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Mark

Winterone

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (736)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "A book for all"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magic of Reality to be better than the print version?

    I like to listen to books for the convience. I think this book would be equally good in print


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magic of Reality?

    The way he images things is very intriguing and enlightning


    Which character – as performed by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward – was your favorite?

    Both are very balanced and I enjoyed both equally


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found it simple enough for a younger person to understand and complex enough to be enjoyable to even the most advanced in their fields.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (719)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Wonderfully revealing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Swerve the most enjoyable?

    The way in which the author describes the atmosphere of the time periods and the characters involved in the story is most enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story of a curiosity that engulfed those prior to the renaissance. How even under the pressure of a masochistic abomination that ruled the era tried to uncover truths buried in history.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was saddened by the stories of those that suffered under the intimidation of the Catholic church. And angered by the arrogance of those that refute reason, even today. How time after time the great religions of man have interfered with our development as humans.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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