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  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Material Different Title

  • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

An education in education.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

A course like this should be mandatory before we release adults into the world. Dr. Novella simply and throughly lays out how we are all fooled by out minds and gives helpful ways to hopefully retrain our brains to think. A great course that everyone, even the already skeptical, should listen to.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,224

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Great Performance, poor writing.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Give me characters I care about or at least with some depth.

Has Ender's Game turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

They actually did a great job of isolating each character and giving them an individual feel. It's well read. They aren't the issue for me the story and writing is.

Any additional comments?

I'm obviously in the minority and maybe it's because I didn't read this in middle school. I like SciFi, I like video games, and I was excited to listen to this book. Ender's Game feels extremely contrived and the characters are very flat to me. With the exception of maybe one character I just didn't care about any of them. The story is not just obvious but feels very thrown together to me. I know these kids are suppose to be extremely smart but I had a hard time buying kids of any intelligence talking high end politics. I less of an issue with them dealing in war games as that is something a kid would play. Weak characters and strange plot holes aside it has some strange pointless things in it. I won't spoil them but there is an awful lot of talk about prepubescent nudity in it. With the exception of one moment none of that was necessary. Again, maybe it's because I first was introduced to this as an adult and I've missed the mark, but I will not be reading the others in the series.

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  • Gulp

  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,850

Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome, quirky read!

  • By Heather on 06-24-14

Part history, part science, part funny, all Mary.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

Where does Gulp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorites. Mary Roach is great!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

What I love about Mary Roach's books is that they tickle the science part of my brian with weird yet interesting topics. In this case the topic is something we all have and use everyday, our digestive tracks. I can see why some may not be able to stomach (pun very much intended) the topic, but she handles it with grace and comedy. The book is truly more interesting then disgusting.

Any additional comments?

If you've read any other Mary Roach and liked it you should enjoy this one. If you haven't read any of her other stuff and you like funny, historical looks at science and discovery check out any of her books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,758
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,933

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Stephen Fry is the Answer!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Where does The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have to say I've read the book at least 2 times myself and it's always been one of my favorites. Having Stephen Fry read it to me made it that much better. He does a wonderful job of presenting the story and each character in a delightful and charming way. He is well aware of the humor and how it should be presented. I can't help but think Mr. Fry is a fan of not just the work but the BBC mini series as well. His characterizations are much like those in the mini series. If you haven't read The Guide, I highly recommend this version and if you have read the book and just want an excuse to get the audio book, do it! It's well done.

Any additional comments?

I would like for Mr. Fry to do the other books in the series!

  • How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

  • By: Mike Brown
  • Narrated by: Ryan Gesell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a 10th planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and fun

  • By Rickapolis on 12-21-10

Interesting Story, without much science

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

Would you listen to How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming again? Why?

I may. If I were on a long drive and someone with me wanted to listen to it I would.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming?

Mike's emotional ride through the book I loved. It was nice to hear some of the emotion that goes a long with discovery and the struggle to put scientific fact before ones own knee jerk reactions.

Any additional comments?

This was a very interesting story about Mike Brown. I think I expected a little more about the science of space study and such. I enjoyed this book very much, but it's really much more of an autobiography of the author at the time of these events. It's all from Mike's point of view and well told. Maybe that should have been obvious to me before I read it, but it wasn't. As I said though I did enjoy it.

  • Physics of the Future

  • How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku - the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible - gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Content, Irritating Reader

  • By Dirk Turgid on 12-15-11

Michio Kaku's Great Vague Look at the Future

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but it's not designed to be. It breaks up really well into topics and segments. It was perfect for my daily 35-45 minute drives to and from work.

Any additional comments?

I've read a few Kaku books and he's really good at making complex concepts understandable. He has a great ability to build up a concept from the root level so that in the end even a simple science fan like myself can understand it. This book however is a little different. It covers a vast amount of subjects and gives just a taste of each. Granted those "tastes" are probably enough for most, there were times I felt I wanted to learn more about a specific subject. That in itself maybe means this is a great read. I value any book that can light a spark of interest in learning more. In short, this is a good general look at science / tech, and how it will maybe shape our future. I'd recommend it to any science and tech fan.

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  • Not Taco Bell Material

  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adam's finest, with an elevating sophistication

  • By HappyQuails on 05-06-13

Good but his first was better.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-12

If you could sum up Not Taco Bell Material in three words, what would they be?

Typical Adam Carolla

Any additional comments?

Adam fans will enjoy this. Personally I felt his first book was stronger. While nice that he mixed it up I just prefer the Adam tirades. This book is Adam's personal history and is filled with funny moments, most of which left me thinking "and you kept these people as friends?!" Like I said if you are an Adam fan get it, there is something here for you. If you aren't sure if you are, I'd say check out "In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy" first, it's put together a little better to me and I found it more entertaining.