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Christine Currie

Santa Cruz, CA United States
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  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,095
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,047

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Another Amazing Read -Listen to this!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

So in awe of Michael Pollan, I give his books to friends and neighbors. Love this study of micro-dosing and exploring this much now and wow conversation. I tell my readerly friends not to miss.

  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. For most listeners, this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it appears. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where, at the most fundamental level, time disappears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brain Workout With A Great Narrator

  • By Raymond on 05-15-18

Yeah Science!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Loved the audible version of this lovely read and continue to go back and revisit.

  • On a Farther Shore

  • The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
  • By: William Souder
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Published on the 50th anniversary of her seminal book Silent Spring, here is an indelible new portrait of Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement. Carson loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries, including the international best seller The Sea around Us. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with the natural world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegantly written about a great author

  • By Jean on 02-15-14

A GREAT story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

I loved the opportunity to learn more about this great woman and fantastic brainiac....I’ve been a fan for a long time..with a bigger appreciation now after this nice read

  • Pacific

  • Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

Best-selling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature. Winchester's personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ponderous hard to keep attention

  • By Mark on 01-01-16
  • Pacific
  • Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester

deliciously salty

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

I brought this along on a recent ocean crossing. Sailors and land lubbers alike will be entertained by this great writer.. I learned more about the nuclear testing and the health of the ocean from this era explored than any other history book.
I love the author and his entire body of work.
Like history ? You’ll enjoy this work. cc

  • Savage Harvest

  • A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
  • By: Carl Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world, and even Michael's powerful, influential family, guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 'Safe Return Doubtful'

  • By Mel on 03-30-14

great adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

I loved being along for the ride with a delicious mix of history, geography and art to round out great adventure travel tales

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  • The Last Wild Men of Borneo

  • A True Story of Death and Treasure
  • By: Carl Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Two modern adventurers sought a treasure possessed by the legendary "Wild Men of Borneo". One found riches. The other vanished forever into an endless jungle. Had he shed civilization - or lost his mind? Global headlines suspected murder. Lured by these mysteries, New York Times best-selling author Carl Hoffman journeyed to find the truth, discovering that nothing is as it seems in the world's last Eden, where the lines between sinner, saint, and myth converge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • adventure is my bedtime story

  • By Christine Currie on 03-26-18

adventure is my bedtime story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-26-18

love love love this work. great storytelling with much to glean along art history and travel

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,104

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

genius loves company

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

It’s a theme of the author to cover so called genius so I knew the basic thread, as an artist and writer that swims with like minded creatives this gave me a nice backdrop departure for a bigger cultural touchstone.

I enjoyed the story, and borrowed the hard copy from a friend to enjoy the visual examples the author included.

  • Behave

  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761

Why do we do the things we do? More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful, but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: He starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs and then hops back in time from there in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Doug Hay on 07-27-17

Thank-you Dr. Sapolsky

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

You make Science so fantastically compelling this is a go to return and enjoy audible book that's always one I recommend . Hooray Science.

  • Difficult Women

  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid good writing, but not a great collection

  • By Anna H on 07-31-17

Roxanne Gay=Wow Writing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Clear to all that read Ms Gay, her ability to capture the essence of a moment refreshes my faith in humanity. There's a lot to be said for those of us that fit the title. Great work.

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  • The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

  • Complete Collection
  • By: Lydia Davis
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron, Thérèse Plummer, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called "an American virtuoso of the short story form" ( Salon.com ) and "one of the quiet giants... of American fiction" ( Los Angeles Times Book Review ). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed "Break It Down" (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee "Varieties of Disturbance".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Scribe

  • By Christine Currie on 11-27-17

Masterful Scribe

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Reviewed: 11-27-17

Lydia Davis has a knack for the short, she's a keen eye of precious life .
If I could be trapped on an island with only one book this might be it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful