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  • Green Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

The initial Martian pioneers had fierce disagreements about how the planet should be used by humans. This led to a war that threatened the lives of billions of people on both Mars and Earth. Now, the second generation of settlers continues the struggle to survive the hostile yet strangely beautiful environment of the red planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Green Mars: a textbook scifi novel

  • By Erick on 08-05-13

Stunning achievement

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Reviewed: 11-17-17

Really sets the bar for excellence in sci fi. Kim truly created a whole new world in his mind and made it real for us readers. Now that we’re looking realistically at Martian colonization approximately in the timeframe that Kim projected it’s even better and more relevant than when I first read these books twenty years ago.

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,897
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,204

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

One of my favorite books

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Reviewed: 09-15-17

Heart breaking, poignant, will make you think. I read this in my early twenties and listened to it in my mid 40s. Equally impactful. Everyone should read or listen to this powerful book.

  • From Bacteria to Bach and Back

  • The Evolution of Minds
  • By: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 592
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
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    4 out of 5 stars 516

What is human consciousness, and how is it possible? This question fascinates thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers. From Bacteria to Bach and Back is Daniel C. Dennett's brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains, and human culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How come there is a 'me'?

  • By Mark on 03-15-17

A perfect combination of science, philosophy and speculation

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Reviewed: 09-12-17

I'm a philosopher with a biology background so this book was right up my alley. The author's argument that life has made only two serious efforts at creating complex brains is well supported. But my view is that mind exists throughout the animal kingdom even down to single called creatures on other kingdoms. This book is a lovely adventure and a great listen. Looking forward to more like it.

  • The Evolution of Beauty

  • How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us
  • By: Richard O. Prum
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature? Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum - reviving Darwin's own views - thinks not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent extension of sexual selection theory

  • By Tam Hunt on 06-13-17

Excellent extension of sexual selection theory

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Reviewed: 06-13-17

This is an important book that seeks modestly to radically revise the conventional approach to evolutionary theory, by replacing the assumption that most evolutionary change comes from natural selection. Prum argues instead that our null hypothesis--the starting point for making evolutionary hypotheses--should be the notion that "beauty happens," which means that basic evolutionary changes are random variations of ornaments and sexual organs (in sexually reproducing creatures) that are in many cases developed further due to aesthetic preferences by the opposite sex or due to adaptive advantage occurring serendipitously in some cases. So Prum seeks to turn sexual selection into the focus of evolutionary explanations rather than the red headed stepchild of evolutionary theory that it currently is. I strongly agree with this thesis and urge people to give these ideas a shot.

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  • The True Flag

  • Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

How should the United States act in the world? Americans cannot decide. Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments. Then we retreat - until the cycle begins again. No matter how often we debate this question, none of what we say is original. Every argument is a pale shadow of the first and greatest debate, which erupted more than a century ago. Its themes resurface every time Americans argue whether to intervene in a foreign country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely and important

  • By Joshua C. Packard on 02-20-17

Excellent and important book

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Reviewed: 03-24-17

Everyone should read this important and timely book revealing the roots of america's I'll gotten empire.

  • Ethereum

  • A Look into the World of Ethereum and How to Trade and Invest this Cryptocurrency!
  • By: Ben Abner
  • Narrated by: Kevin L. Knights
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
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    4 out of 5 stars 29
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    4 out of 5 stars 29

A brief yet detailed look into the world of Ethereum! I want to thank you for downloading Ethereum. This audiobook contains all the information that you need to know about Ethereum, in a compact and to the point format. The book is targeted toward people who love to learn about investing, trading, and new money-making opportunities. The book begins with a look at what cryptocurrency is and how it all came about. This gives you an idea of the meteoric rise of Bitcoin, and shows the potential opportunity that Ethereum holds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very introductory

  • By Tam Hunt on 12-03-16

Very introductory

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Reviewed: 12-03-16

This book is designed for people who are new to crypto currency. If you know anything about bitcoin or other currencies this will not teach you much of anything.

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  • At the Edge of Uncertainty

  • 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise
  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 929
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    4 out of 5 stars 851
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    4 out of 5 stars 849

The atom, the big bang, DNA, natural selection - all are ideas that have revolutionized science; and all were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped in recent years, and in At the Edge of Uncertainty, best-selling author Michael Brooks investigates the new wave of radical insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • All smoke, no fire

  • By Kenton on 07-25-15

Excellent but incomplete

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Reviewed: 07-22-16

This is a great overview of many cutting edge areas of science and I generally agree with the direction he suggests that each area of research is taking our collective knowledge into the future. But, ironically, the last chapter is one area in which I disagree with him strongly. He suggests that new research has shown that time is an illusion, not recognizing that in fact this view is very old and that newer research has shown it to be wrong, including much of the evidence he uses himself in his chapter on why the big bang cosmology is very likely going the way of the dodo fairly soon. For example, the evidence that the cosmological principle and inflation are wrong suggest also that general relativity, the basis for the big bang cosmology, is also wrong or at least incomplete. And general relativity and its little brother special relativity are two of the main lines of evidence for the idea that time is an illusion. Last, he talks about the evolution of time without apparently realizing that anything evolving is of course evolving in time so this statement is an overt contradiction. You cannot have evolution without time. All things exist in time. Anyway, this book is a great read and I highly recommend it.

  • Caesar and Christ

  • The Story of Civilization, Volume 3
  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 36 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 568
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    5 out of 5 stars 507
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 04-29-14

Astounding journey

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Reviewed: 01-22-16

It's hard to express how enjoyable it has been listening to these audiobooks. I've owned the books for 25 years but have barely opened them. The audio versions make it easy to absorb the immense learning and with of the Durant's and my understanding of the evolution of the western world has been immeasurably improved. Cannot recommend these books highly enough. The Anglo-American empire today is the modern day Roman Empire, by lineage and by comparable power, and it's interesting to hear Durant urge at the end of this book that Rome should rise once more. He was writing in the thirties and Ko and behold since that time America has risen to stride the world for better or for worse as Nova Roma in a way that the Byzantine Empire never was.

  • The Life of Greece

  • The Story of Civilization, Volume 2
  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 32 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

Here Durant tells the whole story of Greece from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to the final extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heel of an implacably forward-marching Rome. The dry minutiae of battles and sieges, of tortuous statecraft of tyrant and king, get minor emphasis in what is preeminently a vivid recreation of Greek culture, brought to the listener through the medium of supple, vigorous prose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series Don’t be Intimidated by 500 hours

  • By Michael on 01-25-14

Hard to beat

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Reviewed: 12-12-15

I love Durant's style, his ambition, his scope and his dedication. It is a great bonus that Rudicki's reading of the book is also excellent. Highly recommended.

  • The Cave and the Light

  • Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization
  • By: Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 25 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

The Cave and the Light reveals how two Greek philosophers became the twin fountainheads of Western culture, and how their rivalry gave Western civilization its unique dynamism down to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a great book

  • By Gary on 04-25-14

Great thematic history

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Reviewed: 05-22-15

Very well done and impressive scholarship that covers many of the key ideas of Plato and Aristotle throughout western history.

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