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Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 13 reviews
  • 98 ratings
  • 267 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • 101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Terry McDermott
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's not fiction: Gary Lynch is the real thing, the epitome of the rebel scientist - malnourished, contentious, inspiring, explosive, remarkably ambitious, consistently brilliant. He is one of the foremost figures of contemporary neuroscience, and his decades-long quest to understand the inner workings of the brain's memory machine has begun to pay off.

    Joe says: "Fascinating tale of a scientific maverick's lab"
    "Kinda boring and didn't really go anywhere"

    I did find a few parts quite interesting, but on the whole I was disappointed. I had just finished "The Talent Code" and was looking for more information regarding the balance between brain physiology and behavior, or at the very least, a better understanding of the chemistry of memory. Honestly, it could have used a bit more information regarding the science, and less about the politics of University funding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "Not what I was looking for"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Boring (and I love to geek out on this kind of stuff).

    What was most disappointing about Robert Wright’s story?

    I didn't feel that the other reviews and the description gave an accurate account of what I was getting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Fear No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald

    As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

    Lisa says: "Not Heinlein's best - but still good"
    "Not what I expected"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was not the same as most of Heinlein's other works. It was boring and I felt like it was just an expression of 'free sexuality' that he was exploring in his later life. No action. No real mystery.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Heinlein does know how to craft interesting characters and paint vivid pictures of possible futures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "The opposite of exciting"
    What would have made Cyteen better?

    More action, less politics.

    What was most disappointing about C. J. Cherryh’s story?

    It felt like reading boring news.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I went ahead and finished it because I did start to 'care' about the characters and because the implications of cloning is interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Short but thought provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. It was pretty easy to see what was coming because it was supposed to be based in a realistic setting.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The execution where the protagonist had to deal with the emotional side of killing.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book makes me realize how vulnerable we are as a society.

    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy this book. It was just a bit on the depressing side. I was looking more for an entertaining fiction that would have a good snapshot of what might happen after an EMP. The realism and suffering portrayed is powerful and though provoking, but just not exactly what I was looking for. I was also looking for more ideas/interpretations of how people would cope from a technical perspective (more details on food production, water usage, etc), and there wasn't much in this book (but the stuff it did talk about was pretty good).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Great info, easy to listen to."

    I enjoyed the balance between applicable information as well as the science behind the book. As someone who will most likely never find the time to read "Good Calories Bad Calories", this brief but thorough book was just what I wanted.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Gurian, Barbara Annis
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz

    Each of us enters the workplace not only as a human being, but as a woman or man, Leadership and the Sexes links the actual science of male/female brain differences to every aspect of business. Written by the New York Times best-selling author and gender expert Michael Gurian and acclaimed workplace gender consultant Barbara Annis, this groundbreaking audio weaves brain science and gender studies with real life examples from business leaders to provide a new vision of gender diversity.

    mosselyn says: "meh"
    "Didn't get much good information from this"

    The writing didn't translate well to audio book and I found it difficult to listen to. It had some decent information, but nothing groundbreaking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By John Farrell

    New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.

    Stephen says: "Anecdotes presented as data"
    "Listened to it twice in a row"

    As a lifelong martial artist, a teacher, and athletic coach, I found this book inspiring. It has completely changed the way I look at learning, excellence, behaviors, habits, etc. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to get "better" (better at anything!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Wells
    • Narrated By Spencer Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This new book by Spencer Wells, the internationally known geneticist, anthropologist, author, and director of the Genographic Project, focuses on the seminal event in human history: mankind's decision to become farmers rather than hunter-gatherers.

    Roy says: "The Costs of Civilization"
    "Decent for sciency stuff, but kind of boring"

    I was looking for more information on evolutionary diets and our ancestors. As well as health and environmental costs of agriculture. Not exactly what I was looking for.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Short, fun, informative."

    I have enjoyed much of Gladwell's work, so I wasn't disappointed with this book. Sometimes I feel that he (or the editors) might be trying to oversimplify, but ultimately I'd rather have a book like this cut to the chase than get lost in minutia. I also liked the fact that Gladwell read it himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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