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  • 6 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 343 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "A good, fun book."

    First the good. Then the not quite as good but still okay.

    When this book is actually discussing waves and the science, it's well written and fascinating. A truly interesting study of something we still understand little of.

    When it's discussing surfers......well that's something different entirely. Laird Hamilton is a god among men and the rest of the surfers are merely lesser deities. All chiseled features and tans and muscular whatnot. Sure the scientists get similar discriptions, but it's the surfers she adores. Not as interesting as the science to me, but I'm a geek and a guy so hearing about hot bodied surf gods isn't really my cup of tea. ;-)

    Even then, it's still a great book. The narration is excellent and the subject matter (even the surf stuff) is interesting. Perfect for a summer listen or a winter listen when you're wishing it was summer. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    Liz says: "big fan but what is up with the bleeps?"
    "Highly fragile book"

    The ideas in this book were more interesting, more scientifically accurate, and less pretentious when it was called Fight Club. Just go read Fight Club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Fleshing out a world gone by"

    I have to admit that I was a bit unsure about this book. As much as people have mixed feelings about the Dark Tower series (particularly the end), I enjoyed the whole of it and wasn't sure about a return trip.

    I shouldn't have worried. Not only was it comfortable to return to the familiar characters (aided no doubt by the reading done by Stephen King himself), the stories added color and depth to the world of the gunslinger, making it feel less like a central hub in the universe according to King and more like a world of it's own with lore and characters all it's own.

    Either as a return to an old haunt or an introduction to the world of the Dark Tower, this book is worth a listen or two and is likely one you'll return to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Is it irony that a book about zombies lacks life?"

    Combining the worst parts of the zombie genre, the television show 24, and the movie Men in Black. I couldn't finish the book. The main character is a standard "best of the best" working for a standard top secret government whatnot. His only flaw (which of course is really a strength) is he has a temper that he says he can't control but really can with ease. His wisecracks are painfully nonstop, making him come across as a jerk who desperately needs to find an offswitch for his mouth. Is there a term for a male Mary Sue character?

    One star, only because I can't give less. Get World War Z instead.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Brains, and Behavior---The Science Behind Sex, Love and Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jena Pincott
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cosmopolitan meets Scientific American in this entertaining and informative question-and-answer book on human attraction. Based on the latest studies in science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? answers more than 100 wild, weird, and very pressing questions.

    Roy says: "A Great Change of Pace"
    "More a list than a book"

    While the book itself was kind of cool, it felt more like a Readers Digest summary of some interesting articles on the subject. Each bit of science given a paragraph or two but lacking any real substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Marco Iacoboni
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim

    What accounts for the remarkable ability to get inside another person's head - to know what they're thinking and feeling? "Mind reading" is the very heart of what it means to be human, creating a bridge between self and others that is fundamental to the development of culture and society. But until recently, scientists didn't understand what in the brain makes it possible. This has all changed in the last decade.

    Mariteje says: "Amazing"
    "Solid science, but shaky conclusions"

    I really enjoyed the first half of the book. The authors discussions of the discoveries of mirror neurons and the basic conclusions were fascinating. That said, the last half of the book goes a bit off the rails. The author attempts to draw conclusions about human behavior using mirror neurons that seem to stretch logic.

    Three stars. The science is worth a download, but the conclusions about human behavior aren't.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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