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Kate

Victoria, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (447)

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (391)

    Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

    Charyn says: "Several hours that I'll never get back"
    "Good idea, unremarkable writing"
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    What did you like best about Extinction Point? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the general idea of the book. It's nice to read an apocalyptic story that isn't about zombies or viruses. The creatures were creative and interesting, too. I'd like to read more about them.

    There are a few things that I disliked about this book. I didn't much care for the writing style, and it felt like the story didn't really flesh out until the last hour or two.

    Emily didn't feel like a real person to me. She just didn't seem to react much to the death of every person she's ever known.

    Detail is good to a point, but the author put too much focus on mundane details, in my opinion. Also, after the first dozen times, it became annoying when Emily "decided to" verb when she could have just verbed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Antony Jones? Why or why not?

    I like this author's ideas, so I would give him another shot and hope that his writing improves.

    I'd like to read a sequel to this book. The world has a lot of potential, but this story doesn't stand out on its own, and it needs something to follow it. I'm interested to see what happens next.


    What about Emily Beresford’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a good job of injecting some feeling into the story. She 's not the best narrator I've ever heard, but she's quite good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    There isn't enough in this book to make a decent movie. Once she actually reaches her destination, it'll probably make an okay movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (664)

    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.

    Michael says: "Starts well then becomes non-Audible"
    "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.

    2 of 2 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
    (4790)
    Performance
    (4232)
    Story
    (4232)

    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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