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Kate

Victoria, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (469)
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    (402)
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    (404)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Robert says: "A stats audio that I could finish"
    "Very Well Written"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Naked Statistics to be better than the print version?

    I think this would be better in print. There were many formulas and references to figures that, while well described, don't really transfer well to audio.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've taken introductory statistics, this book is almost entirely review. But it did help to clear up a couple of concepts that I never fully grasped. There are also a few interesting facts thrown in.

    If you've never taken statistics, everything is explained very clearly and in an interesting way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (175)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    If you could sum up The Story of Human Language in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, informative, surprising


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that this course explained so many aspects of so many languages from all over the world. The Story of Human Language covers everything rom the evolution of tonal languages in Eastern Asia to the development of creoles in the New World, and so much more.


    What about Professor John McWhorter’s performance did you like?

    Professor McWhorter lectures with passion, excitement and humour. His love of language and joy of teaching really shine through.


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

    I couldn't turn this course off. I finished it in less than a week, and was sad when it was done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3943)
    Performance
    (3464)
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    (3463)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Quite good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Nation to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I think the audio version may be better. Wil Wheaton's narration was great and really added to to story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    The opening scene was probably my favourite. It was unexpected, funny, and quickly pulled me in..


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I didn't expect much from this book. The description made it sound like an interesting but tacky story. But I was completely mistaken. It's well written, funny and thought provoking. I would definitely read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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