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  • 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 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

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

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-10

I've been an audible member for a long time..and I don't think I've ever enjoyed a book this much. The narration is very good, too.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • This Is Your Brain on Music

  • The Science of a Human Obsession
  • By: Daniel J. Levitin
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Levitin draws on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Neuroscience for the right brain

  • By Paul Mullen on 09-12-07

Left me wanting to hear more

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-09

This abridged edition definitely felt shortened - it did sound like many subjects were not fully fleshed out and could have used more detailed explanation.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful