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  • The Modern Scholar: Unseen Diversity: The World of Bacteria

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Betsey Dexter Dyer
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Professor Betsey Dexter Dyer of Wheaton College examines the role of bacteria as major players in Earth's biodiversity. In the course of these fascinating lectures, Professor Dyer delves into the history of microbiology, the four billion year history of bacteria and archaea as the dominant organisms on Earth, and the place of pathogens in the greater context of the bacterial world. This course serves as both a field guide for curious naturalists and a friendly introduction to the world of bacteria and archaea.

    Lucas says: "Even THINKING about it? Go ahead and get it!"
    "A passion for bacteria"
    Overall

    The author is passionate about her subject and the information is compelling. The presentation style is like a lecture so you should not expect zippy over enthusiastic selling of ideas. There are several noteworthy facts about bacteria: for example, haemoglobin was developed in bacteria to sequester oxygen because it interefered with early life processes. Only later in the evolutionary descent was that protein used to carry oxygen where it is needed. This is a useful note if you are arguing against "intelligent" design and "intrinsic complexity"

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2998)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (231)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Da Vinci Abridged is a waste of time"
    Overall

    My wife and I really enjoyed the unabridged version of The DaVinci Code but this was after we got half way through the abridged version (from a different seller). The abridged version is less than half the length and we were dismayed to realize that the material left out included a lot of content that was, perhaps embarrassing for the Catholic Church. So, in this case "abridged" is more like "censored" and I would have to give it only 1 star instead of the 4 stars for the unabrideged book (shame on Dan Brown for approving the abridged version).
    At any rate, the unabridged version has lots of suspense, Brown spins a good yarn and the historical stuff is truly fascinating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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