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  • The Neanderthals Rediscovered

  • How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story (Revised and Updated Edition)
  • By: Dimitra Papagianni, Michael A. Morse
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

In recent years, the common perception of the Neanderthals has been transformed, thanks to new discoveries and paradigm-shattering scientific innovations. It turns out that the Neanderthals' behavior was surprisingly modern: they buried the dead, cared for the sick, hunted large animals in their prime, harvested seafood, and communicated with spoken language. Meanwhile, advances in DNA technologies are compelling us to reassess the Neanderthals' place in our own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Up-to-date information. Comprehensive. Love it. <br />

  • By E. K. Gronek on 01-31-18

Great Introduction to Neanderthals

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-19

Great introduction to Neanderthals and paleoanthropology! There are a few things slightly out of date because of the speed of discovery. However, a fun and well organized audiobook that should be accessible to all!

  • Toll the Hounds

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 8
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 44 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

In Darujhistan, the city of blue blue fire, it is said that Love and Death shall arrive dancing. It is summer, and the heat is oppressive, but for the small, rotund man in the faded red waistcoat discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the quarry has turned, and the hunters become the hunted. Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but my least favorite of the series

  • By Richard Watts on 06-22-15

Not as good as Reaper's Gale, but still great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I love this series. This book was not as good as the three books that preceded it (Midnight Tides, The Bonehunters, and Reaper's Gale are all fantastic), but it still had some amazing stuff in it. I'm glad the story lead back to Darujhistan. it has a great cast of characters. Enjoy!

  • The Dragon Seekers

  • How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin
  • By: Christopher McGowan
  • Narrated by: Stuart Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, an extraordinary group of scientists struggled to make sense of a mysterious, prehistoric world - a world that they had to piece together from the fossilized, fragmentary remains of animals no one had ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Primer for books on Darwin

  • By Glenn Chee on 08-06-09

Excellent early history of paleontology!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I love this book! For those interested in the history of science, this book is really fun. The stories of the early fossil collectors is integrated nicely with detailed descriptions of the fossils. Great performance, great book.

  • The Bonehunters

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 6
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 42 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,877

The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malazan Fourteenth Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion, Dassem Ultor, was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death. But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still miss Ralph Lister

  • By Jonathan Schaake on 10-23-15

Another great Malazan book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-18

The Malazan Book of the Fallen (series) is a great fantasy series for intelligent people. Erikson loves dropping hints to let you solve the puzzles before big reveals (which he does in a fresh, fun way each time so it doesn't feel formulaic. Erikson delivers another great book. Lots of favorite characters are back (many did not appear in Misnight Tides). Love this series!

in particular, this narrator did a great job with Telorast and Curdle. Particularly the beginning of chapter 2 (I think it's chapter 3 in the audiobook) there is a fabulous comedic moment. He does the comedy very well!

  • Deadhouse Gates

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 34 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,612

In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Thirsty Book

  • By Benjamin on 08-06-13

Best epic fantasy novel I have ever read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is an amazing book! It is fast-paced, the characters are well-designed and complex, there are many plot-lines that intersect at various (often unexpected) places. This material is dark-- but fascinating. Erikson also manages to sprinkle levity and fist-pumping moments throughout. I highly suggest reading Gardens of the Moon first (it's the first book in the series), because it will make Deadhouse Gates richer and more engaging.

As a warning, like any of Erikson's Malazan main books (I'm not including the Bauchelain and Korbal Broach novellas) require some focus. That means, you can't just listen to them-- you will need a paper copy with Dramatis Personae and Glossary to follow along. You also have to pay attention in order to understand what is happening and solve the puzzles that Erikson includes. However, Erikson rewards his audience for their attention by writing an incredible story so it is well worth the effort.

#UnlikelyHeroes #FemaleProtagonist #Dark #MilitaryFantasy #EpicFantasy #Provocative ( #tagsgiving #sweepstakes )

  • Memories of Ice

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 43 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm’s army and Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old - the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. But ancient undead clans are also gathering; the T’lan Imass have risen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really deep world and deeper mysteries.

  • By Jacob on 05-11-13

Great Third Book in the Malazan Series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Great continuation of the series! There were a few continuity issues (with Deadhouse Gates and Gardens of the Moon), but Memories of Ice a thoroughly enjoyable novel. I don't want to give any spoilers, but for fans of epic fantasy, this series is a must-read. Definitely make sure you have copies of the text as well as audiobooks because you will need to refer to the Dramatis Personae and the Glossary to orient yourself for the first hundred pages or so. Can't wait to see what is next!

For anyone interested in paleontology and geology, this story peppers in some wonderful tidbits about the construction of the Malazan universe (and how it compares to our own).

For those who are going through the series and want to get a full picture of the Malazan world, I highly suggest reading the first of the Bauchelain and Korbal Broach Novellas (Blood Follows). The moments with Bauchelain, Korbal Broach, and 'Mancy will make a lot more sense if you have read those stories first.

Ralph Lister does a great job and I will be sad to see him go (the rest of the series is narrated by Michael Page).

#UnlikelyHeroes #Provocative #Suspenseful #Dark #EpicFantasy ( #tagsgiving #sweepstakes)

  • Emotional Success

  • The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride
  • By: David DeSteno
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

A string of best sellers have alerted us to the importance of grit - an ability to persevere and control one's impulses that is closely associated with greatness. But no book yet has charted the most accessible and powerful path to grit: our prosocial emotions. These feelings - gratitude, compassion, and pride - are easier to generate than the willpower and self-denial that underpin traditional approaches to grit. And, while willpower is quickly depleted, prosocial emotions actually become stronger the more we use them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding!

  • By Shirley Stone on 02-13-18

Interesting evidence-based book on self-control

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I have listened to several books on self-control, and this is by far my favorite. it included lots of social science research and critically analyzed experiments. the only reason I gave it four stars is that I wish it had finished with a final chapter on concrete ideas for employing these emotions in everyday life. Also, I wish that it had gone into more depth about how to foster gratitude instead of people feeling like they owe you something. Favors sometime backfire if people feel like they owe you. but it's difficult to determine how people will react to a favor if you don't know them extremely well.

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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,616

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

A great performance of one of my favorite books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I love thos book! Simon Prebble brings the story to life and manages to elegantly integrate the (extemely important) footnotes into the voice recording. Highly recommended to all those who love fantasy and historical fiction!

  • Make It Stick

  • The Science of Successful Learning
  • By: Peter C. Brown
  • Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061

To most of us, learning something 'the hard way' implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head and will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LEARN

  • By ANDRÉ on 11-22-14

Great book for both teachers and self-learners

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I read the first few chapters of this book for a pedagogical training course, but I liked it so much I bought the audiobook. The authors give both theorerical explanations od successful strategies and use lots of examples. they also provide some strategies for implementing the necessary skills in the classroom and daily life. The authors are arrogant-- or at least the text has an arrogant tone-- but it's primarily in the first chapter. Highly recommended, especially for graduate students and college professors!

  • Seven Skeletons

  • The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils
  • By: Lydia Pyne
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museums, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas. In Seven Skeletons, historian of science Lydia Pyne explores how seven such famous fossils of our ancestors have the social cachet they enjoy today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this book!

  • By Sulpicia on 07-11-18

Really enjoyed this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I really enjoyed this book. Lydia Pyne is trained in paleoanthropology and so she gives clear descriptions of finds and has had personal access to the fossils. She also has a nice flair for telling a story and explaining why and how certain fossils became famous. It is a great book for paleianyhropology fans. It is entirely accessible for beginners, but also includes fun facts and insights for those with more background.