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Mark

I listen for the sake of learning

Westport, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By K. Eric Drexler
    • Narrated By Tim Pabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    K. Eric Drexler is the founding father of nanotechnology - the science of engineering on a molecular level. In Radical Abundance, he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise manufacturing, we will soon have the power to produce radically more of what people want, and at a lower cost. The result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.

    David says: "Drexler Rehashes the Past"
    "Eric Drexler Knows one out of the park"
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    What made the experience of listening to Radical Abundance the most enjoyable?

    Eric Drexler has been thinking about this stuff for so long, that his intuitive understanding out strips anyone in the field. This is the iphone of sciences books, this is a carefully constructed masterpieces.His, metaphors and analogies are spot on with the careful consideration, of a master craftsman. This is the book worth waiting 27 years for. The maturity of his writing style from his first book Engines of creation really shows, in a really good way. There is no magic hand waving hear, and no bar graphics to consider just an intuitive exercise.


    What other book might you compare Radical Abundance to and why?

    This is one of the major engines in Ray Kurzweil's the Singularity is Near, this explains in detail what ray Kurzweil is talking about when he talks about nanotechnology. Eric and ray had a falling out somewhere along the line, probably because Erics a more concrete thinker, I am saying this because Eric was supposed to be in Rays documentary but was not. So it interesting to keep that in mind. Regardless the Singularity is near is a good comparison contracting work, and Rays lack of description was likely due to the fact that it really was Eric's job to do it right. And that he does.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Playing with Atoms.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt like I was playing with a really cool lego set.


    Any additional comments?

    This is what the end of analog looks like

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David B. Agus
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (171)

    Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.

    Roderick says: "The "techie" medicine needs!"
    "Maybe"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Illness to be better than the print version?

    You can definitely listen to this book their is a lot of value, it may also help in forcing you to ignore the technical until later.


    If you’ve listened to books by David B. Agus before, how does this one compare?

    First one.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the subject was interesting, but David, has a grandiose view of his perspective. So in that vain their is some odd hype, so be careful about being sucked in, and remember this is just his perspective.
    People are different, on many levels. If you want to understand how different they can be this book is a good one for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Avi Tuschman
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (17)
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    (20)

    Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the hidden roots of our most deeply held moral values. It shows how political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits. These clusters entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature. Together, these traits are by far the most powerful cause of left-right voting, even leading people to regularly vote against their economic interests.

    A says: "Fascinating book filled with great information..."
    "If you care about the truth read this book."
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    Would you listen to Our Political Nature again? Why?

    Yes, this a major work, it needs to be carefully consider.


    What other book might you compare Our Political Nature to and why?

    Better Angels of our Nature, by Steven pinker, would make a Great companion book.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to listen to at 2X. Voice was clear and anonsation perfect.


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

    No. Do you self a favor and reflect on the significance of what is being said. Avi Tuschman, tries very hard to stay out of the book. He tries to take the perspective of the alien who is studying human life on earth.


    Any additional comments?

    Avi Tuschman, has put together a toolbox that can help the politician as well as the constituents the world over to think about the issue that we face in life from a lofty vantage point. It's time we look at how we govern, and this is a great book to help us alongh our way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Al Gore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world....

    savi says: "Who said a book should be easy? Demanding but Amaz"
    "Sorry Al it realy dose not work..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was very disappointed, Al Gore lacks vision...
    If Al realized that he did not have much to say about the future, and simple explore the different possibilities, and made sure that he did not mixes perspectives on the future, the book might have worked. His understanding of the financial markets was very interesting and maybe if he had explore that more in depth? There were probably a couple of good book ideas in here, he just needed to focuses more on one of them.


    What was most disappointing about Al Gore’s story?

    Al lacks a good understanding of energy. And because of this he spent no time at all looking at nuclear options, China is investing heavily in nuclear energy, and based on that alone his coal burning numbers are off. Al talks extensively about old school farming, but never talked about Vertical Farming, because Al never puts together 3D printing and building Vertical Farms... Hydroponic vertical farms solve many of the problems Al mentions. The truth is he named a lot of the right people, he just lacks an understanding to see how it all comes together


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Al has a pretty good understanding of informational technology and the idea of animal sexting was both funny and reassuring that Al really does have a sense of humor.


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

    I am a sucker for fact and figures...


    Any additional comments?

    Al spends way too much time talking about the future he doesn't want to see, and virtually no time on talking about the future he wants to see. The book is way too negative, and he lacks a problem solving perspective.

    26 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (414)

    Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    William says: "Good book, bad narrator"
    "A liberating catharsis"
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    What did you love best about The End of Faith?

    Sam Nastiness in The End of Faith, is a baclava of intended ruthlessness, and it was yummy, and I savored it. His ruthless dedication to the simple truths, that flow from the axioms put forth by religion was juicy and fresh, and it was a liberating catharsis, and my poo didn't stink for weeks


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Faith?

    If you must pray for people please don't tell them it's not good for their health.


    What about Brian Emerson’s performance did you like?

    He captures Sams intended voice nicely.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Morning has broken on a New day.." All irony intended.


    Any additional comments?

    It’s an enima for the soule, so stay close to the pooper.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Self Illusion: Why There Is No "You" Inside Your Head

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bruce Hood
    • Narrated By Bruce Hood
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    The Self Illusion provides a fascinating examination of how the latest science shows that our individual concept of a self is in fact an illusion. Most of us believe that we possess a self - an internal individual who resides inside our bodies, making decisions, authoring actions and possessing free will. The feeling that a single, unified, enduring self inhabits the body is compelling and inescapable. But that sovereignty of the self is increasingly under threat from science as our understanding of the brain advances.

    David says: "Disappointing"
    "It???s ok to believe in illusions"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Self Illusion the most enjoyable?

    Hood is a great writer I highly recommend the ride into the exploration of the illusion of self. Even if you are well vs in the subject you will find Hood's treatment of the social aspects of self thought provoking, Hood even puts an interesting spin on gender biases, beyond testosterone and estrogen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Brain, it is after all your reality generator.


    What about Bruce Hood???s performance did you like?

    Sounds Great at 2x


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

    No. Your bound to want to reflect. Even coming back to it in a few days is a good idea


    Any additional comments?

    You own it to yourself to listen to this book

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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