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Matthew

Wauwatosa, WI, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3550)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2032)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    Overall

    If you believe the subject of cadavers should be treated somberly under all circumstances, you'll want to take a pass on this one. If, on the other hand, you have an irreverent sense of humor and believe that there some sort of humor in almost every slice of life (and death), then you're going to love this book. Informative, well-written, witty, and done in a mostly tasteful way (it is about cadavers after all), Stiff is a fresh book that explores a topic and a world that most of us never glimpse.

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Jack: Straight from the Gut

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Jack Welch, John A. Byrne
    • Narrated By Mike Barnicle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (140)

    Jack Welch lifted GE from a conglomerate with a market value of about $12 billion to one of the world's largest and most widely-admired companies, with a market value of more than $500 billion. In Jack, the author reveals the strategies and philosophies that put him at the top.

    Plato777 says: "Truly inspiring!"
    "A little substance. But just a little."
    Overall

    There are some truly important and different ideas in this book about managing your career and managing a company. All tied together, however, those moments account for only about an hour of this book. The rest comes across as a self-congratulatory ode to Jack Welch and GE. It gets more than a little old in a hurry.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Aristotle
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Written in 350 B.C., Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics professes happiness as life's goal. How do we achieve this goal? Not through the satisfactions that come from pleasure, wealth, or fame. According to Aristotle, the true path to happiness lies in contemplation of philosophic truth.

    George says: "Time-tested wisdom"
    "No more... please!"
    Overall

    This was my first crack at Aristotle and it may just be my last. He is not the most accessible of philosophers. Unfortunately, we don't have any of Aristotle's original writings; what we have amounts to transcribed lecture notes and they just don't translate well into prose.

    To make matters worse, the reader takes impossibly dry material and manages to wring even more moisture from it, turning it into a something of an eleven hour audio death march.

    If you're looking for a first foray into classic philosophy, start with Plato.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6015)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2225)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "A book that makes uncomfortable territory fun."
    Overall

    Having a distaste for hyperbole, I'll try to avoid it, but this book is a bit of a wonder. The tale of Middlesex begins in a small village in Greece in 1922 and ends in present day Detroit, covers three generations of a quirky Greek family, is narrated by a hermaphrodite and carries it off wonderfully. It explores amazingly disquieting territory and makes the whole ride fun. You finish the book completely satisfied and sad that it's done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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