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jeff

Non fiction- science, history,biography,80% classics 10% other fiction 5% misfits 5%

pickering, ON, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Mind's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Oliver Sacks, Richard Davidson
    Overall
    (179)
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    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    An exploration of vision through the case histories of six individuals - including a renowned pianist who continues to give concerts despite losing the ability to read the score, and a neurobiologist born with crossed eyes who, late in life, suddenly acquires binocular vision, and how her brain adapts to that new skill.

    Lynn says: "Blindness"
    "eye opening"
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    Oliver Sack's books are a revelation. They reach us in a new way. They reach a depth that books of similar ilk don't even approach. I find myself haunted after reading this book, just like all his other books. Its as if my subconscious is still pondering the insights and humanism of what I've read weeks after finishing one of his books. I find his description of his own battle with eye problems in this book so effecting, and his perspectives on sight will forever change how you perceive vision and blindness.

    the unfortunate downside of all his books. is the sometimes overwhelming level of verbosity and medical / scientific jargon. Its all SO worth it in the end though,at least for me. His work will not only forever hold a place in my head- but also in my heart.

    I cant write this review without commenting on the amazing job the narrator does with all of sack's books!! the fit of author and narrator are PERFECT! I must see what other work this great narrator has done.
    If you enjoyed this, read - a leg to stand on- also available here. It is amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Justin Pollard, Howard Reid
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (293)

    Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.

    Jeffrey says: "A good listen"
    "a rare topic"
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    I wish that I could have given this 5 stars.the reason I cant is due to the lack of flow in the writing.. It is still an outstanding book regardless, and deals with an incredible period in time and a particularly fascinating,, rarely visited place. They seem to have packed an enormous amount of info into this comparatively small book. I had to read it twice to gleam a good handle on the info, but the subject mater is so worth it that Ill probably read it again in time. So the bottom line is that its not the best written book you'll find but it is highly informative and contains facinating subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Leg to Stand On

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Dr. Oliver Sacks's books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars and the best-selling The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat have been acclaimed for their compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders. In A Leg to Stand On, it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg. But what should be a routine recuperation is actually the beginning of a strange medical journey.

    John S. says: "Not sure what he was trying for here"
    "A very rewarding read but Not for everybody."
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    While this is a fine book with an amazing true story, I feel the need to put out a word of caution. The degree to which sachs goes off on his poetic existential meanderings in this book is excessive . It requires patience and a fair amount of concentration to get through these unfortunately verbose tirades. An editor really should have tightened it up. This book does have a great story and immense insight that should be heard by everyone. It will be of particular value to doctors, nurses and caregivers. I really love sacks work but his verbosity gets to be too much at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (294)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "one of my highest rated books!"
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    A real standout gem from the gobs of mediocre fare. I was utterly captivated! Perfectly narrated and matched to the book. If you liked this read- river of doubt- another stunner!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (429)

    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    Arthur says: "Beginners start here! This is the one you want!"
    "as good as it gets !!"
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    take a fascinating topic and match it to a truly unique writer of matchless finesse and warranted worship and this little wonder is what you get.
    I've read it twice in a row and know that this is the rarest of books, one that Ill read many times more. Im having a hard time deleting it from my Ipod.. lol . A really rare gem. 5.stars

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (280)

    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
    "AMAZING read"
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    This is such an amazing listening experience! If this was fiction you would say it was way too far fetched. Truth is so much stranger. Of my 300 audible books this is in the top 5. For those of you who have been lucky enough to read.. Master of the Senate.. this is the book end for that fab series on lyndon johnson. It was robert caros purpose to expose the workings of power on the local and national level, hence this award winning masterpiece of research and writing, taking almost 10 years to write, AND the lyndon johnson series, the last of which were still waiting for impatiently. I learned so much about power, politics and how the world really works by reading caros masterpieces. If you dont like long books- Be forewarned it is long, really long! I wouldnt cut a single word out of it though. It was actually been cut and edited back to fit in a paperback form. A must read, as far as I'm concerned

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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