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Jamie

launceston, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brett McKay, Kate McKay
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (69)

    Authors Brett and Kate McKay provide a guide for every 21st-century man to achieve true manliness and live life to its full potential.

    Gunnar Flovenz says: "An excellent resource for gentlemen"
    "feminine concepts in manly english"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    as this book doesn't really seem to cover the topics of manhood so much of how to be sensitive, it might be better suited to a heartless lumberjack who wants to be more sensitive than anyone interested in what it means to be a man...


    What could Brett McKay and Kate McKay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    i think really the approach the authors have taken is not quite there... maybe its just the title that wrong... perhaps it could be called 'how to be a sensitive new age kinda guy explained in manly terms'


    What aspect of Todd McLaren’s performance would you have changed?

    really, the performance wasn't too bad...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    i was mostly just disappointed. having popped in to the art of manliness webpage (i think from the same author?) i was disappointed in the content of the book... it touches on the things that make the website great, but for the most part misses it.


    Any additional comments?

    further to the above comment, this maybe isn't the best book for audio... lots of lists and how to instructions...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (765)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Jaw dropping... in a very strange way"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found this book very touching and absolutely fascinating...


    What other book might you compare The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales to and why?

    Oliver Sacks' other books are similar, but i found not as broadly interesting. Apart from that i have not ventured to read anything like it.


    What does Jonathan Davis and Oliver Sacks (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not having a background in psycho-anything, i think that reading the text would have been very difficult. i think that the narrator makes it possible to get the meaning while not needing the background, as i have found in other audiobooks.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    over and over


    Any additional comments?

    even if you don't think this book will interest you, i would suggest you give it a try, i was very surprised. i literally caught myself with my mouth wide open in some of the stories!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Christian
    • Narrated By Brian Christian
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (186)

    The Most Human Human is a provocative, exuberant, and profound exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can "think". Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, the Turing Test convenes a panel of judges who pose questions - ranging anywhere from celebrity gossip to moral conundrums - to hidden contestants in an attempt to discern which is human and which is a computer.

    Roy says: "A Wedding of Computer Science and Philosophy"
    "Some very insightful moments!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book builds some great insights into both humanity and and computer science. i would defiantly recommend it to anyone with technical interests


    What other book might you compare The Most Human Human to and why?

    I dont think i have read much that goes along these lines, but it looks like there is plenty out there


    What three words best describe Brian Christian’s performance?

    animated and articulate but at times a little unclear


    Any additional comments?

    i think this book says quite a lot for its length compared with many other books, defiantly worthwhile...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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