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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
    (149)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    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
  • The Darwinian Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frederick Gregory
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species - the text that introduced the world to natural selection - is among a handful of books that have changed the world. But the route to that status has been surprisingly circuitous and uncertain. Now, in 24 absorbing lectures by an award-winning teacher, you'll learn the remarkable story of Darwin's ideas, how scientists and religious leaders reacted to them, and the sea change in human thought that resulted.

    Christopher says: "Awesome!"
    "Awesome!"
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    Would you listen to The Darwinian Revolution again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I already have. I finished and started right back at the beginning because it contains so much great material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a pivotal moment in how humans view themselves and the professor looks at it from every angle.


    What does Professor Frederick Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When the series started with Professor Gregory's education and it included a seminary, I almost quit there. I'mt so glad I didn't, I think his background imparted a unique element to the story.


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

    One of the best lecture series I have listened to (I've listened to a lot) and certainly one of the best lecturers!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (42 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Elizabeth Vandiver, Professor James A. W. Heffernan
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    From the anonymous author of the Epic of Gilgamesh in ancient Mesopotamia to William Faulkner writing about Mississippi 3,600 years later, many of Western culture's greatest figures have been writers. Their landmark themes, unique insights into human nature, dynamic characters, experimental storytelling techniques, and rich philosophical ideas helped create the vibrant storytelling methods we find reflected in today's authors.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "Epic Audio"
    "Very uneven"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The person I came away with the most changed impression of was Milton


    Did Professor Elizabeth Vandiver and Professor James A. W. Heffernan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The weak link here was Susan Sage Heinzelman, it was like she was just reading her notes. Lectures have the capacity to impart emotion, something you would never know from her delivery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (297)

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    Joel says: "Enjoyable lecutre"
    "It falls short of my expectations"
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    What did you love best about Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition?

    It covers an extremely interesting time in history


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    The Great Courses, yes. This lecturer, probably not.


    What aspect of Professor Richard Wolfson’s performance would you have changed?

    The lack of the supporting notes was particularly noticed in this course. It's strange, when Audible offers the Modern Scholar series you get the notes in a PDF, why not The Great Courses?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Science: 1700-1900

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frederick Gregory
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    The scientific theories that were first discovered and made public in the years 1700-1900 are some of the most pivotal in history. Landmark theories of planetary motion, the workings of nature, and the speed of light were all ideas that took the world by storm. Now you can share in that story of discovery in a series of 36 lectures designed to give you a rock-solid understanding of the great discoveries of Newton, Darwin, Franklin, Pasteur, and so many others.

    Juha says: "My dream school would use these"
    "A wonderful journey of discovery"
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    Would you listen to The History of Science: 1700-1900 again? Why?

    Yes, it is so rich I think I would find fresh insights on a second listening


    Have you listened to any of Professor Frederick Gregory’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I listened to his lectures on Darwin and enjoyed them so much I immediately sought out his other lectures


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Thomas Cahill
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history - this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary audiobook. In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century.

    Christopher says: "Great story, bad decision to narrate your own book"
    "Great story, bad decision to narrate your own book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heretics and Heroes the most enjoyable?

    I love the author's books, I enjoy his approach to history


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Thomas Cahill?

    My personal favorite of those who have narrated his books is John Lee


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be put off by his pedestrian narration, listen to the whole series!

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2371)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2223)

    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.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "A mess of macho contradictions"
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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
    (144)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    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
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    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
    (922)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (565)

    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"
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    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
    (23194)
    Performance
    (14527)
    Story
    (14678)

    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"
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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
    (230)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    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"
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    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

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