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Roger M. Young

North Charleston, South Carolina United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (133)

    Perhaps the greatest physicist of the second half of the 20th century, Richard Feynman changed the way we think about quantum mechanics, the most perplexing of all physical theories. Here Lawrence M. Krauss, himself a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, offers a unique scientific biography: a rollicking narrative coupled with clear and novel expositions of science at the limits.

    Thomas C. Miller says: "Richard Feynman's Science"
    "good read on a great mind"
    Overall

    I'm not a scientist, but I enjoy reading about it, especially when it comes to its history. This is an excellent biography of a man with a great mind. Almost every aspect of the physics was over my head, but I enjoyed learning how Feynman's mind worked. A unique character to whom we are still learning just how indebted we are.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte's Web

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By E.B. White
    • Narrated By E.B. White, George Plimpton
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (228)

    Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. This 1953 Newbery Honor Book comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

    Richard says: "Some book"
    "What a treat"
    Overall

    I listen to at least two Audible books a month. This was an absolute treat. I do not know how anyone could have read it any better than E.B. White.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (178)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "Could not stop listening"
    Overall

    I was only 8 when MLK was killed, and somehow made it this far in life without knowing a lot of the details of this tragic event. This book fills in those gaps and does so in a way that makes it read like a thriller. I found myself skipping over my usual daily podcasts in order to finish this. The author doesn't whitewash over the flaws of King and his surrounding cast, but doesn't dwell on them unnecessarily, either. A very fine book.

    The author reads and does a terrific job as well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (836)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "If you love NOLA you'll love this"
    Overall

    Full Disclosure: I love New Orleans. This book's setting takes place several decades ago, and NOLA has changed somewhat due to Katrina, but it's still a special city and this is a special book. It helps to love NOLA to "get" this book. It's hilarious, and the main character is a head case - hell all the characters are - but that's what makes this such a special book. The reader does a good job of picking up the local accents and flavors. Stick with it - you'll be laughing out loud in parts. There's a good reason this book won a Pulitzer. It's a masterpiece character study. I wish the author had lived to write more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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