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Diane Walter

Boomer-type who loves science, especially physics and cosmology.

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  • The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Atkins
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal - everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws. Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world's leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics.

    Diane Walter says: "Accessible, but needs the figures"
    "Accessible, but needs the figures"
    Overall

    I took beginning thermo in my wasted youth and wished that I could have had this book to lean on while I was taking the class. I thought it was humorous and accessible. I listened to it walking to work and I chuckled out loud at several things. Near the end, when the narrator was talking about phase diagrams, I could have used the figures in the "downloadable pdf" he kept referring to. Apparently Audible doesn't offer this with the book, which is a glaring omission. The book itself is worth getting if you want a very general overview of the 0th through 3rd laws of thermodynamics. It made me want to study the topic further!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (488)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "Trite an Predictable"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Strange Highways?

    I thought the story was unbelievably trite. I found myself predicting out loud what was going to happen next and being right 90% of the time. It sounded like something a boy in his teens would write. An unsophisticated boy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Cummings’s performances?

    Never. The reader sounded like he was putting exclamation points on the ends of all his sentences. No subtlety at all in his delivery.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I wished I could get the hours back I wasted on this stupid book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (756)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Fascinating account of first month of WWI"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a fascinating story, excellently written and well-researched.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not at all a war buff, and I bought this book only because it was on sale and I thought I'd learn a little history. I was completely bowled over by it. Tuchman did a thorough job researching myriad historical details, weaving them into a coherent and fascinating story of the events leading up to WWI and the first few weeks of the war. I was expecting it to be a little dry and a little dull. I was not expecting to marathon-listen, which is what I ended up doing. The narration was flawless, the story was fascinating. I can't recommend this book enough. I've added more of Tuchman's works to my wish list. If Audible had been around when I was in high school, I might have become a history major.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (974)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "Story interesting, but narration distracting"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Louise Erdrich and/or Gary Farmer?

    I'd buy another Erdrich book, but not if Farmer narrated it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gary Farmer’s performances?

    Never.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is about the effects of a violent crime on the coming of age of a teenage boy. It is woven in an interesting way with little bits of insight on how laws governing native Americans have been manipulated to rob them of their wealth, dignity, and self reliance. However, the narrator- chosen I think because he is native American- really detracted from the story. He read the first chapter so slowly that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to stand listening to the book at all. Someone must have pointed this out to him because he sped up the reading in subsequent chapters. He also had an irritating habit of pausing so that descriptive clauses sounded like they were part of the next sentence, e.g. "She made us a lunch of sandwiches, pickles, and fry bread. Wrapped to absorb the grease, which I put into my bag." (Not an actual sentence from the book, but meant to illustrate the odd pauses). I was relieved to finish the book just to be done with the awful narration. Overall I thought the story was good, but I'd wished I'd read it instead of listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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