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Mark

WESTPORT, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (692)

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "Stands the Test of Time."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blind Watchmaker to be better than the print version?

    If you have read Dawkins lastest works, you might question the point of reading one of his earlier works as I did. But Dawkins is writing in a freer less self critical way,and it makes it fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Natural Selection.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have a mixed feeling about this.


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

    If you understand the subject yes. I tend to listen at 2x to 3x. This book is diffidently a 2x book.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Self Illusion: Why There Is No "You" Inside Your Head

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bruce Hood
    • Narrated By Bruce Hood
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (33)

    The Self Illusion provides a fascinating examination of how the latest science shows that our individual concept of a self is in fact an illusion. Most of us believe that we possess a self - an internal individual who resides inside our bodies, making decisions, authoring actions and possessing free will. The feeling that a single, unified, enduring self inhabits the body is compelling and inescapable. But that sovereignty of the self is increasingly under threat from science as our understanding of the brain advances.

    David says: "Disappointing"
    "It’s ok to believe in illusions"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Self Illusion the most enjoyable?

    Hood is a great writer I highly recommend the ride into the exploration of the illusion of self. Even if you are well vs in the subject you will find Hood's treatment of the social aspects of self thought provoking, Hood even puts an interesting spin on gender biases, beyond testosterone and estrogen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Brain, it is after all your reality generator.


    What about Bruce Hood’s performance did you like?

    Sounds Great at 2x


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

    No. Your bound to want to reflect. Even coming back to it in a few days is a good idea


    Any additional comments?

    You own it to yourself to listen to this book

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3330)
    Performance
    (2643)
    Story
    (2630)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Wow Great story writer."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think it's a lot of fun, and you learn a lot about the industry, and it's history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rob is a great study of human charter, and he explains people with simple depth. In short he humanizes people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rob Meets Martin Sheen for the first time.


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

    His explanation of why his Pictures got on the cover of George.


    Any additional comments?

    interesting side note: With Rob's Hight praise of west Wing, I decided to watch it for the first time. I was kind of surprised to realizes that robs charter is just not that compelling, vary like-able, but really is not all that... but then again... is it because I feel I understand him, kinda like a friend, and I am hyper critical of him now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jonah Lehrer
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (539)

    From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

    aaron says: "Starts out Promising, but Then...."
    "I did not know that..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We should all understand the modes of thinking, this is a good explanation of how we think and a little bit of why.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The eye opener for me was why brain storming seems like a wast of time. I always felt like it was going no were fast, it also explain why I feel the need to be argumentative, I always used the excuse that I want to understand the problem... I thought I was just being uncooperative, as it turns out I was just trying to be creative.


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

    A good reader can help you understand the what is meant by what is written. The inflections are spot on.


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

    How "just do it" came to be. That is a wow moment, clearly used as an example of a remote connection. I want spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not think this book was going to be that good, so I was delighted to find that John has done a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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