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Patrick K. Ryan

Michigan | Member Since 2003

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  • 6 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • The Biology of Belief

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bruce H. Lipton
    • Narrated By Bruce H. Lipton
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    Since the publication of The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton has received widespread acclaim as one of the most accessible and knowledgeable voices of "new biology". The science is called epigenetics – a revolutionary field that shows us how the energy of consciousness is as important in shaping life on earth as DNA and chemistry.

    Michelle says: "A Must-read"
    "Skeptical ------ at first"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Biology of Belief in three words, what would they be?

    I'm interested in epigenetics as a psychologist. I generally don't like author-narrators. His enthusiasm made up for the narrative quality and the content was superlative.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

    Michael Kellogg says: "Fascinating and informative"
    "Stimulated further reading"
    Overall

    This was an excellent drive-time book. I did not particularly care that it was not rigorously impartial. I learned some things I did not know and found myself wanting to read many of his cited sources such as Hans Kung.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Natalie Angier
    • Narrated By Nike Doukas
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Buckle up for a joy ride through physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and her own work as an award-winning science writer, Natalie Angier does the impossible: she makes science fascinating and seriously fun, even for those of us who, in Angier's words, "still can't tell the difference between a proton, a photon, and a moron".

    Paul says: "Far too cute"
    "Ann Coulter-like"
    Overall

    The book is an excellent exposition of science. I have a PhD and found her treatment of "research" to be excellent. But, like Ann Coulter in her audio books she will make an point well and then jar the reader (me) with a moronic flippancy. They are not mean but they still take away from the message. Thus, instead of really looking forward to my morning drive with the book. i sort of look forward.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Chill Factor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town, the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there's always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace.

    Susan says: "I'd have peeked at the ending ..."
    "I may start reading mysteries"
    Overall

    I am not a big fan of mysteries, perferring to read science or something productive and useful to me in some sense. This book was a terrific read. I did not figure out the plot until very late in the game. My wife cannot put it down. I have already purchased her other book on the reading list, Unspeakable, which is also very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
    • Narrated By Ken Borgers, Sal Giangrasso, Charlton Griffin, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (85)

    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

    SLP says: "Absolutely Outstanding Historical Document"
    "Excellent quality of content adn narration"
    Overall

    I was very impressed with the quality of the presentation as well as with the narration. It helped clarify for me many issues of timing and planning that I had questions about. I especially enjoyed many of the pithy quotes which I am glad were leftt in. It made it less sterile and clinical. I am indebted to Audible for bringing it at such as reasonable price.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Connecting

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Larry Crabb
    • Narrated By Larry Crabb
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In his most significant book since the immensely successful Inside Out, Dr. Larry Crabb expands on his lifelong work in the field of psychotherapy to adopt a groundbreaking, but biblical, approach to healing the deep wounds of the soul - an approach that centers around building intimate, healing mini-communities in your life and church.

    Patrick K. Ryan says: "Read the reviews more closely"
    "Read the reviews more closely"
    Overall

    The book got a 4.75 rating so I thought it would be a good book on psychotherapy. Wow! Was I wrong. It was about religion. Had I read the reviews I would not have purchased the book.

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful

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