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Dragonfly Rider

Nashville, TN United States | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 145 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard Wrangham
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

    KHarrang says: "Fascinating book about early human development..."
    "Fascinating and the narrator was perfect for this."

    The subject seemed odd at first but became really believable with the careful presentation of arguments and supporting research. The narrator Kevin Pariseau was perfect for this book; I wish he had been the narrator of many of the other non-fiction books I've heard. The book gets a little slow in places and there is some repetition but overall it was a great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job.

    Rand says: "Great Title!!!"
    "Fascinating and entertaining, Narrator is great!"

    This book is more entertaining and simply informative than the more scholarly book Predictably Irrational also written by Ariely. Ariely works clever stories and examples into the book making it a pleasant listen while still being fascinating and informative. The tongue-in-cheek humor in the book matches well the pleasantly aloof style of the narrator Simon Jones, his British voice is a perfect match for this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "Love it, give me more!"

    Each topic is drawn together really well. It provides a base of scientific principles that are repeatedly dismantled, rebuilt and still up in the air. The way it is presented did not leave me feeling abandoned in unanswered questions, instead I was fascinated by the course of events that got us here and the possibilities that remain.

    The book shows science at its best and its worst. There is a mingling of history, dynamics of the scientific community, defeats, successes, pride and humiliation. But these elements do not cloud the presentation of the science. There is a healthy dose of technical science but a dash of drama and a pinch of dry humor keeps it from feeling like a heap of equations.

    It is clear there is a lot we do not know, and the book does a good job of putting us firmly in our place. It portrays a scientific community of human beings that are collectively a little neurotic. But in spite of it all science has answered many unanswerable questions, and the unanswerable questions will continue to drive scientists forward.

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand the concepts in this book but it will be a lot easier if you have an interest in science and have already done some reading of popular scientific topics like relativity, quantum mechanics, particle accelerators, big bang, evolution, DNA, etc.

    The narrator, James Adams is perfect for this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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