Tom Perkins is a very listenable narrator, and that's especially valuable when the material calls for some relistening, and gradual absorption. Noë's text is accessible, and he uses familiar references for all his points. But even the sophisticated listener will find his distinctions between art and perception--which often defy current theories of neuroscience and evolutionary biology--surprising, and difficult to take in the first time around. The extra time is well spent, however, and Perkins is especially effective at conveying demanding texts, for which the skill lies not in expressiveness but in steady pacing, precise enunciation, and a sure instinct for the value of every word. Provocative and thought provoking, Noë's contention that art objects are tools of perception opens up a broad new understanding of art, aesthetics, and human cognition. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
Without detracting from the book's scholarly foundation, narrator Tamara Marston's lively performance highlights the author's voice in this investigation of questions surrounding inoculation. ON IMMUNITY is a collection of interlinked, well-researched essays that present a variety of perspectives on the effects that vaccinations have had on individuals and society. The examination includes a look at the medical risks and benefits as well as the influence of pharmaceutical companies and popular misconceptions. Marston's understated level of emotion keeps listeners invested and adds to the accessibility of the subject matter, which combines social commentary and historical data with personal experience and scientific inquiry. The last hour of the audiobook contains endnotes, which stand up well by themselves, although listeners may wish they had been read closer to the pertinent text. C.B.L.