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Prairie

Prairie du Sac, WI | Member Since 2003

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  • 24 reviews
  • 156 ratings
  • 520 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Hard Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
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    (353)
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    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Prairie says: "An Excellent book on Modern History"
    "An Excellent book on Modern History"
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    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book! It is amazing how much diplomacy goes on that you never hear about. As you read this book you'll learn about world history happening right now, which helps shed light on and add context to current events. Reading this book has given me a much great appreciation for the role of Secretary of State and the critical role that diplomacy plays in our international strategy.

    Regardless of your political views, this book is a great read! After reading this book though, I have to say that am very glad to have had Hillary Clinton serve as our Secretary of State and I know that our country has benefited greatly from her contributions.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Manual for Creating Atheists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Boghossian
    • Narrated By Peter Boghossian
    Overall
    (249)
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    (228)
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    For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith - and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, this audiobook offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith - but for talking them out of it.

    Paul says: "The first atheist missionary"
    "The Definitive Guide"
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    Articulately written and well researched, Peter Boghossian breaks it down into its simplest terms. I only wish I would have benefited from his wisdom earlier in my life and broken free sooner. Highly recommend both for yourself and as a gift for friends.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Shermer
    Overall
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    Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are.

    Feisty Donut says: "A good start to critical thinking"
    "One Truely Great Course"
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    Wow was this a great lecture! Shermer is an interesting speaker and I found it hard to stop listening. This course should be on the list of required freshmen courses for all college students. As a skeptic in training myself, this course helped equip me with some important new tools that I know I'll be able to use at home in everyday life and in business.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10629)
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    (9614)
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    (9699)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "A Serious Page Turner"
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    I really enjoyed this audio book. Dan Brown does a masterful job of creating a complex mystery that is hard to put down, woven with fascinating historical and architectural details and Christian religious mythology. I love books where you that are so entertaining, while educational as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16219)
    Performance
    (13480)
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    (14105)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Captivating!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I thought the narration was a perfect fit for the book. The book itself is very rich. It is one of those books with depth and complexity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a great story of attraction and desire. Deep and rich and full of surprises.


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

    Her sensual voice is perfect for this story. See seems to get the book and has a perfect way of telling the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (230)
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    Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times best seller The Singularity Is Near, is arguably today’s most influential technological visionary. A pioneering inventor and theorist, he has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind, he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.

    Ryan says: "Articulate but familiar brain-inspired AI pitch"
    "Amazing"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Create a Mind?

    Want to learn why Siri is so accurate at natural speech recognition? You will be amazed at just how far our understanding of the brain has gone. We really are approaching a time where computers will become intelligent and learn just like humans. Wow!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It is a very deep topic, but fascinating and I found I could not put it down.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
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    (521)
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    In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

    Gordon Lamb says: "Interesting Content, Irritating Reader"
    "Very Interesting and Enjoyable Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Physics of the Future the most enjoyable?

    While I find it very interesting to think about where science and technology will take us in the future, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about what is currently being worked on. Kaku covers a very wide range of topics and has given me some great ideas for future reading!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definately found it hard to put down and ended up losing some sleep because I couldn't stop listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
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    (161)
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    Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway? In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from Scientific American and Slate, as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior.

    Prairie says: "Entertaining"
    "Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Entertaining, revealing, changing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That??

    The author's own experiences realizing he was gay at a young age and relating what it was like growing up gay. I love his total openness in relating his own experiences and beliefs. He lays it right out there, like more people should.


    Have you listened to any of Jesse Bering???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book. Perhaps not all of his research is scientifically spot on as some reviewers pointed out, but most of it is, plus the story was very entertaining and it left me with some new perspectives. I love books that really make you think and this book accomplishes that!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Fall: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
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    (807)
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    Haunted by the past, John Rain kills to order and leaves no trace, but the death at his hand of an old man has unforeseen complications - and soon Rain is trying to protect not just his carefully preserved anonymity but his own life and those of the people he cares for. A stunning, page-turning reinvention of the hitman thriller, Rain Fall marks the introduction of a compelling new series character and major new thriller writing career.

    George says: "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"
    "Great reading here!"
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    If you could sum up Rain Fall in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected, intriguing, enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rain Fall?

    I don't want to give out any spoilers, but I love the martial arts woven into the story line.


    What does Brian Nishii bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The Japanese accent is a perfect fit for the book, especially if you've traveled in Japan and have experienced the culture.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Jazz!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. Now I have to read the entire series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    Overall
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    (907)
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    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Simply outstanding"
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    Would you listen to The Swerve again? Why?

    A must read! It makes you realize the fragility of human elightenment and makes you think about how we must carefully guard it and nurture it..


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

    This book has given me a greater respect for the humanities than ever before.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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