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Miguel

Cheswick, PA, US | Member Since 2012

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  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By David Deutsch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (159)
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    (164)

    A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.

    Gary says: "Covers nothing to everything"
    "Excellent achievement for a complex topic."
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    What did you love best about The Beginning of Infinity?

    The extreme ability to make simple even the most complicated scientific points.


    What other book might you compare The Beginning of Infinity to and why?

    The Good Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. In a way these two books make the scientific point of the absurdity of god's existence.


    What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is very clear and makes easy to understand difficult complex given his ability to emphasize the necessary words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The multiple universes we live in.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. David Deutsch has an encyclopedic knowledge and clarity of our universes...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (751)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "An improbable friendship with a superb result"
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    If you could sum up The Professor and the Madman in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising: imposible to imagine such an improbable friendship.
    Historical: well researched and documented.
    Humane: the meeting of two great minds despite tragic cicumstances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its profound human reality. The diescription of adversity as a positive element.


    What about Simon Winchester’s performance did you like?

    His voice is clear, well modulated and consistent with the emotional situations narrated along the book.


    If you could give The Professor and the Madman a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Two great minds joint despite adversity.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in historical facts about our language and its evolution should read this very enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 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
    (1048)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (903)

    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"
    "The best book I have read in many years..."
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    If you could sum up The Swerve in three words, what would they be?

    Where will humanity be had mythology (religion) not interfered with the well developed human knowledge around the classic Greek era?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The exquisite documentation of historical facts.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    His accent, pronunciation of Italian terms, clear diction and emphasis.


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

    Absolutely... I could not put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Marvelous!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (492)

    In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

    gerald says: "The book says what many feel, but fear to say"
    "Intelligent, bright, original, innovative."
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    If you could sum up The Moral Landscape in three words, what would they be?

    The myth supporting the position that science and morality cannot relate or explain each other is analyzed and destroyed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moral Landscape?

    There are many. The critical analysis on religion makes a lot of sense along the book.


    What does Sam Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His personal conviction.


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

    The description of the author's medical research, leading to his thinking about his whole proposition in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Courageous take on "established" trues. Fearless denunciation of the status quo in science and morality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1857)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1123)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Motivating and historically educational"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Demon Under The Microscope the most enjoyable?

    Inspiring review on the history of Sulfa discovery. A team effort lead by a pathologist, a medical specialist poorly recognized but once again, successful at making a significant contribution to modern medicine. The book is accessible for everyone, using non-technical language. The historical documentation is rather complete and seemingly unbiased.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The recognition of the role of a pathologist as a basic researcher breaking new ground.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment when the central character (Domagk) realizes the potential of his discovery.


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

    When second world war almost wiped out Domagk's efforts.


    Any additional comments?

    Weel documented. Well read. A lot of fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
    "Science, sex, lies, fame, humanity."
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    What did you love best about Solar?

    Excellent scientific documentation. Good plot, with real-like characters. History has value as a current issue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Solar?

    When the main character, Michael Beard, decides to change the situation of the accidental death of his wife's lover into a murder committed by his other wife's lover.


    What about Roger Allam and Ian McEwan ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Nobel prize winers are only too human...


    Any additional comments?

    It reminded me of two other books: "The Prize", by Irving Wallace", and "Cantor's dilemma", by Carl Djerassi. Both of them, excellent and also highly recommendable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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