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James

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  • Dr. Quantum Presents A User's Guide to Your Universe

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Alan Wolf
    • Narrated By Fred Alan Wolf
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Quantum physics is an astounding (and mind-boggling) field of science, but can you actually use it to change your life? Absolutely yes, says Dr. Quantum. On A User's Guide to Your Universe, Dr. Quantum, who goes by day as mild-mannered physicist Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, teaches that anyone can understand quantum physics. What's more, it is the most useful, immediate, and relevant kind of science you can learn to profoundly affect your day-to-day life.

    Angela says: "What it is and is not"
    "No Science Here"
    Overall

    I agree with Thomas. What we got here was an educated idiot, who rambles on and on for hours, saying the same thing over and again. The book definately never breaks the boundries between nonsense and second grade science.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "Don't waste your time and money"
    Overall

    The story line meanders all over the place and it appears that at least a few tracks are missing, near the beginning. The ending is the worst I've ever experienced and it appears that the writer just couldn't figure out how, or when, to end the story. Several threads are left hanging, completely unexplained.The author's inexperience shines brightly!

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9024)
    Performance
    (3251)
    Story
    (3328)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Long and drifting"
    Overall

    The story line quickly begins to wander back and forth at a dizzying pace. As it reaches mid-point it appears to move slowly with much of nothing being said. It seems like some of the meaningless passages are simply used to add time and length to the book. This is definitely NOT one of Brown's better efforts.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Candles Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tabitha King, Michael McDowell
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    When her daddy is tortured and murdered by two women with no discernible motivation, Calley and her mother find themselves caught up in inexplicable events that exile them to Pensacola Beach. There, another woman awaits their presence, a woman who knows what Calley is and who seeks to control her. For Calley is no ordinary little girl.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "Pay Attention!!"
    "So bad it's good?"
    Overall

    I must say that this was the second worst book I've ever purchased from Audible. I've started listening to it twice and have finally made it past the first half. The author has broken just about every rule for writing a meaningful and interesting story. Most authors learn quickly that writing in the 'first person' is seldom successful. If the book has any direction, or plot, it is not noticable. As an author myself, I always try to seek what the writer is trying to say, and where the storyline is headed. That should become apparent early on in the story. In this case it has not.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (341)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "This is neat!"
    Overall

    You can not miss this one! How your brain works is explained in ways you never thought about and it makes perfect sense!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson
    • Narrated By Dennis McKee
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Crystal Fire is a tale of the human factors in technology; the pride and jealousies coupled with scientific and economic aspiration that led to the creation of modern microelectronics and ignited the greatest technological explosion in history.

    Ziloni says: "Interesting and not light on the science either!"
    "A Well Presented History"
    Overall

    I found this book to be very informative although I have worked in electronics design and repair for over 40 years. I believe anyone with basic electronic knowledge will enjoy reading this. Those with no knowledge may find the going a bit slow, but should learn a lot about a subject that now touches every life every day. This was a VERY good read.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dick Teresi
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (59)

    In the tradition of Daniel Boorstin, the co-founder of Omni delivers an original work of history that demonstrates why modern science rests on a foundation built by ancient and medieval non-European societies. "If you think that modern science is rooted in the golden age of Greece, you owe it to yourself to [hear this] book," says Library Journal.

    Kevin says: "A worthwhile challenge"
    "Nothing new here !"
    Overall

    I suppose it should be said that I'v read everything available on ancient histories. Having said that, the narrator seems to just recite lots of facts here, without much enthusiasm. If you know almost nothing about the ancients, you may enjoy this more. I found no substantial errors in the reading---it just jumps around from place to place a lot, giving you a little knowledge about many things.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Genesis: A Living Conversation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Bill Moyers, Mandy Patinkin
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Acclaimed television journalist Bill Moyers brings together some of the world's liveliest minds to discuss, debate, and discover the ageless wisdom from the Bible's first book, and what it has to say to us today.

    Jennifer says: "Excellent"
    "How Many people should be talking at one time?"
    Overall

    I wonder if the several people who made this (book ?) ever listened to the text. At times there are 3 or 4 people talking all at one time.
    The old expression "beat a dead dog to death" certainly applies here, as every topic is overdone until it becomes boring. Worse still, these people seem to seldom ever totally agree on any topic, with some of the views bordering on being rediculous. Save your money on this one!! Audible has better! The lowest rating allowed is one star, which in this case is much too high.

    11 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (310)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "An Easy Listen"
    Overall

    I found the narration to be excellent and quite easy to follow, even though I was not well informed in physics. I was able to understand and learn a lot. I will certainly read this book more than once. Even if it's an easy read , it covers a mountain of material, and deserves more than one reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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