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V. Reggiannini

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Boston, MA | Listener Since 2001

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  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (202)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "Informative, straight-forward."
    Overall

    I liked the book. Some interesting history and the background to the dawn of the space race. The narrator had a tone and pace that was neither over-bearing or monotonous.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    In this encore to his classic 1987 unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward), Jeffrey Young examines Jobs' remarkable resurgence, one of the most amazing business comeback stories in years.

    Blair says: "Steve Jobs History painted with a wide brush"
    "I liked it..."
    Overall

    It's a not-so-flattering, but fact based biography of one of America's iconic figures in technology. Jobs is less a technophile, than a modern day hippy determined to control, guide, father the companies and ideas he manages. He may have his detractors, his enemies and his nay-sayers, but the man has magnetism and undeniable charm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Here is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary tale that brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century.

    Scott says: "Excellent, but very sad it's abridged"
    "Disappointed..."
    Overall

    I was expecting a fact based history, but instead got this melodramatic early-afternoon soap-opera shlock. My fault really, I should have read the description a little more carefully.
    If you want "Days of our Lives" set in late Greek history then this is what you want.
    Otherwise, steer clear.


    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6666)
    Performance
    (2482)
    Story
    (2493)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "A must have for your library."
    Overall

    If you own any audiobook, you MUST own this one. This is what Audible wants from all it's audiobooks. It's deep, witty, endlessly addictive to listen to and brilliantly written by Bryson.

    I owned the abridged version at first, which was amusingly narrated by Bryson himself. It was good, Bryson was effective in his delivery but the unabridged version is perfection. The narrator is glib, articulate and just serious enough to give the many Bryson humorous tidbits the dryly stinging delivery they need.

    I've listened to this book hundreds of times, learning something new every time I hear bits and pieces of its 18+ hours of dialogue.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life Beyond Earth

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferris
    • Narrated By Timothy Ferris
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The story of man's search for life elsewhere in the universe is told in this magnificent ground-breaking audio, by one of the world's most respected science communicators, Professor Timothy Ferris. In this audio, Ferris combines new discoveries about the origins of life as we know it on Earth with recent revelations about the sun's planets and their moons in order to seek out possible abodes for life in our solar system and beyond.

    Marc says: "Life Beyond Earth"
    "A pale shadow of the PBS show."
    Overall

    I've long been enamoured with the "Life Beyond Earth" presentation I originally watched on PBS years ago. The show falls oh-so close to perfection; effortlessly able to evoke awe, wonder and downright mind-blowing concepts backeded by a perfect narration by Timmothy Ferris and a fantastic and original musical score.

    This audiobook can't compare to the original showing, only offering a short prologue by Ferris with anything new. It does little more than remind me of the brilliance of the original television production, with a moving and heartfelt dedication to the late Carl Sagan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Education of a Coach

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Bill Belichick's 31 years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success, most recently with the New England Patriots. In this groundbreaking new book, David Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man behind it. He uncovers what makes Bill Belichick tick both on and off the field.

    V. Reggiannini says: "Well done..."
    "Well done..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed the audiobook. From the clear reading by the narrator to the depth and quality of research and thoroughness that we've come to expect from the late David Halberstam, this audiobook delivers. I've long been a fan of Belichick's professional approach towards his craft, and the brilliance in which he manipulates cold hard facts with the greater unknowns of human nature and motivation.

    The narrator takes the subject matter a bit too seriously for me at times, which otherwise only slightly detracts from a very entertaining "listen".

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Superheroes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.

    Shaquille says: "To much irrelvent information"
    "More Mainstream Subjects"
    Overall

    For the most part this audio book was interesting, but the author spends an inordinate amount of time on subjects very few people may have even heard of. I seem to recall the author visiting the subject of "Ducks" (yes, Ducks...you'd have to hear it to believe it) a bit too often. His science seems a bit weak, too.

    Hearing more about mainstream Superheroes and perhaps the psychological implications of their powers and less about the history of comic books might have made this a thoroughly enjoyable book. As is, it's only "promsing" and ocassionally attention grabbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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