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Nemen M. Terc

usa | Member Since 2012

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  • 71 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Holt
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway best seller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers.

    Gary says: "Excellent survey of philosophy book"
    "Brilliant, beautifully written and well read."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Why Does the World Exist? to be better than the print version?

    I read and heard the book. I enjoyed both formats. The warmth and personal traits of the author show through the reader.


    What other book might you compare Why Does the World Exist? to and why?

    No idea. I believe every book is unique and comparisons are not helpful.


    What does Steven Menasche bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Better. His voice translates the mood of the author and his humanity.


    If you could give Why Does the World Exist? a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A personal search for meaning. Is there any purpose for the existence of the world, and its sentient beings.


    Any additional comments?

    I would encourage the author to write another interesting book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Mike Pollock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the 21st-century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level.

    John says: "Not for the Casual Reader"
    "TOO ABRUSE FOR LISTENING"
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    What disappointed you about The Quantum Story?

    LISTENING TO A SERIES OF EQUATIONS, AND COMPLEX EXPERIMENTAL SETUPS IS NOT MY IDEA OF A BOOK THAT LENDS ITSELF TO AN AUDIO FORMAT.


    What could Jim Baggott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    JIM BAGGOT HAS WRITTEN EXCELLENT BOOKS IN THE PAST IN PRINTED FORM. HOWEVER, THIS MATERIAL AS PRESENTED IN AN AUDIO FORMAT IS NOT IN MY OPINION UNDERSTANDABLE IN ITS ENTIRETY.


    What didn’t you like about Mike Pollock’s performance?

    Polllok, the reader did as well as he could with this kind of material. He is not part of the problem.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I AM SURE IT MAKES GOOD READING IN PRINTED FORMAT.


    Any additional comments?

    I AM A PHYCISIST AND CANNOT IMAGINE HOW A LAYMAN READER WOULD GET ANYTHING CLEAR OUT OF THIS BOOK IN AN AUDIO FORMAT IF I FOUND IT DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND WITHOUT PRINTED VISUAL AND REFERENCE MATERIAL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Manjit Kumar
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (375)

    Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you aren’t shocked by quantum theory, you don’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution.

    Terezia says: "Biographic facts not explanations."
    "Thrilling and historical"
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    What did you love best about Quantum?

    This books was delightful! I was familiar with the main characters of this story and read books written by them as well as biographical materials.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not a novel and this question is irrelevant.


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

    No.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to read more from the authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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