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Anthony

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Norwalk, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 31 reviews
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  • 540 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2015
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  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    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
  • Redemption in Indigo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Karen Lord
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    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
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1334)

    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
    (672)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (622)

    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
    (546)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (424)

    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
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1085)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "The story of English"
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    As you may already know, English is unlike most of the other Germanic languages. It has a lot of influences from Old Norse which happened during the Viking raids and the invasion of the Normans. Add to this the constant influence of the other languages in British Isles, and you get a language that is a melding of many.

    This book is about the linguistic roots of English.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (88)

    In this audiobook, the brain behind the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, advanced speech recognition, and other technologies devises a framework for envisioning the next century. Kurzweil guides us through the inexorable advances that will result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain.

    Ryan says: "An optimistic map to technological transcendence"
    "The book NEEDS to be updated!"
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    Book: The Age Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil

    This book was published in the year 2000 and is interesting; however, in 2015 we are way behind in the books predictions. The most interesting part of the book is the possibility merging of machines and computers with humankind.

    I found the predictions to be vastly overly optimistic in their timeframe. Although, I do wish we did have the technology described.

    The transcendence of death by technology is the best part of the book.

    I give it thumbs up based on the descriptions of hand held devices and optical glass technology.

    The book NEEDS to be updated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Satanic Verses

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (452)

    Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

    David Edelberg says: "Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses"
    "I wouldn't listen to it again"
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    The Satanic Verses is a book that I can say would have not been noticed had it been ignored by those who were offended by the material at the time.

    Because of my lack of knowledge, I cannot really say that I understand the complete controversy. But, what I can say is that I probably wouldn’t re-read the book again. The story is fiction. But, it’s not that interesting to me to warrant re-reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sebastian Fitzek
    • Narrated By Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (440)

    My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

    Rolando says: "Disappointing"
    "Interesting book"
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    I found this book to be an interesting and complex story. At first the dramatization kinda threw me, because I'm not used to that in an audiobook. Because the plot involves a heinous threat to a child who is ill, I found the book to be disturbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Nathan Wolfe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (378)

    In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips - to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases....

    L. says: "a bio-geek's wet dream"
    "Viruses we survive or we don't"
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    The truth about viruses is that there isn't anything we can do about them. Either we survive or we do not. There are very few medications that are effective against viruses.

    What would you do?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Feminine Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Betty Friedan
    • Narrated By Parker Posey
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name", that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

    Kathrin says: "Relevant, but also outdated."
    "A landmark book of its time and relevant now"
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    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is a landmark book of its time, and it is still relevant for all women today. This book describes the early 20th century turning of women from vital human beings, who were fulfilled by higher education and work, into a mystique that proved to be a mix of self-suppression and repression, which eventually was supported by society at large and by women themselves.

    How did women go from being over 50% of university educated people in the 1900’s through 1930’s to a human being who was supposed to be dedicated to others who gained her sense of self-worth and fulfillment from serving and giving up her own personhood? How did this effect the women themselves, and their family? How did it affect the age at which women married?

    In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, how did women, who while society was telling them that they should be happy, start breaking out of the mold of the feminine mystique.

    How damaging was the illusion of the feminine mystique to women themselves, husbands, daughters, and sons? How does this affect us today?

    How was this related to profit? There was a lot of profit to be made at the expense of the wellbeing of women. This is still true.


    I highly recommend that everyone read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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