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,Louis-Philippe

NOTRE-DAME-DU-PORTAGE, QC, Canada | Member Since 2014

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  • Life’s Ratchet Part 2: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter M. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Paul Hodgson
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    The cells in our bodies consist of molecules, made up of the same carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms found in air and rocks. But molecules, such as water and sugar, are not alive. So how do our cells - assemblies of otherwise "dead" molecules - come to life, and together constitute a living being? In Life’s Ratchet, physicist Peter M. Hoffmann locates the answer to this age-old question at the nanoscale.

    ,Louis-Philippe says: "Getting at the bottom of Lufe's machines"
    "Getting at the bottom of Lufe's machines"
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    By using a pleasant mixture of patience, faith in the listener's mental abilities, and clear, welll-pronounced language , this book taught me the finer details of the marvellous manifestations of what are living organisms. Far from eliminating the "marvel" emotion, it actually increases it by joining to it the inner beauty and satisfaction of rational understanding. These finer details are no final absolutes, so absolutists should refrain from declaring jihad. They do however push the notion of "finer" to new ( to me) limits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Carolyn says: "Strawmen and Ad Hominems"
    "Opens-up your Mind!"
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    What did you love best about Sex at Dawn?

    The facts and how they are presented with humour.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lady reader, Allyson Johnson,who has the major part and has subtle voice inflexions that I found profundly meaningfull and funny!


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

    Well, apart from the fact that I could listen to it while driving or walking, the voices are warm and add a bright & intelligent tone to the words of the book.


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

    Futile attempts of imposing monogamy


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked the author to elaborate more on the scientific aspects of STDs

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3015)
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    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "A few good tricks"
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    What did you like best about The Willpower Instinct? What did you like least?

    The distinction between pleasure itself and the


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Easy to follow, with weekly assignments.


    What three words best describe Walter Dixon’s voice?

    Encouraging, paternal, sounds like a good patient teacher


    Did The Willpower Instinct inspire you to do anything?

    It helped me with my weight loss but I'm getting ready for the REAL challenge: stopping cigarettes!


    Any additional comments?

    I want to go back to it for a re-listen,

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Profound, thought-provoking writing, +well read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Botany of Desire the most enjoyable?

    The humanity, the history of those 4 plants, the sincerity of the author, his curiosity and the general tone of his refined reflections and deep knowledge. The narrator's excellent intonation couples intimately with the text and makes for an easy listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book's whole plan of choosing four plants and digging into the history of their domestication and their corresponding human desires. Pollan is a profound humanist and awakens deep love-of-life thoughts and feelings.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'm interested in hearing other books he chose.


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

    The intimate relationship between bipeds and plants


    Any additional comments?

    My best audiobook yet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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