LISTENER

Nancy

Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • 41
  • reviews
  • 327
  • helpful votes
  • 96
  • ratings
  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,073

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mind numbing

  • By katrina on 09-17-16

Funny and refreshing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

I appreciated Amy's views on how women are represented in the media. She is honest and true to herself and will speak her mind. I was expecting a good laugh (and got it) but I also came to realize that Amy has thought deeply on gender issues and more. Overall an entertaining and informative listen.

  • Bonk

  • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,900

The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting-not as engaging as "Stiff"

  • By Jani on 05-13-09

Science can be sexy!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

A playful overview of the science of sex. I loved listening to Roach's many foot notes and asides. She even participated in some of the studies herself! What a fascinating way to bring listeners and readers into the world of sex research.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,762

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is worth your time....

  • By Drake on 04-24-16

Don't just say no to this book!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

This book changed some of my ideas and perceptions about drugs and addiction. It presented a detailed look at the casualties of the war on drugs and the lasting effects on societies . It was interesting to hear about drug policy in some other countries. But I wish the author would have spent more time on the addictive nature of some prescription drugs.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,632

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Calculus Ergo Modernity

  • By Nelson Alexander on 07-09-11

A narrative of science

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

I loved this book! It was fascinating to hear about the motivations and stories from some of the early science icons. The book is presented almost like a story and the narrator was excellent!

  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,185

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16

Be your own confident cat.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

I read this book just after bringing a shy foster cat into my home. Amy's ideas helped me transform this timid kitty into her own confident cat! The superwoman technique helped me deal with my own insecurities when preparing for a job interview. The result was that instead of being super nervous and overcome with anxiety I actually enjoyed the interview!

Amy presents a lot of psych studies supporting her theory. So it can be a bit dry if you're not a psych person. Overall it was an enjoyable read!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Superforecasting

  • The Art and Science of Prediction
  • By: Philip Tetlock, Dan Gardner
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628

Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week's meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts' predictions are only slightly better than chance. However, an important and underreported conclusion of that study was that some experts do have real foresight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Experts

  • By Michael on 02-20-17

Forecast of 90% chance you'll like it!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I loved listening to this book! At first, I was a little bit skeptical that I would enjoy it because I don't have an interest in political forecasts. But, the authors mix in some ideas from meteorological forecasting where the scientists continually evaluate their forecasts and seek to improve their predictive capabilities. Granted, some people don't see weather forecasts as very accurate but the authors point out some psychological biases that can explain a general misunderstanding of forecasts. It was interesting to hear about applying lessons learned from the weather forecasting world to the political forecasting world.

Overall, there were some neat ideas and I learned a new way to think about forecasting and probabilities. The narrator was also very good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Building a Better Vocabulary

  • By: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

Building a Better Vocabulary offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology and morphology - or the history and structure - of words, and delves into the cognitive science behind committing new words to long-term memory. By the end of the 36 enjoyable lectures, you will have a practical framework for continuing to build your vocabulary by discovering new words and fully mastering the nuances of familiar ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing. Also, bad reviews can be explained.

  • By Christie on 09-29-15

Lots of words!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

There was a lot of new vocabulary. I didn't manage to retain it all but the instructor had some good ideas for remembering words. I wish there was a list for spelling reference.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Medical School for Everyone

  • Grand Rounds Cases
  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619

There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralled!

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-09-14

Medicine for the layman

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

Reviewed: 01-11-15

This course is great for anyone who doesn't have a medical background. I really liked the format; each lesson was almost like a mystery to be solved. I think it would be too basic for anyone with experience in medicine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Creative Nonfiction

  • By: Tilar J J. Mazzeo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Tilar J J. Mazzeo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction! Nonfiction! You Name It!

  • By Gillian on 05-05-15

Not what I expected but useful

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

Reviewed: 04-14-14

This lecture series was not exactly what I expected, likely because I didn't realize that creative nonfiction is character driven like a biography or memoir. Nonetheless, it was still useful covering literary devices beyond what is addressed in a high school class. There was also a lot of emphasis on character and narrative arc. I would recommend this series to someone planning to write a memoir or biography but not for other types of nonfiction.

93 of 98 people found this review helpful

  • Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

Conventional wisdom suggests English is going to the dogs, that bad grammar, slang, and illogical constructions signal a decline in standards of usage - to say nothing of the corruption wrought by email and text messages. But English is a complicated, marvelous language. Far from being a language in decline, English is the product of surprisingly varied linguistic forces, some of which have only recently come to light. And these forces continue to push English in exciting new directions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This course will turn you into a linguistics fan!

  • By Quaker on 11-15-13

Langauge treasures

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

This course was very interesting! The lecturer takes a rather non-traditional view about modern English language usage. He argues that several common grammar rules are based on preference rather than any sort of logic. His arguments are detailed and informative. He also provides some background on many other languages and explains how the English language is related. There are so many things that I learned about language during this course!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful