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Bennett

south lyon, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (629)

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "Masterpiece!"
    Overall

    easy to follow, factual and exciting, Micheal Pollan delivers a must read for anyone who partakes in eating at anytime in their lives!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    F. E. Sparrow says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "excellent!"
    Overall

    Jerry Coyne is a tremendous evolutionary scientist and truly a remarkable writer. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in science rather then dogma.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Life Decoded: My Genome - My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. Craig Venter
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Growing up in California, J. Craig Venter didn't appear to have much of a future. An unremarkable student, he nearly flunked out of high school. After being drafted into the army, he enlisted in the Navy and went to Vietnam, where the life-and-death struggles he encountered as a medic piqued his interest in science and medicine. After pursuing his advanced degrees, Venter quickly established himself as a brilliant and outspoken scientist.

    Roy says: "Take it with a Grain of Salt"
    "The best scientist of our era!"
    Overall

    This book is by far the best book I've listened to on audible. As an aspiring scientist I found Craig Venter's story to be riveting and revealing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

    Eric says: "Wow!"
    "Good book!"
    Overall

    The author of this book was surprisingly funny. He did a good job bringing you through the history of geometry. I just have one question, Wheres Euler?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Science Fiction Favorites

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Isaac Asimov
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    This selection of some of Asimov's most enduring and unforgettable stories is read by the author himself. These vintage tales encompass the full range of Asimov's versatility, while displaying his puckish sense of humor.

    Jeff says: "Entertaining and personal"
    "awesome"
    Overall

    Truly a good sample of what this mans amazing brain can imagine. Absolutely worth your money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (493)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "Perfect!"
    Overall

    The translation is not overly wordy but still very eloquent. The narrarator is an absolutely perfect fit! This is the only book I've listen to the literraly had me yelling out with glee on more then one occasion!

    WARNING - YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP LISTENING TO THIS!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3954)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1884)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    Walter Isaacson paints a complete, partial, realistic, beautiful picture of this most amazing mans life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Basic Human Anatomy: The Beauty of Form and Function

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John K. Young
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The structures that lie beneath our skin represent a remarkable and beautiful assortment of biological mechanisms that are essential for our lives. However, we often take these structures for granted. In these 14 fascinating lectures, a basic overview of the human body, its physical features, biological systems, and general functioning will be presented for the benefit of anyone from budding medical students to curious laymen.

    Bennett says: "Well organized!"
    "Well organized!"
    Overall

    The author and read surely has a talent for not only human anatomy but teaching as well. A must listen for anyone who is lucky enough to be in possession of one of these remarkable machines known as the human body!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Once a Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John L. Parker Jr.
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (127)

    Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.

    Rick J. Mitchell says: "Spellbinding!"
    "motivating, inspiring."
    Overall

    This book will take you to the limit. immpossible to put down! worth your money, every penny of it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (241)

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
    "fact"
    Overall

    Dawkins choses the best way to abridge this enlightening book. Darwins discovery of the fact of evolution is unfolded to you in an irrefutable that would convince doubters and fascinate anyone who has any intrest in learning our the secrets of life on earth.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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