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Mark T

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Portland, OR | Member Since 2010

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  • 21 reviews
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  • 134 purchased in 2014
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  • The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding story, poor narration"
    "Inspirational!"
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    I'll admit that I was in tears by the end of this book. A great story of human perseverence against pretty tough odds. Like most books, you may not need to listen to this at normal speed. 1.5 speed worked well for me for the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (325)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Melinda says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "It took a while, but worth it!"
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    If you could sum up The Bone Clocks in three words, what would they be?

    Long. Engrossing. Excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Bone Clocks to and why?

    I've read a lot of the new "climate fiction" genre. Although The Bone Clocks is about much more than that, I'd put it at the top of the list with "2084 - Stories of the Great Warming."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did tear up at the end. It's a long book, so by then you're really invested.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Park Service: Book One of the Park Service Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Michael Braun
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    In the post-apocalyptic future, a fifteen-year old boy stumbles on a paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service. Now this boy must learn to survive in a world he never dreamed existed while searching for answers to why everything he was taught is a lie.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Epic YA Adventure in a dystopian Future"
    "An interesting if implausible story"
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    Was The Park Service worth the listening time?

    I enjoyed the book, although I'm not sure I'll spend the time to listen to the other two volumes. The story is so implausible that I found myself thinking of it more as fantasy than as science fiction. That's not inherently a bad thing, but so much to listen to, so little time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries: The Oxford English Dictionary.

    Donald says: "A New Appreciation"
    "Absolutely fascinating!"
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    Where does The Meaning of Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of non-fiction books the Meaning of Everything ranks well up the list of my prior audiobooks. It's such a great story, and the English accent of the reader works so well for the content, just loved it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics.

    C. Hartmann says: "Intersection of the Void and Commonwealth - Super"
    "Not sure why I read this"
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    Has The Abyss Beyond Dreams turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I really enjoyed the Void Trilogy, and at the recommendation of another reviewer I went back and reread the third volume of the trilogy. I never could figure out the point of this new book, and how it quite fits in. It comes across to me as more random fantasy than sci-fi, and I'm not a fantasy reader.


    Any additional comments?

    This strikes me as another in the long line of examples of authors capitalizing on the success of a series by simply adding on to it in one way or another. I wish more authors would end a series of dignity unless they can really figure out something new to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Without Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Weisman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (116)

    In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

    Chris says: "mixed feelings"
    "Recommended to me, but couldn't finish it."
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    What disappointed you about The World Without Us?

    There's a lot of information in the book, but I just couldn't figure out the point after listening to a couple of different chapters in the course of an hour. Perplexed I looked at the book's Kindle site and noticed a lot of negative reviews making this same point more eloquently. And it turns out a big part of the book is about "what would the earth look like if humans hadn't evolved?" Why would I want to listen to hours of speculation on this rather theoretical point?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Weiner
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend 20 years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos, studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are 400 at the time of the author's visit or when there are over a thousand. They have observed about 20 generations of finches - continuously.Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.

    Philip says: "Fascinating in-depth look at evolution in action"
    "A riveting and fun way to learn science"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book describes the first time that anyone has been able to actually observe and document evolution in action. Absolutely fascinating, and would certainly recommend it.


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration of the book was perfect for the topic and the story. The reader was simply very comfortable with the book.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone interested in biology or natural selection, this is a no-brainer. But even for people who aren't deep into those topic, this is a great and fun way to explore them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (427)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    S. Mersereau says: "Stunning"
    "This is an AMAZING book - read it!"
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    Would you listen to Command and Control again? Why?

    I won't listen to it again. But I have bought the Kindle version so that I can study parts of it in more detail.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It was a fascinating way of structuring the story, integrating "accident" chapters with "history" chapters. Took some getting used to, but it was an effective way to cover an enormous amount of material without getting bored.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    A very solid performance through the whole book. No odd changes in voice or silly pronunciation problems that I've seen crop up in many books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Just Because You Were Lucky Doesn't Mean You Were Smart."


    Any additional comments?

    The story of the history of nuclear weapons is still very relevant today, albeit not in a Cold War context. But it's also very relevant in terms of how we should think about a range of highly complex technologies going forward. They may not have the potential to instantly level a city, but they pose risks that need to be thought about. This story makes that abundantly clear!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

    AudioAddict says: "Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden"
    "Just a bit too insufferable for my taste"
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    What was most disappointing about Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty ’s story?

    I have to admit that I had a negative reaction to the book within the first 60 seconds, and I jumped through the chapters pretty quickly and ultimately returned the book without fully reading it. 1st person narratives are difficult to pull off, and this one seemed primarily focused on portraying Richard Phillips as the greatest captain, father, and whatever else of all time (while being quite willing to point out the flaws in the crew). I found it insufferable pretty quickly. Opening the book describing a torture scene, and basically having Phillips' describe his own reaction to torture as "that all you got?" was a macho message, and it might even have been accurate, but it wasn't something I wanted to listen to for a long period of time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Wukovits
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    On October 25, 1944, the Samuel B. Roberts and 12 other vessels stood between Japan’s largest battleship force ever and MacArthur’s transports inside Leyte Gulf. Facing more than 20 Japanese vessels - including the 70,000-ton Yamato - the 1,200-ton Samuel B. Roberts turned immediately to action, churning straight at the enemy in a near-suicidal attempt to deflect the more potent foe and buy time for MacArthur’s forces.

    K. Winters says: "Amazing Story, Heart Rending and Brave"
    "A great story - not up to being a full book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book really reminds us that heroism can come from anywhere, but just as importantly it helps remind us why we should avoid sending our soldiers into harms way unless absolutely necessary. WWII didn't end with the Japanese surrender for the extended family of the Samuel Roberts - it continues today.


    Any additional comments?

    While this is a good story, it would almost be better told as an extended magazine article. There's just not enough material for a full book unless the reader is a Navy afficionado, or is perhaps related directly to events or people in the book. The crux of the story comes down to just a few pages in the entire book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (736)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "A great story - insufferable at times"
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    Would you try another book from Harry Markopolos and/or the narrators?

    The narration was good. I'd be reticent to read another book by Markopolos unless I knew for sure that it didn't take the same self-congratulatory tone. One per author lifetime is certainly a sufficient quota.


    What did you take away from No One Would Listen that you can apply to your work?

    This book is a great reminder of how badly things can go wrong, and how blind we can be to reality we don't want to see. It's certainly not the first book to tell such a story, but this one goes into such detail, and the whole process went for so long, that it really stands out as a learning opportunity.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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