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  • Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Terence McKenna
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the environment. Among the new foods found in this environment were psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

    Denise (Julian) Greene says: "A paradigm shifting experience"
    "I have to re-listen"
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    Where does Food of the Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed it, but I must read/listen to it again to get the most of all the historical data contained within.


    Any additional comments?

    buy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1963)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1148)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "It just didnt work for me"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The subject matter is usually my favorite but I just didn't enjoy this that much. I'll listen to it again at some point and see if I get more out of it.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Gods: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Never afraid to put forward controversial theories if justified by the data, Erich von Daniken here examines the huge amount of accumulated evidence that points to Earth having been subject to countless visits from extraterrestrials for many years. The dawn of a new century, the building of a new space station, and triumphs in the exploration of space have brought greater interest than ever in the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Return of the Gods?"
    "I'll have to listen to this one a few times"
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    Would you listen to The Return of the Gods again? Why?

    Yes, there is so much fun/what if/possible reality or truths in this book it really gives you a different perspective on so many things that people take as law. There are so many things that we just take as fact yet the data has been molested a thousand times prior to us receiving the data. This book is a really fun look at prophecy, biblical texts and non Christian religions. I really enjoyed it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5463)
    Performance
    (2789)
    Story
    (2846)

    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"
    "amazing book in everyway"
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    If you could sum up Snow Crash in three words, what would they be?

    My favorite future


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author predicted so many things about the future if communications via a story 20+ years ago. It was detailed and fun. I ran through 17 hours in just a couple work days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entangled

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Graham Hancock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (120)

    Graham Hancock has spent decades researching and writing some of the most ambitious and successful nonfiction investigations into ancient civilizations and wisdom. Entangled uses all of Hancock's skills and knowledge to propel a fantasy adventure like nothing else preceding it. This is a time-slip novel, alternating between present-day California, Brazil, and prehistoric Spain, with two teenage female protagonists who must come together to avert an incredibly bloodthirsty takeover of the human race.

    Kyle says: "Great Story"
    "What a disapointment"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The dialog written for the 2 main characters is just awful. I don't read/listen to many book so my opinion going into this was completely based on my liking Mr. Hancock's appearances on JRE. The fact that the main characters spoke so stupidly really distracted me. I ran through the book at 2x speed just to get through it. The story was very predictable and ran a lot like "this happened and then this happened and then this happened and then that happened". The narrator did a great job.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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