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Rebecca

Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA

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  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (323)

    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    Overall

    This book is clearly recognizable as coming from the same fine intellect as "Guns, Germs and Steel." However, it suffers from two problems unique to the audiobook format. The first problem is that the logic suffers somewhat from the abridgement. Even worse, as a scientist I found it very irritating not to be able to consult the figures, diagrams, and references that come with the paper copy of the book. I definitely recommend buying the hardcopy instead of the audiobook. However, the points that Jared Diamond makes in this book are so interesting and important, and are so well-illustrated with anecdotes about various cultures, that I have to say: if the audiobook version is the only way that you will read this book, than by all means buy it.

    53 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3697)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1661)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "an engrossing story"
    Overall

    A great novel, with excellent narration. It's not fair to classify this book as "fantasy" because the story is so well-developed and intelligent. The thirty-plus hours of this book actually felt too short, and I hope a sequel is forthcoming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autism Month Special Collection

    • Abridged/Unabridged (1 hr and 56 mins)
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Most of us think in words, but not Temple Grandin. She thinks in pictures. Grandin is autistic, and visual thinking is common among people with autism. In this episode of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Temple Grandin talks about how thinking in pictures has helped her help animals. Also, Mark Haddon talks about his novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, written in the voice of a 15-year-old autistic savant named Christopher.

    Rebecca says: "an interesting overview of autism"
    "an interesting overview of autism"
    Overall

    This set of programs is a nice balance of perspectives on autism. The hosts speak to people who have autism, and scientists who study the disease. The interviews provide accurate scientific information and a human perspective on this devastating condition. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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