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Dave Bartell

Silicon Valley, California, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 276 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to the True Nature of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Lanza, Bob Berman
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim

    The whole of Western natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change, forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory. At the same time, these findings have increased our doubt and uncertainty about traditional physical explanations of the universe's genesis and structure. Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview, turning the planet upside down again with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around.

    Gary says: "Mystical hogwash, but I loved it."
    "Awesome integration of ideas to bridge science gap"

    So the author uses personal stories in his narrative. It makes the delivery more tangible and human. Lanza's struggles and tragedies, not doubt, fuel his search for bridging the gaps in physics (science), spirituality and the nature of self.

    His work is well grounded in the scientific method (observation) and well researched. He directly attacks ideas such as "string theory" as questionable science because it relies on obtuse math. He doesn't say "string theory" is wrong, merely that modern physics uses very sloppy grounding for its assertions.

    The book is a fantastic "whack up the side of my head". Consciousness has no explanation in physics. That does not mean science is bunk, but merely that we have no tools to account for consciousness. His book presents the idea that biology (life itself) defines the Universe and not the other way around.

    Seen this way, then the human spiritual understanding of consciousness and the scientific method of observation are on a path to converge.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Rene made lemonade"

    No doubt Preston & Child are master story tellers. Their mixture of fantasy science (DNA recombination) and the mystical Tibetan make for great story components for the quirky and complex Pendergast. The Cabinet of Curiousities and the Diogene's trilogy introduce fabulous characters - intense, complex, and memorable. Still Life with Crows is one of my favorite books where Pendergast's character really comes to full development. They demonstrate wonderful creativity and clever twists in a setting completely removed from Pendergast's previous New York venues.

    As other reviewers have said, in Cold Vengeance, Pendergast departs from the character that defined the series. His quirkiness and precision are gone. The solid supporting characters, Degosta for example, are rendered into thin parts and the book becomes a long chase scene that doesn't end ... literally. The story has promise coming in from the opener, Fever Dream, but increasing reads like it was stretched and filled in to make room for another sequel.

    I am curious about the final book, but likely won't listen to/read it based on the reviews. His wife, Helen, was better as a mystery. It added to Pendergast's character. I hope that Preston & Child are back writing something more contained, like Still Life with Crows, that returns to their stellar character development. Maybe a new subject or character? Give Pendergast a bit of a holiday?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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