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Nathan

Atlanta, GA, USA

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  • Googled: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Auletta
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    In Googled, esteemed media writer and critic Ken Auletta uses the story of Google's rise to explore the inner workings of the company and the future of the media at large. Although Google has often been secretive, this book is based on the most extensive cooperation ever granted a journalist, including access to closed-door meetings and interviews with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, CEO Eric Schmidt, and some 150 present and former employees.

    Brian says: "Interesting, but Tedious"
    "Stand out!"
    Overall

    This is a stand out book, primarily due to the access of the author with the Google staff and the staff of the competition. The result is a comprehensive book, covering the landscape of New Media.

    It is notable well read. My highest recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sean B. Carroll
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo--Evolutionary Developmental Biology--is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected.

    Terry A. Gray says: "Challenging but rewarding"
    "Try the author’s other books first"
    Overall

    After enjoying to all of Sean Carroll's audio books, this is my least favorite. It's not a book where you try to catch every detail that the author is communicating, but listen for the general conclusion.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (387)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    Ehrman at his finest: Plenty of clear evidence to make his point. Definitely worth a second listen.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7216)
    Performance
    (3001)
    Story
    (3011)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "This book lives up to the hype"
    Overall

    After listening to both abridged and unabridged versions, I would recommend them both. Either way, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael J. Behe
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    In a tour de force of science and logic, the best-selling author of Darwin's Black Box combines genetics, laboratory results, and mathematics to prove, once and for all, that the universe and life on Earth are designed.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "Malaria Anyone?"
    "Recommened"
    Overall

    Despite the book's extravagant conclusions, I thoroughly recommend it for the following reasons:

    1. It presents a very provocative counter argument to established scientific thinking. For this reason alone my attention was held from start to finish.

    2. Behe clarifies his views concerning evolution. Surprisingly, Behe presents a convincing argument FOR common decent. He also raises several tough questions concerning his own view of intelligent design.

    3. Behe does a good job of teaching some basic biology.

    However, Behe's discussion of probabilities was muddled, and he uses this discussion to "leap" toward an intelligent creator. In other words, he raises some interesting questions concerning mutation probabilities and goes straight toward intelligent design.

    Nonetheless, if you are interested in the topic of evolution, I highly recommend this book.

    23 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10422)
    Performance
    (4855)
    Story
    (4872)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    While some of the conclusions seem a bit overstated, this book will challenge you to THINK.

    It discards the simplistic labels like "genius" and "smart", and digs deep into the reasons for ultra achievement.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (365)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Recommended"
    Overall

    I recommend this book.

    Similar in quality to David McCullough's other books (although I prefer 1776 much more).

    I thought the chapters before the were helpful, but seemed to drag. Once the "flood" begins, the book really picks up speed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Behold the Mighty Dinosaur

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Kricher
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Before their extinction, dinosaurs dominated Earth's terrestrial habitats for about 160 million years. They present the ultimate puzzle in forensic science, but we have learned a great deal about them in the last 50 years. This lecture series will explain the evolutionary and ecological relationships among dinosaurs, what it might have been like to be present in their time, and the question of what ultimately brought about the total extinction of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period.

    Ingwe says: "Intriguing"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    I am always pleased with "The Modern Scholar" series. This title is no exception. I highly recommend it.

    The lessons cover all aspects of dinosaurs. So it's inevitable that there will be a lesson topic you don't care for as much.

    This program is geared toward "non-experts". But the final few lessons concerning modern theories is really great, and should interest everyone including the experts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at the Betrayer and Betrayed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    Lost for nearly 1,700 years, newly restored and authenticated, the Gospel of Judas presents a very different view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas. Rather than paint Judas as a traitor, it portrays him as acting at Jesus' request.

    Henry Scalfo says: "Great"
    "Recommended"
    Overall

    Exceeded expectations!

    The main message was not on "The Gospel of Judas". The main focus was on the questions: "Who was Jesus" and "What was Judas's relationship with Jesus"

    This book did not bore me with tedious details of the text of "The Gospel of Judas", but gave a good review of this text in light of the historical Jesus.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sean B. Carroll
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed: it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest.

    Ross Taylor says: "Be prepared..."
    "the molecular case for evolution"
    Overall

    -excellent narration.

    -The authors' main motivation is to argue the case for evolution. He does so with a broad spectrum of EVIDENCE. For example, he discusses the evolution of photoreceptors across a range of animals. Very interesting.

    -the final segment presents some of the controversy of evolution verse intelligent design, which I found less interesting than main discussion of the book.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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