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  • We Were the Mulvaneys

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Scott Shina
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (119)

    Judd is the youngest of the four Mulvaney children - three boys and a girl - on their parents’ lush farm in upstate New York. In his childhood, Judd is swept along by the sheer energy of the Mulvaneys and their wealth of beloved family stories. But now, 30 years old, Judd looks back through his memories to tell the secrets that eventually ripped apart the fabric of his storybook family.

    Jason says: "Overlooked Masterpiece"
    "Slow decay of family; dad creating own catch 22s"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to We Were the Mulvaneys again? Why?

    Yes, instills the value of solid values, consistency, clear pragmatic thinking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Redundant answer to redundant question. Instills the value of solid values, consistency, clear pragmatic thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a bit hard watching (listening for the pedantic) the family decay due to typical but silly values and aspects of personality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3815)
    Performance
    (3341)
    Story
    (3376)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Great adventure; improve knowledge and intuition"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Reamde in three words, what would they be?

    scope, adventure, reality


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many, equally good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too large to think of that.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite author, except perhaps for Leon Hearn in the all to short Otori Trilogy. Stephenson, with his vast knowledge of science and technology, people, cultures (here China, Philippines, Canada, US, Russia, Hungary, intelligence services, business, sex tourism, internet games), humor, and his creative stories. All the characters are woven together well in a logical story of adventure, striving, attractions. The main flaw is that, in order to make the story work, it was a bit unrealistic in that only these characters, and not intelligence, security and police services caught on to or were alerted often enough to the main challenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barron's EZ-101 Study Keys: Biology, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eli C. Minkoff
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Barron's EZ-101 Study Keys give you a valuable overview of your college-level course. Classroom-style notes emphasize important facts, remind you what you need to remember for term papers and exams, and help guide you through the complexities of lectures and textbooks. Biology covers key topics, including the chemical basis of life, cells and tissues, bioenergetics, genetics, structure and function of body systems, ecology, evolution, and organic diversity.

    A User says: "Have pronunciation checked"
    "Have pronunciation checked"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend Barron's EZ-101 Study Keys to your friends? Why or why not?

    Science and other specialty books should have pronunciation reasonably correct. Get readers who know a little of the field or have a checking and correction process.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reading of long lists of tables and equations is almost unintelligible. Linked graphics and reading are almost essential for efficient learning. At least name a preferred print edition of the book and give page #'s.


    Any additional comments?

    This course has more content than the usual introductory course that is available in the wide audio media.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbows End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (304)

    Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

    Steve says: "Great Discovery"
    "What Moore's law might provide"
    Overall

    Interesting sci fi of a few decades from now without the full apocolypse having occurred yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (548)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "A story little taught, in history or physics"
    Overall

    4.5 stars, actually. I found it immensely informative history of Robert Oppenheimer and his times in physics. This is a very different perspective on many of his famous contemporaries. Readers might be interested in visiting the first large scale nuclear reactor, the B Reactor, at Hanford, WA. Tours are now available to the public.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Lightman
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (5)

    In this visionary novel, Alan Lightman explores what Einstein's dreams about the nature of time must have been like, imagining worlds in which time might be circular, or flow backwards, or flow down at higher altitudes, or take the form of a nightingale. But one theory seems the most compelling and possible for our own world.

    JOHN says: "Poor sound quality"
    "Interesting book, terrible recording"
    Overall

    Interesting imagining of worlds in which time might be circular, or flow backwards, or flow down at higher altitudes, or be noncausal. A few changes in the rules make a very different life. Is it possible that other universes could exist with other rules? Many fit the opportunities afforded by modern mathematics. The Phoenix Audio recording is of such poor quality and the reading by Michael York so dreamy I use it to put me to sleep if some other book or my more responsible life is keeping me awake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David A. Kessler
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (167)

    The End of Overeatinguncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits - and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters - from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast-food franchises.

    Deidre says: "The best 'NON-DIET" diet book out there..."
    "Not a boring repeat of Omnivores Dilemma"
    Overall

    Thought it would be a boring repeat of Omnivores Dilemma, but there is even more to our food industry that we must face. This is much better documented by a very knowledgeable scientist. (I'm glad the FDA just took a stand on regular antibiotics in feedlots, but the compromise taken is expected to initially raise antibiotic use based on European experience.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (797)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "To those interested in science"
    Overall

    Very informative choices of the major unanswered scientific questions of our time. A VERY difficult task. Particularly good for someone wanting to do important science. He/she must think like this. I disagree with the negative reviews, 2008.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27661)
    Performance
    (14249)
    Story
    (14302)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great story a society's need to exploit others"
    Overall

    The exploitation of african american domestics in the deep south in the 60's as experienced by the maids is a revealing tale. It reading might help us recognize our own tendencies to boost our egos by degrading others. It was a bit artificial that the writers in the story did not anticipate the need to jumble individual maids' stories to protect their anonymity, but as with Clark Kent and Superman we go on accepting the artifice because of a beautiful and entertaining story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (724)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful history"
    Overall

    Some friends dislike Tuchman's writing, too crammed with facts. I like the full context she paints and am not too anxious to get to the punchline. She does pick people as good and bad at what the do, but in times of war, our strengths and faults are accentuated. Her doing so makes a good story and probably she is usually right. This book certainly explains how a month determined much of what the 20th century became. It would be interesting to read a german's account of this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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