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  • On Intelligence

  • By: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Introduction to a Fascinating Field

  • By James on 04-14-06

Epiphany

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-05

Epiphany:
1. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.
2. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization: ?I experienced an epiphany, a spiritual flash that would change the way I viewed myself? (Frank Maier).

Jeff Hawkins proposes a theory for how the mind works that rings true. I found this book to be a profound mind-expanding experience, allowing my mind to finally understand how my mind works. I am a 45-year old Software Engineer strongly tempted to take up Hawkin's call to young scientists to join the new revolution that will take place as we learn how to apply this model of mind to computers.

This book will probably be of most interest to people who are interested in both computers and psychology, but I think many people who are not interested in computers will still find this book fascinating. Anyone who is interested in the miracle of consciousness and sentience should read this book.

Another reviewer complained that the "ghost narrator" is a poor reader. This narrator is Stephan Rudnicki, a professional voice actor with a deep, resonant voice. He is one of the reader's on the Ender's Game series. There is something about his voice that is a bit unsettling, but I would never call it simpering. Overall, I think he was an excellent choice for narrator for this book.

Note: there are some figures/diagrams in the printed book that can be downloaded from audible.com. The link is on the main page for this book.

102 of 113 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,223

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

I'm disappointed ... :-)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-04

... that book 2 hasn't been published yet, so who knows when Audible will be carrying it!

I very much enjoyed both the story and the reading, and my only disappointment was that I couldn't start the 2nd book right away. This was one of those books where several times after finishing my 55 minute commute I sat in the car and listened for a few minutes longer.

It isn't as rich or well-written as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and I wish that Paolini gave his protangonist a name that wasn't so similar to Tolkien's Aragorn, but these aren't really complaints. This is an impressive first work from such a young author.

Gerald Doyle's reading was excellent -- I'll be disappointed if he isn't the reader for book 2. ;-)

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