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debra

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Lancing, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By V. S. Ramachandran
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (169)
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    (164)

    V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field - so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved.

    Michael says: "Great if you like understanding how brains work"
    "could have been good"
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    If only author's would realize that when we are reading something about science, we aren't interested in their political view points. It can and often does offend about half of the listening audience. I didn't purchase this book to be told that someone's political opinion shows their low IQ for examle. I know people of both political persuasions and know them to be very intellegent. Therefore my belief in the author's overall assumtions are called into question. See how that happens? Stick to the subject. Write another book if you want to pontificate on the pros and cons of other issues, and give it a different name. Very dissapointed. The author was crafty enough to wait until the end on the book to insert these insults - potential readers be warned.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Robert Whitaker
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (90)
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    (93)

    In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nations children. What is going on?

    Strachan says: "Good Science, Great Journalism"
    "A must read."
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    Even if you don't take an antidepressant, antianxiety or antipyschotic drug, you probably know someone who does. That is how widespread their use has become. Thus, the information in this book is essential. The truth is beginning to come out - this book is another important additon. It is comprehensive - so that if you haven't already read or heard about the problem, it is all presented here. And if you have heard about it, read it anyway because it contains important history, statistics, research and names. You won't be disappointed and it may change your life or the life of someone you care about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brighton Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (28)
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    (20)
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    (18)

    Originally published in 1938, Graham Greene’s chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare is a masterpiece of psychological realism and often considered Graham Greene’s best novel. It is a fascinating study of evil, sin, and the “appalling strangeness of the mercy of God,” a classic of its kind.

    daniel says: "Awful Reader"
    "A Masterpiece"
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    Once again Greene creates vivid characters who the reader feels sure actually exist. This may be among his best, I say may be only because I still have a few more to read!!! Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Culture and Imperialism

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edward W. Said
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    A landmark work from the intellectually auspicious author of Orientalism, this book explores the long-overlooked connections between the Western imperial endeavor and the culture that both reflected and reinforced it. This classic study, the direct successor to Said's main work, is read by Peter Ganim (Orientalism).

    AnthonyStevens says: "BRAVO, AUDIBLE!! WE NEED MORE SAID!! REAL BOOKS!!"
    "Interesting but long winded."
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    Best part is author's use of novels for evidence, such as Conrad and Naipaul. This was most helpful in driving home major ideas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2726)
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    (2511)
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    (2497)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Not just about the affair!!"
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    Graham Greene - takes you with him - seeing and feeling well developed characters and experiencing their interactions. This enhances the plot in Greene's unique way. The affair takes a back seat as the story unfolds.
    Colin Firth is fantastic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
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    (672)
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    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "thought provoking"
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    Recommend to anyone who likes ideas that stretch the limits of comprehension. That is not to say that his wording is difficult nor that the narrator isn't very good - only that the subject matter is outside of what we "see" in our workaday world. Anyone who likes to read about physics, particularly quantum physics has more or less gotten used to this feeling. And if you have never read a non fiction mind stretcher - this might be a good one to try. Facts can indeed be stranger than fiction!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By B. Alan Wallace
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (23)

    Bridging the gap between the world of science and the realm of the spiritual, Wallace, a pioneer of modern consciousness research, offers a practical and revolutionary method for exploring the mind that combines the keenest insights of contemporary physics and philosophers with the time-honored meditative traditions of Buddhism.

    Michael says: "An exciting vision of a new science."
    "Well organized and thought provoking"
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    What did you love best about Hidden Dimensions?

    Well organized subject matter, not so arcane as to leave the listener confused. Also done in such a way that the listener doesn't feel that the information MUST be believed - as was done in


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys mind/conscienceness subject matter reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3605)
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    (2073)
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    (2087)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "informative, interesting and FUNNY!"
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    What did you love best about Stiff?

    Roach's style of writing.


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

    Laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Roach has the ability to make learning about corpses fun - would recommend reading - and confirming donor status on drivers licsense.
    Frasier is the perfect narrator - her intonations fit well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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