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USA | Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 115 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Douglas says: "Exceedingly Important Reading!..."
    "Think about it"

    I found this to be very enlightening. I have changed my online habits to get the most out of what my brain can hold. Important points: Humans are NOT multitasking, Overloading our short term memory doesn't make us smarter. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "Not my kind of book"

    I'm not sure why I bought this, I guess a change of subject. You might like this book if your into this.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Entertain while educating"

    One of the best in my collection. I really like the style in which this is told. If you like the preview, you'll love the book. Packs a lot of info, so rereading many times helps you get every dime out of this book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Stephanie Beacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this classic, romantic ghost story, a governess on a remote country estate begins to believe her charges are possessed by the spirits of 2 dead former servants. Are her perceptions simply the fruit of her neuroses - or could they possibly be valid? A foray into the very heart of evil, Henry James's masterful novel is also remarkable for its psychological acuity and evocation of mood.

    Patricia Marino says: "Great book; wonderful reading"
    "Very British"

    This was very well read. I have seen the many movies made made from this story. It was great to hear the original story. The best movie made of this has to be "The Innocents" 1963 The book is very true to it's time period. 1898 So get ready for some real old British language.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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