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  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,966

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

Brilliant!

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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: 12-23-17

Beautifully written. Gives Einstein a quizzical and aloof, yet affectionate quality that will endear the reader to him. Isaacson draws you in in a way that only he can. I'd recommend getting his biography on Davinci if you enjoy this.

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened

  • A Mostly True Memoir
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,041

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

Hilarious

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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: 11-12-17

This book is like sitting down for coffee with your crazy best friend who's already consumed 10 times the recommended daily amount of coffee. As an anxiety sufferer myself I can appreciate so much that is in this book, Jenny is so relatable. She puts her foot in her mouth and in the process of explaining her social faux pas she readily inserts the other foot complete with her legs all the way up to her vagina. Did the word vagina bother you? If so, you probably shouldn't read this book, or Jenny's other book, or blog, in fact, if vaginas and the mention thereof bother you, avoid Jenny at all costs. Oh, and if words ending in "ING" being pronounced with a k at the end annoys you, Jenny's narration might not be your cup of tea. Ditto if singing the name of each chapter grabs you as odd or unsettling. Me personally, I LOVED every crazy gosh damn minute of this book and replay it often.

  • Secrets and Wives

  • The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy
  • By: Sanjiv Bhattacharya
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Bhattacharya
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

What do we really know about modern practicing polygamists - not fictional ones like the Henrickson family on HBO’s Big Love? We’ve seen the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the news, the underage brides in pioneer dresses on a Texas ranch. But the FLDS is just one of many groups that have broken with mainstream Mormonism to follow those parts of Joseph Smith’s doctrine disavowed by the LDS Church. Gaining unprecedented access to these communities, journalist Sanjiv Bhattacharya reveals a shadow country....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard listen and not that interesting

  • By J. Simonton on 05-29-14

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

At first I found the narration annoying, the author was attempting to almost caricature a woman's voice but as the story rolled on I no longer seemed to notice. Nothing ground breaking or sensational in the story but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I feel for the author, whos disappointment in the shut out from many of his subjects was unwarranted. He told the stories without too much judgement compared to most books of this kind and seemed to feel sorry for many people he met. As an atheist myself I believe that the brainwashing and naivety of his subjects is wrong on so many levels.

  • Beyond Words

  • What Animals Think and Feel
  • By: Carl Safina
  • Narrated by: Carl Safina
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book by a scientist with a heart

  • By Sharon on 11-12-15

Captivating. Touching.

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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: 01-30-17

Loved every minute of it. Although some stories are hard to believe the author makes the point of staying sceptical in relation to unverified events. Very well researched by an obviously scientific mind, the stories show that we don't need to humanise animals, but rather understand them as they are, from their perspective. I would highly recommend this book.

  • The Tell-Tale Brain

  • A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human
  • By: V. S. Ramachandran
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field - so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great if you like understanding how brains work

  • By Michael on 12-25-11

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Would have been better with the accompanying pdf of images mentioned throughout for reference, it becomes hard to follow in some chapters without them

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,987

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

Erratic, familiar, comforting, hilarious!

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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: 01-22-16

This book had me in stitches! An absolute delight to listen to.
As a sufferer of dermatillomania, adhd, depression and borderline personality, I related will to the authors thoughts. He flight of mind and tangential style is liberally sprinkled with odd humour and TMI or random over share, but that is largely the appeal to me. Highly recommended her first book and am hoping/waiting (not so patiently)for a third! Jenny has become one of my favourite authors.

  • The Locked Ward

  • Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly
  • By: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Narrated by: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward - the fear, the violence and despair, and also the care and the compassion. Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of the friends he made on the ward, O'Donnell provides a detailed account of day-to-day life behind the doors of the most feared and stigmatised environment in healthcare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration unbearable

  • By Paul on 01-20-12

Engaging, funny, insightful

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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: 09-14-15

What did you love best about The Locked Ward?

All of it! The story flows beautifully and is worded and narrated like your best mate is telling you a story with passion and animation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Locked Ward?

The telling of the suicide attempts. Although a raw subject for myself, it's not at all told in a clinical way, it's raw, but not upsetting. The accent and some of the colourful phrases and slang are excellent.

Which scene was your favorite?

Code brown! The scene painted where a patient uses his bowels to try to escape restraint is hilarious

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh! From a chortle to full belly laugh and sore cheeks. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish with many of the orderly and patients antics, though told with humour, they aren't mocking.

Any additional comments?

I just love the accent of the narrator/author. I initially thought I'd have to return the book because the very heavy/thick brogue was initially hard to understand but as the story kicked in I plugged on listening and found I not only got used to it, it became easy to understand and ended up adding to my enjoyment of the book.

  • Phantoms in the Brain

  • Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
  • By: V.S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments - using such low-tech tools such as cotton swabs, glasses of water, and dime-store mirrors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really fascinating stuff!

  • By Kathy on 07-18-14

Fascinating

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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: 07-22-15

Couldn't get enough of it, if only it was longer! The narrator did a great job, although I'd have prefered Dr Ramachandran to narrate, I felt as though some of his humour was lost with this narrator. All in all I'd still recommend this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sacred Cows

  • A Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition Around the World
  • By: Seth Andrews
  • Narrated by: Seth Andrews
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

Well into the 21st century, our species continues to participate in beliefs and customs that seem more suited to the Bronze Age than the Information Age, some of which involve poisonous snakes, holy smoke, urine bubbles, crystals, tarot cards, aliens, costumed virgins, and, of course, an offering plate. Join Seth Andrews for a random romp across the planet and a humorous look at some of humanity's Sacred Cows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seth is changing the world!

  • By Aperson on 07-19-15

Light-hearted, easy listening

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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: 07-13-15

A great introduction for anyone new to atheism. I'm normally one to listen to the heavier audio books on atheism and epistemology but Seth (makes it clear that this IS NOT one of those books) is great if you don't want anything too hard to follow. Delivered perfectly as always, his deep soothing tones and lighter subject matter were a joy to listen to. This is a skim over some of both popular and obscure religion's bat s### crazy ideas and beliefs.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Stuff of Thought

  • Language as a Window into Human Nature
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Dean Olsher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

In The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker marries two of the subjects he knows best: language and human nature. The result is a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. What does swearing reveal about our emotions? Why does innuendo disclose something about relationships? Pinker reveals how our use of prepositions and tenses taps into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and how our nouns and verbs speak to our notions of matter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pinker is truly a brilliant and lucid explainer...

  • By Rudi on 06-17-09

Loved it

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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: 01-27-15

Narrator is great, and the content excellent. Steven Pinker never disappoints. You may need a dictionary on hand occasionally though! Literary genius.