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  • Ishmael

  • An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
  • By: Daniel Quinn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

Ishmael is an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure which redefines what it is to be human. We are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man's place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. "Does the earth belong to man?" Ishmael asks. "Or does man belong to the earth?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged PLEASE!

  • By Eric on 01-12-08

Very thought provoking book

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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: 01-09-19

I listened to this book twice and found myself rethinking many of ideas shared several days following. Sad how true this story is about the human race.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,072
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,066

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Could not get past the first couple of chapters

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

I don't know if it was the story or the narrator but I could never get into this book. I would get a couple of chapters in and have no idea what was going on. I restarted from the beginning 3 times. I did not care for the narrator at all.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ancestor's Tale

  • A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

In The Ancestor's Tale, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins offers a masterwork: an exhilarating reverse tour through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life four billion years ago. Throughout the journey, Dawkins spins entertaining, insightful stories and sheds light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection, and extinction. The Ancestor's Tale is at once an essential education in evolutionary theory and riveting in its telling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please do an unabridged version!

  • By jm on 09-29-16

Always Enjoyable

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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: 06-16-15

I enjoy Dawkins's books. I love his passion for what does which makes listening very pleasurable. I like the emphasis of Lala's tag team narrative in all of Dawkins's books. This book is not my favorite of his books but does deliver a lot interesting thoughts and concepts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

  • By: David Christian, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David Christian
  • Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

How is it possible for the disciplines of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, and history to fit together? These 48 lectures answer that question by weaving a single story from accounts of the past developed by a variety of scholarly disciplines. The result is a story stretching from the origins of the universe to the present day and beyond, in which human history is seen as part of the history of our Earth and biosphere, and the Earth's history, in turn, is seen as part of the history of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A History Course Like None You've Ever Taken

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 02-05-17

How the bible should have been written.

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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: 01-16-15

Any additional comments?

You have heard the cliché, “I couldn’t put the book down” well I never have used that phrase before until now. This book has kept me captivated from word one. I’m about half-way finished but wanted to write a little about it because it is so interesting and full of information, and what a concept, “Big History!”. If I did believe in a deity this is what I would have expected a bible to read like.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Beak of the Finch

  • A Story of Evolution in Our Time
  • By: Jonathan Weiner
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend 20 years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos, studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are 400 at the time of the author's visit or when there are over a thousand. They have observed about 20 generations of finches - continuously.Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating in-depth look at evolution in action

  • By Philip on 05-15-11

One of my favorite books that I've listened to

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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: 02-25-14

Any additional comments?

This was an extremely interesting book. I listened to it twice. If you want to really understand how evolution works, how the environment molds and shape species then this is the book to get. If you doubt evolution is real...listen to this book. It's probably the best case study of evolution in motion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Manual for Creating Atheists

  • By: Peter Boghossian
  • Narrated by: Peter Boghossian
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith - and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, this audiobook offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith - but for talking them out of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first atheist missionary

  • By Paul on 03-18-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-24-14

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I didn't enjoy it very much. The only parts that I found somewhat interesting we his interventions (scenarios of typical Christian reasons for believing and how to respond or intervene). I didn't care for his numbering of everything...Number 1...Number 2...(if you purchase you'll see what I mean). Also, he just seemed to ramble at times and I had no idea what his point was. I give this book two thumbs down.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Sixth Extinction

  • An Unnatural History
  • By: Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,166

A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lifts you out of the ordinary

  • By Regina on 04-28-14

Better than expected! Great Book!

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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: 02-24-14

Any additional comments?

I found out about this book from a public radio station interview with the author. The concept sounded interesting but was unsure from the interview what to expect. This book was superb from start to finish, it was well laid out and extremely interesting to listen to. I was expecting another typical presentation of the global warming and the gloom and doom that usually goes with it. I have always believed that global warming was over hyped as a human cause and more of a just a cycle of the earth and the solar system going through its cycles. This book is more about the disruption that humans cause in the natural cycle of the earth eco systems and how those changes effect the possible future of the earth and it inhabitance. The author takes you on trip around the world to different place and provides evidence to support the title of her book. I think what made this book so good for me was that it written like a story being told by this person that took a journey and came back to share what they experience. There were not a bunch of scientific terms to wade through or uncommon words that authors sometimes used to make themselves seem more intelligent. This author get's her message across and when you finished you go...WOW! I also enjoyed the narrator as well, her voice was very pleasant and allowed you to enjoy the story!

53 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • Why Evolution Is True

  • By: Jerry A. Coyne
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As great as everyone says it is

  • By Joseph on 12-01-10

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

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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: 12-14-13

Any additional comments?

This is one of the better books I have listened to on evolution. I've listened to it twice! The book was well organized and the points were well thought out. It was easy to follow and grasp the concepts.

I have believed in evolution from the first time it was presented to me, but it is nice to have solid information to support that belief. Evolution for me is common sense and you will find yourself nodding in agreement a lot during this book. This book is excellent for those who believe evolution is the truth and those who doubt or would like to have a better understanding of how evolution works.

I have listened to many books from Audible and the narrator can sometimes interfere with be ability to concentrate or enjoy the book, Victor Bevine delivers the audio superbly. I really enjoyed listening from start to finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rocks Don't Lie

  • By: David R. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Gary Telles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah’s Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating theworld’s flood stories and - drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists - discovered the counterintuitive role Noah’s Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Educational

  • By Male Perspective on 12-01-13

Very Educational

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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: 12-01-13

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. I have never believed in the Noah's ark fable, I have read of this tale being told in many different cultures throughout history. One would assume that ancient people could have only described floods at a level of their current understanding of the world. A god being the default filler of explanation. One would also assume that stories passed along through the generations would be embellished. I am amazed that modern people continue to believe in fables when our current understanding of world answers many of the questions with rock solid evidence. Facts ignored are still facts.

This book takes the reader around the world examining ancient floods, provides supporting evidence of how life has evolved, how continents, mountains and land formation have been created...showing that the rocks don't lie.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea

  • Evolution and the Meanings of Life
  • By: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet", focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exhaustive, illuminating, life-changing.

  • By Richard on 03-19-14

Very difficult to get through

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

Reviewed: 11-25-13

What would have made Darwin's Dangerous Idea better?

Shorter, more to the point. Most of the time I didn't really follow his analogies or they didn't seem to relate to the idea.

Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel C. Dennett again?

This was my first Daniel Dennett book. I only got it because I heard someone mention it was their favorite author of the non-believer genre. I have others in my wish list, but will probably get passed over for other books.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Darwin's Dangerous Idea?

Cut out all of the referencing, made me wonder if Daniel actually had any of his own ideas. Put them in a PDF...it was very annoying.

Any additional comments?

I have to agree with the first review of this book. Boring!!!! It is like a bad movie that you keep waiting to take off, it did for a little while than came crashing down again. The analogies were awful and most of time I had a difficult time figuring out where we were going or what point we were trying to make. The continual interruption of giving references was very disruptive when listen to the book. I also could not finish this book, I got about 3/4 through it and that was probably way too much. I got nothing from this book, waste of a credit.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful