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Mark

Boulder, CO, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1780)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (825)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Insightful and harrowing"
    Overall

    This book dispels the myths about school shootings and goes to the heart of the social-psycho conditions that caused the Columbine massacre.

    As you may have guessed, it isn't the bullied kid that snaps, it is the kid who does the bullying who plans additional horror. Of course, the situation is much more complicated than that and Dave Cullen gently guides you through the mayhem.

    Don Leslie's reading is at times urgent, cold, calculating, angry, sad, and clinical. The reading evokes the emotions of the situation and it enhances the listening experience.

    A good companion piece to this audiobook is "The Sociopath Next Door"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12478)
    Performance
    (4868)
    Story
    (4905)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Stereotypes enforced"
    Overall

    Rape scenes, cat stoning, torture, the nemesis is a disfigured woman, the heros are physical specimens of beauty and/or strength. Ah well, a sign of the times maybe? John Lee is the saving grace of the Pillars, but I don't think that I will give Ken Follet another try.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (530)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "Poor Quality Recording"
    Overall

    There are a few knocks, and street noise on the recording, you can also occassionaly hear a page turn. All of these noises are irregular, inconstant and not that distracting, but they should not be there at all.

    Regarding the content of the book, most of the concepts have been popularized so if you have been watching Nova or other science shows on cable, then most of this will not be new.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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