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Ian Perry

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  • The Push

  • A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits
  • By: Tommy Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 638

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history - Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route. Caldwell's odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best adventure, and maybe best autobiography I have read.

  • By Jordan B Chapell on 05-24-17

Thank you Tommy...

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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: 09-14-17

You are a true inspiration and a role model. There is much in this book that must have been difficult to write; and yet that is exactly what makes the story so inspiring. Its not the elevation, but the vertical feet gained. Others will follow your route, but few could share your vision.

  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

Informative and entertaining

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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: 09-16-16

This is probably more of a Laymans guide to neuroscience, I found it difficult not to agree with Mr. Medina's perspective. With references, concrete examples, and a healthy dose of skepticism this course takes you on an overview tour of what we know about the human brain from an evolutionary perspective.

  • High Voltage

  • The Fast Track to Plug in the Auto Industry
  • By: Jim Motavalli
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

A behind-the-scenes look at the robustly competitive race to dominate the market for electric cars, the larger-than-life moguls behind them, and the changes that are transforming the auto industry. In the 1980s, it was unimaginable that the home computer would become as common and easy to use as a toaster. Today, plug-in charging stations and smart grids seem like something still far off in the future. But by 2020, the auto industry will look very different from today's field of troubled auto giants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A book thats rapidly becoming old news

  • By Ian Perry on 05-11-16

A book thats rapidly becoming old news

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-16

If you are new to the subject then there is probably a lot of good information in here for you. If not, find a newer book. Electric car market is changing rapidly and much of this book is old news now.

  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth

  • From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence
  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Fantastic

  • By Blokoe_Geo on 05-01-14

An earth science perspective on origins of life

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

I found the perspective of this book, namely the coevolution of rocks and life, to be a very fascinating and enlightening view on the origin of life. Many things that I have understood a long time from a purely biological perspective take on new insight from this view. Though I found the material a little difficult to follow in the beginning, it eventually comes into focus and coalesces into holistic and visionary new way to see the world. Although I don't quite share Dr Hazen's optimism in navigating our self imposed climate crisis, It is admirable that he manages to fit it nicely into his historical narrative without trivializing. I feel that I have gained a newly expanded view of an extremely expansive subject and I find it awe inspiring.

  • The Powerhouse

  • Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World
  • By: Steve LeVine
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

A worldwide race is on to perfect the next engine of economic growth, the advanced lithium-ion battery. It will power the electric car, relieve global warming, and catapult the winner into a new era of economic and political mastery. Can the United States win? Steve LeVine was granted unprecedented access to a secret federal laboratory outside Chicago, where a group of geniuses is trying to solve this next monumental task of physics. But these scientists - almost all foreign born - are not alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nitty Gritty Battery Story

  • By Michael on 04-22-15

Needs a sequel

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

I was very intrigued by this book but I feel kind of let down by the rather abrupt inconclusive ending. Maybe in ten or fifteen years we can get the sequel.

  • Rust

  • The Longest War
  • By: Jonathan Waldman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

In Rust journalist Jonathan Waldman travels from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to meet the colorful and often reclusive people concerned with corrosion. He sneaks into an abandoned steelworks with a brave artist and nearly gets kicked out of Can School. Across the Arctic he follows a massive high-tech robot, hunting for rust in the Alaska pipeline.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost too geeky for geeks

  • By Norman B. Bernstein on 03-26-15

I was hoping for more science

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Mostly an account of people whose livelihood is based on the management of corrosion problems and an historical account of stainless steel. Since I have a job that leans me in this direction as well I was hoping for some insight. But aside from a new fear of beverage cans I can't say I learned too much. I'm still waiting to hear a good rust joke.

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  • Type 1 Sociopath

  • When Difficult People Are More than Just Difficult People
  • By: P. A. Speers
  • Narrated by: P. A. Speers, Sharon Law Tucker, Sheila Shaw
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8

People need to know the traits of a sociopath, especially parents. Parents invest their time and money into their children, but if they do not inform them of the traits of a sociopath, their children may be derailed by falling in love with one or by having sociopathic teachers, friends and/or bosses destroy them emotionally, financially, or physically.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Written by One....

  • By Roving Reader on 02-05-16

Some authors should leave reading to the pro's

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Performance style was sooooo overly dramatic. Some good points and perspectives but I found it a bit preachy for my taste.

  • Made to Stick

  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,960

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better The Second Time

  • By Jeremy on 09-05-09

Thought provoking, how we pay attention & remember

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

A nugget of Thinking Fast and Slow, with a more specific focus, and easier to follow, fewer topic shifts and concept introductions. A solid "Hmmm" on the thought provoking scale.

  • The Third Chimpanzee

  • The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Up to the usual high standard

  • By Mark on 09-04-12

A painful must read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-15

This book is the compelling story of the rise and possible fall of humanity. Well thought out and articulately written, this. Book brings together many facts from a surprising diversity of disciplines to bare the the side of human progress that we would rather not see.