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Anthony

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Norwalk, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (50)
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    (50)

    Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's fascinating exploration of the origins of biological and unethical warfare, draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern methods of war and terrorism.

    andrew says: "Awesome"
    "Great historical explanaiton of the horrors of war"
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    This book is a great insight into the horrors of war both past and present. It melds the historical accounts with the modern knowledge and gives the reader better understanding of the past and present.

    I enjoyed this book very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (371)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    Sara says: "A Fantastic Biography For The Patient Listener"
    "An insight into the birth of the modern age"
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    While Mr. Turing's personal life became an issue in the early 1950s, the impact of his contribution to modern technology and the advent of computers cannot be underestimated.

    This book takes us from the very beginning where mathematics and computation led to the development of computers.

    Alan Turing was one of the great intellects of his day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorcery Code: Volume 1: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (341)

    Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could've ever imagined - because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

    Ira says: "I'm Looking For Volume 2 Already"
    "You were only created yesterday!"
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    Magic is only for Sorcerers. What happens when a sorcerer tries to create magic that can be used by anyone. What happens when he completes the spell, is that a woman appears. This woman was actually made of the spells. She is intelligent and beautiful. She also doesn’t understand her power an no one really understands her. As with many things that are not understood, she is blindly feared. However, if she is so bad, then why when she exhibits magic, is it good. Only when loved ones or herself is threatened, does she lash back with true power. Power temperted by peace and healing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1756)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "An interesting short story"
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    I'm not sure how to describe the heroin of the story. Is she escaping from a life of drudgery after being married at 14? Is she a likable courtesan? Is she insane? She seems to be a bit of all of these and a mafia moll too.

    I liked the movie, so I thought I'd read the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (490)

    This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

    George says: "A defense of this "translation""
    "One of the first tales ever written."
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    This is a great tale of a king who is so self absorbed and evil, that it takes the intervention of the gods to bring about change. In the end he becomes human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Randall Munroe
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (1671)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1507)

    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

    Charles says: "Good in Smaller Chunks"
    "A wild trip of imagination"
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    This book is interesting and fun. What if the glass were actually half full? Which half of the glass is full? Is it the bottom or the middle or the top? If it’s only half full is the other half filled with air, or perhaps the other half is a vacuum? If the other half of the glass contains a vacuum what happens?

    The questions are absurd and the scientific answers are interesting.

    This book is quirky and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7906)
    Performance
    (5742)
    Story
    (5728)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "A detective story at its finest"
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    A man on a whim wonders into a town where he discovers that his long lost brother was murdered. Without knowing that the victim was his brother, he is accused of the murder. Later after another attempted murder, while in holding, he learns that the victim was his brother. This sparks his own investigation. This leads to the realization that the whole town is involved in a conspiracy. Only the beginning island before his brother's murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregory Zuckerman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (299)

    Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong. Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources.

    Chris says: "Balanced approach on controversial topic"
    "What is Fracking? This book will help you learn."
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    This is a very interesting and educational book. What is fracking? Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is a method of obtaining natural gas and oil from shale. Basically, a well is drilled, and hydraulic fluid is pumped into the well at great pressure to fracture the shale and release the gas and oil which is then pumped to the surface. There are many controversies and opinions about fracking. Most of the opinions are just that opinions and very little scientific research exists to support conclusions one way or the other at this time. However, I highly recommend that you read this book and learn about fracking and the wildcatters who developed the technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3243)
    Performance
    (1990)
    Story
    (2020)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Book: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein"
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    This book is a story about an infantryman who is fighting and insect looking species that has high technology. The book goes along with the man’s life from high school to his entry into the infantry to his deployment on a planet that humans are attacking. The aliens encountered are nothing like the pseudo-human aliens from most science fiction TV shows and novels. These are nothing like us. They don’t understand us. And, they don’t seem to want to understand us. Also, like many insect species such as ants and bees, they have workers, fighters, and queens. However, they have another cast in their structure: Brains. Brains are slug like and can barely move; however, they control the workers and fighters. Since little is known about “bugs”, the mission is to capture brains and queens alive to study. This is that story or should I say nightmare.

    I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoy science fiction and wants to read something that isn’t the pseudo humanized aliens that we all grew up with. These aliens don’t look like us. They don’t act like us. They use difference senses than we do. They are pure alien.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copper Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sharon M. Draper
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (191)

    Fifteen-year-old Amari witnesses the murder of her family and the destruction of her remote African village. She endures countless humiliations as she is beaten, branded, and forced to board a slave ship. The atrocities continue as she struggles through endless days of backbreaking work and daily degradation on a plantation.

    M. LaCue says: "A great story for all to read"
    "A tale of triumph and the horror of slavery"
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    A beautiful young girl living with her people in west Africa is kidnapped, put into chains, abused severely, and put aboard a slave ship bound for America.

    This is the story of her capture, abuse, and eventual escape to blessed freedom, not by going North, but by going South to the protection of the Spanish whose king abolished slavery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (383)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "An interesting read"
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    This book was a story about the military attempt to use psychics as a resource for both intelligence and coercion. It made a interesting read. Although, I didn't see the movie, I wanted to rad the book. It's melding of actual facts overlaid with psychic drama and mental manipulation was unique.

    The mind is a strange and wonderful thing...

    Maybe I'll watch the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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