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Chris

Science and philosophy buff

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  • The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (155)

    In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics - the search for the laws of nature - is losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the publics imagination -- and the imagination of experts.

    Michael says: "Encouraging Physics"
    "Interesting but a little whiny"
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    Would you try another book from Lee Smolin and/or Walter Dixon?

    I will try another book by Lee Smolin but I wasn't very impressed with this one


    Any additional comments?

    Although the point of this book (We should spend more time and money on other physics ideas) is well taken I don't think it should have taken 15 hours to make it. I expected more out of this then I got from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality - except we’re not. But that's okay, because our delusions keep us sane. Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of 15 more ways we fool ourselves every day. This smart and highly entertaining audiobook will be wowing listeners for years to come.

    A. Yoshida says: "Not a lot of guidance"
    "Irreverent treatise of logical fallacies"
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    What did you love best about You Are Now Less Dumb?

    David McRaney has a fun and engaging writing style that will keep a smile on your face while you question your own world view. Don Hagen has a pleasant voice and a conversational style that wont wear you out during long listening sessions. Great stories coupled interesting descriptions of experiments that drive home the point the author is making. A very enjoyable listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5680)
    Performance
    (2976)
    Story
    (3036)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Goofy world that made me roll my eyes"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Although this was a mildly entertaining story the author got bogged down in plot details that were silly in the first place and in several spots I just kept thinking "come on, enough already" So, no, I don't think I will be picking up another Stephenson/Jonathan book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Neal Stephenson before, how does this one compare?

    Have not


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Some of the battle scenes were good and the attack on the island was the best of them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Incredulity


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to this in the car on a road trip with my wife and she asked several times to change to something else because of the world design

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2271)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1632)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "A likeable hero"
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    Where does Live Free or Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this book somewhere in the top 75 percentile for entertainment purposes. It hooked you in pretty fast and keeps up the interest till the end


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was obviously setup to be a series from the very beginning and left off in a satisfying spot. This book stands on its own but I look forward to the next chapter in the story.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Great reader, the story had a theatrical feel and Mr. Boyett brought all the characters to life.


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

    The first half hour was a great hook and I loved the first contact scenario..


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (964)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Some gut wrenching tales of human behavior"
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    What did you love best about The Better Angels of Our Nature?

    It's optimistic message


    What other book might you compare The Better Angels of Our Nature to and why?

    How the Brain Works and The Blank Slate - Steven Pinker brings the lessons of these two previous books together in this tome and comes to some interesting conclusions.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    The narration was fine


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

    I would have liked too but Pinker is long winded so it isn't really practical


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the squeamish, some of the descriptions of torture and execution methods are nightmarish and could disturb sensitive readers. Over all a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (933)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (795)

    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"
    "Another good book by Dawkins"
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    If you could sum up The Magic of Reality in three words, what would they be?

    Although this is well troden teritory and there are many other good books that cover this ground Richard Dawkins is always worth listening to.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ?

    Yes, I have them all


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Science Matters: Achieving Science Literacy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert M. Hazen, James Trefil
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    These 18 lucid essays on chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology will help listeners comprehend today's science news.

    Joshua says: "Everything I thought I knew, brilliantly told."
    "Great place to start"
    Overall

    I found this book to be a great starting place for anyone who is interested in both getting up to date with current understandings and for those of use who have strugled with more specific scientific explinations. This book provides a great foundation for almost any branch of science interest.

    2 of 3 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
    (4680)
    Performance
    (2053)
    Story
    (2028)

    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"
    "My new favorite science author"
    Overall

    This was my second book by this author, "The greatest show on earth: the evidence for evolution" introduced me and the "God delusion" sealed the deal. Dawkins poses strong arguments and attacks his subjects with passion and fine use of language. His slap in the face style will wake you up and make you listen.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (284)

    In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

    Ginger says: "Very Very good"
    "Parts 1 and 2 are Excellent!"
    Overall

    The fist 1/3 of this book have the best explanation for special and general relativity that I have every heard. I finally feel I understand the reasoning behind those concepts. The rest of the book is a little harder to keep up with. It seems like Mr. Green was a little to close to the problem to do as good a job in his layman’s descriptions as he did for Einstein's work. Or, maybe those older concepts are just better understood by the physicists themselves, I couldn't tell.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferris
    • Narrated By Timothy Ferris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Anyone can get started in astronomy, just by going outside on a dark night with a star chart and learning their way around. Timothy Ferris tells us what's been seen out there - the Ring nebula, the Silver Coin galaxy, the Virgo supercluster, and how to find them.

    Gary says: "About astronomy as well as astronomers"
    "Great tour of the universe"
    Overall

    Love this book; it is presented in a format that you can easily jump to a topic when you are interested in hearing something about it. I let it play in my observatory while observing and have slewed my scope to objects Mr. Ferris is discussing. Very well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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