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Guilherme

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4499)
    Performance
    (2335)
    Story
    (2356)

    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!"
    "Relativity is just the beginning"
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    Very detailed book spanning the whole of Einstein's life. And surprisingly his post life is also briefly covered. Apparently his brain liked to trip through the USA.

    The period after he discovered relativity is probably more interesting as before his great discoveries.

    It goes beyond merely relating what happened to Einstein. The author explain many of the relationships between Einstein and others and the political situation of the time.

    I was surprised by how much wrong information I had on Einstein. Even if you put all the documentaries about his life toguether you don't get close to the depth of details within this book.

    I highly recommend this book because it is about the life of one of the greatest scientists humankind has and probably will see and second because of the effort the author has put into recreating Einstein's life year by year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1444)
    Story
    (1443)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Nothing like a good zombie apocalipse"
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    As the previous two books there is some good stuff, and some not so much.
    The Ex series has a very original premise - superheroes against zombies, this way you wont loose your beloved characters to the mindless horde of undead.
    That is a good thing and bad too because that worry that the next mission will be your last is absent. That I can recall no main character has died in the series.

    Some characters simply disappear though, like the "Driver" from book 2. He was one of the main reason they were successful escaping from the base but simply is not mentioned in the book.

    Another thing that strikes me is that it appear that each book is planned when the author starts to write it. Like he was not planning to write a second, a third and so forth.

    But overall is a good listen. The narration is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moral Decision Making: How to Approach Everyday Ethics

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Clancy Martin
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    Whether or not we're aware of them, we make important ethical decisions all the time - as professionals, consumers, citizens, parents, sons and daughters, and friends. These 24 thought-provoking lectures offer you the chance to reflect on some of the most powerful moral issues we face in our daily lives: Is it ever OK to lie? What are our moral obligations to others? What is the key to living the good life? From Plato to Kant to Bonhoeffer, you'll see how some of the world's greatest thinkers from across the ages have approached similar problems.

    Jacobus says: "Easy-followed down-to-earth relevant ethics course"
    "Thinking about issues people don't talk about"
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    Would you listen to Moral Decision Making again? Why?

    This is a book that there is just so much important information, that is simple not possible to get it all one single listen. I certainly will listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moral Decision Making?

    I can name a few likeChapter 9 was The golden rule - don't do unto others what you wouldn't want them do unto you and its implications are not as simple as they seem at first. Emanuel kant's review of the law - treat people a an end not as a means. Chapter 11 with the master and slaves ethics and where the judeo-chistian tradition have taken their ideals from are also very interesting.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don't know what justice is, I'll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy.
    Republic, 354b-c - On the last lecture


    Any additional comments?

    A book that all humans should listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2203)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1979)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "Better than the first with some weak spots."
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    Overall the second book is better written than the first. There are less superheroes on the scene so there is better character development and some very nice plot twists. You can even learn a thing or two about influence.
    But of course there are some things that don't make sense, like the most badass superhero becoming the damsel in distress. I really need to share my thoughts about one scene because I just couldn't believe the logic or lack of:
    * Zap is locked inside the nuclear reactor. He manages to cross the glass barrier to reach the adjacent room where the doctor is but is not able to get out of the reactor room out because of the Faraday cage which surrounds the whole reactor?!
    * Anyway it does not occur to him to take the doctor as a hostage, maybe vaporize a leg or an arm just to show how serious he is. And besides, a Faraday cage is used for protection against electric currents not against nuclear reactions of stars.
    Oh and Captain America appears to save the day.

    On summary :
    Unexpected plot twists - good
    Bad logic - bad
    Unrealistic physics - bad
    Zombies - good
    Cool villains - good
    So 3 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (2344)
    Story
    (2367)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Not as great as expected"
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    well written, there are good characters. The story is funny story but not likely to make you laugh.
    To me books, movies etc... must have a meaning to them. Well I could not find any here other than remembering my not so great adolescence. Maybe I have to watch the movie to find out if there was supposed to have a deeper meaning to the book other than just a weird teenager talking about his life. Movies usually go straight to the point.
    I don't want to spoil it, but Charlie is not a skizo as is seemed to me at some point during the book, I thought that his best friends were created by his imagination.
    It feels like big brother on the first person, when you are watching the show you just get glimpses of what is happening since the producers have to cram a whole day into a few minutes.

