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Terry

Sherman Oaks, CA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1892)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1086)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "One of my all-time favorites"
    Overall

    Physics the way I like it - easy to comprehend, with more than a dash of humor. One of the best laymen's science books I've ever read. And Neil DeGrasse Tyson is my favorite astrophysicist: ever since I saw him on TV show "The Universe" I've wanted to read his books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ageless Memory: Simple Secrets for Keeping Your Brain Young: Foolproof Methods for People Over 50

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Harry Lorayne
    • Narrated By Harry Lorayne
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (14)
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    (14)

    With this one audiobook, you will learn to remember anything you see, read, or hear the very first time you see, read, or hear it, and retain it for as long as you like. You'll be able to recall names and faces, even years later; never miss an appointment or misplace keys, glasses, or valuables; give speeches without notes; learn English and foreign words and phrases easily; excel at card and other games.

    Terry says: "My favorite audible book so far"
    "My favorite audible book so far"
    Overall

    This taught me to be more confidant about memory -- you really can make life easier by learning to remember - names, numbers, routines, etc. I can remember all manner of numbers now, I can recite the BIll of Rights, but it is a skill you have to practice. I plan to read this book again in 6 months and do a phase-two memory plan.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Alan Greenspan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (156)

    "This book is in part a detective story. After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world - the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It's a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. The Age of Turbulence is my attempt to understand the nature of this new world." (Alan Greenspan)

    Terry says: "Tripled my understanding of our economy"
    "Tripled my understanding of our economy"
    Overall

    Never even took economics in school, but Greenspan talks about the economic history of America since he began his career after World War II. Fascinating even if you don't understand it all. Explains how capitalism really works, why it's the best system in the world so far, and what it is that keeps thirdworld countries so destitute (hint: unenforced property rights). The last chapter explains how gross domestic product is increasingly based on intellectual property rights, and what that means for our future.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    David Bodanis demystifies the world's most famous equation, explaining its science and bringing it to life. He makes clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.

    Robert says: "A good introduction"
    "Great theoretical physics for laymen"
    Overall

    My favorite book about effects and meaning of Einstein's equation. The big epiphany for me was: why MC SQUARED? Wasn't the speed of light fast enough already? The book explained that. And the millisecond-by-millisecond description of the Hiroshima bomb explosion was unforgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6677)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2503)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Inspiring & fascinating"
    Overall

    The perfect audio reading material for anyone who takes long walks and loves nature. This book explains how humans discovere, and described the world around us and have started to unravel its history and the history of our species.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3639)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1610)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall

    Inspiring story of not so much what Einstein knew about physics and math, but how he thought about them that made him so different from other geniuses. He went against the grain of science and often his teachers, resulting in a long wait to get his first "real" job. A humble, interesting men, who was adored by women. Never seemed to be without one, actually.

    1 of 2 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
    (2626)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1360)

    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!"
    "Author mumbles & grumbles"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to religion taking some whacks, and it did, but nothing very creative. The author was the wrong person to read the book; he spoke very quickly, with a British accent (pronounced very blurrily) tending to lower his voice at the end sentences.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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