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  • Pale Blue Dot

  • A Vision of the Human Future in Space
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Quality Choices

  • By JR on 05-30-17

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

The only problem with the book was the sound quality. The other thing that would’ve been nice was to have an update as to how Carl Sagan might have thought about the state of the cosmos now.

  • Win Bigly

  • Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We're hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we decide we agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn't whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was not so persuaded

  • By Ryan R. Wixom on 02-13-18

Don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

The author displays faulty reasoning from start to finish. He is an authority because he took a class in hypnosisis and must be right because he is wealthy. He scoffs at the possibility that Trump might be a sociopath although there is considerable evidence to support that point of view. There is no correlation between the ideas he professes and the examples he gives. My only regret in reading this book is that I finished it. This sounds like cult worship to me.

2 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Ratio

  • The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
  • By: Mario Livio
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887.... This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio", was discovered by Euclid more than 2,000 years ago. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting insight into the world of mathematics

  • By Errol on 09-15-16

Interesting insight into the world of mathematics

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Where does The Golden Ratio rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 40%

Any additional comments?

This book needs a PDF to help in visualizing all the forms that were described.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Physics on the Fringe

  • Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything
  • By: Margaret Wertheim
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

For the past 15 years, acclaimed science writer Margaret Wertheim has been collecting the works of "outsider physicists," many without formal training and all convinced that they have found true alternative theories of the universe. Jim Carter, the Einstein of outsiders, has developed his own complete theory of matter and energy and gravity that he demonstrates with experiments in his backyard - with garbage cans and a disco fog machine he makes smoke rings to test his ideas about atoms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Errol on 04-14-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The first part of the book was interesting but then deteriorated when there was no evidence to support his claims.

If you’ve listened to books by Margaret Wertheim before, how does this one compare?

This is the only one I have read/listened to.

Was Physics on the Fringe worth the listening time?

No. I was intrigued by the Carter character but annoyed that there was no scientific basis for his beliefs.I don't understand how someone with training in physics can write about nonsense just because the fellow is very bright. .

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • This Idea Must Die

  • Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress
  • By: John Brockman
  • Narrated by: David Colacci, Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Each year,John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, challenges some of the world's greatest scientists, artists, and philosophers to answer a provocative question crucial to our time. In 2014 he asked 175 brilliant minds to ponder: What scientific idea needs to be put aside in order to make room for new ideas to advance? The answers are as surprising as they are illuminating.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3% Excellent

  • By Michael on 03-07-15

Misleading Title

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

Would you try another book from John Brockman and/or David Colacci and Susan Ericksen ?

Not likely.

What was most disappointing about John Brockman’s story?

There was no substance to it. As I listened to the entire book I was getting angry at myself for continuing in the expectation that things would get better.

What about David Colacci and Susan Ericksen ’s performance did you like?

They were good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,991
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • dissatisfied

  • By James K Alford on 08-15-18

Far too long

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

Reviewed: 10-05-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No , it is far too long. This book could have conveyed everything in 8 or 10 hrs. By the end of the book I felt that I had wasted my time. There were interesting portions but...

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Perhaps, because the chances are it would be over in 3 hrs or less.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Gulp

  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,790
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,796

Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome, quirky read!

  • By Heather on 06-24-14

Easy to digest!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-13

Where does Gulp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

the top 30%

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gulp?

There are too many to single out one but perhaps Elvis Presley's megacolon.

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


This book makes one reconsider our own bodily functions. It is informative and also humorous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Universe Within

  • Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
  • By: Neil Shubin
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

In his last book, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy - our hands, our jaws - and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago. Now, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cosmic

  • By Mark on 01-17-13

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

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

Yes, because it's loaded with interesting information.

Any additional comments?

I have read or listened to many books related to this topic. It is amazing how they all seem to refer to different scientists who bring new insights and make our understanding that much better.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,441

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Interesting read but ending prolonged

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Symbol the most enjoyable?

It was a good mystery but lasted 2 hours beyond the logical ending. Full of unexpected turns.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mal'akh because he was unpredictable.

Any additional comments?

The introduction of noetic science, religion and "ancient wisdom" would be objectionable if not part of a fictional plot.

  • The Willpower Instinct

  • How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
  • By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,408

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Research based guide to improve willpower

  • By Neuron on 05-27-13

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 01-23-13

What did you love best about The Willpower Instinct?

Some very simple ideas that are the opposite of what I had previously thought. Now to see if they will work. I can certainly relate to guilt and "what the hell" concepts. Many people might benefit from the suggestions in this book.