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Buddy

Buddy

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  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (396)
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    (396)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    F. E. Sparrow says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Probably works better in print"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's a great introduction to evolution through natural selection. I feel it spends too much time explicitly debunking Creationism, but that's probably what a lot of adults just discovering "Darwinism" need.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He reads all quotes from Darwin in a terrible English accent.


    Any additional comments?

    Since the auidobook necessarily excludes charts and figures, it should have excluded in test references to them as well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Melissa Mohr
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Almost everyone swears, or worries about not swearing, from the two year-old who has just discovered the power of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why every other word she hears is obscene. Whether they express anger or exhilaration, are meant to insult or to commend, swear words perform a crucial role in language. But swearing is also a uniquely well-suited lens through which to look at history, offering a fascinating record of what people care about on the deepest levels of a culture - what's divine, what's terrifying, and what's taboo.

    Buddy says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
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    This was a fascinating study of what historical and contemporary societies consider profane, taboo, sacred, and holy.

    The narration is the biggest downside. The narrator reads so slowly that I had to listen at 1.25 speed, which creates issues with clarity when listening in the car when traffic is loud. The author is a woman, so some her autobiographical anecdotes (such as her understanding of urinal etiquette only via hearsay) was somewhat jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (343)

    Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

    Kevin says: "Not really a Thursday Next book"
    "There is no "Real Thursday""
    Overall

    I’ve been a fan of the Thursday Next series since reading The Eyre Affair on my honeymoon 8 years ago. When I heard about the new one, I debated whether to use my monthly Audible credit or check it out from the library.

    The reviews convinced me to buy it. Particularly, the reviews complaining that this book, and I quote, “isn’t about the REAL Thursday, it’s about the WRITTEN Thursday.” These reviews are so perfect that I almost suspect that Jasper Fforde himself wrote them, except that the reviewers seem unaware of how clever their reviews are, while Fforde is ever aware of how clever he is. And since smugly self-aware cleverness is my medium of choice, I snapped up the book. I was not disappointed.

    Emily Gray is a decent narrator, but some of her characterizations are off, especially on the male characters. But the book itself is a delightfully clever addition to the Thursday Next saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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