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Hammond, LA, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 90 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    Shackleton says: "Good, but be careful"

    Dr. Levitt explored a number of subjects. Hardly everything. His conclusions are drawn from logic inferences and they seem to make sense. Correlations, as the authors point out, do not demonstrate cause-effect. They are mere indicators. The next guy may have different opinions... All in all, the book makes for an interesting listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Massimo Pigliucci
    • Narrated By Jay Russell

    Why do people believe bunk? And what causes them to embrace such pseudoscientific beliefs and practices? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and - borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham - the nonsense on stilts.

    thunder road says: "Thought provoking and relevant"
    "Part 2 is worth the entire book"

    If it was based on the first part alone, I would have been very disappointed with my purchase, but like I said, part 2 makes it worthwhile.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Understanding the Fundamentals of Classical Music

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Freedman
    • Narrated By Richard Freedman

    This course is not designed as a chronological survey of musical history and its many stylistic periods or moments, nor an exploration of the lives and output of individual composers. Instead, these lectures focus on the development of listening skills. Through this course you will develop new levels of aural awareness that will allow you to better appreciate the richness, complexity and excitement at the heart of all great concert music.

    DrandomTubas says: "Somewhat dull..."
    "Quick overview of classical music"

    It may be me, but a bunch of it was a bit above my head. It is probably good listen for those with more than basic musical understanding.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    MCRedding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Good overview of the food we eat"

    Mr. Pollan made an in-depth, sometimes knee-high, journey to try to make sense of the mosaic of food alternative claims available to the public these days. I respect his hands-on approach: anyone that criticizes a farmer should put themselves in their perspective and even try to make a living out of it first. In spite of innacuracies in some of his assumptions, I was pleased with Mr. Pollan's attempt to discuss the different food production systems. I agree that long-standing cheap food policies have brought us near a breaking point. Economics are contributing to the extermination of most small/family conventional farmers, while most alternative food production are too expensive and can only survive as niche markets for affluent populations that can afford the produce.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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