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Timothy A. Smith

Member Since 2006

  • 3 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 485 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jonathan Weiner
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau

    Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting skills to the story of Seymour Benzer, the Brooklyn-born maverick scientist whose study of genetics and experiments with fruit fly genes has helped revolutionize or knowledge of the connections between DNA and behavior both animal and human.

    Timothy A. Smith says: "This is a profound science book"
    "This is a profound science book"

    I think it is very hard to write a science book that can be understood without pictures. This book does a very good job. It is always interesting, and frequently funny. Could you devise a test to see if fruit flies can learn? If fruit flies can learn with a head, can they learn without one? Will a headless fruit fly learn faster? These and other important questions are answered in this book. I am not going to spoil the book by revealing the insights that came from the experiments conducted in the highly competitive fly rooms around the world, but trust me.
    I will go back and listen to this book again in a couple years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired - and Secretive - Company Really Works

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Lashinsky
    • Narrated By Adam Lashinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides listeners with a golden ticket to step inside. This primer on leadership and innovation, offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates. It should appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of that Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavor.

    PC says: "Outside Apple?"
    "Maybe I'm a fanboy, but"
    What did you like best about Inside Apple? What did you like least?

    I don't trust what he says because he makes claims that I know are untrue. For example, he poo poos Apple's claims of theft by android by claiming Jobs stole from Xerox Parc. Jobs paid to see Xerox's technology, and he used it to make wonderful products that Xerox would never have made. Lanshinsky says the

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Midnight's Children

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Would a Trekkie go to the next Star Trek movie?

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Geoff Emerick, Howard Massey
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis

    Geoff Emerick was only 15 years old when he began working with the Beatles as assistant engineer for their early classics "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You". Incredibly, at the age of 19, he was promoted to full engineer, taking the helm for the group's groundbreaking album Revolver. Ten months later, he joined forces with the Beatles for the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album ever made.

    sparkerart says: "A Must For Any Beatles Fan"
    "The problem is there is no music"

    Here is how you should listen to this book, so that it merits 4 stars. Rip as many Beatles songs as you can, since you cannot buy them on iTunes, and put them on your iPod. Then, after he tells the story of each song, (there may be a list, but I don't have it) play the song, and then go back to the story. Actually, two iPods is more efficient. My wife and I did this on a long drive, with me as sound engineer, and it was great fun. It really is a damn shame that they apparently could not get the rights to the songs discussed to make this a real pleasure. In any case, "A Day in the Life" will never be the same after you hear the story of how it was made. Best Beatles song; best anecdote.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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