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David

New York, NY, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 9 reviews
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  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (308)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "The Best Layman's Guide to Current Physics"
    Overall

    Greene is brilliantly insightful in his way of evenhandedly surveying the current field hand the differing points of view involved in a way that brings much of it right down to earth. Physics, whether astro- or quantum, isn't "out there," after all. It's here and now. It's what we are made of and live among.

    Compare this with the pseudoscientific types, like Gregg Bradden who try to convince the gullible with non-existent certainties geared toward quasi-religious pursuits of their own invention.

    I'll take Brian Greene's fascinating reality, embedded with facts and generally accepted theories. They are more than amazing enough for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    In Fingerprints of God, award-winning journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty delves into the discoveries science is making about how faith and spirituality affect us physically and emotionally as it attempts to understand whether the ineffable place beyond this world can be rationally - even scientifically - explained. Hagerty interviews some of the world's top scientists to describe what their groundbreaking research reveals about our human spiritual experience.

    Michael says: "Beautifully written"
    "Impressive"
    Overall

    Hagerty executes the nearly impossible task of reviewing a diverse array of topics with clarity and evenhandedness. Understand that this spans the current state of research and speculation about near death experiences to the influences of intention on remote subjects. It requires an exceptional mind as well as great discipline to pull this off, and Hagerty has both.

    I do have two serious reservations, however, that keep this rating at four stars. First, Hagerty falls into the common scientific illiteracy of declaring human minds as somehow "wired." This inadequate description reduces reality in tune with the worst weaknesses of mainstream science, which otherwise does not fare well here.

    My other objection is more serious. In her closing chapter, Hagerty struggles vainly, ignoring fact and history, to preserve Christianity. Christianity is a fine religion in many ways, but the writer's fluffy efforts to find a logical, scientific basis for retaining her beliefs is both personally slanted and objectively unconvincing.

    4 of 6 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
    (776)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (375)

    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"
    "Interesting Ideas"
    Overall

    This book carefully, if somewhat redundantly, goes over the many contradictions and misstatements in the popular version of the Christian Bible. The author's point could have been made more concisely, but after an array of interesting presentations were put forward, Ehrman repeatedly exercised an apparent need to apologize and explain in response to the many attacks he's received from conservatives who find truth offensive. In the end, this undermines his arguments and the inevitable result of what he demonstrates, i.e., the Bible is both full of fiction as well as contaminated by politics and doctrines that cannot yield to fact. I was disappointed the author seemed reluctant to continue to the obvious conclusions.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The New Revelations: A Conversation with God

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Neale Donald Walsch
    • Narrated By Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The human race has reached a Time of Choosing. Our options are being placed before us by the tide of events, and by those who are creating them. We can either move forward, building together at last a new world of peace and harmony based on new beliefs about God and Life, or move backward, separately and continuously reconstructing the old world of conflict and discord.

    Robert says: "Finally, a way to make sense of it all!"
    "No Revelations"
    Overall

    The only revelation here was that the author is good at borrowing others ideas and pretending they are new and groundbreaking. Many instances of this. I can tell you it came as no surprise that he was uncovered as a plagiarist not long after I gave up on these empty revelations.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gregg Braden Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gregg Braden
    • Narrated By Gregg Braden
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    Where is human evolution taking us? To answer this question, best-selling author Gregg Braden continues to break ground, merging the wisdom of lost prophecy and ancient prayer with the latest in scientific research on the destiny of humankind. The Gregg Braden Audio Collection brings together for the first time his revolutionary works - including a bonus all-new teachings, available nowhere else.

    Lorna says: "Thought provoking as usual"
    "Unfortunate"
    Overall

    Braden, while seeming heartfelt, is hopelessly careless with scientific fact. He repeatedly claims that "scientists now know" as he plunges into an area filled with conjecture. Clearly, he expects that the credulous will look no further and just buy in to his certainty. I'm puzzled at his being so disingenuous. Maybe he doubts the premises he is making and over-compensates by misleading with "facts." In the end, he simply discredits what would otherwise be a meaningful case.

    A waste.

    15 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (340)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "Surprisingly Accessible"
    Overall

    Although Hawkins is almost certainly wrong on certain point, such as his "blank slate" commitment concerning the brains with which we are born and almost annoyingly self-righteous when discussing "consciousness," about which he admits to not being expert but launchs energetically about anyway, the book was wonderfully ease to access. The clarity of explanation concerning what should have been an abstruse subject was a relief. I feel I know much more about the subject than I did before starting. It was well written and even better read by an excellent narrator. Thank you, Jeff!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew and How Far She'll Go to Become President

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By Edward Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Like it or not, Hillary Clinton is almost assuredly going to run for president in 2008. It doesn't matter that her negative poll numbers are high or that her past 15 years in the public eye have been anything but smooth. Since she was a little girl she has dreamed about becoming the first female president, and now that dream is well within reach.

    John says: "Right down party lines"
    "Disgusting"
    Overall

    Seems like the anti-Clinton bigots never give up on their personal attacks. While the claim is made that the author is objective based on his former affiliation with the allegedly liberal New York Times, the facts are that this project was sponsored by many of the same people who attacked Bill Clinton throughout his presidency and who later helped the anti-American Swift Boat veterans try to disgrace John Kerry after he won two purple hearts in Viet Nam--in a war dodged by both our current Vice-President and President. Come on, Americans, wake up!

    138 of 307 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (646)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Worst Audio Book Yet"
    Overall

    Envy was not only the worst audio book I have purchased, it was the first one I threw away after reading half way through it. It is everything that is bad about popular fiction: thin, unbelievaable characters; pruriently drawn scenes that depend heavily on the tools of soft porn, depending on gullible readers to believe they somehow reflect real peoples lives and motives. The long soliloquey, where a main character immobilizes another by reciting his mother's experiences in a Nazi death camp and how their exposure would ruin her son's career nearly sixty years later was particularly inane and ended my read abruptly. There is no insight here, other than Brown's insight into how to titilate readers into coughing up dollars. If you care about good literature, avoid this piece of boredom.

    24 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (887)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Being There"
    Overall

    This was a great, thrilling story and well read by the author. The sense of "being there" with John on Everest was palpable. As a reader, I am normally overly eager to reach the end of a story, to see how it turns out, and get on to the next read. This was a book I never wanted to end. It kept my attention rivieted every second. My most enjoyable book for the last year!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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