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  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,068

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this to EVERYONE

  • By Emma Bennett on 12-11-17

you could replace "ancient aliens" meme guy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-19

"Mostly" and with "little exception" and "well incontrovertible" and other such circular reference words litter the text. Conclusion references are rare, and contradictory evidence is more rare still. The general pattern is cite experiment, then make liberal deductions and false application of correlation. It's unfortunate that such an important topic is painted with a lack of conservative inferences. Still I left with a greater appreciation for sleep.

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen

  • By David on 01-05-15

One of the best Great Courses

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This is by far the best Great Courses I've listened to yet. You get all the things you love about Nova and Discovery science without any math homework. At the end of this you'll be able to understand the basics of relativity and the Quantum realm.

  • Jack the Reaper

  • The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series, Book 8
  • By: Diane Capri
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

FBI Agents Otto and Gaspar pick up with where Lee Child's The Hard Way leaves off in Diane Capri's latest thriller in The Hunt for Jack Reacher series. FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are dispatched to find out whether Reacher is dead or alive. But they aren't the only ones who want to find Reacher this time. A corrupt army general is on the hunt, too, determined to make sure Reacher reaps what he sowed. Reacher's friends Brewer and Pauling are in the crosshairs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • nice follow up to the series

  • By bryan riffle on 06-12-19

couldn't make it through

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-19

couldn't make it through the book. too boring. thought I might like it for the same reasons I like Reacher but nope.

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  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,044

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Good Reacher story and okay narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

From reading reviews you'd think the retirement of Dick Hill was the end of the world. I can't deny that many times while listening to Scott Brick I missed the subtle sarcasm and grit of Dick Hill's performance. There were other times in Brick's narration where I was unsure who was speaking, all the male voices sounded the same.

I enjoyed the story more than the last book but not better than Gone Tomorrow and Make Me. If you've seen the movie Surviving The Game, the plot will be a little too predictable and happy ending. Overall I was hooked like the rest of the books and the climax and denouement worth it.

  • The Age of Cryptocurrency

  • How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
  • By: Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight. A cyber enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate. You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem truly to understand what it is. This raises the question: Why should anyone care about bitcoin? In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely fascinating, yet scary and exciting,

  • By Larry V. on 04-13-15

actually pretty good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I understand the high level mechanics of the blockchain a little better and now thoroughly grasp the use cases for the blockchain. I feel like I can talk about it now without sounding like an idiot.

  • Hell to Pay

  • Ascend Online, Book 2
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,836

Lazarus Cain is a member of the Grim Shadows, one of the Thieves Guilds in the city of Eberia. Unfortunately, Lazarus is having a bad day. Waking up in a torture chamber, suffering from amnesia, he'd be pretty much screwed if not for the mysterious, magical sigil burned into his chest. Sometimes a really bad day should be shared with others, especially professional torturers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a continuation

  • By Greg A on 09-26-17

if you've gotten lost in an mmorpg

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-17

If you've gotten lost in an MMORPG before then you'll like this book. Reading the first book is unnecessary, the stories are nearly unrelated except for the prologue setup in the first book. It's like the Matrix meets Ready Player One. Reminds me of the time I've spent playing the different genres from D&D to Ultima Online to EverQuest 2 to LOTRO. The simple fun of discovering a story and upgrades without the cramps in your wrists from carpal tunnel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Failures

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,399

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By Marti on 02-01-15

they drop more f bombs than a Smurf says smurf

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Having played D&D as a kid I found myself enjoying this story with nostalgia and humor. Though I don't get why all characters say f'ing all the f'ing time without complimenting the chsracters' f'ing personalities.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,763
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,192

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Virgil on 05-11-17

not as bad as people make it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-17

I was wary at first to get this one after reading the bad reviews. However after finishing the story I can say that it's a good story and in line with the previous three books. Though I can sympathize with what others have said about the Honor character. She is annoyingly shallow. Even superstitious fanatics have some brains or depth to who they are. Also the plot is more reactive which makes all the characters passive. But the narrator is enjoyable and it's fun for me to hear the characters' personalities while I go through my normal gambit of phone games.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Collection of TAL Episodes

  • By Pamela Harvey on 10-20-12

I've got a fever, and it's for more Ronson

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Jon Ronson has real life super powers. I once saw a robbery about to take place outside of a dingy fish market in Chinatown. As the bandits exited the shop with dated 20s mafia accents, Jon Ronson landed with deafening impact in his gold and red super suit. In spite of his practical nature he also sported a gaudy long blue cape emblazoned with several sponsored logos for obscure indie bands. Jon's eyes then lit fire and he sprayed the stolen fish imbuing them with seasoning from his mystic breath powers. We all had a barbecue there. It was pretty cool.

  • Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211

The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as "the Sages", "the Magicians", "the Shining Ones", and "the Mystery Teachers of Heaven".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The wait was worth it!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-10-15

the pre-history book you've been searching for

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Really great read. Although this is considered alternative history it's not the rubbish you'd see on History Channel and even more entertaining. The author does his due diligence in citing sources and including counter arguments on his proposition for an advanced civilization that ended at the start of the last minor ice age. I might recommend reading his "in summary" conclusion at the end first: if another global catastrophe happens, what will the survivors (most likely primitive self sufficient hunter gatherer tribes) think of all the rest of us that couldn't survive without our selfies and wikipedia?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful