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Quan Nguyen

California | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 265 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014

  • Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jonathan Weiner
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau

    Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting skills to the story of Seymour Benzer, the Brooklyn-born maverick scientist whose study of genetics and experiments with fruit fly genes has helped revolutionize or knowledge of the connections between DNA and behavior both animal and human.

    Timothy A. Smith says: "This is a profound science book"
    "Like a sci-fi novel with real characters"

    The author and the narrator did an excellent job, brought life to a seemingly dry and boring subject of molecular biology history. This book presents stories about well known scientists, and untold countless graduate students and post-docs, whose effort, talent, dedications, sheer luck, or misfortune brought about our partial understanding of the genetic or molecular basis of life. It reads like a mystery sci-fi.
    I recommend this book highly to those who are interested in any of the topics below:
    - A brief history of molecular biology, gene research.
    - A window into scientific investigations ??? their attractions, perseverance, disappointments, triumphs, and politics.
    - How human being is but a part of the biological universe.
    - how our behavior or free will is or is not what we think we know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "best combination of stories and authentic voices"

    I am new to audible, and audio books in general. This book and my previous audio fiction "The Bonfire of Vanity" show me what I have been missing. Instead of reading a book and try to imagine the characters' voices, I now really enjoy voices done by professionals, whose voice add realistic dimensions to the story's characters.

    I listen to Audible's Cloud Atlas and follow the narration with the book open. Bristish accents, illiterate Hawaii herder's accent for example all become alive and real, with emotions! (The book adds visual spelling of names, foreign phrases for memory's aide, and also add proper demarcation of italics or parentheses not easily discernible from narrator's pause or reading.)

    A very well made audio production combined with an intricate thought provoking novel.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss the Girls

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Robert Guillaume, Chris Noth

    In the most suspenseful thriller yet from the author of Along Came a Spide and Jack and Jill, Detective Alex Cross is on the trail of 2 murderers who may be working together. Casanova preys on talented college women from the Carolinas to Florida. The Gentleman Caller is terrorizing Los Angeles. The case takes Cross coast to coast and to the Deep South, where his niece, a law student, has been abducted. Will she be the next victim of one, or both, of the killers?

    Thomas says: "Disappointment"
    "not worth it"

    No entertainment value
    No excitement
    Just vulgar languages, thinly veiled plot
    A waste of my time

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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