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Amazing

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Reviewed: 2021-04-08

Very engaging narrative about chess and addiction. The narrator does a great job. We all have to work hard, and we can all fall, even if we are born with incredible talents

A Climax Lasting An Entire Book

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Reviewed: 2021-01-25

My goodness, I think my issues with the Salvation Sequence may, in retrospect, just be structural. it was all leading up to this, and hardly anyone does giant space battles like PFH. The climax of the trilogy is very nearly this entire novel. will be re-listening to the whole trilogy methinks.

Solid Survey of Biology

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Reviewed: 2021-01-17

This was a pretty good survey of the field of biological sciences, from molecular genetics to global ecology. Complexity of the material I would put at senior year high school to first year college biology, minus the homework. a great refresher for me, oh how it all fades. could be a good audio supplement for someone studying

Must Read For Eight Billion Ape Brains

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Reviewed: 2020-11-15

Although the predictive power of survey based psychology can be if not dubious, a bit overstated, that doesn't mean it is all bad social science.

We as a species need to train our conscious awareness of the small rider, the large elephant, evidential morality, their play on politics, and chart ourselves a better course. Recommended read & discuss in middle school, more nuanced revisit in university, and occasional rereads throughout adult life

Incredible survey of an incredible time and place

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Reviewed: 2020-10-23

There existed a gap in my nationalized education growing up, from kindergarten to university, and it was rather large gaps of world history overall. This was my first near-academic introduction to the Renaissance in general, to the Italian Renaissance, and even to the events of the Papacy and evolution of Christianity as a religion.

so I'm very grateful to have listened to this, and I will be re-listening and looking to further reading of this time period in Europe and globally.

Why Did This Book Get Cut In Half

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Reviewed: 2020-09-30

Direct and action packed Hamilton in peak form for most of this book, and it listens like this was all one manuscript and the cutting up into books 1 and 2was arbitrary and unsatisfying.

Glad I listened to both books back to back, it pays off, and looking forward to book 3.

Not bad but so similar to oldies

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Reviewed: 2020-09-23

With a narrative structure lifted almost wholesale from Hyperion, but which doesn't land so cleanly, to the many similarities to Hamilton's older works like Commonwealth and Great North Road. It was hard for me to not feel a certain repetitiveness even though Salvation has iterated on certain storytelling qualities and contained some properly cool scenes.

Decent Overview But Not Particularly Detailed

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Reviewed: 2020-09-10

Not a bad overview of "cosmic eschatology" by any means, but not particularly rigorous or exploratory of the possibility space. You will get more out of reading every topic-relevant page of Wikipedia or watching YouTube videos that go into better (and visual) detail. And since both of those resources are free...

The narrator was good. Chuckled a few times, Katie has a decent sense of humour.

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Awesome Sequel to Revelation Space

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Reviewed: 2020-09-05

I was a little put off that Audible made it seem like Chasm City was a sequel, but THIS is the real sequel to Revelation Space. I enjoyed it throughout.

Excellent survey of chemistry

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Reviewed: 2020-07-21

important note: this is an audio version of a video lecture series, which will become very obvious soon after beginning. Audio listeners will miss out on the visual lab demonstrations and the many references to visual figures. As a plus, this course did come with a decent PDF for the extra studious.

This is a broad and excellent general survey of chemistry, building up from the foundations of middle school and going as far as first or second year undergraduate complexity, although with much less practice/exams for the student.

There was far more variety and examples given here versus my sterile university lectures. More references to history. The professor was a good speaker with a fairly dry humour you'd expect from a mad scientist (as many of the historical chemists appear to be...)

while this is not a replacement for university/college courses, it is an excellent companion either pre- or in my case post-, to wake up those old neurons.

nitpick: course could have used more talk on plastic pollution in the synthetic polymers lecture(s)

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