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Publisher's Summary

In his soft yet captivating voice, award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monk) calmly tells the tale of how the ancient Greeks formalized the study of mathematics based on Phoenician teachings.  

Bedtime stories are narrated by the world’s most celebrated voices and written with no beginning, middle, or end so you don’t stay up to hear what happens next. They're interesting enough to give your mind something to focus on, but delivered in a way that encourages sleep. 

This title is part of the Audible Sleep Collection, exclusive audio experiences created to invite relaxation and sleep. New and free for members.

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  • 05-15-20

I was so exhausted & looking forward to falling asleep

What is wrong with me?!? I TRIED to sleep to this, but instead listened intently to the whole story with my eyes closed. I’m no mathematician, but I found this account pretty interesting. 🤦‍♀️

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This would be a great sleep aid but for the perfection of Tony Shalhoub’s voice, because as soon as I heard his voice, I immediately started reliving Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and worrying about how Midge is going to resolve the whole Shy Baldwin mess, and then I remembered all her amazing dresses, and so on. So now I’m awake again.

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Out Like a Light

I often listen to audio books, as I go to sleep.
I am usually awake and listening for about 30 min., so I will set the timer, so I can go back to the place I started, in case I fall asleep.
I did not set any timer for this one, as it was only 30 min total.
This story did what it was supposed to do. I was out like a light, in no time at all.
I only remembered the intro part and a few sentences after.
Either, I was overly tired, or this had an amazing effect.
I don't think it was the tired aspect.
Tony Shalhoub's voice was very soothing.
The fact that it was read by him is what made me try it out.
I don't think the content of this story mattered as much as the delivery.
I know it is strange to rate a story on what I didn't remember, but in this case I think it was the goal.
Thank you.

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Mr Monk!

It was truly a pleasure and pleasant experience to listen to Tony Shalhoub’s gentle and accurate articulation, especially of such a tedious topic. His clear and charming cadence carries through, like a sweet father teaching his child how to sleep properly through a lullaby. Keeping this one in the library ~

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Pass

Whether or not the scope and body of our modern western mathematical comprehension is rooted in older traditions surely is arguable but the degree to which this short “synopsis” writes of the contributions or other cultures and “races” is a bit insulting. Also, for a short conversation on history of mathematics it’s pretty limited largely to geometry. There are some interesting bits largely not a productive piece of work. There seems to be a weird concentration on who deserves the credit. My advice, pass.

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LOVE THIS! Works!

I thought I knew a thing or two about math, I thought I'd be interested and engaged. However, he lost me at Pythagorean and I slipped into a blissful slumber... night night.

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I can’t believe this worked.

I grabbed this free book because it is read by Tony Shalhoub, whom I greatly admire. I was asleep in about five minutes and really have no idea how the book ends because I haven’t made it to the end yet without falling asleep. Highly recommended.

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would not recommend, the only reason I got it was because it was free

Long winded prose makes it difficult to follow along. Tries to sound sophisticated but just ends up sounding confusing

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Really?

Lost me in the 1st 5 minutes. I’d rather go gather up all the serial numbers from my home appliances. Congratulations.

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Sweet dreams...

Tony presents this perfectly. I really tried to stay awake. I could not. Mission accomplished, thank you.

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