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  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "Listen twice"

    Step away from following scientists' explanations of the universe for a couple of years, and you'll find yourself years, or lightyears, behind. That's what I did, while I merely inhabited the universe for a while. Krauss does a great job with his own read, just like lectures he gives, explaining what's currently understood about the universe, and the evidence for it.

    Creationists will find some points of argument against their view, but the book is not about creationism or otherwise. It's about observations which explain how the universe got to be what it is now (or was when the light we're seeing now started travelling toward us).

    I started relistening almost as soon as I finished the first time, to bring into sharper focus the ideas which were new. This is one book which may be ideal for Whispersync. I wouldn't want to miss the author/lecturer's audible explanations, but it would be nice to have the print to review ideas already presented.

    This book stimulated me to listen to the humorous and also recommended A User's Guide to the Universe, which helped round out my understanding of current concepts in cosmology.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
    "Talk radio"
    Would you try another book from Christopher Hayes and/or Christopher Hayes?


    What was most disappointing about Christopher Hayes’s story?

    It's liberal talk radio. I could get that on FM. I don't listen to talk radio, of any persuasion.

    What about Christopher Hayes’s performance did you like?

    baseball steroid analysis earned the two stars.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


    Any additional comments?

    disclaimer: Those who like this book may attribute my review to being part of "a group of hypereducated, ambitious overachievers who enjoy tremendous monetary rewards as well as unparalleled political power and prestige, and yet who manage to insulate themselves from sanction, competition, and accountability ..." -- Chapter 2. For the record, I don't think so.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "A call for better doctor-patient communication"
    Would you listen to Thinking, Fast and Slow again? Why?

    I'll listen selectively where I've bookmarked.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    Learning how base rates influence likelihood of test outcomes from his examples with blue and green cabs not only changed how I will teach Bayes theorem to young physicians, it will change how I explain treatment options to patients.
    The best treatment optio I offer should be cause-effect action statements rather than abstract population percentages.

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

    No way. There's a lot of reflection and insight to be gained from time spent pondering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "Factual yet frothy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A good listen for anyone following news or recent history

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Final tracking of bin Laden

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

    First one

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

    A bit too long for one sitting but it never became wearisome

    Any additional comments?

    As good as a tale like this can be told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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