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Matthew

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  • Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edward J. Larson
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Edward J. Larson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and eminent science historian. This marvelously readable, yet sumptuously erudite work traces the development of the scientific theory of evolution. From Darwin's essential trip to the Galápagos, to the most contemporary studies in sociobiology, this work takes listeners both into the field and laboratories of the world's greatest evolutionary scientists, and shows how the theory of evolution has itself evolved.

    Brad says: "An Excellent History!"
    "An Excellent History"
    Overall

    This book is an excellent presentation of the twisted and turns that took place during the forging of this theory. Most people have the wrong impression that Darwin alone "created" the idea of evolution. This book is an excellent review of the human history involved in shaping of this theory.

    Highly recommended for science or history buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9-11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Miniter
    • Narrated By Richard Miniter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, has carried out many of the biggest terrorist plots of the past 20 years, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Millennium Plots, and the beheading of Daniel Pearl. As the world awaits his trial, best-selling author and investigative journalist Richard Miniter brings to life his shocking, true story.

    Parham says: "A must read."
    "A NeoCon's take on an evil man."
    Overall

    Richard Miniter's new book Mastermind: is a mixed bag for a moderate like myself. At it's best, the book does a great job showcasing the skills of the veteran investigative journalist. The book thoroughly profiles the actions of one the most evil men of the last 65 years. The listener will hear a litany of evil KSM, (as Mohammed is called in this book),has perpetrated over the years and Miniter does a great job explaining just how big of an operational asset KSM was to al Qaeda.

    Miniter's writing style is adequate, if workman like. He can from time to time create a vivid depiction of a terrorist attack. His narration though leaves a little to be desired. His delivery is often flat and nearly toneless, causal listeners beware.

    The books largest failing, for a moderate like me, is the huge dose of ideology Miniter delivers in this book. Dear reader I hope you are a Neoconservative, because in the course of reading this book Miniter will feed you a lot of it. If you don't care for it's taste, you may find the book unpalatable. Most of the book has a large amount of interesting and well researched information with only a moderate amount of neoconservative ideology; but the last chapter could have been written by Ann Coulter.

    The final area in which this book falls a bit short for me is Miniter's exploration into what makes a terrorist a terrorist, or I should say his lack of exploration. I would like to have seen him attempt to explore the reasons why terror groups flourish in the middle east. Instead Miniter presents us with villains so one dimensional they might as well be wearing tights and a cape. For the record, I have no problem with the killing of terrorists, military tribunals for terrorists, or water-boarding them.I just would be interested in finding out why they make the choices they make.

    With all of Mr. Miniter's obvious talent, it is a shame he didn't decide to dig deeper. This book feels like a missed opportunity.

    3 out of five stars

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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2734)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1096)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Long, but good"
    Overall

    I enjoyed The Historian,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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