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showercomb

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  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (764)
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    (748)

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "A superb book, brilliant narration"
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    Where does The Blind Watchmaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is definitely among my favorites to listen to, ever. I have listened to it at least three times through now and it delivers something new every time. It is very well written in Richard Dawkins' distinctive style - smart, humorous, thoughtful and engaging. I can imagine Dawkins to be a superb teacher who makes his students fall in love with the subject.The narration is amazing. The best out of all the books I have ever listened to. In fact all of Dawkins' books are a true pleasure to listen - he is very passionate about his subject and knows it inside and out. Sometimes i listen to one of his books (I have bought every single one of them and they are all fantastically narrated) just because it is such a pleasure to listen to him and Lalla Ward perform it.


    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The story comes to life when narrated by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. I have read all of Dawkins' books and they are brilliant, but I definitely prefer to listen to him narrate, so I have bought and listened to all of the available audio versions as well. Ever since getting an audio version of a book i never went back to the paper version. That is probably because the books are written in a conversational style (which makes them so lovely to read) so to listen to an actual conversation is real fun.


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

    Definitely yes, it didn't take me long to finish - and start again - it kept me up some nights


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Japanese Society and History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Harold Kerbo, John McKinstry
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Japan has always seemed a puzzle to most westerners - so modern, so industrialized, yet somehow so different. Japanese Society and History seeks to initiate westerners to the learning process of making Japan seem a little less mysterious and a little more understandable. This book walks readers through some of the important features of Japanese society to help readers begin slowly forming a more complete picture of Japan.

    Lexi says: "Lots of interesting information and easy to follow"
    "Fantastic book for Japan-lovers!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Japanese Society and History the most enjoyable?

    the book is very informative. I like the different chapters on society, history, problems etc very well organised


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Japanese Society and History?

    the people and the problems


    Did Eva Wilhelm do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I wasn't particularly impressed with the narrator. Quite monotonous. If the book wasnt so interesting i wouldn't have kept listening


    If you could give Japanese Society and History a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Geeking out on Japan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton
    • Narrated By Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (125)

    For anyone who has ever dreamed of love, sex, and companionship beyond the limits of traditional monogamy, this groundbreaking guide navigates the infinite possibilities that open relationships can offer. Experienced ethical sluts Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy dispel myths and cover all the skills necessary to maintain a successful and responsible polyamorous lifestyle - from self-reflection and honest communication to practicing safe sex and raising a family. Individuals and their partners will learn how to discuss and honor boundaries, resolve conflicts, and to define relationships on their own terms.

    Chris says: "Well written, dense book"
    "absolutely loved it"
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    my favourite part was about developing emotional maturity. this is a great reference book, for everyone, not only the ethical sluts amongst us. I don't think i'm one, but the book was still very relevant to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finishing on Top: How to Achieve Personal Goals, Become Successful, and Experience Happiness Through the Power of Finishing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sherman Toppin
    • Narrated By Sherman Toppin, Esq.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's true. You can become more successful and experience happiness if you simply finish your personal goals. The problem for many of us, however, is actually finishing. The good news is your problems with finishing can be resolved through simple changes in your thinking, planning, and relationships with others. In this exciting new audiobook, Sherman Toppin shows how to use the power of finishing to accomplish the things we dream about. Don't let another moment pass. Buy this audiobook today and start finishing on top!

    Amazon Customer says: "a 5 star but for religious references"
    "a 5 star but for religious references"
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    Would you listen to Finishing on Top again? Why?

    i would but not the last chapter (on faith). It really put me off, when the author started going on about faith in God. It is not relevant and not helpful. Being able to finish things has nothing to do with religious affiliation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finishing on Top?

    great tips, the 6 main tips were fantastic. And he elaborates well on them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    A dazzling urban satire of modern human relations? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something? The third installment in Bridget Jones' journey, Mad About the Boy, will be out in October 2013.

    Amazon Customer says: "fantastic narrator, great book"
    "fantastic narrator, great book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bridget Jones's Diary the most enjoyable?

    the narrator sounds exactly like a Bridget would, as well as the Mother and even the guys. She does a superb job, incredible acting talent. The book jumps off the earphones :)


    What other book might you compare Bridget Jones's Diary to and why?

    none so far, it's the best, i read it twice in a row already


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no particular one


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (291)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "excellent course. Engaging, memorable, informative"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Story of Human Language to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print, i don't think it exists. But audio is definitely better


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Story of Human Language?

    the professor acting out different accents throughout the course, to make his point. it was hilarious and added to the enjoyment of learning.


    What does Professor John McWhorter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his knowledge of the languages, his engaging presentation (jokes and imitations), his references to personal experience. in general the presentation was the best i have ever listened to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    n/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    Debbie says: "Great Listen for Anyone!"
    "Outdated and incorrect, a waste of money and time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    this was the worst audio course i have ever purchased. The information is outdated and simplistic. If i wanted to know about government mandated food pyramid i don't need to buy a course in medical myths. Utter waste of money.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    none by this lecturer. I love the courses overall, so another one probably.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    update the info

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Amazon Customer says: "awesome, i listened to it 3 times in a row!"
    "awesome, i listened to it 3 times in a row!"
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    What did you love best about The God Delusion?

    I loved the arguments, the thoroughness with which Richard Dawkins approaches the religion and 'god' debate and the language that draws you in. I also loved the readers both Richard and Lalla, they showed excellent inflection and are very engaging in their reading.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    bible references are really creepy, the argument for 'being good because of god', arguments for/against god and religion, the issue of children's brainwashing.. everything was great really


    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    their emotions and passion for the subject, I have more of Richard Dawkins books but this is the first one i listened to, i'm now hooked. am buying more audio books read by him. He's a real presenter, it's a pleasure listening to Richard and Lalla.


    If you could give The God Delusion a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What you must consider if you want to talk or think about religion and god.


    Any additional comments?

    brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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