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Emil Bogdanov

Rockford, IL USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (694)

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "Brilliant!!!"
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    Richard Dawkins is absolutely brilliant! This is one of the most intelligent and educational books I have ever listened to or read. He is showing with an excellent examples and associations how nature works. Listen to this book if you are interested in understanding how natural selection is the driving the evolution on our planet. Everything will make so much more sense!

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (457)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "Some useful information for parents"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book has some interesting parts on understanding boys and why they do the things they do. I think some parents would greatly benefit from the chapter on ADD (I think this may be the strongest part of the book).

    I also wish I held back my son, as the author recommends, and had him start school later rather than earlier as he did.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think the main weakness of the book is in the section on video games. There have been many studies on the impact of video games on boys, many of them conflicting each other. However, there seems to be a clear indication that there are benefits in playing video games and it appears they are not so far detached from reality as the author states.

    What about surgical operations via remotely controlled robots? What about pilot trainers which allow pilots to prepare for real flights without endangering anyone's life? What about NASA astronauts who practice each aspect of their flights on electronic simulators? Aren't all these real life "video games"?

    The part on video games was one of the main reasons I picked up this book hoping that it may provide some clarity on the subject. Unfortunately, the author missed the mark here. I was truly hoping to hear some suggestions on how parents could create a healthy balance of all important aspects in the typical boy's life including video games, outdoors activities, reading books, and doing well in school.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4321)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1817)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Great book!"
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    Great story presenting the insights of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Loved the content, the presentation and all interesting facts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2365)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1384)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Under expectations..."
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    This book has some interesting information mainly around Apple I and II computers. There is not much else that I consider to be worth the time. The style is very simple (reminds me an essay written by a kid in elementary school). Overall, low value for the time you would spend to listen to it.

    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
    (886)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (752)

    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"
    "Great book for teenagers and ... adults, too!"
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    Once again Richard Dawkins delivers an excellent book with his easy-to-follow and easy-to-understand style!

    I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to get a fresh scientific view on many realities in our lives. It will be highly beneficial to young adults as they need to form an objective and unbiased opinion about the world around us.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hitch-22: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (439)

    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

    Laura says: "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but."
    "Hard to understand..."
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    As much as I like Christopher Hitchens I had hard time understanding the talk. Perhaps, my ear is not trained to understand the British pronunciation...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (133)

    In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.

    BARRY says: "Excellent book and narration"
    "Not much of country driving..."
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    Large part of the book talks about the author's experience living in a small village not too far from Beijing. I expected that there would be interesting information about the life in the different parts of China. The book does show certain unique aspects of the life in China but it seemed that was lacking to highlight some key points.

    0 of 1 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
    (4472)
    Performance
    (1867)
    Story
    (1844)

    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"
    "Excellent book!"
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    Finally... An explanation of why it is good to free your mind and think independently. I am planning to check other Richard Dawkins' books.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (771)

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
    "Will listen to it at least one more time"
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    There is so much intersting information that I feel I need to listen to the book at least one more time. Very nice and logical presentation of money evolution.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Take on the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Arthur Levitt, Paula Dwyer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Arthur Levitt was the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. For years, he attempted to regulate accounting firms, corporate reporting, and brokerages, but the political cost was so high that he had to resign. Now, as a free agent, he goes to bat for the common investor and tells it like it is. He tells us how investors today are being fed lies and distortions.

    Mr. M Metwally says: "Excellent eye opener"
    "Expected more..."
    Overall

    I expected more from this book. It tell you about all those things you hear in the media all the time and you can do nothing about anyway (with very few exceptions).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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