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  • This Is Your Brain on Music

  • The Science of a Human Obsession
  • By: Daniel J. Levitin
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Levitin draws on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Neuroscience for the right brain

  • By Paul Mullen on 09-12-07

Not for the novice musician...

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-10

I bought this book expecting a scientific view of how and why music works. This is one of those occasions where I would say "Be careful what you wish for because I may come true". I got exactly what I expected. Unfortunately, I was so unprepared and uneducated when it came to music that it lost me almost right away.

I would recommend this book for someone is very highly educated in music, is familiar with music terminology, and has a curiosity about the brain and our anatomy of the ear. It is very "heady" and detailed.

I imagine someone who fits the description above will very much enjoy this book and learn a lot from it.

I, on the other hand, found myself taking far too long to process some information. By the time I was able to process it, I had missed about two minutes of the audio book and had to go back.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blink

  • The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,454

In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read with contradictory messages

  • By Danny on 04-21-05

Interesting but feels a bit over reaching

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-10

I enjoyed this book and its ideas of "blink". It seemed like a very interesting topic but I always felt like I was waiting for information that would truly convince me about "blink" moments.

  • My Stroke of Insight

  • By: Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent description of stroke experience

  • By Polyhymnia on 09-26-09

Listening to this book made me smarter.

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-10

I found myself having to process some of this book slowly as to understand what she was saying about the brain. That is only due to my limited knowledge of the brains anatomy. That didn't stop me from being very intrigued and compelled to listen to every second of this book. I enjoyed her very detailed description of what she experienced from her sudden stroke all the way through her recovery. It really educated me on how the brain works and just how dependent one part of the brain is to another just so we (human beings) can function the way we do.

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,038

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

That was a rough week for an ageing rock star.

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-10

It took a little while for this book to get its hooks in me, but when it did, it didn't let go. It was a great listen that always had me wanting to know what could possibly happen next

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,378

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Perfectly weaved fiction with fact

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-10

Having listened to the entire audiobook, I can easily recommend this book. In my opinion, I would have preferred more detailed action when Abe would go hunting for some blood-suckers, but still a great listen none-the-less. The story uses facts with fiction in such a way that it just makes perfect sense... As if it could have happened in reality. Starts off a little slow but be patient.. you won't regret it.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful