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Eemer_CA

eemer

Los Angeles, CA | Listener Since 2007

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  • 19 reviews
  • 111 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10491)
    Performance
    (9529)
    Story
    (9546)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Good, but slow"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was okay, but the plot was really slow.


    Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he did a great job differentiating the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (162)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Excellent! A little slow at first, but then AWESOM"
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    I've wasted a lot of gas driving around listening to this book. Narrator is great (Australian voice, but British author?) At first I thought it was slow, but about the third chapter, when he really starts telling some stories about the Safari, it is absolutely fascinating and hysterical. The first hand information in regards to the animals, is really fascinating as well. I had no idea that the honey badger can turn over 180 degrees in its own fur (an adaptive trait to defend itself from predators). His descriptions of the area and of the interactions between different species remind the listener that the area is not composed of just a variety of different species, but it is a constant interaction between all these species (and the human species) that makes the stories fascinating. The stories involving the 'guests' he has on safari are quite funny as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David B. Agus
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (164)

    Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.

    Roderick says: "The "techie" medicine needs!"
    "'don't believe everything you hear' med advice"
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    This was rather disappointing, as it was marketed to be quite 'revolutionary'. Basically, it could be summed up as, "we're not sure about what we thought we knew." The author states that many of the studies done in the last few decades have been debunked - i.e. Selenium, lycopiene (stuff from tomatos), and vitamins do not really 'starve' cancer. Also, there are mostly mixed reviews about whether or not vitamins even do what they are marketed to do! He gives advice such as "wear comfortable shoes." I mean, basically, it was a wake-up call in the sense that you shouldn't believe all the 'pop' medical information. So if you've been believing everything you see on Dr. Oz, than maybe this would be a good book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening to the World: Integrating Traditional, Alternative, and Western Medicine (Live)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Dr. Meg Jordan
    • Narrated By Dr. Meg Jordan
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Meg Jordan has traveled the world studying how we get sick and how we get well. While she recognizes the usefulness of Western medicine, she sees the limits of its "adrenaline based, parts oriented" approach. Her commitment to integrating East and West promises a truly person-based medicine in which the patient is an active participant and the goal is wellness rather than cure.

    Eemer_CA says: "let us look at statistics!"
    "let us look at statistics!"
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    Okay, this woman has travelled many places and seen many things. However, her interpretation of what she has seen is quite questionable. She needs a quick review of the actual CIA World Factbook to see which countries actually really have the longest lifespan. She seems to idealize the medical 'practices' in Peru. However, the average lifespan in Peru is 68.33. Talking about Japanise healing practices, would make more sense than idealizing healing practices from countries which have VERY LOW lifespans. She can critique USA HMOs all day long, however, why doesn't she look at countries which have long lifespans and high qualities of life. Basically, I was very unimpressed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By V. S. Ramachandran
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (146)

    V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field - so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved.

    Michael says: "Great if you like understanding how brains work"
    "Interesting, yet overly stylized"
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    Many interesting questions are addressed in this book; however the author only references studies which support his theories. He has not been very inclusive in his research. Furthermore, many of his actual 'studies' are derived from the small fishbowl of his college students, and, specifically, his psychology students. If that isn't a very selective population, I don't know what is. Also, there is a slight tone of male arrogance throughout this book, despite this, the book addresses many interesting topics and arguments. There are also many interesting individual cases which he discusses. I would recommend listening to this book, but only with a large dose of skepticism. Oh – and also, it would be an excellent idea to look at all the sketches he refers to in the actual, physical book. .

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Staying Up, Up, Up in a Down, Down World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
    • Narrated By Zig Ziglar
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Zig Ziglar, one of the nation's greatest motivators, provides words of hope and encouragement that will equip readers to successfully face daily challenges. It has been said that when the going gets tough, the hopeful keep going. That's because hope is the great activator, in other words, people with it take action to realize their goals. But many times the daily grind can be a hope-killer, so Zig Ziglar offers a solution!

    Patrick says: "Entirely religious material - Not what I expected"
    "I want my credit back!"
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    The only thing I liked about this book was the author's name. Although this book is supposed to be a 'self-help’ book, I felt the author's overly “superiorly virtuous” attitude and self- righteously pious condemnation of some public figures was inappropriate. I do not listen/read a self help to hear the author's opinion of who behaves badly and who does not. This guy is a republican to the core. If he wants to help and/or inspire people, he can leave out the political banter and the religious superiority. May I have my credit back?

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (337)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "Well researched and well presented!"
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    I love this man's writings. His ideas are well thought out, thoroughly researched and clearly presented. In many other medical publications, there are faulty analogies/comparisons between various industries and the medical field - not so with his books! All his comparisons and parallels between different industries and methodologies are very thought provoking and applicable. He presents some of the best practices from different industries and describes how they can be applicable in the field of medicine. He also tests some of his findings and discusses the results. This book would also be an excellent book for anyone who is trying to learn about the ‘scientific method’ and unbiased research. Best of all, this doctor is NOT focused on trying to ‘sell’ his audience on an idea, but instead focuses on using his book as a vehicle to promote a much needed discussion amongst medical professionals and the general public.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Louann Brizendine
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.
     
    Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:

         *is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution. 

         *thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy. 

         *has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.

         *experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.


    The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own.

    Praise for The Female Brain:
    "Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men."
    —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
     
         
     
     


    From the Hardcover edition.

    Joshua Kim says: "Story of the Male Brain"
    "Not very informative"
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    The characters she uses to "illustrate" her point are generic and described as if they were in a romance novel. The actual 'scientific' information - such as the hormones’ influxes at different developmental stages were interesting. However, I balked at listening to her character descriptions. Science was left behind to describe the 'long blond hair' or 'hourglass figure' or 'tight abs' that attracted the men. The one thing which was applicable is that, during and argument, some men actually get a 'high' (surge of adrenaline) when they are arguing which fuels their anger momentum. Not arguing with them, until they have 'calmed', is the best strategy. The narrator also has a ‘warm’, ‘motherly’ sort of voice during the descriptions of the male’s development. She seems so certain in the differences between male aggression and lack of female aggression that I felt like she has clearly never worked in the service industry .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1264)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Just as good as the first!"
    Overall

    Great audio! Very original and just as great as the first. If you liked the first you will like this one too... However, if you didn't like the first, it is a different plot, but with the same style of writing as the first.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Affirmations for Living an Empowered Life

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Denise Lynch
    • Narrated By Denise Lynch
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    These affirmations are designed to infuse your conscious and subconscious mind with positive new intentions, concepts and perspectives about your life and the world around you. Let it play in the background of your everyday activities such as driving, working and exercising. Increase your self esteem and enthusiasm for life and open to new possibilities.

    Raye says: "Full of Affirmations"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    Of all the affirmations I find this one to be the most pleasant and realistic. She has a pleasant voice. Also I don't like the affirmations where they say, "the best, the most important..." This tape has a more spiritual bent without the arrogance of some of the other affirmation tapes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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