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  • The Disordered Mind

  • What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
  • By: Eric R. Kandel
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Eric R. Kandel, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers between the sciences and the arts. In his seminal new audiobook, The Disordered Mind, Kandel draws on a lifetime of pathbreaking research and the work of many other leading neuroscientists to take us on an unusual tour of the brain. He confronts one of the most difficult questions we face: How does our mind, our individual sense of self, emerge from the physical matter of the brain?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed

  • By Dayle on 11-07-18

Thoroughly enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I'm just an amateur reader of neuroscience, starting with the early writings of Oliver Sachs. I listen to a new book every 6 weeks or so, by whoever is the writer Dejeur. This one goes way beyond that pack. I am a nurse, so.not out o
By anatomy speak, so that must be disclosed. This book is highly thought out, and is almost poetic in delivery. Each fact and example fit seamlessly and draws the reader in. I learned so much or-i thought sinemet stopped working on Parkinson's patients due to tolerance. I was wrong. There is a connection between bipolar and schizophrenia. Which explains why both run in my family.....Which is also.explained. I will likely listen again. This would make an.ideal series for pbs. Do the producers of pbs hear me??????

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Solar Bones

  • By: Mike McCormack
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 244

It is All Souls Day, and the spirit of Marcus Conway sits at his kitchen table and remembers. In flowing, relentless prose, Conway recalls his life in rural Ireland: as a boy and man, father, husband, citizen. His ruminations move from childhood memories of his father's deftness with machines to his own work as a civil engineer, from transformations in the local economy to the tidal wave of global financial collapse. Conway's thoughts go still further, outward to the vast systems of time and history that hold us all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super

  • By Denis on 04-09-18

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I don't write many reviews, but felt compelled by this book. Writer has captured the heart and soul of an engineer perfect. The flow of the story takes reader ( listener) into seamless flow . Enthralling comes to mind. Narrator is perfect for character. Can't wait for more by this writer!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Ebenezer le Page

  • By: G. B. Edwards
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late 20th century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between England and France yet a world away from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the story of those he has known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite audiobook of all!

  • By Kathy on 07-08-12

Im going to miss Mr. le Page......

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

Any additional comments?

Took me back in time....
I remember visits to Mississippi as a child in 50s, early 60s. Sitting in ancient living rooms with ancient furniture, and listening to the Old Folks reminicing about the past....past neighbors, cousins, marriages and children. The accents rich and deep, and idioms surprising and humorous. This story is like that but more complete. It is multidimensional yet pure. The narrator is probably best ive ever heard. A real treat. Bravo

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Landmarks

  • By: Robert Macfarlane
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Landmarks, a fascinating exploration of the relationship between language and landscapes by Robert Macfarlane, read by Roy McMillan. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the book

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-17

mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Landmarks to be better than the print version?

I sure the written word version of this book is good, but the audible version is outstanding!
Background ambient sound, this background "native voice" adds a ghost-like background as a transition change. The readers voice is gentle, yet dramatic. Highly recommend

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Atomic Weight of Love

  • By: Elizabeth J. Church
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 640

For Meridian Wallace - and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s - being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother's sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she didn't expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone. When he's recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ilene on 06-14-16

More please!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-16

My mother was same age as the character. She was a suppressed educated women, forced to leave her nursing due to marriage. Forced to be the perfect girdled mother who could conduct the perfect dinner party. Being in the genteel South added an additional layer of social expectation. This story brought back to me the memory of our shared stories as women in a time when men ruled. I loved it

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

OMG. I CAN RELATE!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Would you listen to Lily and the Octopus again? Why?

Ive had dogs for the last 25 years. They have been recues thru fosters. I rescued a 7yo black and tan short haired min. dachshund in the mix. He became my anchor. My North Star. He was an incredible dog with soul and true heart. He set the standard for which all dogdome must reach. I loved him. I mean...LOVED him. I picked him because the photo from humane society captured the nobility and depth of the breed. Ive had other dogs since. But, my dream is to have one other dachshund......never to replace him, but to honor him...before I get too old and have to put his life in a "will". I felt this story in my heart. That dog made me more than human. Having to decide on when 'enough was enough' was a heartbreaking experience, and still brings me too tears when I remember holding him during those last seconds of euthanasia. Well done Lily. Well Done.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

  • By: Frans de Waal
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910

De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal's landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal - and human - intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally the science catches up

  • By Philomath on 05-07-16

What he said!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

Any additional comments?

Great arguments for intelligence of animals, when judge from animal perspective. Loads of examples and stories. Nothing really new, except for perspectives sake. Humans think animals should be rated from a human point of view. Wrong! Narrator is one of my favorites! Very warm and easy on ears.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Medium Raw

  • A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,118

In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly tender.

  • By Sparkly on 10-09-12

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

Any additional comments?

This book is like a post script to Kitchen Confidential. I loved it. I love his voice and reading of it. I cannot possible add to the major critical reviews (the positive ones). WARNING: not for the faint of heart ! Anthony does not bother with word filters...and does not need to in my opinion. It is part of who he is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Girl of the Limberlost

  • By: Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Elnora Comstock lives with her widowed mother at the edge of Limberlost Swamp. Her mother is harsh and critical of her daughter, but Elnora is a loving girl who befriends all creatures. She is especially drawn to the beautiful moths that flutter through the trees in Limberlost. Although Elnora longs to go to high school, she has no money to pay for tuition and books. When her cruel mother refuses to help, all seems lost, until Elnora learns she can sell the rare insects she collects. Still, her journey through high school and college will be full of challenges - and surprises.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of forgiveness, restoration and redemption

  • By Chelle on 02-26-14

Memories

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Any additional comments?

My father bought for me most all of Gene Stratton-Porter books when I was in elementary school in early 60's. I loved them all, but remember this one (among maybe 3 others) was one of my favorites. My childhood came flooding back with this book. I was a loner and a nature lover, spending hours with my microscope, aquarium and various jars and boxes of critters I brought home and hid from my mom. I love the turn of the century language and sensibility. For those girls who love the old "Tammy" movies, "Lassie" and other real/fairy tale stories, these stories for for you. Wonderful narration by the way!

  • The Etymologicon

  • A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689

The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: How you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why settle for the whole nine yards...

  • By Dubi on 12-21-15

circular indeed!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

Any additional comments?

Note, the author admits to being a circuitous thinker/speaker, so this book is told almost as if the listener is on a roller coaster. It never stops moving! I loved it! Not only is the telling different, but the data is fascinating! Ive got so much word trivia now, Im guaranteed to be ushered out of the next party! I think I had an idiotic smile on my face the whole time I was listening. I know I laughed out loud about the SPAM/spam...Monty Python...email part.......