I had heard some of the amusing parts from friends who had read it in the past, so listening to it now had less impact. I did enjoy the solution = 42.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I will listen to the rest of the trilogy. Having heard Douglas Adams speak during some interviews, my expectations may have been to high. As I listened I could not help but ask if there was some deeper meaning to the story that I was missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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