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Nicholas

Kalamunda, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway? In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from Scientific American and Slate, as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior.

    Prairie says: "Entertaining"
    "Brilliant and entertaining."
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    This is my first book by Jesse Bering and will not be the last. He writes fairly succinct chapters an a variety or topics, all well researched. I found his narration excellent - for me there is something special added when a passionate author narrates their work. I also loved his sense of humour, although if you are easily offended, listen anyway :)

    4 of 4 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"
    "Excellent"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched book, and loved the fact that Bruce narrated it himself. I found his arguments compelling throughout the whole book. Highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1089)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Awesome book - definitely worth a listen."
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    A great book by Bart Ehrman - perfect for those interested in understanding the Jesus of the Bible in far more depth than the superficial commercialised versions presented at Easter and Christmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    Diane says: "Revealing "Revelations""
    "Great book"
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    Loved the content. A very well researched and presented book on a very complex Apocalyptic work. 2 Thumbs up.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1108)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "Absolutely fascinating"
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    This is an excellent investigation of human sexuality from a completely new perspective to me - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2678)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1413)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Awesome"
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    If you could sum up God Is Not Great in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, insightful, eloquent.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A wonderful dissection of religious beliefs


    Any additional comments?

    Having it read by Christopher Hitchens himself is an absolute bonus - he narrates it with obvious passion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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