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Ms Florrie

Merseyside, UK
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  • An Atheist's History of Belief

  • Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention
  • By: Matthew Kneale
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

What first prompted prehistoric man, sheltering in the shadows of deep caves, to call upon the realm of the spirits?And why has belief thrived ever since, leading us to invent heaven and hell, sin and redemption, and above all, gods?Religion reflects our deepest hopes and fears; whether you are a believer or, like Matthew Kneale, a non-believer who admires mankind's capacity to create and to imagine, it has shaped our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading

  • By Ms Florrie on 16-11-13

Essential reading

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

Reviewed: 16-11-13

Any additional comments?

This is an excellent, well-researched book on the history of belief and the evolution and popularity of religion. I enjoyed every last word of it and can't wait to read other titles by the same author.

If you're an atheist, you'll probably enjoy it; if you're religious, well, read it anyway. It's very interesting.

The narrator was very easy to listen to, too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How Dogs Love Us

  • A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
  • By: Gregory Berns
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title

  • By Ms Florrie on 16-11-13

Misleading Title

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

Reviewed: 16-11-13

What disappointed you about How Dogs Love Us?

I bought this book to learn 'how dogs love us' and still feel this was left very much unanswered. It should have another title, such as 'The history of me -- a scientist -- and how I came to eventually do MRIs on some dogs -- the blow-by-blow account, including weather reports' or 'How scientists can digress to meet a word count target'.

There are twenty-odd chapters of the hows, whys, whens, wheres, whats, whos and the final couple of chapters touch on what may be results of the tests.

It could be of interest to anyone wanting to understand MRI imaging or a nosey acquaintance wanting to get a glimpse of the author's personal relationships with family/dogs, but if you want to know how dogs love us, you won't find too many answers here.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Berns again?

I would not buy a book by this author again.

Have you listened to any of LJ Ganser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The narrator did a great job. His voice was easy to listen to and not the kind that makes your mind switch off (like some others can).

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, frustration, wasted my money.

Any additional comments?

Author seems like a nice person which is why this is getting two stars instead of one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,436

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

Best Audio Book I've Ever Had

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-10

The narrators are brilliant, really bringing the story to life. This kept me gripped from start to finish. Perfect!