Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark [Audiobook]
31 July 2019, 08:43
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3h 47m | 104.83MB
A pause-resisting, existential romp through the life and times of the world's most polarizing punctuation mark.
The semicolon. Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it. Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it. But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care?
In Semicolon, Cecelia Watson charts the rise and fall of this infamous punctuation mark, which for years was the trendiest one in the world of letters. But in the 19th century, as grammar books became all the rage, the rules of how we use language became both stricter and more confusing, with the semicolon a prime victim.
Taking us on a breezy journey through a range of examples - from Milton's manuscripts to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letters from Birmingham Jail" to Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep - Watson reveals how traditional grammar rules make us less successful at communicating with each other than we'd think. Even the most die-hard grammar fanatics would be better served by tossing the rule books and learning a better way to engage with language.
Through her rollicking biography of the semicolon, Watson writes a guide to grammar that explains why we don't need guides at all and refocuses our attention on the deepest, most primary value of language: true communication.
Emperors of the Deep: Sharks - The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians [Audiobook]
02 July 2019, 02:04
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 1m | 275.36MB
In this remarkable, groundbreaking audiobook, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks - magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world's oceans and ultimately the planet.
From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying, cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species - mako, tiger, hammerhead, and great white - as never before and includes fascinating details such as:
- Sharks are 50 million years older than trees;
- Sharks have survived five extinction-level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs;
- Sharks have electroreception, a sixth sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things;
- Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface;
- Sharks account for only six human fatalities per year, while humans kill 100 million sharks per year.
McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark's prehistoric secrets and how it has become the world's most feared and most misunderstood predator and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water's surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat. He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed "last great shark hunter".
At once a deep dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean - if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.
Mind = Blown: Amazing Facts About This Weird, Hilarious, Insane World [Audiobook]
09 November 2018, 07:50
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hours and 22 minutes | 120.29MB
Matthew Santoro's originality and humor have attracted millions of fans, making him a beloved YouTube star. His weekly videos on amazing and little-known facts are eagerly anticipated by his many subscribers and followers around the world. In his first-ever book, Matthew's love of weird and wacky knowledge explodes with new facts and stories from around the planet and beyond. Surprising and always entertaining, Mind = Blown offers even more of Matthew's unique take on this hilarious, crazy world, including:
- The most ridiculous laws from past and present
- Crazy doppelgangers of people, places, and unexpected things
- Historical wizards who actually lived
- Real-life animal avengers
- And a special section: Japan Blows My Mind!
From shin-kicking competitions and beer pong-playing robots to enormous fireballs shooting through space, you won't believe what you'll discover in Mind = Blown. But beware: There is too much astounding trivia for any one mind to contain!