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Miles

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By David Deutsch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (146)

    A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.

    Gary says: "Covers nothing to everything"
    "Ham & Swiss Cheese on Wry"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    real knowledge


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Deutsch does exhibit a panoramic knowledge of various aspects of history, philosophy, myth, etc.; however, his grasp is quite flawed - full of holes, as it were. For example, he locates the roots of science in vague philosophical currents flowing through the the


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How does a


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you have just arrived in our time from the fifteenth century, or emerged out of a worm-hole in space-time from an intellectually starved parallel universe, you should avoid buying this largely worthless, mediocre compendium of self-indulgent frippery. And even if you have, you could easily find more profitable ways of wasting your time.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (461)

    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
    "Become a Machine & Live Forever!"
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    What did you love best about The Singularity Is Near?

    Imaginative and Intelligent, if a bit quirky.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I have no idea


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

    No, but that would be pretty rare for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a work written by an inventor of considerable genius who is obsessed with resurrecting his dead father, after which they would live happily ever after - literally. Mr. Kurzwiel believes in the amalgamation of human beings with super-intelligent (and of course immortal) computing machines, which he claims will occur by approximately mid-twentieth century. He posits a rather fascinating and unorthodox

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Greg Itzin
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us, based on study after study, from hundreds of laboratories around the world. It is no longer just a theoretical shift: every one of us will be touched by it, and many of us already have been. The meaning of disease, our understanding of the human body, and crucial decisions about what we all need to know and what choices we make about our health are at stake. Welcome to the new world of personalized medicine.

    Ronald E says: "The future of medicine"
    "Misery Loves Company or Mouse Meets Shark"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone stranded on a desert island


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    silence


    Did Greg Itzin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    luck, I suppose


    What character would you cut from The Language of Life?

    myself


    Any additional comments?

    If Audible were a mouse trap this selection would be cheese. Unfortunately, the sample manages to showcase the only portion of the book of any interest. Besides that, the book is a seemingly endlss procession of tear-jerking anecdotes about countless persons who have suffered terribly from the mischance of mutating genes. They read,

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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