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  • Why Time Flies

  • A Mostly Scientific Investigation
  • By: Alan Burdick
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Time is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds, and it advances through every living moment. But what is time exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly? In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes listeners on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nuanced and thoughtful

  • By S. Yates on 04-26-17

Time slowed a bit near the middle but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Time slowed a bit near the middle but...sped up again near the end. Some very interesting mostly scientific details. The rat studies were less interesting to me and therefore apparently seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to get through. I will recommend this as interesting and informative but with one slower section. Good useful read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific history blended with humanity

  • By S. Yates on 05-23-16

Good history but something missing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

An interesting history but some details regarding the actual science behind various discoveries seemed to be missing or lacking. So now I'm off in search of 'the science of genetic research for dummies". The book is still a good read.

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

Writing superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-16

A tremendous mystery but above all, even in its strangest moments, this book is beautifully written. Excellent narration although somewhat too soft for listening in a tiny inexpensive ( noisy) car. Perfect for listening while gardening!

  • The Patriot Threat

  • Cotton Malone
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

Audie Award, Thriller/Suspense, 2016. In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated writer’s cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call in to question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility - a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times best-selling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't like the director cut format

  • By Michael on 04-26-15

A good American adventure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-15

The constitutional details, although somewhat interesting to American readers I'm sure, are perhaps slightly tedious for non Americans. Other than that trifle, this is a good adventure story which incorporates many current (2015) issues. A fine summer read !

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Swerve

  • How the World Became Modern
  • By: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,877

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis

  • By Ethan M. on 05-01-12

An excellent find

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-13

This was not at all what I expected from the subtitle but it was an intriguing story nonetheless. Mystery, history, philosophy, the Vatican, rare book hunters, colourful characters and much more. All of this revolving around the rather accidental rediscovery of a lost text. Who knew something so seemingly small would have such an incredible influence on western culture. Very interesting! really enjoyed it.

  • Wheat Belly

  • Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
  • By: William Davis MD
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,886

Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The program works, but the listen is technical

  • By Stacey Crummie on 11-30-11

Hmmm, who knew?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-12

Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

An interesting argument.

What did you like best about this story?

Lots of intriguing and somewhat controversial ideas to challenge current thinking on nutrition.

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

He reads in a "no holds barred" style which demonstrates the author's evident frustration with the state of the SAD -standard american diet.

Any additional comments?

It should not be the only nutrition book you read but is definitely one of the great new approaches.

  • Ageless Memory

  • Simple Secrets for Keeping Your Brain Young: Foolproof Methods for People Over 50
  • By: Harry Lorayne
  • Narrated by: Harry Lorayne
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

With this one audiobook, you will learn to remember anything you see, read, or hear the very first time you see, read, or hear it, and retain it for as long as you like. You'll be able to recall names and faces, even years later; never miss an appointment or misplace keys, glasses, or valuables; give speeches without notes; learn English and foreign words and phrases easily; excel at card and other games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite audible book so far

  • By Terry on 04-01-08

Useful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-12

interesting concept and info presented by a great character....delightful voice! Like listening to an old vaudevillian deliver a lecture.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ten Minutes to Relax

  • By: Dr. Paul Overman
  • Narrated by: Dr. Paul Overman
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Ten Minutes to Relax was created by Dr. Paul Overman, a psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience in the field of stress management. Calm breathing techniques and vivid imagery will help you discover a peaceful place inside you. Ten minutes is all you need to free your mind, rejuvenate your body, renew your spirit, and experience the vitality and well being that you deserve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very "relaxing"

  • By heather on 09-10-09

very "relaxing"

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-09

Very gentle narrator with good background music. Some of the 10 minute guided visualizations seem a bit funny at first and they gave me a few giggles but now I like to listen to them as I walk and it makes my walks really relaxing.It was definitely worth the price.

  • Twelve Books That Changed the World

  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Patricia Hodge, Hugh Ross, Robert Powell, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval, or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn a few new things

  • By heather on 04-15-07

Learn a few new things

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-07

I did in fact learn a few new things listening to this book. I found my self asking what books I would have chosen if I had to choose 12 world-altering books. I believe that this author has written other more "inspired" books but still it was a worthwhile, short listen.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Little History of the World

  • By: E. H. Gombrich
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an enlightening book; very well read

  • By A.B.Oxford on 06-03-06

wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-07

This is a BEAUTIFUL book presented by the perfect narrator. What a treat. Even though it is the history of the world in a nutshell and it was written for children, I found that it filled in or solidified some of the more sketchy parts of my general knowledge. The book was written a long time ago and as a result contains a few antique view-points which, on the whole, do not detract from the delightful tone of this work.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful