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  • Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dick Teresi
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
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    In the tradition of Daniel Boorstin, the co-founder of Omni delivers an original work of history that demonstrates why modern science rests on a foundation built by ancient and medieval non-European societies. "If you think that modern science is rooted in the golden age of Greece, you owe it to yourself to [hear this] book," says Library Journal.

    Kevin says: "A worthwhile challenge"
    "Unnecessary atonement botched"

    The apparent premise of this book, judging from the title and publishers blurb, is that non-European cultures discovered much of the underpinnings of modern science and technology and haven't gotten due credit for it. Mr. Teresi makes a valiant effort to unearth those advances and give due credit. Ultimately though, Mr. Terisi's efforts fall well short of the stated intent. Most of the examples given are based on tenuous parallels with modern scientific theories, theories that may or may not stand the test of time. The book is evidently based on very thorough research and is chock full of references to ancient oriental, pre-Columbian, Egyptian, Indian and middle eastern sources. I came away from the book with the understanding that, aside from Indian mathematics, non-European cultures have contributed very little to modern science and technology. The authors attempts to draw similarities between scientific theories and ancient texts are coincidental at best and spurious and worst. In the last century, Mr. Terisi was involved in debunking claims of an advanced civilization in ancient Africa. This book is an apparent mea-culpa for that transgression of his pan-cultural sensibilities. His romantic sincerity shines through, victimizing intellectual rigor and the whole point of the book.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
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    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    Douglas says: "One of the best stories in a long time"
    "Excellent sequel, totally engaging"

    Best SF book I've read in a long time. It is original yet familiar, predictable but riveting and oh so satisfying. Bennett has clearly read all the masters from the golden age of science fiction to the present. He has learned their lessons well.

    The narration is light years ahead of the first book. Audible and the author would sell many more Koban books if Eric narrated book 1. Maybe a do-over is in order. The first book's narration is so badly off-putting that many people give up on it. I thought about chucking it in several times until the story grabbed me by the neck. It's terrible that many miss out on this book because of the first book's whacked out narration.

    It is difficult to believe that the creator of this masterful epic spent decades in the soul rending competency and creativity desert known as the Federal Aviation Authority. I lament the loss of that body of literature the world lost while Mr. Bennett was not spinning yarns. Thank goodness he's writing now! Where is book 3 Audible???

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
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    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Brandon Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "Great book"

    Anathem is a great listen. It's not perfect but is fun and stimulating. There are some themes that come from the current state of scientific thinking, you will recognize them. This is the "seven in one blow" story with deep thematic underpinnings. If you have no interest in science, history or philosophy, pass this up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
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    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Impure BS"

    I'm not an expert in Economics but I know self serving BS when I hear it. The author may be correct in some of his assertions, but the obvious aggrandizing fantasy episodes in the book kill any credibility he has. I think he was reading Ian Fleming novels while assigned to boring accounting jobs and has gotten them mashed up in his head. His "confessions" are boasts and his self flagellation is both insincere and cloying. This book has some limited entertainment value and some usefuleness when baiting folks with political agendas. As a credible source of knowledge, it's useless.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "Hawkins has thrown the gauntlet on brain theory"

    My neo-cortex predicts that if you are attracted enough to this title to read the reviews, you will enjoy the Audiobook. Both content and rendering are first rate.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Good Book, Nicely Rendered"

    Well worth the time. Near term international alternative future action adventure novel that won't make you groan with cultural mistakes and unlikelyhoods. The reader is engaging and makes the effort to keep the book moving. You will look forward to your commute when you have this book on the radio. Needs a sequel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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