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Terri

Cairns, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (98)

    The Trouble with Physics argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It's time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics. What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities.

    Gary says: "Probably the best Science book I've listened to"
    "Lee Smolin as done it again!!"
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    If you could sum up Time Reborn in three words, what would they be?

    Time Reborn by Lee SmolinI vehemently agreed with what Les Smolin had to say in his last book, Trouble with Physic. In my humble opinion, I think this book goes a step further, it is a milestone of its own right. Even though many of the ideas Smolin is arguing in Time Reborn, are hopefully, not labeled as speculative challenges, L. S. offers to an unaware reader, a head spinning and entertaining way to look and reconsider the notion of TIME in Physic. In reassessing what we know, thought and told about time. Just being a humans tool, to measure events and by being a figment of our imagination. Without time we would not be able to measure, the speed of a photon. I got to confess this book flow well, but I will need to re-listen it again. Please LS write more books Rgds Luigi P Porcu


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Lee write and his mental process to dissect and postulate his belief


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    Sean is an excellent reader


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

    Most certainly not. Due to the nature of the subject, this book certainly deserve more than reading or listening


    Any additional comments?

    Lee, please write more books, for the non scientist at large

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Philip Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    In this stunning new volume, Jim Baggott argues that there is no observational or experimental evidence for many of the ideas of modern theoretical physics: Super-symmetric particles, super strings, the multiverse, the holographic principle, or the anthropic cosmological principle. These theories are not only untrue; they are not even science. They are fairy-tale physics: Fantastical, bizarre and often outrageous, perhaps even confidence-trickery. This book provides a much-needed antidote.

    Gary says: "Explains better than any other book"
    "honest and well written, witty and magical"
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    What did you love best about Farewell to Reality?

    I entirely agree with Jim Baggott . This book, in my opinion, is very realistic and well written.
    It reinforces, if not going a step further than “Time Reborn by Lee Smolin)”
    I am not qualified to pass judgement on theoretical physics, but I have to agree with the author. it sound like the judgement passed by Mr Baggot in criticising theoretical physics and addressing it as Fairytale physics, is well founded and well deserved.
    Unfortunately, science is a game of patience. to prove or disprove a theory can take some time. But lately scientists have been expounding theoretical work such as ‘strings, supersymmetry, SUSIE, brane worlds” works that that can only be proven mathematically.
    This book provides a much-needed antidote. It’s informed, comprehensive, and balanced.
    Baggot in Farewell to Reality and Lee Smolin inTime Reborn both are one hundred percent spot on in their assumptions. Theoretical science has become more of a religion than a proven science. I will most certainly read it again. And certainly recommend it. The book is well narrated and supremely written


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author honesty


    Which character – as performed by Philip Rose – was your favorite?

    Extremely credible and very professionally


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think we need more author prepared to challenge the status quo


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Speed of Light: Constancy and Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David A. Grandy
    • Narrated By Michael Lenz
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    David A. Grandy's book moves from the scientific to the existential, from Einstein to Merleau-Ponty, from light as a phenomenon to light as that which is constitutive of reality. To measure the speed of light is to measure something about the way we are measured or blended into the cosmos, and that universal blending predetermines our measurement of light speed in favor of a universal or constant value.

    Michael says: "Not Physics, Not Even Good Metaphysics"
    "This book, is morass of idea and words"
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    What disappointed you about The Speed of Light?

    Sorry, I did not liked it. I like physics and cosmology reading, but this book is a cogitative rambling, run around. With no connection to science or philosophy, with name thrown in for free, as to justify ones ideas and belief . The book is very poorly structured, with a lot inconclusive jabbering. At time seems to be delivered by a religious sect seller whilst proselytising. Is morass of ideas and words, but unfortunately it does not deliver nor enlighten the readers. Its a shame, as I was expecting a philosopher scientific point of view of the photon. This book is exoteric and alchemistical enough, rather than scientific....... MAYBE THE NEXT BOOK


    What could David A. Grandy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have structure and worded this book in a less exoterically and alchemistical way


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Lenz’s performances?

    I feel sorry for ML not easy to read a lot of jabbering


    What character would you cut from The Speed of Light?

    Humble suggestion, Maybe re write the book


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have said enough

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Chris Impey
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
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    (23)

    In this vibrant, eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe, Chris Impey guides us through space and time, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang. Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past. Impey uses this concept - "look-back time" - to take us on an intergalactic tour that is simultaneously out in space and back in time.

    Terri says: "Amazing Journey"
    "Amazing Journey"
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    What did you love best about How It Began?

    This is an amazing and mesmerizing book, a real window on our universe. Chris Impey illustrates one of the most complex topics in cosmology and physics in a pleasurable and page turner manner


    What other book might you compare How It Began to and why?

    This book its a rarity on its own


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

    Andy is an Excellent reader although my IPod version was recorded with base a bit to high and therefore there is a noticeable reverb that can be annoying at time


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

    How something so complex can be made so basic and interesting to everyone!!! Excellent teaching materials. I only wished it was longer


    Any additional comments?

    TOP BOOK please Chris do more...............

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barefoot: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Katie Hale
    Overall
    (61)
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    (20)
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    (20)

    It's summer on Nantucket, and as the season begins, three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a local boy, home from college. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women - two sisters and one friend - make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something.

    Terri says: "couldn't get into it"
    "couldn't get into it"
    Overall

    The reader's voice is difficult to overcome. Couldn't get into the story. Found it false, but may be marred by the reader

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Way

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tony Parsons
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A hard-working trainee doctor, Megan Jewell, finds herself accidentally pregnant. She wants a baby one day, but God, not now! Can Megan really bring a baby into the world when she can hardly look after herself?

    Terri says: "Love this book"
    "Love this book"
    Overall

    Excellent balance of humor and emotion. Feel for the family members and become involved in their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Chesil Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    It is June 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, just married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress anxieties about the wedding night to come. On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from Ian McEwan - a story about how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

    Terri says: "difficult to believe"
    "difficult to believe"
    Overall

    well written and narated by Ian McEwan. Difficult to accept outcome of couple. I feel all couples have issues and difficulties that they have to over come. Love usually gets them through. I found it hard to accept this couple's decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hand That First Held Mine

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maggie O'Farrell
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood with stunning emotional punch - this is Maggie O'Farrell doing what she does better than anyone. This is the story of two women - Lexie and Elina, a journalist and a painter - separated by fifty years, but linked by a story of love, family secrets and deception, that touches powerfully on the theme of motherhood. It is acclaimed and bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell's most emotionally satisfying novel to date.

    Terri says: "not as good as expected"
    "not as good as expected"
    Overall

    I have read all books written by this author, but rather dissapointed with this one. Didn't quite hit the emotion that Maggie managed to find in her first book. Story good, but could have jelled a lot better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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