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Meryl

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Carry On, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (184)
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    (184)

    Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever-popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: "Jeeves Takes Charge", "Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest", "The Artistic Career of Corky", "The Aunt and the Sluggard", "Clustering Round Young Bingo", "Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg", and "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy".

    John says: "Very Funny!"
    "Absolutely hilarious, Don't ya know?"
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    Where does Carry On, Jeeves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my favourites, I've listened to each story at least twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bertie AND Jeeves, can't have one without the other.


    Any additional comments?

    Jarvis is the best narrator I have heard thus far. I had trouble switching to Hugh Laurie and Steven Fry's interpretation after hearing Jarvis, but now I love them both. I love that Jarvis gives Bertie an older yet still immature and boyish character. He switches between characters so smoothly you can't believe it's him narrating on his own!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Sadava
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    We use DNA routinely - to cure diseases, solve crimes, and reunite families. Yet we've known about it for only 60 years. And what we're continuing to learn about it every day has the potential to transform our health, our nutrition, our society, and our future. But what, exactly is DNA, the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms?

    Chris says: "Very good book on genetics"
    "Great introduction to genetics"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to anybody who is curious about genetics. This is a great introduction to the short history and slightly technical side of genetics in layman's terms. David Sadava keeps the course engaging with a memorable story at the start of each lecture and briefly tells the story of all the important contributors (Mendel, Darwin, the guys who first thought of the double helix etc.). He explains the significance and relevance of each topic to today's society (forensics, agriculture, ethics, disease & medicine). This course has made me realise the vast practical applications of genetics. Being from a science background but never having gotten around to studying biology, the knowledge I've taken from this course will be invaluable. I can now read otherwise intimidating texts on the subject now that I am familiar with the basic terms and concepts.


    What other book might you compare Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications to and why?

    I think if you are serious about understanding the material, the DVD version, having diagrams, would make things much easier (although it is significantly pricier). As with all sciences some concepts cannot be explained easily without a diagram. I would recommend taking notes throughout the course and looking up key concepts online for relevant graphs (e.g. punnet squares), diagrams and illustrations (DNA double helix, molecular structures, cell diagrams etc.).


    Which character – as performed by Professor David Sadava – was your favorite?

    Mendel - the father of modern genetics. Another great contributor who wasn't appreciated during his lifetime!


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

    Silly question.


    Any additional comments?

    Sadava is a good lecturer. He is very listenable and has friendly tone reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld at times.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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