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  • Stories of Your Life and Others

  • By: Ted Chiang
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937

Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change-the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens-while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story (the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival), a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing collection of short stories

  • By Carolina on 09-15-14

Uniquly Imaginative and Deep worlds

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

These are some of the best scifi stories I've read in awhile. Many of them ive in a deep world that could easily be turned into full novels. The characters are interesting and engading and the plots are wild.

This is scifi that even non-scifi people will love

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Life’s Ratchet

  • How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos
  • By: Peter M. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Paul Hodgson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

The cells in our bodies consist of molecules, made up of the same carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms found in air and rocks. But molecules, such as water and sugar, are not alive. So how do our cells - assemblies of otherwise "dead" molecules - come to life, and together constitute a living being? In Life’s Ratchet, physicist Peter M. Hoffmann locates the answer to this age-old question at the nanoscale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For biologists to learn single molecule biophysics

  • By A Synthetic Biologist on 09-04-14

Entertaining and Dense

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

Reviewed: 12-20-14

Great book if you like biology, but at times I might be a bit tough to follow if you are not fimlilar with cell biology (first year college level). For the most part bio knowledge isn't needed but a strong interest in science in general is required. This is not an introductory book for somebody new to biology.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

  • By: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining

  • By Matt on 11-20-13

Not exactly a global perspective...

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

Reviewed: 11-22-14

If you could sum up History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective in three words, what would they be?

Roman/Chinese History

What was one of the most memorable moments of History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective?

The lectures on China and the Grand Canal and the one lecture on mesoamerica

Which scene was your favorite?

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

no, it was exhausting because it's a history lecutre, although I could peronally lisen to it for 3 to 4 hour at a time.

Any additional comments?

This was not gobal history by any means. It was primary Greco-Roman history with maybe a quarter of it being chinese history (but only when it could be related to greco-roman), and at most a tenth of the lectures covered civilzation other then the aforementioned. I was quite disapointed by how little other cultures and civliztions were covered and I feel the title is very misleading.Dont get me wrong though this history is very good and the lecutres were over all very intresting and informative. If you are looking for Greco-Roman history this is a great set of lecutres, if on the other hand you are looking for a gobal persective on ancient history you may be sorely disaponited with the euro centric view.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful