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Allison

I have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."

LINCOLN, NE, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 1 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Derr
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    That the dog evolved from the wolf is an accepted fact of evolution and history, but the question of how wolf became dog has remained a mystery, obscured by myth and legend. How the Dog Became the Dog posits that dog was an evolutionary inevitability in the nature of the wolf and its human soul mate. The natural temperament and social structure of humans and wolves are so similar that as soon as they met on the trail they recognized themselves in each other.

    Allison says: "Disapointing."
    "Disapointing."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was somewhat informative.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Colacci?

    Yes.


    Did How the Dog Became the Dog inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was just not as interesting as I had hoped. This is a subject that I am incredibly interested in and I felt like a learned little that I didn't already know and was actually bored through a lot of it. It is largely focused on anthropology and a lot of what the author claims is mostly opinion (albeit, a very well studied and informed opinion).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1075)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Wow."
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    If you could sum up Lolita in three words, what would they be?

    Bold, disturbing, passionate.


    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt as if the book was being performed by the author.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, but describing them would give away too much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paleontology: A Brief History of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ian Tattersall
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    Ian Tattersall, a highly esteemed figure in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and paleontology, leads a fascinating tour of the history of life and the evolution of human beings. Starting at the very beginning, Tattersall examines patterns of change in the biosphere over time, and the correlations of biological events with physical changes in the Earth's environment.

    david says: "great summary of where we are with understanding"
    "Brief and concise."
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    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Not at all too technical; this book is geared towards persons with little background in science.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexandra Horowitz
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    With more than 52 million pet dogs in America today, it's clear we are a nation of unabashed dog lovers. Yet the relationship between dogs and humans remains a fascinating mystery, as no one really knows what goes on in the canine mind. Now, in Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs - as seen from the animal's point of view.

    Chris says: "Not so bad"
    "Just enough science for non-scientists."
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    What made the experience of listening to Inside of a Dog the most enjoyable?

    The author has a very good personal balance with her love for her dog and her love for science.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good read and informative. The author is very aware of her biases as a dog lover and does an excellent job of explaining why an understanding of the biology behind a dogs behavior can enrich the human-dog relationship.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sean B. Carroll
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Just 150 years ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vastly off the mark. And what we believed to be the history of our own species consisted of fantastic myths and fairy tales; fossils, known for millennia, were seen as the bones of dragons and other imagined creatures. How did we learn so much so quickly? Remarkable Creatures celebrates the pioneers who replaced our fancies with the even more remarkable real story of how our world evolved.

    Connie says: "A Remarkable Journey"
    "My New Favorite"
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    Where does Remarkable Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best book I have listened to on audible so far!


    Any additional comments?

    This book truly captures the way that science works in lay terms and is a great combination of History, Geology, and Biology with a special emphasis on the plight of every new scientific discovery. I could have listened to this book in one sitting. It is a must read, seriously buy this one if you are on the fence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding George Orwell in Burma

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Emma Larkin
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Over the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma, she has come to know all too well the many ways this police state can be described as "Orwellian". The life of the mind exists in a state of siege in Burma, and it long has. The connection between George Orwell and Burma is not simply metaphorical, of course; Orwell's mother was born in Burma, and he was shaped by his experiences there as a young man working for the British Imperial Police.

    Roger says: "Orwell's Horrors Brought to Life"
    "Not what I expected"
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    What did you love best about Finding George Orwell in Burma?

    The characters were described vividly.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't think that the story could have been changed, it just didn't connect George Orwell and Burma in the way that the author had intended.


    What does Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents of the Burmese people.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul S. Martin
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    As recently as 11,000 years ago - "near time" to geologists - mammoths, mastodons, gomphotheres, ground sloths, giant armadillos, native camels and horses, the dire wolf, and many other large mammals roamed North America. In what has become one of science's greatest riddles, these large animals vanished in North and South America around the time humans arrived at the end of the last great ice age.

    Connie says: "Twilight of Paul S. Martin"
    "Good Read"
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    Where does Twilight of the Mammoths rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a lot from this book, but I am still not entirely sold on overkill as the singular cause of North American megafaunal extinctions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2513)
    Performance
    (1457)
    Story
    (1432)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Eye opener"
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    Where does The Drunkard's Walk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This topic is a little far from my interests so it isn't quite in the same realm as other titles I have listened to thus far.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the perspective that I gained from this read, even though it was a little bit hard for me to get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rising From the Plains: Annals of the Former World, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Rising From the Plains takes McPhee to the high country of Utah along the Continental Divide. His guide is David Love, "the grand old man of Rocky Mountain geology". Helping McPhee see the physical changes that have shaped this region over millions of years, Love also traces his own family's history in this oil-rich, windswept land.

    Nancy says: "Terrific Read"
    "Not bad."
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    If you could sum up Rising From the Plains in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, real, inspiring.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author combines the hard science with a little bit of a biography that is not distracting from the pertinent geo stuff.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I will now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David R. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Tim Lundeen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Dirt, soil, call it what you want - it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are - and have long been - using up Earth's soil.

    Dan says: "Turns out there's a lot to learn about dirt"
    "not my cup of tea. . .surprisingly"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As a geologist/biologist I expected to be keenly interested in this book. The comprehensive historical survey lost me, however, and it became somewhat tedious to listen to the many examples. This may have been a better

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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