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William

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  • The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Dean Olsher
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    In The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker marries two of the subjects he knows best: language and human nature. The result is a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. What does swearing reveal about our emotions? Why does innuendo disclose something about relationships? Pinker reveals how our use of prepositions and tenses taps into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and how our nouns and verbs speak to our notions of matter.

    Miroslaw says: "Escaping the Cave"
    "okay book, poorly read"
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    While not uniformly interesting, the book itself has something to offer, but the narrator reads it so breathlessly fast (as if in a hurry to reach the end) that I found it very hard to follow, and had to keep backing up. It's the only audible book that has caused my iPod to create a screen to set the speed. I tried slowing it down, but the voice became very warrrrbbbbld. I gave up on reaching the overly long section on baby names. If I had a hard copy, I could have skipped that. So, basically, ill suited to be an audio book.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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