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Makes me want to know more

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-09

I already was fairly literate in science (for a nonscientist), having faithfully read SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN for years, and having taken many science courses in college (Organic Chemistry, Genetics, Ecology, Microbiology, and lots of Anthropology etc.) In short, I'm a science junkie in my spare time.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I had feared that the content would include too much stuff I already knew. This turned out to be groundless, as even familiar topics were presented with fresh perspective, wit, and details. Less familiar topics were accessible and entertaining.

I emerge wanting to know much more about paleontology (a small captivating portion of this wide-ranging book); I emerge with a renewed sense of wonder about, well, nearly everything.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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High drama

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-08

I have listened to this episode several times, and played it for friends, who are invariably fascinated by the complexity and nuances of family life and human nature it reveals. This episode chronicles the dilemmas of each character in a true story: the cascade of events and decisions necessitated by the accidental switch of two babies at birth. This is a study in nature v. nurture is made even more dramatic by the fact that the two families were acquainted with each other.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awakens hope

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-08

I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook and learned a tremendous amount about the Middle East, a topic that has always baffled me. Cohen makes it come alive by recounting his own experiences in the countries and his friendships and conversations with the youth. There are many surprises in this book -- and cause for great hope. The youth of the mid East are fascinated by America, and tuned in via internet and satellite TV. Cohen made me feel as if I were there, making friends along with him.

I recently saw that Cohen is now working in the U.S. government. I think he is uniquely equipped to further peace efforts in this region of the world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful