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Edward A. Kokkila

Member Since 2006

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  • Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By B. Alan Wallace
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Bridging the gap between the world of science and the realm of the spiritual, Wallace, a pioneer of modern consciousness research, offers a practical and revolutionary method for exploring the mind that combines the keenest insights of contemporary physics and philosophers with the time-honored meditative traditions of Buddhism.

    Michael says: "An exciting vision of a new science."
    "Great thinking material!"
    Overall

    I agree with Kal, Michael, and Bernard. This book does not denigrate any religion but identifies most closely with buddhist teachings. Having read Anathem recently, I second Kal's comment that, if one has read either of these books, then one should read the other as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chindi: Academy Series

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    The universe has been explored - and humanity has all but given up on finding other intelligent life. Then an alien satellite orbiting a distant star sends out an unreadable signal. Is it the final programmed gasp of an ancient, long-dead race? Or the first greeting of an undiscovered life form?

    Robert says: "Everything You Want in a Sci-Fi Novel"
    "Too much time rescuing Tor"
    Overall

    This book started out with great potential but gradually degenerated into drawn out rescue operations for the hapless Tor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4907)
    Performance
    (2635)
    Story
    (2679)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "I will run again!"
    Overall

    I was a long distance runner at one time in my life, but, after breaking my ankle many years ago, I was never really able to get back into it. I found this book to be just the catalyst to inspire me to "re-learn" how to run.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (309)

    A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

    Jennifer says: "A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers"
    "Well Done!"
    Overall

    I couldn't offer a better review than that given by Jennifer, except that I rate this book a five because it succeeded in completely captivating my attention for several days - without any distractions that detract from the story. The narration was excellent.

    This book brought back memories of trudging through the forests of Upper Michigan with my Dad and friends during the 1960's, in search of the mythical (to us) Cliff Lake which was reputed to offer some of the best fishing anywhere. It took us many summers but we eventually found it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: Retrieval Artist, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (275)

    Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Joshua says: "An Intriguing New Universe"
    "Repetitive"
    Overall

    What more can I say without being equally repetitive? The author repeats herself so many times, by way of 'explaining' alien behavior (for instance) that it seems like what she is really doing is simply padding her story to fill a word count quota. Very tedious to endure audibly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5132)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2224)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Excellent blend of fact and (fiction?)"
    Overall

    This story was so well written that it was hard to tell where fact devolved into fiction. In fact, much of what I thought might be fiction turned out to be fact (e.g. the recently declassified cuban plots). I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes a good spy story with more than a smattering of truth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Terror

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of HMS Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. The real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness, stalking their ship, snatching and brutally killing their fellow seamen.

    Edward A. Kokkila says: "Great Story - better if unabridged"
    "Great Story - better if unabridged"
    Overall

    I have read several books by Dan Simmons - all of them great. When I saw "The Terror" at the bookstore, I immediately checked to see if it was available on Audible. It was, but I was disappointed to see that it was abridged. Nevertheless, I purchased it and thoroughly enjoyed Simon Vances reading of this intriguing fictional account of what happened to "The Terror" and her sister ship the "The Erebus". I gave four stars instead of five, only because it was abridged. I hope Audible provides more titles by Dan Simmons.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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