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Brian T. Hardy

Mr. Hardy

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  • Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (133)

    Have you ever wondered how a magician saws a woman in half? Or makes coins materialize out of thin air? Or reads your mind? Magic tricks work because humans have a hardwired process of attention and awareness that is hackable. A good magician uses your mind's intrinsic properties against you in a form of mental jujitsu, to fool you every time, even when you know full well that you are being tricked.

    Roy says: "Very Informative"
    "Wow! This stuff is very interesting"
    Overall

    If you are interested in either magic and/or how the mind works, this book is for you. I've never been all that interested in magic show but reading this book has given me a greater appreciation of the art and science of it. Now I really want to go back to Las Vegas to see a top-notch magic show.

    4 of 4 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
    (7093)
    Performance
    (6747)
    Story
    (6759)

    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?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Wish I could award 6 stars"
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    This was the best book I've read all year. Do yourself a favor and buy "The Martian". I purchased the Audible version and have listened to it twice. Then I bought the dead tree version to loan out to people. It's just that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1519)
    Story
    (1527)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "Pratchett/Briggs is an awesome combo!"
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    The combination of Pratchett/Briggs is amazing. Both artists just keep getting better! Do yourself a favor and just start buying the DiscWorld Series. There are over 30 books thus far but that's a good thing. You'll have year's of enjoyment to look forward to. Highest recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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