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sethaput

Bangkok, Thailand | Member Since 2005

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  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1132)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "both thought provoking and depressing"
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    The book doesn't agree with many of my priors (beliefs, assumptions, etc.) about the world but I found the arguments pretty insightful and compelling. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the author (and he is as committed a Darwinist as they come), it is well worth the read even though I found it's implications to be somewhat depressing. I would have liked to think that elephants, trees, humans, etc. are more than just an efficient mechanism to propagate elephant, tree, and human DNA.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Locked Room: Martin Beck Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room - with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck, they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound.

    sethaput says: "Great book in a great series"
    "Great book in a great series"
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    Terrific book. Narration doesn't do the book justice, but you eventually get used to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man on the Balcony: Martin Beck Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Someone is killing young girls in the once-peaceful parks of Stockholm - killing them after having his way. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won't say much and a three-year-old boy who can't say much. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone - or something - he overheard.

    sethaput says: "Good book in a great series"
    "Good book in a great series"
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    This isn't one of my favorites from the Martin Beck series but it is still pretty darned good. Pacing was a bit off in this one for my taste, but you still have the great characterizations and that wonderful sense of place that has made these Scandinavian detective stories such a big hit. If you like Wallander (Mankell) or Blomqvist (Stieg Larsson: sp?), can't go wrong with their granddaddy, Martin Beck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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