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Kevin

Fort Collins, CO, United States

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  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1022)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Good Read"
    Overall

    As someone who's always been considered to have a pretty bad memory, this idea of this book certainly intrigued me before reading it. It's both an interesting look into the world of competitive memorization, and helpful in understanding more about how memory functions. In terms of trying to improve my memory personally, I've walked away from the book with some insights into how to more memorably associate things that I try to remember so they'll stick. While that's true, don't go into this book expecting to come away with some secret that's going to improve your day-to-day memory instantly - I'm glad I didn't, because that's not the book's intent. The narration is well done, and I enjoyed Foer's style of writing.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1160)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Very enlightening and entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you've ever seen Neil deGrasse Tyson speak or be interviewed, you'll probably agree that his enthusiasm about the subjects he researches and writes about is quite infectious. Dion Graham captures that prefectly in his performance of the material, without being over-the-top. The content itself is at once awe-inspiring, intriguing, thought-provoking, and humbling. As it is was origially written as a series of individual articles, each chapter gives a good overview of one cosmic phenomenon or another, and they are well tied together in themes throughout the book. I loved listening to it, and I'm sure I'll revisit it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1104)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Thorough account of the New Testament's history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend this to friends who are interested in the history of what we call the Bible today. I'd known for a long time that the Bible had been put together in a fairly convoluted way, but to hear the details through the words of a textual critic that started as a born-again Christian was extremely interesting. For those that actually believe the original words of the Bible were divinely inspired, it might be somewhat startling to realize that the original words are undoubtedly different in significant ways from any English translation of the Bible today.


    Have you listened to any of Richard M. Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to Davidson, and while he has a nice voice and speaks very clearly, he speaks quite slowly. Using the Android app at 1.25x speed made it MUCH better.


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

    This book definitely kept my interest, as I started it on a Thursday night, and finished it by Sunday.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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