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Vrad Vodrazka

Huntersville, NC United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (745)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Appreciate the World Around You"
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    What did you love best about The Magic of Reality?

    This captures a lot of what I have always felt. People see magic behind the beauty and intricacy of everything around us. I just see the beauty of science as it helps us appreciate the existence of the universe and everything within it. Putting magic behind it can't possibly give people the same sense of appreciation as when you force the brain to think and have it come to strunning realizations. It's like living inside the matrix, which is just a smoke screen. But unlike the matrix, the world outside is much more amazing than inside. Come join me outside of the matrix :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a book that adults and even early teenagers can really get into. It gives a great biology background and also delves into other sciences (although Dawkins discloses that biology is his real expertise). Instead of magical, you realize that the existence of the universe and everything within it is amazing and consistent with known sciences (without a need to resort to magic or pseudo-sciences).


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LEAD . . . For God's Sake!: A parable for finding the heart of leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Todd G. Gongwer
    • Narrated By Brandon Batchelar
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    A captivating story that will help you find your purpose and leadership in life. Although he’s one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky’s history, Steve Rocker, for the first time in his life, is falling short of expectations. His players have lost their will to win, their love for their teammates, and their passion to play. Coach Rocker’s motivational methods that have always worked before - and have resulted in his success - are now failing, and he doesn’t know why.

    Roger says: "Competitiveness to extreme. What is your purpose?"
    "No Value"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story didn't provide me with any value toward improving my leadership skills. Instead, it focused on a long, drawn-out story of an obviously wrong way to lead. Then it turned to a religious view that is apparently needed in order to become a good leader. What?! To be quite honest, I couldn't force myself to finish it after I had already committed to a third of it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Multipliers. I've listened to it twice already and it's one of the best leadership books out there.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's hard to make it better when the underlying story is so poor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (2690)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (908)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "Drop the Ego"
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    What made the experience of listening to A New Earth the most enjoyable?

    This is a great book to help you take a good perspective on life. I can feel myself becoming even happier (I was a happy person before I read the book) by following the author's concepts. The key idea is that our brain has evolved to develop strong self awareness. We need to use this self-awareness to supress some of the primative instincts still left over from our earlier periods of evolution. We need to stop trying to compare ourselves with others. We shouldn't want to keep up with the Jones's, but rather be happy that they have things that make them happy. We need to assume positive intent with others. We need to stop dwelling on what could have been and look to history only to the extent that it will help you make better choices in the future. Don't feel mad at the person who cut you off in traffic, but rather feel symphathy for them since they may be going through a tough time or didn't have a nurturing upbringing.The concepts are easy to say, but will take some time to retrain your brain to think more positively. So far, this training is paying dividends through a better outlook on life.I didn't give 5 stars on the story because I didn't like (slight) references to unseen energy. Since normal science seems to be consistent with the concepts, there is no need to delve into pseudo-science. It's quite possible that I misinterpreted the author's actual intent with this energy, and if that's the case, I apologize. Regardless, I think it's a great listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (434)

    In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

    gerald says: "The book says what many feel, but fear to say"
    "Very Intellectual and Thought Provoking"
    Overall

    Some of the concepts aren't necessarily new, but Sam Harris is able to beautifully articulate how morality can be studied by science. I especially appreciate the recognition that there are many gray areas in discussions of morality, unlike the rigid and sometimes harmful morality that is derived from various religious texts. At times, the book does seem to be treating religious texts as a pinata, but mostly it's required to demonstrate the validity of arguments being made.
    If you are willing to listen to philosophical thinking on morality with an open mind, you will love this audiobook. But, if you want to set your thoughts in concrete because you're terrified of change, then you probably should skip this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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