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Perkiomenville, PA United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 52 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "Common sense guide to skepticism"
    What did you love best about Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    The Professor did a very nice job of breaking down some modern-day myths and deconstructed them in such a way that there's little room for anyone to argue against it

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marianne? No Ginger. Kidding...this is a series of lectures narrated by the professor who provided the lecture

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know that there was any one scene (lecture) in particular that was more compelling than the next. I did enjoy the lectures that discussed scientific greats throughout history that alllowed their biases to derail or misguide further achievements.

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

    meh...this is more of an academic excercise than a suspenseful thrill read. The material was good, but nothing I couldn't put down

    Any additional comments?

    the key to the title of this book is A "SCIENTIFIC" guide to critical thinking. Shame on me for not figuring this out, out of the gate, but I originally downloaded this due to an interest in "strategic" thinking in the workplace. While there are undoubtedly parallels in terms of the process of thinking and good information with respect to recognizing biases and how the brain/memory work...this is very much a discussion on debunking or veryifing scientific evidence versus any non-scientific business process.
    It's a very good listen nontheless but not what I was expecting and not overly applicable to a corporate business setting (which again, is my own mistake). I only point this out in case anyone else struggles with reading comprehension like I did.

    68 of 75 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "weakest of the bunch but I can't stop now"
    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    I certainly enjoyed the continuing character development from the ongoing series

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

    I can't spoil anything so for anyone that has read the first three, you'll clearly want to read the next. I have to be honest though, I am starting to get a little tired of the considerable effort Martin takes in describing every stitch of clothing that a character is wearing. I know it paints a beautiful image but these books could be shortenend by 200 pages each if we left Cerci's wardrobe out of every chapter.
    I'd also add that I'm a bit of a history buff but I never realized that the middle-ages were quite so rapey....I know this is a work of fiction but it's based on those times so unless Martin is taking creative liberties with that aspect....I get the distinct impression that every woman in Martin's books is raped at least once in their lifetimes. Just pointing out the brutality of the social message...not condemning him for putting it on paper..

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

    I do enjoy Doltrice though I feel like he's changed his accent/inflection for some of the main characters from one book to another which is a little discordant. Otherwise he does a nice job...he doesn't go over the top with most of the character impressions which is good. I think some of the impressions are too close to each other but with the sheer volume of characters in this series I can't imagine how you couldn't get repetitive.

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

    I think Martin's goal is to take every character you love and reduce them (and by extension you) to ruins. No spoilers as this has been evidenced since the first book in the series but suffice it to say that life continues to hand your favorite characters a never ending supply of poop sandwiches.

    Any additional comments?

    Nothing with respect to this book but I went through the first 4 in rapid succession but now find myself putting down the series to get some different reading done. I'm not sure if this is a result of a bit of a lull with respect to A Feast for Crows or if it's the knowledge that Martin takes a loooooong time to complete each book so there's little compelling reason to hurry through them if I'll ultimately have to wait another decade or so before the series concludes.

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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

    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"
    "A little tough to follow, but pretty interesting"
    Would you listen to Death by Black Hole again? Why?

    Probably not. The "book" is actually a series of articles that are put together like a chapter book. As such there is a decent degree of redundancy. The plus side is that with repetition comes increased comprehension (as the subject matter can be a little heady for us non-science types)...the downside is that the book really could have been condensed by an order of a few hours with all the repeate material

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    the narrator is generally personable and you can easily visualize Neil deGrasse Tyson in his style. To each their own on this but I think the most compelling aspect of the narrative for me is getting a greater appreciation for the sheer magnitude of the universe versus the sheer insignficance of our place in it.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    For someone with nothing more than a beginners understanding of astrophysics, I found all of it pretty interesting. Probably, my favorite were the portions that focus on the potential for life on other planets.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "bring your pillow" kidding. my guess is books on astrophysics don't translate well to the big screen. Probably better suited for PBS or the Discovery Channel

    Any additional comments?

    A little repetitious but fascinating stuff to the layman.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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