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Member Since 2008

  • 10 reviews
  • 101 ratings
  • 240 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sam Gosling
    • Narrated By David Drummond

    For the last 10 years, psychologist Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. By exploring our private worlds (desks, bedrooms, even our clothes and our cars), he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected - and unplanned - ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, communicate it to others, and interpret the world around us.

    GrantLH says: "Buy the hard copy"

    Great book to learn the true meaning of the way we live.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

    D. Littman says: "very interesting, very peculiar popular science"
    What did you love best about Earth Moved?

    The information on how the earthworms help us, as well as the problems that they can cause.

    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    I hungered for more, but was satisfied with what i got.

    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion that can be conveyed from another person's understanding of what is written.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It seems to me to have a lot of hero worship for Darwin, even though there is a startling lack of research for this field, in comparison of other fields of study...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard Wrangham
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

    KHarrang says: "Fascinating book about early human development..."
    "Food for thought..."
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    enlightening, insightful, thoughtful...

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

    the dawn of the separative job assignments....

    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Nice rhythm and tone

    If you could give Catching Fire a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why we cook???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tortilla Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    PEN-Faulkner Award-winning author T. Coraghessan Boyle weaves together the stories of two families in Southern California: one affluent, the other destitute. As Boyle creates a counterpoint of personal needs, civic responsibility, and social custom, each family's quest for the American Dream fuels deep fear and anger that ultimately lead to a perilous confrontation.

    Donald says: "The Tortilla Curtain"
    "Emotionally disturbing"
    Would you try another book from T. Coraghessan Boyle and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    Not if the writing style is the same as this book. The details are vivid and colorful, but the premise is disturbing and short sighted.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll go back to informational as well as history based books.

    Do you think The Tortilla Curtain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't see how they could interface the characters to show how they have improved and grown into the new world. without using the religion that they had in the old world to guide them, or the common sense that abounds in all of us after traumatic events, the story could not flow or connect to the point of being believable after this book...

    Any additional comments?

    Although the events are very believable, the 'dumbing down' of the main mexican characters was offensive as well as unfair. after the trauma at the border the first time, they would have learned to be wary of personal encounters as well as using the systems available to them through the church or local outreach programs. to set them so low in the social intelligence ranking is insulting as well as unbelievable. It is asking us to release too much of what we are to connect to the main protagonists. It's like watching a movie made by someone who has no idea how to cast actors...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imager's Challenge

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city.

    Lydia says: "interesting concepts"
    "Nice followup to the previous book..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Imager's Challenge to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the text version

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Imager's Challenge?

    The return of the bombardment from the river

    Which scene was your favorite?

    there were quite a few, mostly when ren's fustration level started to grow

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just kept me wanting to keep listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Very easy to understand!"

    The author makes the subject matter easy to understand as well as intresting. It keeps your attention as well as keeping you wanting more. I found myself hanging on the questions, waiting for the author to answer them. I found it a very enjoyable read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why Migraines Strike: Scientific American

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By David W. Dodick, J. Jay Gargus, Scientific American
    • Narrated By Mark Moran

    Biologists have solved the mystery of one of our most misunderstood, poorly recognized, and inadequately treated medical disorders. This article was published in the August 2008 edition of Scientific American.

    Gilbert says: "Why Migraines Strike: Scientific American"
    "Why Migraines Strike: Scientific American"

    Very infomative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon (Unabridged Excerpts)

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Nicholas says: "Unabridged or bust"

    I liked the book, not the ending. I thought that it ended too soon, not fleshing out the "just rewards" for the last characters.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "Guns, Germs, and Steel, intresting...."

    I found this book wanting for better examples, but in whole, a good read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "The Omnivore's Dilemma"

    This is a great read, some of the questions that nagged me since childhood were answered in a way not to bore, but to enlighten. The story of discovery is something that will entertain again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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