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  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,144

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By MaeC on 01-31-18

A blend of technology, sociology and philosophy!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

The book daringly discussed deeply different realms such as mathematics, computer science and human society while written in quite an unpretentious way. It offered plenty of humour and wisdom at the same time!

  • The Future of the Mind

  • The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high-tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More breadth than depth

  • By Gary on 03-20-14

It's new, it's broad, it touches every thing!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-14

Dr Kaku's writing is always inspiring and sure to keep the audience engaged. This book is even more special. In it he broadened the discussion beyond quantum physic and cosmology. It's such an art that he can knit seemingly scattered area of interest into one coherent stream of thoughts. Whether one’s interest is in medicine, neurology, biology, computer science, quantum physic or science fiction movie, one would find plenty of enjoyable discussion. While Dr Kaku did not shy in bringing out the philosophical controversy of possible man-made intelligent and conscious mind, nor talk about his personal view on the matter, he succeeded talking about the whole serious issue with lots of candour and humour.

Reading the book, I was entertained, and educated at the same time. Highly recommend!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Papillon

  • By: Henri Charriere
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana for a crime he did not commit, Henri Charriere became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped - until Papillon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read, if human nature matters to you!

  • By kieu on 11-14-13

A must read, if human nature matters to you!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-13

It's been a while for me since I last find a precious gem like this book. After reading a few good books from Blaisse Pascal, Alexandre Dumas, other stories become pale. I bought the book after some hearty recommendation, which I hope so much to be able to spread it further. Reading this book I realized that human drama when real would never fail to touch. The author has a rather simple style of telling things. On the other hand, he's observation must have been exceptional, making it possible for him to bring out tiny but psychologically penetrating details.
More than once while listing to the book, I had to stop. The emotion it conveyed overwhelmed me. It forced me to slow down and ponder. I resume the listening once I get over it. Surely the life of Papillion must have been full of pain, physical and emotional kinds; even though his story is filled with love and kindness. There were fewer words on the suffering compared to the human experience Papillion wanted to share with the reader. His survival must have a lot to do with this nature in him. The civilized French society failed him in a brutal way, yet he had not failed in embracing the kindness in human nature.
What more can be said about the power of a story, if it succeeds in making me feel this way given that I watched the movie and fully know the story upfront? Indeed, there's no recommendation that could do this book justice. Find it out for yourself!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth About the Drug Companies

  • How They Deceive Us and What to Do About it
  • By: Marcia Angell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In this explosive expose of the drug companies and how they are ripping us off, Marcia Angell, M.D., a doctor, medical journalist, and a former editor of the respected New England Journal of Medicine, reveals the many ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has moved away from its original purpose of finding and producing useful new drugs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Screed Against the Pharmaceutical Companies

  • By Douglas C. Bates on 12-16-12

Good information that should be spread further!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-12

Few stories in the book were known to me before my reading, yet its so much better to know the entire big picture and see all pieces of the puzzle put together.

Currently the pharmaceutical industry and the economy as a whole has so many ailments, which should and can be cured. Each of us can help with the cure by sharing this knowledge. Some of the things mentioned in this book, is not just wrong, but outrageously wrong.

The narrator is excellent. Its hard to be distracted from her. She knows best all the points to stress, or to lighten up!

Definitely recommend!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Stolen Life

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jaycee Dugard
  • Narrated by: Jaycee Dugard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281

"In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By Daniel on 07-27-11

Rating is not easy for true story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-11

I have difficulty in puting the rating. If I were to think of this work as a novel or a piece of art work then I would probably find it easier to rate. Those who are seeking for any element of literature or art will not find much in here. I also find the reader's voice hard for me to follow. Some time, it felt like the story loses cohenrence.
However, I could not stop. There is some compelling thing I can't name made me going through. What ever this woman was telling was true. Despite knowing that it's true, and even feeling that it's true, it's still almost impossible to envision the suffering, the cruelty that this person went through.
I could not help but cried, many times.
Reading this book I realised every human being suffers, yet, there is no limit to the number of ways of suffering as well as the pain it brings. If one cares about the goodness of human being and wants to seek the meaning of life then perhaps this shall be a worthy reading.

