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  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
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    (650)
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    (652)

    Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

    Marc Worley says: "Yes, he curses"
    "more of a mini bio, but interesting"
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    What did you love best about Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!?

    I love that he is taking a word [atheist] that was meant to be derogative and embracing it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!?

    "come on baby, you can take all of me" [in a sleazy spanish accent]

    But what I can't get out of my mind is the standoff between Penn and Hitchens. Hitch was spot on with his assessment of Penn's "religious" views on alcohol.

    ==HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!== Disney


    Have you listened to any of Penn Jillette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    consistent


    If you could give Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "Family" or "my heart to heart with Clay Akin"


    Any additional comments?

    It's a book filled with digressions that to an extent are not needed to support the thesis of the book and yet are at times entertaining. Penn, and every other libertarian need to stop making the embarrassingly ignorant catchphrase "at gunpoint". They are and he is referencing taxes of course and the ultimate use of force but fail to realize that their proposed alternative system also requires force "at gunpoint".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "amazingly good"
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    Imagine Apollo 13 + Castaway + Interstellar and a sarcastic Matt Damon. No Wilson though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Weinberg
    • Narrated By Tom Perkins
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    (25)
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    In this rich, irreverent, and compelling history, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us across centuries, from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad and Oxford, from Plato's Academy and the Museum of Alexandria to the cathedral school of Chartres and the Royal Society of London. He shows that the scientists of ancient and medieval times not only did not understand what we understand about the world--they did not understand what there is to understand or how to understand it.

    Gary says: "How the world created a Newton"
    "geat book."
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    it's the book Cosmos producers should have made. it was like a companion book to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The past 20 years have transformed our relationship with nuclear weapons drastically. With extraordinary depth of knowledge and understanding, Rhodes makes clear how the five original nuclear powers—Russia, Great Britain, France, China, and especially the United States—have struggled with new realities. He shows us how the stage was set for a second tragic war when Iraq secretly destroyed it's nuclear infrastructure and reveals the real reasons George W. Bush chose to fight a second war in Iraq.

    Richard says: "Definitive Series ends with warnings but also Hope"
    "holy hell"
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    this is not exactly what I was expecting, but it was an excellent book. I highly recommend it. it is very relevant to what is going on right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
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    Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it.

    Ann says: "Bought this three times, worth every penny"
    "just get it"
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    I don't see why I'm required to write twenty words just to submit a review. The book is very interesting. highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Interstellar

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kip Thorne
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
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    (49)
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    Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie's jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science. Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself.

    R T says: "The movie is based on Science fact"
    "read after you watch the movie"
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    I read this first, then listened to it. I loved it. I wish he explained the bootstrap paradox, but he didn't.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fear of Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By David Smalley, Lawrence M. Krauss
    Overall
    (61)
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    (53)
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    Fear of Physics is a lively, irreverent, and informative look at everything from the physics of boiling water to cutting-edge research at the observable limits of the universe. Rich with anecdotes and accessible examples, it nimbly ranges over the tools and thought behind the world of modern physics, taking the mystery out of what is essentially a very human intellectual endeavor.

    Amazon Customer says: "good. not his best though."
    "good. not his best though."
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    the performance or read, felt rushed. the book is still excellent and worth reading I think.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (121)
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    (108)
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    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"
    "not his best"
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    The Trouble With Physics: is still one of my favorite books. Read it first if you haven't already.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
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    (125)
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    (126)

    In his first memoir, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. This is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist and how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the 20th century.

    C. Beaton says: "Only for Dawkins' Fans"
    "There's not much new material"
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    There is nothing wrong with this book. I would be quite interesting to someone new to Dawkins. If you have read many of his books and watched the BBC specials, then you are already familiar with a good portion of the story.

    I would have said his performance was excellent except that I went to an appearance where he read from the book. His performance in person was quite funny, lively and emotional. The Audible read was more reserved.

    I found the book didn't grab my attention until he wrote about his graduate work and beyond. It seemed to end abruptly as well. I have a feeling an authorized 3rd person biography would be much more interesting.

    You know you're going to read it anyway. Why bother reading these reviews? It's good, it's just not his best

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    Overall
    (127)
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    (118)
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    (118)

    Author Ben Goldacre exposes the epidemic of pseudoscience and gives listeners the tools they need to distinguish good science from nonsense.

    aaron says: "The Brits Pull No Punches On Fake Medicine!!"
    "ask: was the study double blind"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bad Science the most enjoyable?

    eye opening how irresponsible the media is when publishing a story


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

    yes. andrew wakefield should be held accountable for the damage he has caused.
    the rest of the mail order quacks should be publicly ridiculed for their nonsense. I'm talking about you Chopra


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1588)
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    (795)
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    (784)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "a masterpeice"
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    Where does The Greatest Show on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm extremely picky about which audio books I download so they are all really good or I return them. This one stands apart. I could easily rank it in my top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Greatest Show on Earth?

    Richard Lenski's experiment


    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The timbre of his voice and the refinement of the performance is "like wiping your ass with silk"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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