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P. Smith


Member Since 2013

  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 49 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler

    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    J. E. JORDAN says: "Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History"
    "Not much of a skeptic."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone whose only exposure to history is what they 'learned' in public schools. For those with no additional exposure to history this would be an ok starting point, but his skepticism is borderline at best.

    Has The Skeptic's Guide to American History turned you off from other books in this genre?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Skeptic's Guide to American History?

    The idiotic explanation of the Great Depression

    Any additional comments?

    I found this book puerile at best. Professor Stoler has either never heard of, or is deliberately avoiding discussion of some of the most important aspects of American History to wit:
    1. the role of the bankers and establishment politicians in destroying the anti-federalist papers, and forcing votes, including kidnapping representatives to obtain a quorum for votes during the constitutional ratification process
    2. The extensive correspondence between Robt. E. Lee and Lord Acton concerning the need to rein in the US federal government and the dire consequences for the world if this was not done (how prescient of them!)
    3. Anything other than warmed over Keynsian-light economics regarding the Great Depression e.g. Murray Rothbard's tome on that subject, or anything by Von Mises or Von Hayek.
    4, the recently declassified documents showing that Roosevelt ordered a course that would force the Japanese to attack including firing all the commanders the month before Pearl Harbor because they objected to their forces being, 'sitting ducks.'

    No, this is not a skeptic's history. This is a slight alteration of the standard government issued history.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer, Melody Zownir

    We are living in the most moral period of our species’ history. Best-selling author Michael Shermer’s most accomplished and ambitious book to date demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral. Ever since the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment thinkers consciously applied the methods of science to solve social and moral problems.

    Gary says: "Us is getting bigger, them is getting smaller"
    "Sceptical of his "facts""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better research

    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Shermer again?

    probably not

    How could the performance have been better?

    When the author spends almost a whole chapter regurgitating well disproven "facts," specifically the arguments for dropping the A-bomb on Hiroshima, to "support" his thesis, and never even mentions the declassified documents that show this argument is totally specious (The peace treaty signed on 8/14/45 was identical to the suit for peace that the Japanese submitted in April of the same year; not a single military leader in the US wanted it used, etc.) it discredits his entire book. Quite sad since he has a lot of great things to say.

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

    Yes, it is quite uplifting, and has many good points.

    Any additional comments?

    One lie can ruin a lot of truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By V. S. Ramachandran
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field - so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved.

    Michael says: "Great if you like understanding how brains work"
    "A good read/listen"
    What did you love best about The Tell-Tale Brain?

    The personal anecdotes made this book much more understandable and enjoyable

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tell-Tale Brain?

    The pt. who "knew" his mother was an imposter

    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    very well delivered

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

    A road trip through the brain.

    Any additional comments?

    I knew most of what was in this book but it was very entertaining, and I enjoyed it very

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Johann Hari
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds

    It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

    P. Smith says: "A Must if the drug war has touched you at all"
    "A Must if the drug war has touched you at all"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This should be required reading for anyone directly involved in the drug war. It is told in an extremely compelling fashion, and in great detail. Despite this it never lags.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chasing the Scream?

    The history of how the US government destroyed medical treatment, for drug addicts WORLDWIDE.

    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Chino, the drug addict illegitimate child of an addict and her rapist father police officer.

    If you could give Chasing the Scream a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Truth is the first casualty in all wars.

    Any additional comments?

    If enough people read this book, and act on it, we can bring the problem of addiction under control, and restore a more peaceful society.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Consciousness and the Social Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael S. A. Graziano
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    What is consciousness and how can a brain, a mere collection of neurons, create it? In Consciousness and the Social Brain, Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano lays out an audacious new theory to account for the deepest mystery of them all. In Graziano's theory, the machinery that attributes awareness to others also attributes it to oneself. Damage that machinery and you disrupt your own awareness. Graziano discusses the science, the evidence, the philosophy, and the surprising implications of this new theory.

    Douglas says: "Cutting edge..."
    "Gonna make you think hard"
    If you could sum up Consciousness and the Social Brain in three words, what would they be?

    thought provoking stuff.

    What did you like best about this story?

    How he weaves personal anecdotes with complex scientific theories and facts to make the book much more readable.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Runnette?

    Did not care for his inflection. I think just personal preference.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the chapter on spirituality.

    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book three times now. This is brilliant stuff, and has made me rethink some of my long held beliefs.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker (creator)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Autumn in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually an idyllic time - but not this year. A Hollywood movie company has come to town, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is very beautiful, reasonably talented, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.

    Barbara says: "Jesse's in good hands"
    "formula schlock: boring!!"
    Would you try another book from Michael Brandman and Robert B. Parker (creator) and/or James Naughton?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    non fiction

    What about James Naughton’s performance did you like?

    He is a good reader. Good pace, Good inflection

    What character would you cut from Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice?

    the "formula" parents of the "formula" troubled girl

    Any additional comments?

    Tom Selleck makes the movies enjoyable. This book is so bad compared to say the Travis McGee, or Nero Wolfe stories as to hardly be called literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Daniel C. Dennett
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell

    In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet", focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

    Gary says: "Sky Hooks need not apply."
    "Evolution in human terms."
    What did you love best about Darwin's Dangerous Idea?

    How thoroughly and logically he explained every postulate

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Darwin's Dangerous Idea?

    Sorry, No "aha" moments, just many, many ideas well explained.

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

    I rarely read books, I listen while traveling in my work, and while exercising, or hiking.

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

    "Elementary my dear Watson"

    Any additional comments?

    A very thoughtful book I will definitely be listening to this again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Uplifting and honest"
    If you could sum up God Is Not Great in three words, what would they be?

    Masterpiece for the secular mind. Thorough documentation throughout. The complete dissection of the various arguments for the existence of God is wonderful. Told in an uplifting manner, with a British humorous twist. If you are on the fence re religion, it will give you much to think about. If you are a committed secularist, it will give you much ammunition. If you are a religious devotee, it will either drive you crazy or open your mind.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Not Great?

    "You will feel better, I guarantee, once you let go of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own thinking."

    Did Christopher Hitchens do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?


    Any additional comments?

    With his British accent, and significant modulation in speed and volume, some parts were a little hard to understand in a car. Best listened to with headphones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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