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J Lawrence

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  • The Future of Humanity

  • Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth
  • Written by: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The number-one best-selling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies. Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility - and a necessity. Whether in the near future due to climate change and the depletion of finite resources or in the distant future due to catastrophic cosmological events, humans will one day need to leave Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Skimming the surface

  • By J Lawrence on 2018-12-10

Skimming the surface

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-10

The subject is expansive. While many interesting topics are introduced, most are truncated by the author's opinion or simplified predictions. Without any background in this area, the book is a reasonable and optimistic starting point. Unfortunately, familiarity with specific topics made me wish for a more focused book.

  • Give People Money

  • How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World
  • Written by: Annie Lowrey
  • Narrated by: Annie Lowrey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time. Futurists, radicals, libertarians, socialists, union representatives, feminists, conservatives, Bernie supporters, development economists, childcare workers, welfare recipients, and politicians from India to Finland to Canada to Mexico - all are talking about UBI. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Values over advocacy

  • By J Lawrence on 2018-11-24

Values over advocacy

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-24

Ms. Lowrey does an admirable job of outlining the considerations and motivations behind the concept of an universal basic income. Lowrey argues convincingly that to create a better world for us all, we must scrutinize the organizing assumptions society employs today and understand how those assumptions will weather future challenges.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • A New History of a Lost World
  • Written by: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-06-23

Baseline what you know about dinosaurs

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-08-05

This is an informative place to start organizing what you know about dinosaurs. The color commentry is superfluous and feels exaggerated. Some details regarding the dinosaurs can get pretty dry. In the end you will come away with a more clear picture of the dinosaur taxonomy we assemble through early life.