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Amy

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (206)

    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    J. E. JORDAN says: "Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History"
    "10 out of 5"
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    Would you listen to The Skeptic's Guide to American History again? Why?

    I love this series. These lectures are mind blowing and enthralling to one who does not already have knowledge of American history.


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

    Mind blowing


    Any additional comments?

    Best purchase I've made on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (298)

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    Joel says: "Enjoyable lecutre"
    "Best intro to Relativity I've ever heard"
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    Would you listen to Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition again? Why?

    Maybe, it got its point across very well so I'm likely to move on to harder books.


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

    Wolfson mentions that basically all of special relativity is derived based on the theory that the speed of light is always the same and everything else follows from that. It's really a staggering thought that a single premise as such would affect how time works.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4701)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2044)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Too smart for me, but I'm trying."
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    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Burden of proof.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Delusion?

    Probably the chapter I like most was the one about climbing Mount Improbable. I've never heard someone explain why the burden of proof regarding God should not ever be placed at the feel of people who don't believe, and that I will never forget.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I need to be in the right mood to listen to Dawkins (the mood to pay attention and think).


    Any additional comments?

    Dawkins is too smart for me. I have a hard time following what he's saying sometimes which I suspect is just that I'm not smart enough, though I think this is partially the occasional switching of voices for quotations throwing me off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (583)

    Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

    Marc Worley says: "Yes, he curses"
    "Still can't discern the point, but entertaining."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they're a fan of Penn & Teller, and in particular Penn.


    Any additional comments?

    Still can't tell what the point of the novel is, but more stories and more rambling was still entertaining to listen to. Sorta like listening to a friend's stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1725)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1563)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Not sure what the point is, but fun to listen to."
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    Would you listen to God, No! again? Why?

    Probably would listen again in a few years. I'm a fan of Penn & Teller and quite enjoy listening to Penn rambling.


    What was most disappointing about Penn Jillette’s story?

    I couldn't really discern what the overall point was, if there is one.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Penn & Teller you might enjoy this. Try listening to an episode of his podcast first maybe, as it's just about as rambly as this is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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