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  • A Universe from Nothing

  • Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
  • By: Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Narrated by: Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498

Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Claire on 04-26-18

Good for science and philosophy lovers

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

For those who enjoy hearing about reason, science, relativity, and cosmology in the context of a refutation of the necessity for God.

Though he emphasizes empiricism, he neglects the question of whether consciousness itself may be a transcendent continuum rather than a mere emergent property of matter.

Still, it was intriguing.

That the author is the reader is fitting, though not as smooth as a professional voice.

  • Naked Money

  • A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Consider the $20 bill. It has no more value, as a simple slip of paper, than Monopoly money. Yet even children recognize that tearing one into small pieces is an act of inconceivable stupidity. What makes a $20 bill actually worth $20? In the third volume of his best-selling Naked series, Charles Wheelan uses this seemingly simple question to open the door to the surprisingly colorful world of money and banking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Witty, Easy to Understand, & Well Read!

  • By Ken Beller on 04-30-16

This is a beautiful audiobook, and well-narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This turned out to be a great book. The last half explained all the major dynamics of international economies of recent decades that I have wondered about:

Japan's deflation problem
The European Union's dilemma
China's Balance of Payments situation
The 2008 economic collapse
Is Bitcoin anything?

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The narration was nuanced and entertaining.

  • Caesar's Last Breath

  • Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962

The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. It's ever present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • vastly entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17

Science that is entertaining and funny.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

The title doesn't prepare you for how many other really interesting stories this book tells. I laughed unexpectedly many times.

It evan reinforced my chemistry understanding quite a lot. I learned a lot of new science facts and history too.

  • The Next Pandemic

  • On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers
  • By: Ali Khan, William Patrick
  • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

An inside account of the fight to contain the world's deadliest diseases - and the panic and corruption that make them worse. The Next Pandemic is a firsthand account of disasters like anthrax, bird flu, and others - and how we could do more to prevent their return. It is both a gripping story of our brushes with fate and an urgent lesson on how we can keep ourselves safe from the inevitable next pandemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many Outstanding Stories about Many Scary Microbes

  • By aaron on 01-24-17

Public-educational/scientific documentary

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This was well written and well narrated. It is much more of a healthy perspective than the title may sound.

It is about the courageous and self-sacrificing scientists and health professionals successfully stopping scary outbreaks around the world.

Both story and humorous delivery are entertaining as long as you have a nerdy-science streak and you enjoy learning things.

  • A Crack in Creation

  • Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution
  • By: Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR - a revolutionary new technology that she helped create - to make heritable changes in human embryos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An easily digestible intro to the future...

  • By DC Mike on 09-01-17

An education for lay people in genetics issues

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

As a person interested in genetic modification issues but without a science degree, I found this book super informative. It was technically rich enough to not gloss over anything yet still made the field feel transparent to a lay person.

This is for people on both sides of any controversy about genetic engineering. Also well-delivered by the narrator.

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