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Eva

Somerville, MA, USA

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  • Proust Was a Neuroscientist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    In this technology-driven age, it's tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.

    Mark D. Jones says: "Excellent Book"
    "We don't need a new definition of neuroscience ..."
    Overall

    Very interesting attempt of reconciliating science and art. However, being a neuroscientist myself, I am rather dissapointed. I was looking forward to interesting insights/discussion, bringing both fields closer together. Instead, it seems like the author would like to make a point out of that artists/artisans are smart ( of course they are)and science can only hope to finally prove what the artists knew all along...
    I enjoyed listening and the book is both well written and read. thanks, I really appreciate it!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (523)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Interesting book/Reader is crazy"
    Overall

    I have only listens to 2 hours of the book and like it, even the reader reads well, as long as she does not try to mimic what she thinks accents sounds like. It is horrendous... Being not a native English speaker myself I am actually offended. If had not bought the audiobook already I would rather READ the book. What a rape of the book's characters! Even the most attractive, cute characters sound like freaks...Really I do not understand: how come she thinks that any of these characters would have an accent? It is not even that the author gave instructions of how the character talk, so what does she think she is doing?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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