Singapore (and Park City, UT USA) | Member Since 2014
I've loved learning about sleep from the time I understood that my father and I were night owls and my sister and mother were morning birds... and why do my oldest son and I have night terrors (even as an adult I have them) and my other son doesn't... I was always wondering what made us so different!
This is a great book that introduces some concepts I didn't know about (even after all of my reading over the years) but the professor gets into some very technical information on neurochemistry.
of course! I've got many of them already...
yes, the professor was very good - I'd definitely recommend *not* listening to this on 1.5 ;)
This course left me wanting to ask the professor questions - I'll be sending him an email.
Although this plot is one of the oldest on record, and the play a classic, these authors have presented a story that is at once fresh, gritty, dark, and thought provoking.
And, the performance was magnificent!!
This book was fantastic - I was able to finish it in an afternoon and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters are despicably loveable, and I love the discussions between them about authors, books, and the current state of the publishing industry.
I highly, highly recommend this book... I'll be checking out other books of these two authors.
I live on a tropical island. I moved here from the US. I live just off the equator. I thought the author was going to give me an insight I didn't yet have into this life that, to me, we seemed to share through some small ties.
There are so many things I hoped this book contained - like insight. But what I heard, what I couldn't even get through, was all the complaining and political drivel about how shitty the US government was. There were a couple of interesting facts (the significant overcrowding of Tarawa for instance and what overcrowding does to 18 square miles - which, in one of his funnier statements, is the same size as some driveways in Illinois); sadly, there were far more *un*interesting, unhumourous facts mucking around in this book (such as the fact that the geckos living in their water tank ate the bugs there... Surprise! Geckos eat bugs).
The author suggested at one point that he and his girlfriend made friends on the island, but rather than talk about the people, how they met, funny instances of their learning about the locals, etc., the author spent no more than a few sentences on each of his "adventures", including such fascinating topics as "the missing beer", "the peeping toms", "the ocean of poop", and "the eyebrow quirks" (which he'd learned to interpret).
One example of the thrill this book contains: (just in case I'm too blah'ed out by this book for it to come across, that was supposed to be sarcasm)
The author tells you about a fence he built. He's very proud of this fence. His girlfriend
comes home, and, upon seeing said fence, asks "What's that?" [what did the author
make the latch out of]. He found it on the roof. It was a bit of old (very old) IV tubing. Still
full of blood. He unwound it. He threw it back on the roof. He wondered if he should wash
Wait for it... ... ... ...No, not really. It's not coming.
Even Simon Vance's fantastic voice and ability to enfold me in a story couldn't help this poor wretch hobble its way into my collection. It's going back.
So much opportunity, lost (quite possibly to the geckos in the author's water tank...).
What a fantastic book! I read this in one day, and absolutely adored the story! I find that I'm not generally drawn to women authors as they can dwell too much on the romantic aspects. However, Helene Wecker is an absolutely lovely storyteller - she weaves the plot like a beautiful tapestry, thick with detail and texture - yet does it all with a gentle and purposeful tempo. Her ability to imbue the characters with life is masterful - you feel as though you know each of the characters, recognise their strengths and weaknesses - yet she maintains enough mystery about each one to draw you forward through the tale.
Side note: this is not a children's or young adult tale, although the cover reminded me of the Jonathan Stroud books. This book smoulders and looks at you under long lashes to take you into its bed. Enjoy it.
One of my favorite parts of this book is where Dr. Feynman is at Princeton for his Masters and the dean brings in a hypnotist. Dr. Feynman's attempt to be "one of many" who are chosen to work with the hypnotist was a riot and Raymond Todd conveyed the situation perfectly. It especially reminded me of my own escapades!.
I love his voice and I can just hear Dr. Feynman saying "I get it, OK?!" He so perfectly conveys Feynman's personality, naivete, and lovable nature that you feel as though you're listening to Feynman himself.
The story of an incredible man whose life inspires you to do all those things you've always been curious about.
Do not miss this book - regardless of whether or not you're interested in science, you'd be remiss to miss this one.
I'd definitely recommend this to a friend (in fact, I have recommended it many times!). Specifically, because
1) this is a long book / start to a very long and complicated series and getting it on Audio book allows you to listen to it in more places than reading is practical
2) the Audible app on my iphone allows me to play it at 1.5x or 2x speed so it doesn't take as long
The story is fabulous (although, when I first read it, I thought it to be a stand-alone book... the ending appears to come to a close); however, the male narrator (Michael), has a voice that didn't fit the male characters. It just took time to get used to him. So, if you're considering this, but not sure because of the narrators, give it time. The story is worth it.
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