    *** After the end of the book update.
    The previous paragraphs were written while I was reading the book.
    Yes, there is a point to the story, but you won't make you fell better in the end. And you just really understand what is going on at the very end of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Christian
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (407)

    How is it possible for the disciplines of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, and history to fit together? These 48 lectures answer that question by weaving a single story from accounts of the past developed by a variety of scholarly disciplines. The result is a story stretching from the origins of the universe to the present day and beyond, in which human history is seen as part of the history of our Earth and biosphere, and the Earth's history, in turn, is seen as part of the history of the universe.

    John P. Gillespie says: "The Big Picture of Big History"
    "The best history lesson I ever had."
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    If you could sum up Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity in three words, what would they be?

    Big history is not focused on a period, rather in all of them. As the name suggests you get exactly what you are paying for. It all starts on the big bang and covers all 13.4 billion years until the modern era.
    To make sense of all this information, the author focuses on thresholds of complexity. The big bang, when the stars lit up, when new chemical elements are created on supernovae, and so on until the modern era.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Collective learning is the mark of humanity.
    Among the many new things I've learned from it one that I wont forget is how the author defined what is to be a human (homo sapiens) and it is not using tools - monkeys can do that. Collective Learning - to able to learn and build upon knowledge from people who lived before you - is the key of the rise of mankind.


    Any additional comments?

    On summary, get the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Bowen
    • Narrated By Kristopher Milnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself - the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet, James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent, but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, never imagining that he would see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

    Gillian says: "Three Cheers for Bob and James!"
    "How does a cat saves someone from drugs?"
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    Where does A Street Cat Named Bob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good story, Great narrator - I even got very emotional a few times, maybe one of the top 50.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Street Cat Named Bob?

    The story of how James Bowen met Bob is just one of those amazing tales you find in novels. James became so committed about looking after this one cat that it made him want to become a better person and drop his addiction. Becoming famous was just one extra; James is still cashing in because of Bob, but is not likely that Bob minds very much.


    What about Kristopher Milnes’s performance did you like?

    The narrator does a great job at performing naturally; it's like listening to a close friend telling about his life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A laughed most times, got worried a few and had a few tears running down my face specially towards the end of the book. And that is not usual for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3349)
    Performance
    (3010)
    Story
    (3024)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Superman and zombies"
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    The idea of superheroes meeting zombies is original. The storyline is kinda boring. There are a few good characters but I did not feel immersed in the book as I do when I watch the walking dead, for example.
    No big surprises and the good guys win. I just don't get why Zap just did not started to wipe all zombies from the face of the earth instead of sitting on a wheel chair. And there is no explanation about why the superpowers started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (675)

    Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

    Kristi Richardson says: ""The Universe is in us!""
    "Too short for such important subject"
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    The most profound part of the book is the author's comparison of human and chimps. If we are genetically only one percent distant from chimps and can do some much more than them, what if we are to meet a species that is genetically one percent smarter than us?

    Overall is a good book, but as it's shortness suggest contains only questions, not answers. Good insights as the one mentioned above though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2428)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2117)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "Meditation 2.0!"
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    I'd definitely recommend this book. It's a biography and a meditation guidebook. It is definitely not a regular meditation guide though. There is no transcendental bu****it on it.
    The author who is a reporter in his spare time (a popular one by the way) has a very analytical mind and tries to uncover what is truth and what is not in self help. He talks about many self help books I read in the past .Eckhart Tolle, Joe Vitale Deepak Chopra he interview all of these guys and they are full of s**t, Eckhart being the only exception;

    The author is able to go straight into the most important questions about meditation, self help and controlling the ego. The closest to a mystical free of bias meditation teachings.
    It is a biography as well. Very enlightening because I face many of the difficulties he faced as well;

    One of the best meditation and self help book I read. Already listen to it twice, planning to listen again at least once every year.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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