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  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (792)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "Annoying"
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    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed Stiff and loved Packing for Mars... but found this book tiresome to listen to and I almost gave up. In retrospect I should have. Oddly, the only chapter in Packing for Mars that I did not enjoy was the one about sex. Roach's style of writing - with all her asides and tangents – did not work with this material. I can't quite put my finger on it but her humor regarding sex was not funny for me, was too adolescent, and became incredibly tiresome. The information about sex was mostly interesting... but the information (mostly gossip) about the sex lives of the sex researchers was almost distasteful. If you liked the style of Packing for Mars you should try At Home by Bill Bryson (not about sex but delightful to listen to) and skip Bonk .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (802)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    Teddy says: "Everything you want to know about Kitchen Science"
    "Informative"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    No, not unless he gets a much better editor (or gets an editor).


    Any additional comments?

    I did like the core information presented in this book... but this guys idea of a sense of humor wore me out. His joking writing style is constant and relentless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (905)

    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!"
    "Not worth it."
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    What didn’t you like about Professor Steven Novella’s performance?

    I found this narrator a tough listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I would describe this as 11 hours and 56 minutes of talking points, with most of the underlying supporting research and references left out. You will get a lot of good cocktail party conversation out of this, but you will have to do your own research if you are going to make any kind of informed judgment as to the potential validity of what is being presented.

    The title of this presentation is way off the mark. If you are looking for Effective Communication Skills technique, you need to look elsewhere.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Effective Communication Skills

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dalton Kehoe
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (151)

    From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

    James says: "Interesting Lectures with a Misleading Description"
    "Good information, annoying and tiresome presenter."
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    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Heavy editing and different reader.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of good information in this series of lectures regarding internal mental processes, cognitive functioning and interpersonal communication. Now, if only it was distilled down to the just the useful information and all the personal experience stories of the lecturer were removed, all the references to the lectures favorite “Cathy” cartoons were deleted, and it was read by someone that isn't making a living as a motivational speaker and doesn't perceive themselves as a charismatic personality I would recommend this unconditionally.

    Just the 2 minute introduction to Dr. Dalton Kehoe, his academic background, resume, awards, achievements, honors, professional associations, published books and plugs for his consulting practice you will know without a doubt that this guy thinks a great deal of himself.

    The information in this presentation is well worth assimilating or at least considering. The author of this series of lectures – who is also the reader – makes listening to this material a painfully annoying experience.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (264)

    From New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean come more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.

    Traci says: "So much to think about!"
    "Interesting information but annoying writing style"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    First let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Keens first book, The Disappearing Spoon. It was a joy to listen to and I have played it three times.

    But in this book his writing style has progressed from quirky and interesting to outright annoying. As much as I enjoyed the content I don't think I will be able to sit though it again. For me, Mr Keen has become too taken with his own wit and has elevated (or lowered) himself to “too cleaver by half” status.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sam Kean again?

    Probably not.


    What character would you cut from The Violinist's Thumb?

    Mr Keen.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend the The Disappearing Spoon enough.

    0 of 1 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
    (7197)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (2991)

    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"
    "Delightful"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book made me look forward to my commute and made sitting in traffic almost pleasurable. Great material, great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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