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Sandie

Australia | Listener Since 2008

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  • The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Gardner
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (435)

    From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real-estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly - believing they were avoiding risk - road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

    Kristopher says: "A rational assessment of the world we live in"
    "Recommended for everyone - particularly parents"
    Overall

    This book really made me think about the decisions I made and why I made them. I didn't think too much about what my children watched on TV - now I understand the point of not exposing them to fearful scenarios. At the same time, I worry less about things happening to them - I consciously tell myself not to be driven by irrational fears and worries.

    I have recommended this book to many people, and have bought it on paper as well so I can reread whenever I need a reminder.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3645)
    Performance
    (2112)
    Story
    (2126)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Entertaining & enlightening"
    Overall

    I have just finished listening to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The author has a dry wit that often made me laugh at loud, but she is never disrespectful. Who knew cadavers played so many roles? I am very keen to read Mary Roach's other books.

    The narration is also excellent - I love Shelly Frasier's voice and will seek out more books read by her.

    As to what happens to my body after death? I was not put off by anything in this book - as the author says, "there is no dignified way to go," and will tell my family to make the best use of me they can, insofar as it fits within their comfort zone. After all, they are the ones who have to live with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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