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Waterloo, ON, Canada

  • 6 reviews
  • 145 ratings
  • 491 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nancy C. Andreasen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading

    In a fascinating tour of creativity and the brain, Nancy Andreasen, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa and the winner of the National Medal of Science, explores how the human brain achieves creative breakthroughs--in art, literature, music, and science--the role of genes and environment, extraordinary creativity vs. ordinary creativity, and the question of genius and insanity.

    William says: "Well written history of creativity"
    "Well written history of creativity"

    The author has an amazing story of overcoming obstacles and earning a PHd and a MD. I liked the book it was well written. I did think this book would have had more neuroscience in it. I was expecting a Golemanesque (Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence) type of book with detailed descriptions of functional brain system and the latest research. The book had a little of this.

    The book includes an excellent history of the science of creativity, which I thought was interesting and worth reading. The author talks at length about some creative people like DaVinci and other artists, which was well done.

    However I did think the mixture of literary criticism with a little bit neuroscience was a bit haphazard at times. I would have preferred a more in depth approach to the brain science of creativity. Which would talk about specific brain systems instead of trying to merge art, history, literary criticism, and neuroscience. Even though the author's intent is to show that such a synthesis is in itself creative.

    I still recommend you listen to it because while I was reading the book I had a creative explosion in my mind, turned off my ipod and sat on a park bench for 2 hours scribbling some notes about an idea I thought was novel. Check it out.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Stop Looking, Just Buy This"

    Love the book. I read a lot of military science fiction and this has everything you could want in it. Feels like a mix between Old Man's War (John Scalzi) and And Semper Human (Ian Douglas), but has a lot of original ideas.

    Some parts like soldiers coming back to life feel very much like a video game (Halo, etc) which was a plus for me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Most Amazing MSCI-FI Book (and I've read them all)"

    I've read pretty much everything in the MSCI-FI genre. This has to be the best one I've ever read. I just couldn't turn the book off. Buy it now, you won't regret it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "Couldn't finish it"

    I could not get into this book, even after reading a lot of science fiction. After about an hour I couldn't keep listening. The writing style is more difficult than many other science fiction books that I've read.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "Very good author"
    What made the experience of listening to Civilization the most enjoyable?

    The author outlined his concepts in a clear and concise manner. The chapter headings really clarified his position and provided direction in the reading.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Civilization?

    The medicine chapter really stood out. The impacts of tropical diseases on the progression of different civilizations left a lasting impression in my mind.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's difficult to pick out a favorite scene in this book. The chapter on medicine was one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dispossessed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
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    Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

    Justin says: "The Anti Atlas Shrugged"
    "Communist tripe"

    No idea how this book won those awards. One planet has strong state control and the other is a impoverished communist utopia, and the story is one big waste of time.

    4 of 65 people found this review helpful

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