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Michael Goldston

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  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (737)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Good high school level science with an agenda."
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A good introductory science text with an emphasis on explaining away myths.I have listened to a couple of Dawkin's books and overall agree with what he and his partner have to say. I found the introductory chapters did a good job of explaining how science views and explains what reality is and the differences between data and observational based reality versus myths and beliefs based on misunderstanding and outright distortions. The latter chapters become a bit repetitious.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Although Dawkins and Ward do an adequate job of narrating, I think that the narration would be better done by professionals. Normally I like it when authors read their works, but in this case I am not so sure.


    Was The Magic of Reality worth the listening time?

    Yes. I would recommend it to younger people who would want to better understand how science views reality.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Hansen
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen - the nation's leading scientist on climate issues - speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: the planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although Hansen was Al Gore's science adviser for the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, his recent data shows that our situation is even more dire today.

    Brad says: "This is a must read"
    "Too Bad this critical read is so boring!"
    Overall

    Although this is a 'must read' for those seriously interested in climate change, the author spends an inordinate amount of prose discussing his self-perceived failures to effectively communicate and convince government officials around the world that real action relative to AGC is critical. I found this exceedingly boring and self indulgent. Hansen is so detailed relative to many issues that I found myself tuning out until the relevent point was made. On the positive side there is a great deal of data and information presented. Hansen does a great job of arguing why nuclear power using breeder reactors may be the only way to replace coal and other fossil fuels for power generation. I suggest Hansen engage a writer who can summarize the data and important points, and make concise arguments which are understandable by the majority. I wish Hansen was as great a spokesman for the cause as he is a great scientist.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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