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Jennifer

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  • The House of God

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Samuel Shem
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country.

    Brian says: "Gets a lot of hype."
    "Too much sex that doesn't add to the subject!"
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    What would have made The House of God better?

    If the description would have included the fact that the author refers to sex as often as possible.


    Has The House of God turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I was never into sex books to begin with. I still like medical books, which I thought this would be, but it's not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to return this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1667)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (956)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "good info, goofy presentation"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not really. The information is really interesting and well-organized, but the reader's style was really irritating to me, so it was hard to enjoy. I believe the kindle or hard copy of the book would have been better.


    What aspect of John J. Medina’s performance would you have changed?

    He was reading serious scientific information as if it were almost comedy, way too silly, way too energetic to a point of being distracting from the content, not enhancing it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a little repetitive and I don't care for the reader, but it still relates very interesting and relevant facts about the brain. It wasn't a bad book, just could have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, William Broad
    • Narrated By Murphy Guyer
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Three New York Times reporters uncover the truth about biological weapons. In a frightening and unforgettable narrative of cutting-edge science and spycraft, Germs reconstructs the former Soviet and Iraqi germ warfare programs, and how they affected U.S. policy. "Chilling," says Booklist.

    Seth says: "It's Judith Miller."
    "Deep study of important topic"
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    Where does Germs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, but not at the top. It contained some truly fascinating case studies, but I ended up wishing there were more case studies and less policy discussion.


    Any additional comments?

    The overall lessons are really interesting and valuable, but at times there was too much detail about the behind-the-scenes movements that a person doesn't really need to know. One does end up learning how the US arrives at policies for different types of defense strategies, including this one. I am glad I listened to it - I just think a potential reader should know it's almost at an academic level, not just a popular one. That's fine with me, but not everyone would enjoy the depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Lieberman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (246)

    In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

    G-Man says: "A great discussion of human evolution/physiology"
    "Truly worthwhile read"
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    What did you love best about The Story of the Human Body?

    I loved they way he made sense of modern diseases and conditions against the background of our evolutionary human experience. He does this with tremendous sensitivity to our attachment to modern cultural traditions, so that one doesn't end up feeling attacked or guilty about the evolutionary mis-matches, just more aware of their existence and how to minimize health problems from this perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Story of the Human Body?

    His explanation of dentition and its relationship to modern types of food is really interesting. I had no idea that cavities and impacted wisdom teeth were modern problems that are entirely preventable by changing one's eating habits, especially for children.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His explanations of prehistoric peoples' movement level relative to ours was really fascinating. I always knew that our sedentary lifestyle causes problems, but I never understood "sedentary relative to what?" Once he explained how humans and other hominids lived and moved and functioned prior to settling down and establishing farms, I really understood why our modern sitting/driving/lazing-around has such a massive impact on our health, and in so many diverse areas (cardiovascular, brain, emotional well-being, skeletal resilience, etc)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Our human past illuminates your health


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book, it was kind of addictive. I learned so many valuable principles for health maintenance, and the author is an extremely intelligent person who has devoted decades of study to these issues. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Shankar Vedantam
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    The "hidden brain" is Shankar Vedantam's shorthand for a host of brain functions, emotional responses, and cognitive processes that happen outside of our conscious awareness, but that have a decisive effect on how we behave. The hidden brain has its finger on the scale when we make all of our most complex and important decisions - it decides who we fall in love with, whether we should convict someone of murder, or which way to run when someone yells "fire!"

    Anne says: "Adjunct Instructor of Psychology"
    "Worthwhile & thought provoking book"
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    If you could sum up The Hidden Brain in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, well-researched, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hidden Brain?

    When he explained that when children are read stories about race relations in which the hero is African American, they still end up thinking that the white characters did the admirable things. This effect is somewhat offset if their teachers explicitly tell them otherwise.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I definitely looked for occasions to keep reading more - like finding housework to do or go for a walk.


    Any additional comments?

    The case studies are remarkably interesting and well-researched. I learned unexpected concepts that alter they way I process situations now. Shankar Vedantam also shows incredible sensitivity to his interview subjects, which makes me think he is a good person. I highly recommend this book - Vedantam deserves more attention as a journalist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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