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Book Fanatic

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2778)
    Performance
    (1885)
    Story
    (1905)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Great Way To Revisit Sherlock Holmes"
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    Would you listen to The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 again? Why?

    I will listen to it again sometime in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice of the narrator was excellent when playing male characters like Holmes or Watson. However his attempt at female voices is irritatingly falsetto. I hated it. It would be better to read them as a male voice.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (671)

    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?"
    "5+ Stars For A Fantastic Book"
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    Where does Antifragile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    There is incredible insight about the way the world works in this book. It is not a light and breezy read. You have to think and think hard when you read it. So this is a thinking person's book and if that is not what you are looking for then skip it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very different book than the usual pap you will read so I suggest you make a very value-adding exchange - shell out the price of a lunch and buy this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Marzluff, Tony Angell
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    New research indicates that crows are among the brightest animals in the world. And professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington John Marzluff has done some of the most extraordinary research on crows, which has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as on NPR and PBS. Now he teams up with artist and fellow naturalist Tony Angell to offer an in-depth look at these incredible creatures - in a book that is brimming with surprises.

    Diane says: "You Will Never Look At A Crow The Same Way Again"
    "I Really Wanted to Like This Book"
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    What disappointed you about Gifts of the Crow?

    The unscientific anecdotes were treated as reliable scientific evidence.


    Have you listened to any of Danny Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very strange book. It mixes the most unscientific anecdotal stories with seemingly endless descriptions of bird brain neurobiology into a mix that simply didn't work for me. One minute you are reading some charming anecdote about a raven and almost in mid-sentence you are dumped into long descriptions of neurotrasnmitters and brain structures.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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