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Dr Mark Selikowitz

Sydney, Australia

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  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (117)

    Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

    Christopher says: "Superb and surprising"
    "Beautifully written, perfect reading."
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    Where does Sweet Tooth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First audiobook have listened to; I will now read another


    What did you like best about this story?

    McEwan is such a clever writer and has a marvellous way with words. I found the book intriguing while I listened to it, and felt very satisfied when I had heard the conclusion. I also my eyes where opened to the way MI5 probably works.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    Juliet Stevenson takes the part of the narrator and matches her perfectly with just the right accent, age, and expression.


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

    No, I listened to it in my car as I travelled to and from work (a 30 minute trip each way), which was perfect. I did however find myself sitting in the car for a few minutes after I had reached my destination, eager to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audiobook and I am sold! I downloaded another the moment this one was finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Samir Okasha
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism.

    Jamie says: "Excellent introduction"
    "Excellent summar, well read"
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    If you could sum up The Philosophy of Science in three words, what would they be?

    Opened my eyes


    What other book might you compare The Philosophy of Science to and why?

    Philosophy of Science: Bolinda Beginner Guides


    Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favorite?

    Not applicable (this is non-fiction - no characters as such)


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The problem of induction seems insoluble (mainly because of Hume's argument and the Duhem-Quine problem), yet science is inconceivable without it (as is quotidien reasoning and acting).


    Any additional comments?

    Should be read by all thinking people - especially scientists, who are often allergic to philosophical analysis of what they do.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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