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  • Life

  • The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science
  • By: John Brockman
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain, Antony Ferguson, Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Scientists' understanding of life is progressing more rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology. Featuring pioneering biologists, geneticists, physicists, and science writers, Life explains just how far we've come - and takes a brilliantly educated guess at where we're heading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A remarkable book

  • By PMonaco on 03-06-18

Wow

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Honestly I got this book and was initially disappointed by the format of seemingly random notes from various people, the transcription of conversations was a little annoying, and the narrator (sorry!) has a somewhat harsh slightly grating tone. BUT!!!
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! So much fascinating information I honestly can’t wait to go through it again! So many great points by many scientists who’s work I’ve followed and new info, in the end this was a great ride through some new and interesting biological studies! Stick with it! I’m so glad I did!

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,210

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already Purchased Two Copies for Friends

  • By Anthony A. on 07-13-13

Fascinating!!

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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: 06-20-18

This was fascinating but it could be a bit dry at times; after all, you’re listening to a book about economics and probability. But I was grateful to learn the info, enjoyed the authors journey, and really liked to look at why we all think the way we do, what our biases are, and to be honest the horror of how easily we can be manipulated :P

  • Theodore Rex

  • By: Edmund Morris
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex tells the story of President Theodore Roosevelt in real time, reflecting the world as "TR" saw it. Full of cinematic detail, Theodore Rex moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A man way ahead of his time

  • By Chrissie on 06-26-13

The BEST

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Firstly, I love Jonathan Marosz. He makes everything sound like poetry. The way he narrated this book really draws you in, his steady slow and powerful cadence adds to the, ill say it, majesty, of the topic.

I listened to Morris’s Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and could not get enough! Theodore Rex picks up exactly where that one left off, following the presidency of who I now feel is one of the greatest people to ever live. I’m so glad there’s still Colonel Roosevelt to listen to because I need more!! I picked up the Rise of Roosevelt because I had vaguely heard about him being a surprisingly progressive president despite being republican (I’m not well versed in us history so this did initially surprise me, not taking into account the era and history of either party at the time) and found in him just an all around amazing human, achieved so much politically and personally and really an inspiration to life. Talk about a person who made himself.

Morris gives such great detail and descriptions that makes this read like an epic poem. I learned so much about not only Roosevelt, but world politics and us history and was honestly a little unsettled to see so many of the issues we face today being set up during this era. After 62 hours of Roosevelt (add The River of Doubt) I cannot wait for more, and wish we could have a Roosevelt in office again.

10/10
5 Stars
Will Listen to Again

  • Soul of An Octopus

  • A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,384

Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect", about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eight legs and so much more!

  • By Kirstin on 07-02-15

Mostly Octopus, No Consciousness

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

It's basically a woman telling her story of hanging out at an aquarium with the octopus exhibit. Interesting if you love octopuses (which I do and enjoyed learning about them) but there's really nothing there about the consciousness aspect which I was hoping for more of. The author is also SUPER sappy which wasn't really my cup of tea. All in all good to play in the background.

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,596

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Brilliant story about brilliant people brilliantly narrated and brilliantly written. Seriously my favorite narrator and a book I can't wait to listen to again