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Nicholas R. Henderson

Adam Smith

Asheville NC | Member Since 2006

  • 7 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 474 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Starts well, goes commie later"
    What would have made American Nations better?

    I thought it started out as an interesting idea. The author was doing pretty well early in the book, but when he got to the South, he started the typical socialistic bull and slimed us pretty thoroughly. NICE! So, if you are a liberal from Yankee land or a left coaster, read on, you'll love it. If you are a Southern Conservative, give it a pass.

    18 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Science: A Sweeping Visage of Science and its History

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer

    This is a sweeping look at science, its history and philosophy from the Middle Ages to the present, with special emphasis on defining science within the cultural context of the age, who was doing science at the time, and what their goals were in conducting science. This course reflects Dr. Shermer's doctoral training at Claremont Graduate School.

    F-M says: "Old and bad sound recording"
    "A truly awful book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who truly hates people of faith and enjoys hearing people of faith ridiculed. If that's you, by all means get this one.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I know it will not be anything by this fellow.

    How could the performance have been better?

    It would be better if he spent more time on the history of science and less time riduculing faith. It would be even better if he got the science right! (At one point he refers to a light-year as a unit of time! Anyone as self-important as this dude ought to at least know that a light-year is a unit of distance.) Also, he laughs at his own jokes, and has endless verbal ticks, um, err, uhh. He is extremely impressed with himself and how witty he percieves himself to be.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The History of Science?

    The whole deal is a bad scene.

    Any additional comments?

    This is truly one of the very worst things I have ever gotten from Audible. I am definitely returning it. It is just unbelievably bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

    Gerald says: "First time review"
    "Bummer of a book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys a really depresssing ending with the "good guys" losing and the "bad guys" winning will find this a real charmer.

    What was most disappointing about Robin Cook’s story?

    It starts out as very interesting, but fairly quickly turns very dark, and ends up in complete blackness. It was no fun at all, just depressing.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Sure, narrator was fine.

    What character would you cut from Nano?

    The characters were okay, the story was not.

    Any additional comments?

    Unless you enjoy being bummed out, read something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Diarmaid MacCulloch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

    Celia says: "Generally quite good"
    "A bit lefty for me."
    What would have made Christianity better?

    A little less cheerleading for liberal Christianity.

    What was most disappointing about Diarmaid MacCulloch???s story?

    The author seems to be very much enamored of all forms of Christian liberalism. As a traditional Christian, I found the constant drumbeat of liberalism a bit nauseating in the end.

    Any additional comments?

    If you're a lefty, go for it. If you are a traditionalist, you will be disappointed.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "Politcal Trash"

    Basically, this is just a liberal diatribe against the War on Terror and the Bush Administration. I was extremely disappointed. I have read other things by Krakauer which were great, but this was just awful. Save your credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson

    Jason Bourne takes on a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros?

    timchi says: "Disappointing"
    "Hated it!"

    Totally boring book. This is the first audiobook I simply ended up by deleting the whole thing. The bad people are simply too smart, too perfect, too omniscient. It was depressing, frustrating and just no fun whatsoever.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Internal Combustion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edwin Black
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    Internal Combustion is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the U.S. and the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, that was never necessary, and that could be ended not in 10 years, not in five years, but today. Award-winning author Edwin Black has mined scores of corporate and government archives to assemble thousands of previously uncovered and long-forgotten documents and studies bearing on this dramatic story.

    R. Spangler says: "Abridge me please!"
    "The mind of a watermelon"

    This book was a fascinating walk through the mind of a watermelon (green on the outside, red on the inside.) If you are into conspiracy theories and hate capitalism, this one's for you!

    On the other hand, the author did have some fairly interesting points, particularly on the value of electric trains, etc.

    Overall, unless you are really into abnormal psychology, give it a pass.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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