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  • Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dean Buonomano
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (142)

    With its trillions of connections, the human brain is more beautiful and complex than anything we could ever build, but it’s far from perfect: our memory is unreliable; we can’t multiply large sums in our heads; advertising manipulates our judgment; we tend to distrust people who are different from us; supernatural beliefs and superstitions are hard to shake; we prefer instant gratification to long-term gain; and what we presume to be rational decisions are often anything but.

    Sean says: "Superficial, but mostly correct"
    "Understanding the world through the human brain"
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    Buonomano shows us how the human brain, evolved in a world very different from the present, is maladapted in many ways to deal with modernity. It offers both a collective excuse -- normal human brains are all poor at remembering names -- and a call to educate ourselves on the internal sources of our irrational fears, foibles, and beliefs. He doesn't shrink from the big issues, politics and religion, and explains how our brains' shortcomings have shaped our society. I found the book fascinating -- one of those books that gives one a new and clearer lens on the world, and you really can't ask for more than that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2991)
    Performance
    (2666)
    Story
    (2669)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A long walk in the land of regret"
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    An insightful look at a life filled with regret, framed by a long and difficult walk across England. I liked this book a lot. The story is of a deeply unhappy man who leaves the house and just keeps going, unprepared and with no real plan. His life unfolds as memory while he faces a series of physical and personal challenges. Anglophiles will appreciate the language and geography; however, the real journey here is inward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1330)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Great story, well researched, well read,"
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    Kingsolver used both sides of her brain on this one. Both the science and her insights into human behavior were solid, and I was very surprised at her reading ability. Her accents were flawless to my ear. I loved the large element of wonder in the story. What readers will find uncomfortable is her accurate protrayal of humanity doing nothing as we ruin the planet for ourselves and god knows how many other species. But that is, in fact, exactly what we are doing. Like the composer of a requiem, the author discovers an irresistable beauty in death. Unfortunately, there will be countless opportunities for artists to mine this vein. Scientists and journalists haven't gotten through, maybe artists will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26949)
    Performance
    (13580)
    Story
    (13628)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great story, great performance"
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    This is a story with great heart, great language, and important history. I loved the way Stockett told the story through the three women, each in their own distinct voice and point of view. None of the characters was stock -- all nuanced, distinct, and believable. And I loved her use of Southern idiom: "that sweater so tight it make a whore look holy." The Help is everything a good novel can be: entertaining, informative, and inspiring. And the performances, the distinct voices the readers brought to the work, were first rate. The book gave me a glimpse of the truth, I'm sure, of the pre-civil-rights-movement American South, and what it was like for the people, black and white, who lived through it. I've run out of superlatives to describe this book. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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