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Erin

State College, PA, United States

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  • The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Simon Baron-Cohen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common---lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world. In The Science of Evil, Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty.

    Douglas says: "A fine primer..."
    "very interesting, excellent reading"
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    Would you listen to The Science of Evil again? Why?

    I might, because there was a lot of detail in places. There is a long section about which brain regions are responsible for empathy, which was hard to keep track of in an audio format if you're interested in that kind of thing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Evil?

    There were character studies of people who exhibited particular types of zero-empathy disorders (psychopathy, borderline, narcissism) that were moving and sometimes frightening.


    Any additional comments?

    This book can really change your way of looking at the world. It's well-argued and well-written. Very rare and fascinating. The reading is also excellent. I recommend it highly.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3183)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1612)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "fantastic reading"
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    An incredible, absorbing reading of a fascinating book. I can't add much more to what others have said, except to note that this is what one wishes William Gibson had evolved into. But the reading is the best I've heard on Audible, even better than Solaris, which was also very good.

    Also, I'm not sure if it's noted anywhere but there are some graphic scenes of sexual abuse. Not that you'd think it was a children's book, but a little intense even for adults.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, longtime philosophers and comedians, present Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, an entertaining, enlightening, and engaging guide to the love of wisdom. With their combined knowledge, wit, and whimsy, the authors provide a book that can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone, from the curious layman to the most well-versed professor of Nicomachean Ethics.

    Mark says: "Had fun and learned a few things!"
    "Unbearable"
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    The idea of explaining philosophy through jokes is an interesting one, but what it means in practice is that the authors tell a joke and then just explain it to death. Over and over again. There is no particular depth to these explanations.

    The narrator does a lot of schlocky accents. I mean, it's just awful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jonah Lehrer
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (525)

    From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

    aaron says: "Starts out Promising, but Then...."
    "tedious anecdotes"
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    It seemed like every chapter began with an anecdote, which went on way too long, about some people who were amazing masters of some or another creative task. It was very repetitive, and the tone seemed worshipful, not scientific. The stories were meant to lead into some aspect of creativity, but were not interesting in themselves because the people usually had little insight into how they did what they did. I wish the book had used a different device to introduce these topics. I really liked How We Decide, so this was a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Julia Annas
    • Narrated By Pamela Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which the notes of discussion and argument constantly resound. This book introduces ancient debates, engaging us with the ancient developments of their themes. Moving away from the presentation of ancient philosophy as a succession of great thinkers, the book gives readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy, and of its wide variety of themes and styles.

    Erin says: "not all that introductory, but interesting"
    "not all that introductory, but interesting"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was a really interesting introduction to particular works and philosophers, but discussed the works as if you already had some familiarity with them. I never read The Republic, and I feel I probably would have gotten more out of this book if I had even a passing familiarity with it. There isn't much summary of the philosophers or their writing. You're expected to pick it up through the discussion. But that is possible. It was clearly written and enjoyable. Narration is well done and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (914)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "both history and religion"
    Overall

    I was most interested in this book from a historic point of view and how it might contribute to the very good question about why churches did not do as much as they could to resist the Third Reich. The book does provide a lot of interesting insight into this. However, there is a great deal also about sermons, preaching, the Bible, and general Christian theology, that was not for me. If you have an interest in both theology and history, you will really appreciate this book. The reading is excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zero History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    Hollis Henry worked for the global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend once before. She never meant to repeat the experience. Milgrim is even more thoroughly owned by Bigend. He's worth owning for his useful gift of seeming to disappear in almost any setting. baked into bone, entirely experimental, to show for it. Garreth has a passion for extreme sports. Garreth isn't owned by Bigend at all.

    Aaron says: "Bigend needed a little more Blomkvist"
    "good reading, not very good book"
    Overall

    The narration is quite good, but this book needs editing. I have been a fan of Gibson for most of my life, and I quite liked the first of his recent books set in the present day, Pattern Recognition. But the second one was less interesting , and this, the third in the series, has every character speaking almost exactly alike, constantly asking each other to explain things that were just explained in the narration, and way, way too much detail. The color and texture of every object in the book is noted. And if you're not that into fashion, you're going to find the whole premise mystifying. Anyway, l recommend Pattern Recognition instead.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Marilee Strong
    • Narrated By Deb Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Based on five years of investigative reporting and research into forensic psychology and criminology, Erased presents an original profile of a widespread and previously unrecognized type of murder: not a hot-blooded, spur-of-the-moment crime of passion, as domestic homicide is commonly viewed, but a cold-blooded, carefully planned and methodically executed form of erasure.

    Dave says: "A Fascinating Barrage of Painful Truth"
    "interesting; reading takes some getting used to"
    Overall

    Very interesting book with a strong and important argument -- that law enforcement needs to address intimate-partner murders quickly and seriously. There's a lot of discussion of the Scott Peterson case. The reading is quite fast, though, with few pauses. Because it was so interesting I stuck it out and eventually got used to it, but just keep it in mind.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2692)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (935)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "reading is fine, but book is awful"
    Overall

    This book should be abridged in a big way. After the hundredth "meaningful"/"ironic" flashback to someone's bitter childhood, or overworked and cliche metaphor, you'll wish you'd spent your money elsewhere. It's really too bad because it was such an interesting premise. two stars for that and the readers, who are fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Fiona Shaw
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Beautiful, clever, rich, and single, Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others.

    C. Telfair says: "Not Enough!"
    "very enjoyable"
    Overall

    The reader is excellent, and the pace of this abridged version is quite quick. I wished there were more of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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