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Matt

Tampa, Florida, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By V. S. Ramachandran
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
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    (176)
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    (171)

    V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field - so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved.

    Michael says: "Great if you like understanding how brains work"
    "Top Notch Brain Stuff"
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    Where does The Tell-Tale Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is very entertaining, and high quality neuroscience. it is fairly easy to follow, considering its topic. i would put it in the top five books of its type. i think in some ways it is better than David Eaglemen's Incognito, but would put it slightly behind Steven Pinker or Leonard Mlodniow. My only reason for giving four starts, instead of 5, is because the book feels a little light or incomplete, like Dr. R has stopped short, perhaps there is still science to be made. All that said, i would definitely buy his next book.


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  • For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia B McConnell
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
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    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (251)
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    Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

    L. Adams says: "needs photos"
    "A little thin and dated"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love neuroscience books and love dogs, too, so i thought this would be a good read. The author tells some great anecdotes, and can bring a tear to your eye, but there is not a lot of structure or definitive conclusions in the book. About half way through, i started wondering if maybe there was not enough research to dig deeper into the subject matter, or if maybe it could be updated with more studies (it is about 8 years old). i enjoyed parts of it, but left wishing there was more to it.


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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
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    Overall
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    (776)
    Story
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    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Well-Worth the Length"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is a classic, and it does seem to ramble at times, but several of the sequences - Pillar's story about how Pablo sent the fascists through a gauntlet, Robert Jordan's experience with the leaders in Madrid, What death smells like, and Andress' race to Goetz - are so technically perfect and well-delivered, that it is hard to argue with the obvious - that Hemingway truly was one of the greatest storytellers of all time.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Scott did a great job. His narrator was even and stark, his Spaniards were accented, but not overly so. Much better than John Slattery's reading of "A Farewell to Arms" (who, despite being a great actor, cannot pull off a waoman's (e.g., Catherine Barkely's) voice.


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

    that would be hard, because it was 16 hours. but i was motivated to listen to it in fewer days than i normally would take.


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  • Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Leonard Mlodinow
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    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (153)

    Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of The Drunkard’s Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), gives us a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and how, for instance, we often misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates, misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions, and misremember important events.

    Jeanine says: "All Around Good Book"
    "Fun but . . . ."
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    Where does Subliminal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Overall, an entertaining treatment of the subject matter, but some of the anecdotes/science tidbits i had read in other books (e.g., David Eagleman's "Incognito"), and the total read was not as cohesive or wow-ing as Mlodinow's "Drunkard's Walk" (which i really enjoyed).


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    "theory of mind" - very interesting. i look forward to learning more about it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lisa Zunshine
    • Narrated By Rosemary Benson
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    Why We Read Fiction offers a lucid overview of the most exciting area of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as “Theory of Mind” and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson's Clarissa, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Nabokov's Lolita, and Hammett's The Maltese Falcon.

    Matt says: "Theory of the Reader"
    "Theory of the Reader"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I was looking forward to learning about theory of mind, particulary as it relates to fiction, but the presentation of the book was so monotone, and so clinical in its delivery, that I frequently lost interest in the direction it was moving. Ironically, you would think a book about deciphering what another person is thinking/perceiving would do a better job of reaching out to the reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    Overall
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Great Storytelling"
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    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    Gladwell demystifies the myth of Horatio Alger success by tellling anecdotes and relaying studies to show that many factors - good timing, technical repetition, cultural factors and community support - all contribute to our greatest success stories. As with other Gladwell works, there is some hyperbole and embellishment, but there is no denying that the man can grab your attention and keep you engaged. The man can tell a story.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - I have listened to "Blink", "The Tipping Point" and "What the Dog Saw". I think this work is the most unified and compelling.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Lots of tidbits. The stuff of party conversations.


    Any additional comments?

    As noted above, while ever engaged, there are times when you feel Mr. Gladwell is making a big to-do out of factors that may not have contributed, or contributed only a little, to a historic success. So enjoy - but take it with a grain of salt.

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