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John

Upper Lake, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Plotz
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It was the most radical human-breeding experiment in American history, and no one knew how it turned out. The Repository for Germinal Choice, nicknamed the Nobel Prize sperm bank, opened to notorious fanfare in 1980, and for two decades, women flocked to it from all over the country to choose a sperm donor from its roster of Nobel-laureate scientists, mathematical prodigies, successful businessmen, and star athletes.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting stories, but not what I expected."
    "Rest of the story.."
    Overall

    An interesting listen for finding what had happened to the "breed your own Nobel Winner" idea. The development of the history and insight of expectations that were generally unmet gives a good base for cloning expectations. I had a feeling of closure, and that was satisfying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (106)

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "Net results"
    Overall

    Very well done. Ignoring harware and web, networking is empowering many of us in ways we probably can't yet understand. A sequel looking at deeper affects and effects would be interesting. Wish we had more collaborative authors to present several facets of similar material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Gottlieb
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. After finishing The Dream of Reason, listeners will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life.

    Amazon Customer says: "An in depth read."
    "Snore of Reason"
    Overall

    The repetative cycle of naming the school, proponents, base philosophy and position among other possibilites seems comprehensive. It eventually became tedious information overload, my dream of reason became very real.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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