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  • A Mind for Numbers

  • How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
  • By: Barbara Oakley
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022

Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful!

  • By moka1327 on 02-18-15

Excellent book about learning how to learn - not just Math

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

There is a Coursera course that goes along with this book - the material is so good I signed up for that course and bought a dead-tree copy as well.

Highly recommended book.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Atomic Accidents

  • A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
  • By: James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A NUCLEAR POINT OF VIEW

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 01-05-15

Riveting beginning to end.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

This is a brilliant work, with the stories well told. I could not wait to pick it back up again as the descriptions were vivid and the science came across very well.

My only complaint about the work at all is that the narrator mispronounces some of the elements used in nuclear science. For example he pronounced tritium as "trisham" and a few other elements sounded strange. Other than that, I felt the book was excellent, I would give it six stars if I could.

  • Ulysses, Volume 1

  • Episodes 1-3
  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, 16 June 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book shouldn't be

  • By Timothy on 03-13-05

Incredible Narration and Presentation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-05

This is incredibly well made, and the voice acting is excellent.

You should be aware that this is only the first 3 chapters from Ulysses, and therefore it is a "sampler" for the work as a whole. You will have to purchase the other two sets to have the full and unabridged reading of Ulysses, which I currently listening to. In fact, I found that this presentation is easier to follow than the book itself. The strange "free flowing thought" that Joyce uses lends itself exceptionally well to narration and voice acting. Perhaps moreso than any other audiobook I have yet listened to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Odyssey of Homer (Dramatization)

  • By: Yuri Rasovsky
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

When this groundbreaking serialized dramatization premiered on 320 U.S. radio stations, critics were unanimous in their praise. It won numerous honors including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasting. Never before or since has such an ambitious undertaking been attempted in public radio, and it was accomplished, not by a major network, but by a small nonprofit independent producer in Chicago. That was in 1981. It has been sitting on the shelf ever since.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lack of Editing Makes Listening Tedious

  • By Michael on 12-03-04

Needs editing.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-05

While I like it as a "lite" version of the Oddyssey, and the voice acting in the story itself is good - the commercials and interruptions are incredibly annoying - and take up much of the total time of the listen.

This audiobook is a direct translation from the ratio - without the removal of commercials, or, the intro and outro segments of each session. I would guess that at least 10 min of each of the seven segments is wasted time - that is about 70 min of audio that is totally useless to the modern listener.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,457

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

I should have read this years ago!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-05

If you don't need this book, then chances are you don't talk to people. You do talk to people right? This book is well worth your time, if you don't learn anything from it then you probably have people skills to rival those of Charles Schwab or Abe Lincon.

I had heard about this book for years in various circles, in fact, I was even amused when it was referenced in the game "Baldurs Gate". I knew about it, yet I never took the time to read it. Well, I have now listened to it twice, and it will certanly get a third listening. I can't believe that I got this far in life and was unaware of some of the simple people skills presented in this work. Fortunately, I have done some of them naturally, and some have developed over time as I have grown up - still, had I had this book 20 years ago my life would have been a whole lot easier.

This book is not filled with "tricks" to get people to like you, rather, it is how to develop your own character so that people like you naturally, and you like them naturally as well. No "tricks" involved, but it certanly gives you better insight into the nature of people, and I can testify that it works incredibly well.

94 of 106 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,043

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

  • By Sean on 05-13-04

Fascinating and entertaining.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-04

I am listening to this book for the second time. It is highly informative, and incredibly entertaining. Bryson's journey through a brief history of science is both funny and enlightening. He manages to take normally dry subject matter, and make it both comprehensable and fun to listen to. He not only discusses the subject matter of the scientists, but the personalities of the scientists themselves, and some of them were quite the characters.

Do yourself a favour, and get this version - the unabridged one. If you get the abridged version, you will probably regret that you did not get the unabridged version.

The clarity of the audio is also excellent, and the narration is extremely professional as well.

I cannot reccomend this title highly enough.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful