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Will

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  • 101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Terry McDermott
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    It's not fiction: Gary Lynch is the real thing, the epitome of the rebel scientist - malnourished, contentious, inspiring, explosive, remarkably ambitious, consistently brilliant. He is one of the foremost figures of contemporary neuroscience, and his decades-long quest to understand the inner workings of the brain's memory machine has begun to pay off.

    Joe says: "Fascinating tale of a scientific maverick's lab"
    "Pretty Dang Funny"
    Overall

    This audiobook chronicles the amazing career of a brilliant neuroscientist, who--how shall we say?--let's it all hang out. I was equally educated and entertained. The star of the book, Gary Lynch, strikes me as a cross between Carl Sagan and Oscar Madison (from the famed '70s TV Show, The Odd Couple). Gary Lynch comes through, loud and clear as a three-dimensional, provocative, and irreverent scientist. He regales all who listen with deep scientific thoughts and occasional "F-bombs," aimed mostly at jealous peer-reviewers, scientist-lemmings, and college administrators, who do nothing but thwart his greatness. Follow Gary in his journey to discover the physical, neurological manifestation of "memory" inside the brain. Listening to this audiobook, you will feel as if you are spending quality time with a rockstar of sorts. Learn and grow, as Gary lays out his wondrous neuroscientific wonderings about the brain, supported by scientific data that makes sense--even to lay people like me. Kudos to the narrator of the audiobook, who does a great job of injecting colorful voice inflections--especially when he quotes Gary Lynch in his refreshing moments of high sarcasm and choice profanity. Listening will make you smarter, or at least make you feel smarter. Oddly, I feel as if I got to know Gary Lynch and his merry band of lab-students, after listening to their real-life trials and tribulations, replete with scientific advances and setbacks. I wonder what that scientist-dude Gary is up to now. Maybe a sequel will come out? Hope so. I'll keep an eye out for 201 Theory Drive.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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