  • Cheating Death

  • The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds
  • By: Sanjay Gupta
  • Narrated by: Sanjay Gupta
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

In this riveting book, Dr. Sanjay Gupta - neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for CNN, and best-selling author- chronicles the almost unbelievable science that has made these seemingly miraculous recoveries possible. A bold new breed of doctors has achieved amazing rescues by refusing to accept that any life is irretrievably lost. Extended cardiac arrest, "brain death," not breathing for over an hour-all these conditions used to be considered inevitably fatal, but they no longer are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and insightful

  • By Jim M on 08-15-10

A scientific and spiritually uplifting work!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-10

This book gives an impressive blend of scientific view and spiritual view on what constitutes death. I often wonder myself if human body / mind could ever possibly be started, suspended and resumed, in same fashion we can do with computers and machines. It is such a pleasant surprise that I found this discussion right here in the book. While the discussion is evidence based, which would certainly satisfy science hungry minds, Dr. Gupta successfully brings out the human aspect of life and death. The book caused me to think deeply about the ethical and scientific right(s) and wrong(s) when someone is declared death. Many of the stories are powerfully touching, particularly for those who have experienced similar challenges in life. It is worth having a hard copy of this book as well.
BTW, some people commented on the reading quality. On the contrary, I'd think if Dr Gupta were to be a teacher, those who could attend his lecture would be fortunate. Excellent reading, which keeps the audience engaged! The book is good, to the very end, with the interview conducted. I strongly recommend this book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Louis Pasteur

  • By: Albert Keim, Louis Lumet
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A biography of the great French chemist and crystallographer, Louis Pasteur, who invented the pasteurization process, identified microbes as a cause of infectious disease, and developed the first vaccine against rabies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classically written, yet very informative

  • By kieu on 01-19-10

Classically written, yet very informative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-10

Beautifully read with clarity and motivation. For all those who enjoys exploring science history, this book is a must. Particularly interesting when it can relate many of the famous names in other fields, hence laying out a comprehensive view of science in particular and human history in broad sense.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of Time

  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: Michael Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,827

This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily Digestible Presentation of Complex Topics

  • By James on 05-19-04

Second to none amongst science books!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-09

Science has never been shown to me as interesting as it was in this book. Apart from all the scientific details, Stephan Hawking did a wonderful job to show the whole history of science since Aristotle until modern time. So much of the book must be read again, in slower pace so I thought I shall be looking for a hard copy as well. It's true that the reader dampened the quality of this as a whole. Yet, the content was so good that I was able to forget the performance aspect of the reader.
Would recommend the book to all age and all vocations.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Dan Cashman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

"This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time," says Alan Guth, author of The Inflationary Universe. "The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A variable compilation

  • By Charles Gousha on 03-02-06

A little unpolished but interesting!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-09

This is my first reading of Richard Feynman and hence, not surprising at all, it's very interesting. Nevertheless, I must say that the collection is not well arranged. There were repetitions between chapters. If we consider the book as an interview collection, it's certainly is worthy of 5-star ranking for the content. On the other hand, if we are searching for a literature item, there are many places in the book that require improved editing or re-arrangement. My most enjoyed chapter was Mr Feynman's talk about how science should be taught.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Origin of Species

  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Abridgement

  • By M on 05-28-09

How can this disprove creationism?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-09

The reader is excellent. The content ... May be it was very exciting during its time. The discussion had many good points, mainly about inheritance and co-adaptation as well as struggle for life. Nevertheless it makes some major errors in moving on to re-assert the negation of creation. It didn't explain, as it intended. One cannot say one has explained the existence of number "2" by saying that there was existence of number "1". The book failed in convincing that creationism is wrong. However, it was worthwhile reading for me.

5 of 78 people found this review helpful