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Christopher

SYLMAR, CA, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Don't Know Much About the Universe: Everything You Need to Know About the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In the latest addition to his best selling and critically acclaimed Don't Know Much About® series, Kenneth Davis delivers a lively and clear guide to the discoveries, theories, and real people that have shaped space exploration from the beginning of civilization to the present. He looks at issues that go beyond the bounds of simple "Science 101" and asks the kinds of questions we may have wanted to ask back in school but didn't have the nerve.

    Eileen says: "I didn't know anything about the Universe"
    "An excellent revuiew of the story so far"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this round-up of the history of the universe. Sensibly broken into five parts, it gives a good overview of astronomy and addresses the larger questions contained in creation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1335)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Jay says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "A mess of macho contradictions"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A teenage militia member


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson again?

    It's difficult to see what they could write that I would find of interest


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Collins’s performance?

    Over the top red neck rant


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to fathom the guilt and self loathing associated with being a "Lone Survivor", but you could drive a truck through the inconsistencies in this book. I understand that the author needs a boogeyman to blame, but his constant rants about the liberal media and the Geneva Convention don't ring true. As for his constant bragging about how wonderful the the SEALS are, all I could think was what a whiny bitch he comes across as.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    This all-encompassing investigation of a highly influential time period includes the major events of the era and informative discussion of empire, papacy, the Crusades, and the fall of Constantinople. During the course of these lectures, Professor Madden also addresses the rise of Islam, reform movements, and schisms in the church. In so doing, Professor Madden underscores the significance and grand scale of an age that continues to hold an undeniable fascination for people today.

    Chi-Hung says: "Another good course from a master"
    "Wonderful History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Great Learning System


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    Thomas Cahill's histories, gives a lot more background than just dates and actions.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    This question is not relevant to this title


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Overall it is an eye opener to the fact that what we are taught were the "Dark Ages" were actually a pretty vibrant era of transition. His explanation of the the feudal system and how it developed was particularly insightful.


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers have disparaged the professor's style, I find it very engaging. It is as though he is talking directly to the listener and he sometimes drops in a modern idiom which is delightfully out of place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (424)

    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
    "NOT Pride and Prejudice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Wonderful narration although I couldn't like any of the characters


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    She wanders along at a glacial place and then hits the rapids


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The toothpick case


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read Pride & Prejudice, go and read that

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19993)
    Performance
    (11587)
    Story
    (11705)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Great presentation"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very enjoyable


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Just when you think it is too formulaic it takes a wonderful turn


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Video Game generation


    Any additional comments?

    You could drive a very substantial truck through many of the inconsistencies in the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treason's Harbour: The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea. While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage, for the stockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission.

    Will says: "O'Brian+Vance=perfection"
    "The plot thickens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This series is addictive, it's beautifully paced and the plot develops seamlessly over time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Stephen Maturin is a complex being, in this book especially we see many sides to his personality


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

    I love the narration of Simon Vance, I'm sure the other guy is good too, but when I tried to listen to him he was way to breathy, it sounded like his last gasp in every line, whereas Simon Vance is crisp and clean with clearly identifiable voices for each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Leaving Malta


    Any additional comments?

    I'm now on book thirteen and this truly is a series that you can't put down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meltdown: A Look at Why the Economy Tanked and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    The media tells us that "deregulation" and "unfettered free markets" have wrecked our economy and will continue to make things worse without a heavy dose of federal regulation. But the real blame lies elsewhere. In Meltdown, best-selling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., unearths the real causes behind the collapse of housing values and the stock market---and it turns out the culprits reside more in Washington than on Wall Street.

    Daniel Squires says: "Read this book!"
    "If only I could give it ZERO Stars!"
    Overall

    What a crock of drivel!

    Good grief, the narrator doesn't even attemmpt to make it sound anything other than partisan hogwash. Oh, that nasty government! How dare those poor people try to buy homes?

    About the only thing we can agree on is that the current policies of blindly paying off Wall Street, while selling our manufacturing base down the river, is wrong.

    If you're trying to undertsand the current crisis, this is not the the place to start.

    13 of 77 people found this review helpful
  • Undaunted Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (356)

    In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and the Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

    Christopher says: "Great detail about this historical event..."
    "Fascinating, but ultimately quite a downer"
    Overall

    This is a great story, but one that raises many regrets with the benefit of historical hindsight. What a land Lewis & Clark explored! But what a tragedy in light of what we know to have happened to the native peoples and to the animal populations. Then of course the book finisishes with Lewis's spiral into suicide. Altogether, the book left me in a very depressed frame of mind.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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