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  • Life on the Edge

  • The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
  • By: Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • revolutionizing ideas

  • By Ben on 10-25-17

Simply fascinating science

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

What made the experience of listening to Life on the Edge the most enjoyable?

As this is a review of an audio book, the prize has to go to the narrator, Pete Cross. His is one of the most pleasant reading voices I have yet listened to - and important for a scientific work. He engages the listener with his smooth reading style, very good voice tone and timbre and has taken the trouble to pronounce scientific words clearly. His diction and pronunciation cannot be faulted and he makes the contents compelling and interesting. In addition, the book itself is an extraordinary read and I have subsequently purchased the paperback as well for annotation purposes.

Any additional comments?

This is a compelling story of how quantum physics has expanded into the field of biology. The authors have delineated the process of how it all happened by quoting studies and experiments and have made the concepts very clear for a science-loving non-scientist. Famous physicists such as Max Planck, Erwin Schrödinger and Richard Feynman ('What I cannot create, I do not understand') are given their place in history while modern experimental findings tell of mankind's further adventures into this minuscule world. Thermodynamics, tunnelling and entanglement are explained with clear examples, along with the mysterious way in which measurement affects behaviour in the quantum world, not a new concept, but puts it into context. We have so much to learn.

  • Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures

  • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

After thousands of years of pondering it, we still find death one of life's most perplexing mysteries. Many cultures view death as a window into the true meaning of life. These 24 lectures looking at this often feared subject are an uplifting, meaningful, and multidisciplinary exploration of life's only certainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything about death and dying you want to know

  • By Jacobus on 03-23-16

Dispassionate discussion, well researched

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

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

Death is generally not discussed dispassionately when humans interact. These lectures provide one the opportunity to look at death objectively and from almost as many points of view as there are belief systems. I would absolutely recommend it to one of my more open-minded friends.

What about Professor Mark Berkson’s performance did you like?

Professor Mark Berkson speaks clearly. His voice has a good timbre and is pleasant to listen to. He pauses after his sentences so there is time to absorb what he has said without the listener having to backtrack.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Death and how we see it is such an integral part of life. While one knows this, it particularly stands out in the lecture on Tibetan Buddhists who see our lives as a series of "in-betweens", or bardos and say that life, too, is a bardo, existing between birth and death. At the other end of the spectrum is the lecture on suicide (not euthanasia or assisted suicide), a form of death that raises such bewilderment among those left behind. Prof Berkson raises the moral issue: Do we have the right to end our own life? Should we intervene to prevent someone from killing themselves? As with the other lectures, he dips into philosophy, mythology and modern psychology to present a myriad of views.

Any additional comments?

Having listened through to the end, I immediately started the course again. There is so much to absorb because it is packed with interesting information which has been well researched and carefully edited so that there is not one tedious moment.

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  • Der zweiköpfige Drache [The Two-headed Dragon]

  • Eine kurze Geschichte für kleine und große Leute [A short Story for Young and Old]
  • By: D.C. Morehouse
  • Narrated by: Leila Ulama
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Alle Menschen in Bimmelburg fürchten den zweiköpfigen Drachen. Er lebt in einer Höhle und fliegt jeden Tag über das Königreich hinweg. Das macht den Menschen große Angst. Eines Tages macht sich ein kleiner Junge auf den Weg zur Höhle des Drachen, um ihn zu besiegen und Bimmelburg vom Schrecken zu befreien. Aber was der Junge durch seine Auseinandersetzung mit dem Drachen erreicht, ist viel schöner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listening for a student of German

  • By Jacqueline B on 11-05-15

Good listening for a student of German

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

What made the experience of listening to Der zweiköpfige Drache [The Two-headed Dragon] the most enjoyable?

Leila Ulama reads beautifully and clearly and does the voices very well. A good read for both adults and children even if it is a sweet, if unlikely story. A lot of the men reading German books sound as though they smoke Gauloises because they have such deep smoky voices and for a non-German are not easy to follow. I'll get more books read by Leila Ulama if I find them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them

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

This is the first one

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

It was just charming

4 of 4 people found this review helpful