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Richard Byers

Waterloo, ON Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • The Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. This intimate account is filled with fascination, beauty, and surprise.

    Ethan says: "Superb story of our changing views of the planets"
    "Beware - as much religion and astrology as science"
    Overall

    From the description, I was expecting a book mostly about planetary science and astronomy. There is some science, but it's pretty weak, and there's enough non-science presented as fact to ruin it for me. For example, she makes arguments for the factual basis of the genesis story in the bible, the legitimacy of astrology, and that the similarity in angular size between the moon and sun from earth is an act of god. Overall, not a scientific book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers: Becoming the Father Your Children Need

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ken R. Canfield
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepard
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    You can't earn a degree, take postgraduate courses, be certified, or become a master tradesman, but being a dad is the most important job you will ever have. The multitude of suggestions and "should dos" being shouted at you from all corners can be overwhelming. You cannot do them all, but how do you choose which techniques and skills are the most important for raising happy, healthy children?

    Richard Byers says: "Written exclusively for Christians"
    "Written exclusively for Christians"
    Overall

    Be aware that this book is written specifically and exclusively for Christians. It seems like there is some good advice, but I'm having trouble getting through it being reminded about every 2 minutes that this book is written assuming (even requiring) core beliefs that are not my own. Although the summary mentions only that the advice comes from "solid scientific research", the book first mentions the Bible as a primary source. Being featured so prominently in the book, this fact should have been included in the publisher's summary.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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