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Anthony W. Shallin

Georgetown, Texas United States
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  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

  • How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
  • By: Steven Novella, Bob Novella - contributor, Cara Santa Maria - contributor, and others
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 386

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is your map through this maze of modern life. Here Dr. Steven Novella and friends will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories - from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N-rays. You'll learn the difference between science and pseudoscience, essential critical thinking skills, ways to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy co-worker of yours, and how to combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments, and superstitious thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demon Haunted World 2.0

  • By Daniel Sean Osborne on 10-04-18

Clear thinking made clear

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

This is the best book I've listened to from Audible. It is an excellent review of science, scientific thinking and pseudoscience. Clearly explained and consistently interesting. This book will answer questions you have wondered about.

  • Improbable Destinies

  • Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution
  • By: Jonathan B. Losos
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Improbable Destinies will change the way we think and talk about evolution. Losos' insights into natural selection and evolutionary change have far-reaching applications for protecting ecosystems, securing our food supply, and fighting off harmful viruses and bacteria. This compelling narrative offers a new understanding of ourselves and our role in the natural world and the cosmos.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much trivia.

  • By Anthony W. Shallin on 07-08-18

Too much trivia.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The overall theme of this book is how individual events shape evolution. This is an interesting topic, but this book is too full of trivia to focus on the central idea. Long passages detail trips to islands to study the evolution of the local fauna, which should be interesting. Instead, we hear about who he met, what they wore and other trivia. I was unable to follow the biology because of all the extraneous details.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 50 Great Myths of Human Evolution

  • Understanding Misconceptions About Our Origins
  • By: John H. Relethford
  • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

50 Great Myths of Human Evolution uses common misconceptions to explore basic theory and research in human evolution and strengthen critical thinking skills for lay audiences, listeners, and students. Includes myths such as: "Humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs"; "Lucy was so small because she was a child"; "Our ancestors have always made fire"; and "There is a strong relationship between brain size and intelligence."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best evolution book I have read.

  • By Anthony W. Shallin on 07-02-18

Best evolution book I have read.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I like to read books on evolution. I have read many, but this is the best book on evolution I've read (listened to). It explains several topics that I had not understood before.
I looked for other Audible books by John Relethford, but this is his only book on Audible. He has several books available from Amazon.
I feel like I have a better understanding of evolution after listening to this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Doctor

  • Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine
  • By: Brendan Reilly
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

An epic story told by a unique voice in Ameri­can medicine, One Doctor describes life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physi­cian. In riveting first-person prose, Dr. Brendan Reilly takes us to the front lines of medicine today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Brilliant

  • By Jan on 06-20-14

This really is how it is to be a doctor.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

As a practicing internal medicine doctor for over 20 years, I can tell you that this book really is accurate. Dr Reilly expertly explains the joys and struggles of being a primary care doctor. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how doctors think.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Spillover

  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story with a few slow moments

  • By K on 05-11-14

Excellent explanation of zoonoses.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

What made the experience of listening to Spillover the most enjoyable?

Very clear explanations of a complicated subject.

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a

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

It is a bit long for that, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book on animal to human disease transmission. It is very understandable. The author obviously did very careful research for this book.

  • The Big Pharma Conspiracy

  • The Drugging of America for Fast Profits
  • By: Max Fitzer
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Howe
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

In his audiobook entitled The Big Pharma Conspiracy: The Drugging of America for Fast Profits author Max Fitzer will take you through the history of the largest companies, discussing the impact they have on society, our youth, disease, and the global economy. Not only will you have an extensive understanding of who the players are, but you will also learn how to contribute to the effort to bring them under control.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pseudoscience

  • By Anthony W. Shallin on 02-25-18

Pseudoscience

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it had a factual basis.

Would you ever listen to anything by Max Fitzer again?

Not if this is any indication of the quality of his work.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Howe – was your favorite?

n/a

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I work in the medical field. I am a strong critic on the pharmaceutical industry. They are greedy and dishonest, but this book does not limit its critique to these problems. This book has many, many inaccuracies. Type 1 diabetes is not at all curable with diet. Type 2 diabetes can be improved and sometimes controlled with diet, but not always. The book mentions homeopathy as a good way to treat disease. This is pure voodoo. There were many other mistakes.

Any additional comments?

DO NOT buy this audiobook if you want to learn real facts.The book, The Truth About the Drug Companies by Marcia Angell is a much better choice.Dr Angell gives a stern critique of the drug companies which is fact-based.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Amazing history

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

What made the experience of listening to The Butchering Art the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed learning about Joseph Lister's contribution to antisepsis in surgery and the resistance he encountered. It's hard to believe that some doctors and scientists did not believe germs caused disease.

What did you like best about this story?

Well told. Kept me interested.

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

Yes. I didn't want to stop listening.

  • Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Brian Charlesworth, Deborah Charlesworth
  • Narrated by: Kevin Young
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Less than 450 years ago, all European scholars believed that the earth was the centre of a universe that was at most a few million miles in extent, and that the planets, sun, and stars all rotated around this centre. Less than 250 years ago, they believed that the universe was created essentially in its present state about 6000 years ago. Less than 150 years ago, the special creation by God of living species was still dominant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent introduction

  • By Anthony W. Shallin on 01-01-18

Excellent introduction

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Where does Evolution: A Very Short Introduction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very short introduction to evolution. It reviews quite a lot to information. It sticks to the science rather than delving into the controversies.

  • Behave

  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901

Why do we do the things we do? More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful, but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: He starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs and then hops back in time from there in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Doug Hay on 07-27-17

Excellent overview of behavior.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Would you listen to Behave again? Why?

Yes. Dr Sapolsky is able to explain very complex ideas in ways that make sense.

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a

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

no

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Find out why you do what you do.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Positive Dog Training

  • By: Pat Miller
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

In this book, renowned dog trainer Pat Miller gives you the positive training tools you need to ensure that you and your dog share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect. By following her step-by-step, six-week basic training program, you'll learn how to develop a relationship with your dog based on friendship and positive reinforcement, not fear and punishment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By maroin snowden IV on 08-05-17

How to train a dog kindly.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I listened to this book several months ago. Since that time I have adopted two dogs. I used the techniques that Pat Miller explains and they work very well. One of the dogs I adopted was a very wild lab/pit mix. I worried I would never be able to teach her how to be part of the family. The techniques in this book worked very well even for our formerly wild little girl. The other dog we adopted was easy to train. This book helps you train your dog AND stay friends with your dog.

What did you like best about this story?

Kindness.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful