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Jean

Guilford, CT, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amir D. Aczel
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Best selling author Amir Aczel (God's Equation) delves into the riddle of infinity, religion and science with "mad" mathematician Georg Cantor, in what Booklist calls "an indispensable book for anyone interested in the darker side of intellectual progress."

    Jeffrey says: "beauty in numbers"
    "really worth reading"
    Overall

    This was a great story about how the idea of infinity contributed to Cantor's mental decline -- chicken or egg? Some of the theories explained in this book threatened to make my head spin off too. A great read. His book on Einstein is also well worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation's struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, from the fault-line countries of South Asia to the sands of Guantanamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens

    Kyle says: "Essential Reading, Five Stars"
    "History well told"
    Overall

    I have already recommended this to friends. Suskind talks about the post-911 world through the eyes of history as well as through the eyes of several individuals, which really hooks you into the story. At first it seems there's an anti-Bush-Cheney agenda going down here (even for a non-fan), which may turn off some Fox News fanatics. In the end, it is a story that reaffirms the strength of the American democratic culture and a system that allows us to question the efficacy of our actions and the motivations behind them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About the Universe: Everything You Need to Know About the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In the latest addition to his best selling and critically acclaimed Don't Know Much About® series, Kenneth Davis delivers a lively and clear guide to the discoveries, theories, and real people that have shaped space exploration from the beginning of civilization to the present. He looks at issues that go beyond the bounds of simple "Science 101" and asks the kinds of questions we may have wanted to ask back in school but didn't have the nerve.

    Eileen says: "I didn't know anything about the Universe"
    "If you don't know much yet, this is a good program"
    Overall

    If I were just beginning to explore the topic, this would have been a good program for me. If you've done extensive reading on the topic, this is not the program for you -- nothing new. Some cute references to our '60s & '70s adolecent reactions to dry science "education" such as the highlight of biology class when the teacher accidentally explodes the bunson burner -- hehe.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pulp Physics: Astronomy: Humankind in Space and Time

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dr. Richard Berendzen
    • Narrated By Richard Berendzen
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    In this unscripted recording, renowned astrophysicist Dr. Richard Berendzen takes you on a journey through space and time that is captivating from the moment he begins to speak. Enjoy the best of both worlds: an expert's knowledge in a user-friendly format!

    Dell says: "Pulp Physics is insightful history"
    "A great listen"
    Overall

    This is one of the best audios I have listened to. Although there were many mathmatical concepts I did not understand, the overall concepts were explained very well and were really fascinating. I actually listened to this twice back-to-back, I liked it so much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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