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Anthony

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Norwalk, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 37 reviews
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  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (76)
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    (49)
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    (49)

    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
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7712)
    Performance
    (5568)
    Story
    (5549)

    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
    (320)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (287)

    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
    (3116)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
    (1900)

    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
    (210)
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    (169)
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    (167)

    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 0 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
    (630)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (352)

    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
  • The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (206)
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    (207)

    From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

    Cody Brown says: "You have to know what you get with The Prince"
    "This is a perfect guide for business."
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    The Prince
    By Niccolo Machiavelli

    This is an interesting treaties on the subject of statecraft. What makes a good leader, and what keeps that leader in power. What to watch out for, and what to cultivate.

    This is a perfect guide for business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption in Indigo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Karen Lord
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
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    (54)

    This fascinating debut by Karen Lord - a retelling of a Senegalese folktale - earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and won the Frank Collymore Award. When Paama finally leaves her gluttonous husband, she attracts the attention of the undying spirit Patience, who gives her Chance’s Chaos Stick as a gift. But Chance insists that only he should wield the stick’s powers.

    Jeph2005 says: "An unusual and entertaining book"
    "A different tale of redemption."
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    This was an interesting story with constant surprise. Set in Africa, it shows that redemption comes in many forms

    This was very different from my usual reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
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    (1372)
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    (1375)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "I wish it had said something about black holes"
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    Maybe, I missed the point of this book, but it seemed to be more a philosophical discussion with a healthy dose of wonder tossed in for flavor.

    If you were expecting learn something, don't. This book is more suited for a tabloid TV show than a learning experience.

    I was looking for something exciting and insightful, but was left feeling flat.

    If time travel becomes a reality, I want the time I spent with this book back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (652)

    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
    "Never accept a job from a sociopath"
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    Detective Sam Spade at his best. When a beautiful sociopath hires him to help her, they both get more than they bargained for. With very colorful characters the story unfolds with a desperate search for a missing treasure.

    I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (440)

    In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

    John says: "A Great Value"
    "Wordy mental masturbation with a snarky attitude"
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    Pluto is a planet
    Pluto is not a planet
    Pluto might be a planet
    Pluto might be an asteroid
    Pluto might be a comet
    Pluto has a moon
    Pluto doesn't have a moon
    Pluto is a moon
    Pluto is a binary system
    Pluto orbits its moon
    Pluto's moon orbits Pluto
    Pluto is a proto-planet
    Pluto is a dog created by Disney
    Pluto is Pluto is a God of death

    The truth is that whether Pluto is a planet or not doesn't really matter.

    By the logic of this book: if you only have one example of something, you cannot classify it. You need two of something to classify anything. Rubbish! By this logic if Jupiter was our only gas giant it would be unclassifiable.

    Pluto is an excuse for snarky scientists to waste their intellect and reasoning ability.

    If scientists focused as much energy on science as they do trying to tear each other down, we'd be a lot further along than we are now with our collective discovery of knowledge.

    I hate snarky scientists and snarky science. But, then again scientists can't be expected to use their intelligence constructively all the time.

    The book mistakenly makes a point St. Christopher no longer a saint. This is not true. While there is little known about him, St. Christopher is still a recognized saint. What was changed was that his feast day was removed from the liturgical calendar. A lot of recognized saints do not have feast days.

    Had Disney not named their cartoon dog Pluto, I doubt this book would ever been written.
    Also, other than the author, who ever said that Pluto or any other planet was America's favorite?

    Do I care if Pluto is a planet or not. Not really.

    This just gives everyone an excuse to vote funding elsewhere.

    I found the book to be both condescending and snarky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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