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  • The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics - the search for the laws of nature - is losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the publics imagination -- and the imagination of experts.

    J B Tipton says: "Strings snipped"
    "Too Much Hypocrisy"

    I am very intrigued by the subject matter so I was hoping to enjoy this. To one degree it was interesting to learn about the progress (or actually the lack of progress) they are making here just from the standpoint of being "briefed".

    However as you listen you eventually realize this is being told by a scientist who is only interested in tests and hypothesis that would prove his positions and beliefs rather than let the facts prove themselves. Or maybe more simply said, he has an agenda, and he is only willing to accept tests and test results that fit that agenda rather then accept the facts, be what they may.

    So after going better than halfway through the book I realized there was no point in finishing; How could I possibly appreciate any of his findings when his prejudices will obviously only allow him to come to conclusions that fit those prejudices...

    As to the hypocrisy; He readily admits that his and his like minded scientists workflow method boils down to making up ridiculous hypothesis about string theory and the origins of life, then testing them to see if they are true. So on the one hand he claims the high moral ground for being willing to stretch his imagination no matter how ridiculous and then test it to see if its true. However if your belief or hypothesis does not meet with his prejudices, then they are just "ridiculous". That's when you say "Huh? I thought you just said that's what you do??? I wonder if that's why you are not making any progress... You are unwilling to go where the science leads".

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • What's the Matter with Kansas? A Lecture

    • ABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Thomas Frank
    • Narrated By Thomas Frank

    In this lecture, Thomas Frank distills the central argument from his New York Times best seller, What's the Matter With Kansas?, which unravels the great political mystery of our day: why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? In this special recorded lecture, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas, a place once famous for its radicalism.

    flotcha says: "Great Explanation, Not a Lot of Solutions"
    "Whats the matter with communism?"

    Wow, how out of touch can one man be? I am so glad the author is also the narrator so that you can hear his anger as he reads. If you like someone telling you that you are an idiot and a fool who is simply participating in a "backlash" if you do not support liberalism, then this book is for you! The author further explains how we are ignorantly naive to think that free markets and deregulation are a good thing. Who new socialism was so cool?
    Barring political views; the main problem is that it is painful to listen to someone speak with so much anger, and while opinion has its place, every now and then you have to come down off the soap box and back up what you say with facts and references which the author fails to do (and if he did it would probably be from the same source who gave Dan Rather those bogus documents), instead he attempts to make you a believer simply by speaking as if from authority.

    74 of 316 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

    Jannice says: "Death in Holy Orders - good PBS"
    "Waiting to exhale"

    If you are planning to listen to this book, don't read this review as it will spoil it for you.... The intricacies of the plot are incredible and well thought out which is why I was so disappointed with the ending. I was expecting an incredible twist, but the only twist was that there was no twist.
    My other complaint is that every minute' detail is described for you leaving very little to the imagination and making the book last 14 hours.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful

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