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reggie p


PA | Member Since 2006

  • 72 reviews
  • 610 ratings
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  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • The Future of Spacetime

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Price, Editor
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    Here are five accessible essays by those who walk the fine line between science and science fiction, moving ever further out in discovering the patterns of nature, aimed at listeners who share their fascination with the deepest mysteries of the universe. Includes essays by Stephen Hawking, Timothy Ferris, Alan Lightman, and more.

    reggie p says: "very interesting"
    "very interesting"

    I didn't understand much of Stephen Hawking's contribution at all but the others were very interesting. I particularly enjoyed Kip Thorne's piece and listened to it twice. I found some lecture notes of his on line that complimented this essay well. I'm not a physicist (or anything even close) but find this field utterly fascinating. I couldn't follow every equation and concept discussed, and I used the reverse button quite a bit, but I learned a lot. It was well worth it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Where's Your Jesus Now?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Karen Spears Zacharias
    • Narrated By Karen Spears Zacharias
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How is it that those of us who claim to be so firmly founded can be so easily shaken? This compelling look at how fear eclipses faith in frightening times also demonstrates how to confront what you fear most, wrestle with it, and then release it, freeing yourself as well.

    reggie p says: "Question remains unanswered"
    "Question remains unanswered"

    This was a light read and at times a little funny. I didn't really appreciate the narration but my biggest complaint was that the question remained unanswered. I agreed with the author's thoughts on homosexuality but not too much more. If you're looking for answers, this isn't the book. If you want some laughs about religious matters, then it will work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empathy Gap: Building Bridges to the Good Life and the Good Society

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J. D. Trout
    • Narrated By J. D. Trout
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Drawing on his sweeping and innovative research, philosopher and cognitive scientist J. D. Trout recruits the latest findings in psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience to answer the question: How can we make better personal decisions and design social policies that improve the lives of everyone?

    reggie p says: "Excellent"

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I found every chapter fascinating and have listened to it several times. I even bought a hard copy of the book. I love the way the author made use of much of the research on behavior published in Scientific American Mind each month to formulate ideas to improve society. This is very cutting edge. Some may call it liberal but they lack an understanding of how the human mind really works. We don't have as much free will as we'd like to think and society's problems aren't just caused by people's laziness. I thought the author had some very workable, intelligent ideas. I only wish our decision makers would take the time to read and understand this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steve Lopez
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

    Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

    David says: "Fascinating true story"
    "Fantastic Audiobook"

    This is one of the best audio books I've listened to in a while. Excellent writing, wonderful narration, and a terrific story.
    The author provides a good perspective on how mental health affects lives and how one person can make a difference in someone's life.
    It will tug at your soul, stretch your heart and bring tears to your eyes.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "An Audible Gem"

    This book was a joy to listen to. The author provides different perspectives on how family life is effected by a seriously ill child. When everything revolves around the sick one, the other children must make do with the remains. The choices this situation presents are difficult for all, yet they have to be made.

    I think anyone who has a chronically ill or disabled family member, parent or child, will appreciate this story.

    This book had several narrators and all were excellent. The variety and quality of the narration enhanced the story and make this book a real gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ask and It Is Given, Volume 1: The Law of Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
    • Narrated By Jerry Hicks

    Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you�re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

    James says: "Important Stuff"

    The first hour of this seemed liked an infomercial for the book and for God. The rest of it was pretty repetitive. The principles they offer are a nice idea, but I remain skeptical. What they say can't be proven or disproven, and I'm not sure I believe that these messages are received from a spiritual guide. I'm not inclined toward the supernatural although I would favor this kind of teaching over anything offered through organized religion.

    If you are searching for something, it's worth a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "Stumbling on a good book"

    I really wasn't in the mood to read this book but felt that it was something I needed to do. I thought it was going to be boring and hard to get through. I wanted to get it over with so I downloaded it and hit the play button.

    Boy was I surprised.

    This book turned out to be one of the best books I have listened to to date, and I've listened to a lot of books. Gilbert's writing is light, and easy to understand. His narration is great, too. He has a wonderful sense of humor and provides numerous examples to get his points across.

    Gilbert talks about why our memories are so problematic, how narrow our perception of reality really are, and what makes us terrible predictors of our own happinesse. He shows how our present feelings influence memories of our past as well as our imagination of the future. He also talks about how self-deception, perceptions of regret, and freedom of choice can contribute to or undermine our happiness.

    The book isn't meant to be a self-help book, but the understanding I gained, definitely helped me.
    I loved this book and will probably listen to is several more times.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Letter to a Christian Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Jordan Bridges
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

    Quine says: "Succinctly Brilliant"
    "Original Thinking"

    Sam Harris gets my vote for the bravest man in America and the most rational, too.

    No body likes athiests; they are reviled by all. Yet Sam Harris has stood up and said enough already with God, with all religions. He poignantly argues his point that religion isn't working so maybe we should try something about reason. He says that no one has ever died from too much knowledge or reason.

    This work is concise. He gets straight to the point and doesn't waste your time. I agree with the other reviewers who say that this should be required reading (and thinking) by all. We need a different paradigm in which to see the world if we are going to move forward. Sam Harris provides a new paradigm and is thinking outside the box. Are we going to continue our insane wishful thinking or are we going to make a change in time to save ourselves and to progress?

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "Funny but true"

    Julia is halarious and it's hard not to agree with her arguments. She asks the questions that most people growing up Catholic only thought about but were afraid to ask out loud.

    Julia didn't let go of God without a fight. She has done her research and is well informed in a variety of fields. In this performance she tells us about her personal struggle with religion, and demonstrates how her doubt and research have led her to where she is today. And she does this all in a very entertaining way.

    If you struggle with religion, and especially Catholicism, you will enjoy this. If you are on the other side, you may find it troublesome, although she is not disrespectful at all.

    It takes guts to do what she has done and she deserves kudos for her bravery.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis

    Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a gigantic insect. This extraordinary tale of imagination was written by Kafka against the backdrop of increasing turmoil in central Europe and remains not just an affecting tale but a disturbing allegory.

    Pierre Gauthier says: "Haunting!"
    "very different story"

    This was a very differnt story - one about a young man who wakes up as an insect. It was a little strange, but the narration was excellent and it held my interest. The only thing I didn't like about it was the ending. I thought it was a little abrupt.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Edward Craig
    • Narrated By Maurice West

    This lively and engaging book is the ideal introduction for anyone who has ever been puzzled by what philosophy is or what it is for. Edward Craig argues that philosophy is not an activity born from another planet; learning about it is just a matter of broadening and deepening what most of us do already. He shows that philosophy is no mere intellectual pastime.

    reggie p says: "good intro"
    "good intro"

    This was an enjoyable introduction to Philosophy. In fact I listened to it twice and will probably listen to it again.

    I didn't know too much about philosophy when beginning the book, although I had listened to several of the books in the 90-minute series (Aristotle in 90 Minutes, etc.) over the past few months. I think this contributed to my enjoyment of the book and helped me to get more out of it. For me, this book tied some loose ends together. It talked about the questions that philosophers seek to answer and explained the different approaches (empiricism and rationalism; idealism and materialism, etc.) of a few significant philosophers.

    It wasn't comprehensive but it covered a good deal and so I think it was worth it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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