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William

Life long learner of all sorts of things.

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  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1269)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Long, but explanitory"
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    This is a very good book which is both informative on the subject of genes themselves, but also serves as a kind of historical overview of changing ideas, and why they were discarded or affirmed.

    Dawkins, as always, is given to digressions that could be considered by some, to be tedious. Even so, a bit of patients is rewarded well by way of learning.

    All in all... Excellent.

    this book is not light in content, so even though Dawkins does an exception job in explaining things with clarity, it is not for someone looking to kill a bit of time. Attention is required to get the most of this book.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (458)

    Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to an unforgettable conclusion.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Surprisingly involving and touching"
    "I like this short better than the series"
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    If you could sum up The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner in three words, what would they be?

    Sad She Died


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner?

    The whole book actually - I am not being lazy - it was VERY well written. Right from the off, you are immersed into her world - a scary world where death and loss are an everyday part of existence. One of lies and deception, of being controlled and fighting that control the best the main character is able. I was sad for Bree - I actually wanted her to live - It makes you hate Jane and Felix for not allowing her to live on. I could not help but think her death was such a waste - I liked this kid and wanted her to be taught by the Cullen's - to find a place in life - but alas ... Well, it is a good short story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not so much extreme, but I LIKE the main character - I would love it if it turned out that she somehow survived and lived on, hidden from the Vampire Rulers... (Please Stephanie?)


    Any additional comments?

    So worth it as part of the series, or as a stand alone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7652)
    Performance
    (3058)
    Story
    (3120)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "I have mixed thoughts on this one"
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    Where to start...

    I have to admit, that I tried to read the hard copy book, and put it down after 111 pages. I then reconsidered and read it through... I enjoyed it the second time better.

    The problem with the first time through, was that I was over critical and expected too much for all the hype.

    I have since bought all of the audio books in this series. The audio book was much better than the read through.

    The truth? This is a fun book that was written for a youth, not for a more mature or an overly discriminating audience. That is not to say there were not interesting/fun/enjoyable parts, but to be honest, as an older male, I found it hard to relate to Bella's perspective.

    It was not the suspension of disbelief - that part was easy enough. The world that the author creates is fine - just immature second guessing the character(s) do - goofy choices that some of the characters make - that was the hard part.

    Edward's character seems to morph from cold control freak, to over the top care giver. (albeit while crossing Bella's boundaries) The book does explain this, but for someone who understands and practices the importance of healthy relationship choices, some of it makes you cringe a bit - Is it forgivable? I thought so - It works in the story, and over all Edward is by no means the worse character ever produced in a book.

    As for Miss Swan? She actually did make sense as a character, though it is hard to describe why at times. Mostly, the emotional flow was tedious, but understandable.

    I WOULD recommend this book for someone who is looking for an easy read: Someone who is not going to get caught up on the writing, which was painful at some points.

    As a first effort for writing a novel, Twilight is actually rather amazing. The writing certainly DOES improve as the series continues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7083)
    Performance
    (1824)
    Story
    (1870)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "What a ride!"
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    Yup - It is every bit as good as the hype.

    I love the book much better than the movie. I have recently got ALL the books in this series, and am looking forward to going through this one again.

    Cloak and dagger? Yup! This book has it.
    Cliff Hanger Chapters? Yup! This book has it.
    Enjoyable fiction? Yup! This book has it.

    The author does a great job of moving the story forward, clear description, believable characters and suspension of disbelief is not taxing.

    LOVED the narration on this one! Very Engaging.

    So worth the money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Her name is synonymous with elegance, style, and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy.

    Stefanie says: "lovely ;-)"
    "Audrey The Lady as ever."
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    This is a great book if you are interested in the life of Audrey Hepburn.
    It is clear, concise and ordered. The book is a historical time line of things that happened in her life and her career.

    This is great book to get if you are interested in some of the back story of her life.
    (You learn things about this remarkable lady that are not common knowledge)

    The narrator is beyond good as she unfolds a compelling look at one of the truly great people of the last century. She doesn't drag the text nor is she too fast.
    I have been through this book a few times, and am satisfied with listening.

    Well worth the money if you are looking for a peek into Audrey" life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Delivered From Distraction: Get the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (320)

    In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder, all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated.

    Lincoln says: "Excellent Book on ADD"
    "Fantastic book"
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    This is not only full of good information about ADD, it is enjoyable. The Author creates a no stress approach in reading about the disorder. (which I have)

    There are many helpful hints and ideas, but more than that, the Author does a great job in helping to put guilt and frustration into perspective; and more importantly, how to deal with them. Understanding what ADD is the key to unlocking its potential of very fulfilling life and a productive one,

    Growing up with the disorder, I could totally relate to the people discussed in this book. The stories are that of real people finding real answers.

    If you are someone else has ADD, please get this book - it will make a huge difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (348)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    F. E. Sparrow says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Very Good"
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    This book lays out information in a sensible order. As one who has been in many debates regarding origins, I find the author`s approach to be sensible and easy to understand. It is not that evidence for evolution is scarce, it is a matter of understanding it where the challenge comes sometimes: this book makes it easy.

    I highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (673)

    The Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, here elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way. Transcending the mere "religion wars", he outlines a system of secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, those that ground ethics in a belief in God and an afterlife, and those that understand good actions as leading to better states of existence in future lives. And yet, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a claim for what he calls a third way.

    TEDDET says: "An Easy and Informative Listen"
    "VERY GOOD"
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    As always, the Dalai Lama brings vision and hope for mankind in general, regardless of your religious affiliation or back round. The ideas discussed in the book are rather universal, but important none the less.

    Most enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Druids: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barry Cunliffe
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    The Druids have been known and discussed for at least 2,400 years, first by Greek writers and later by the Romans, who came in contact with them in Gaul and Britain. According to these sources, they were a learned caste who officiated in religious ceremonies, taught the ancient wisdoms, and were revered as philosophers. But few figures flit so elusively through history, and the Druids remain enigmatic and puzzling to this day.

    Marc says: "Meets Expectations"
    "A well thought out and explanatory summery"
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    This is a very well put together book.

    Yes, it is short, but the author makes a good job of explaining who the Druids were and what their place is in history was. Be prepared to enlightened, frightened and entertained as this book take you on a journey that is both informative and entertaining.

    Well done!

    I highly recommend this book as an overview of some of the most mysterious people, in history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (526)

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "Have lost 33 pounds so far."
    Overall

    In 28 days, my blood pressure went from 139 over 85 to 113 over 65. I lost 23 pounds, sleep better and feel amazing. My blood sugar (on meds) would spike up to 13.3 and at the end of 28 days... 5.4 (I am now off meds but am still monitoring - If I cheat, my levels rise - we are what we eat)

    Do NOT underestimate how potentially powerful this eating system can be, if you first understand it, and second, follow it. I recently had my blood pressure checked again, and with activity, it was 120 over 68.

    Not bad at all considering. Read it, understand it, use it and enjoy weight loss feeling full with more foor than are before I started this diet and now enjoy amazing health results. (When I first started this system of eating, I weighed in at 303 pounds)

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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