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  • The Violinist's Thumb

  • And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

From New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean come more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much to think about!

  • By Traci on 08-18-12

Knowing is great.

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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: 09-25-18

I enjoyed The Disappearing Spoon more but The Violinist’s Thumb was informative and interesting. The more you know, the more you want to know. Knowledge has become an addiction for me.

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,955

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Great Narration, But...

  • By Henny Button on 09-18-10

Incredibly Informative

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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: 08-13-18

This is an OUTSTANDING book. There is an incredible amount of information in it and it's served up in a way that makes in both interesting and enlightening. It makes understanding the science behind chemistry and the elements bold and exciting. I'm on my third listen and each time I have the sensation of viewing an unfolding mystery. Who knew science could be so amazing. The book gives you insight into the nature of the elements, how they join together to make all things, and the people who helped us to understand why.

  • 36 Big Ideas

  • By: The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman, Daniel W. Drezner, and others
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman, Daniel W. Drezner, David Sadava, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112

The Great Courses has produced thousands of lectures that have introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest and most fascinating ideas that humans have ever thought. Now, enjoy 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get an interesting learning experience across a wide range of disciplines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 36 Random Ideas

  • By David on 05-19-15

A Great Courses Sampler

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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: 06-29-18

This was a wonderful exposure too many of the Great Courses. each of them was sufficient in broadening your understanding of the subject matter. Now I'm going in deeper to listen to many of them in their entirety.

  • How the Mind Works

  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, but a difficult listen.

  • By David Roseberry on 12-11-11

Relevant to better understanding.

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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: 05-20-18

Meaningful information and definitely worth listening. The book does get off into the weeds at times which added to the length. it could be much less verbose and still convey the message, maybe an abridged version.

  • Seventh Heaven

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Nora Silk doesn't really fit in on Hemlock Street, where every house looks the same. She's divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heels and red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But as time passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women's apprehension evolves into admiration. The men's lust evolves into awe. The children are drawn to her in ways they can't explain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Changing Times

  • By RueRue on 02-05-15

Mundane

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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: 04-12-18

Not up to her usual novels. The narrator was okay but not great. I remember the 50s, but don't see how this was worth writing about. generally I enjoy Alice Hoffman books, this one let me down.

  • Missing Microbes

  • How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
  • By: Martin J. Blaser
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin J. Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances-antibiotics-threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening and information well supported

  • By James on 05-03-15

Micro Biodiversity

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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: 03-24-18

This is incredible information and everyone should listen to it. More importantly, our health care providers.

the destruction of our microbes through broad-spectrum antibiotics is causing both illness and the destruction of our genetic makeup. We are a combination with, and a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria which benefit our human biome.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,309

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Pamela on 09-22-11

Movies Inside Your Head

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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: 03-22-18

Amazing. So well written that you truly see it in your mind's eye. Generally, I'm not a fan of the semi-fantasy genre but this one is completely different. I was fully engaged from the beginning until the end. Great read.

  • Behave

  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601

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

Understand the why

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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: 03-19-18

Outstanding and informative, this book decodes human behaviors. From the individual to the mob, you will have insights into why humans do what they do. It is daunting but well worth it. I plan to listen again.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,189

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Over the Top

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I saw the movie many years ago. thought the book might fill in some blanks. It not only filled in the blanks, it painted the frame and over the sides. If it is possible for a book to contain too much detail, this is it. Still, entertaining and worth the listen as long as you have the time.

  • Food, Science, and the Human Body

  • By: Alyssa Crittenden, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Crittenden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

What foods did the human body evolve to eat, and why? How does the food we eat affect our genes and our minds? What foods are (and aren't) optimal for our everyday health? How can we use cutting-edge science to end world hunger? In these 36 lectures, get eye-opening answers to these and other perplexing questions about the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title

  • By Zach on 10-23-17

Outstanding Infomation

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

From the history of Foods to it's role in solving world hunger. An invaluable read.

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