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In "Elemental Matters", Professor Deborah Sauder leads a comprehensive overview of chemistry, a subject that influences every aspect of daily life. Kicking off the lecture series with a revealing look at one of the planet’s most vital chemicals—water—Sauder then delves into the basics of molecular structure and chemical reactions. The course concludes with an eye-opening glimpse of 21st-century applications, such as nanotechnology and energy alternatives."

©2011 Deborah G. Sauder (P)2011 Recorded Books

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  • Michael
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 06-13-13

From Basic To Complicated With No In Between

Each lesson starts with very basic ideas, which is good, but then it seems to jump right to more complicated aspects of the topics. The reader was average, but I would not recommend this unless you need a refresher and the jump will not matter.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Love science, couldn't stand this book

What was most disappointing about Professor Deborah G. Sauder’s story?

Professor Deborah G. Sauder maybe great at chemistry, but has no business teaching. Save your credit for anything else.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A Form Of Slow Torture

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Nobody

Has The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. I love The Modern Scholar in particular and science in general.

How could the performance have been better?

If the reader/lecturer had shown even the slightest hint that she found the topic interesting.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters?

I would have selected a better reader/lecturer.

Any additional comments?

The lecturer is so flat, her tone so monotonous, and her presentation is so dry that it is nearly impossible to follow the material she covers.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not structured for audio

What would have made The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters better?

The content was too disjointed to work well via audio. It may have worked in a written form, or on video. The explanations weren't linear enough to grasp while listening. I would lose track of what she was trying to explain before she got there. Lest you think it's short attention by your's truly, I have listened to courses on biology and genetics and didn't have the same problem.

Would you ever listen to anything by Professor Deborah G. Sauder again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was fine

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Textbook On Wheels

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Make no mistake - this is not popular science but rather a hardcore chemistry text so likely would have limited popularity. Being a chemistry student I enjoyed the book and found it very helpful in reviewing some fundamental chemistry concepts while in the car or on the trail.

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Need to be more enthusiastic...

Needs to be more enthusiastic couldn't get in to the audio done done done done

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  • 10-20-13

Needs accompanying PDF

What would have made The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters better?

Lots of detail that would have benefited from an accompanying PDF handout as other modern scholar courses do

Has The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters put you off other books in this genre?

The modern scholar series is, by and large, very good and his book is no exception. However, without a supporting PDF I found I had to repeatedly rewind and reply lots of sections

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

Narration was clear and acceptable

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters?

None

Any additional comments?

None

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • PNP
  • 11-24-12

Excellent book.

I bought this book because I was helping my daughter with her chemistry GCSE. I think the book is great, I very much like the fact that it is read by the author, I think that this is much better than being read by somebody else as she naturally emphasizes the important points and this makes it much easier to follow, and her deep interest in the subject is discernible and infectious; it is like listening to a lecture and I found it interesting and absorbing and a pleasure to listen to. The explanations in the book are very clear and I think it is a great introduction to the subject, it also covers a lot of ground and I think it will be of great use to anyone studying chemistry or to anyone who simply has an interest in the subject and it has me realise that chemistry is far more fascinating than I had previously thought.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful