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Jamie

Las Cruces, NM, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Samir Okasha
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism.

    Jamie says: "Excellent introduction"
    "Excellent introduction"
    Overall


    I found this to be a wonderfully cogent introduction to the philosophy of science and the major debates within it. It made no assumptions about the background that a listener would have, providing short explanations of major concepts without patronizing or pandering. The whole series is excellent, so I'm not surprised.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19141)
    Performance
    (17040)
    Story
    (17000)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "This historian thoroughly enjoyed it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The voice actor on this one is extremely talented; so it's not the same as listening to an audiobook like _The Help_ with multiple voices, but almost as good. The story of a high-school teacher traveling back through a time wormhole to 1958, having been convinced to stop Kennedy's assassination, is gripping. The details of the time period come alive fairly well even if the main character's motivations don't ring true at times.

    The only reason I give the story 4 stars rather than 5 is that the middle of the book dragged a bit. Any tale told over 30 or so hours is likely to have a few snoozy portions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2988)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1343)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Not nearly as interesting as Freakonomics"
    Overall


    With their second volume of the application of the economic method to practical human problems, Leavitt and Dubner have just chosen topics that are boring. I'm sorry, but the idea that simple, cheap solutions can be the best is not pathbreaking, and neither is the idea that people respond to incentives. Since the two authors had no deep thoughts, then, the least they could have done was to pick interesting topics. However, geoengineering and climate change really isn't one of them. It's a far cry from abortions, drug dealers, and weird names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert Rowland Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith whisks you through an ordinary day with history's most extraordinary thinkers, explaining what they might have to say about your routine. From waking up in the morning through traveling to work, shopping, eating, going to a party, falling asleep, and dreaming, Smith connects our most mundane habits to the wider world of ideas.Start with waking up: What does it really mean to be awake? How do we know we're not still dreaming?

    cynthia says: "Philosophy made delightful"
    "Craptastic!"
    Overall

    Is this really the kind of thing that issues from the pen of an Oxford don?

    I like Philosophy, I really do. But this book is a random jumble of shallow thoughts about everyday life. As a previous reviewer noted, topical chapters purport to cover things like "Waking up" and "Going to the Doctor." The author then goes on in the most glancing way possible to link experiences with philosophy.

    Great philosophers are given very short shrift, while the author seems to have a lot of interest in things that are not philosophical at all: a chapter on "lunch with your parents" is all about Bert Hellinger, the inventor of "Family Constellations" therapy, who is not a philosopher of any kind. You get the feeling that the author must have gone to Family Constellations Therapy himself, though, since the whole chapter seems like an advertisement for it.

    Stay away from this one, it was annoying and boring.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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