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Don

Fresno, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (670)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "Great job Card"
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    I love all of the books I have read from Card. This is the first one I listened to and was not disappointed. This was written before the Ender series and though vastly different, is similarly themed: Expand past your prejudices and become something greater and affect change for the better. I really enjoyed this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (472)

    A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

    Laura says: "Surprisingly Revealing"
    "Not what I was expecting...but.."
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    I felt sick when I listened to this book.
    The cast of characters were despicable.
    If anything was too big to fail it was their individual ego's.

    I am glad I purchased this book for the perspective it provides. It provided me with a better understanding of the markets and the people behind them.

    The book does not spend a lot of time going into causes or ways to avoid this problem in the future. It is more like a series of snap shots over time that show events unfold over time. The perspective is rather clinical in nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2996)
    Performance
    (1832)
    Story
    (1849)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "One of my favorite series!"
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    I loved loved loved this series. Great science fiction. Great characters. I could not wait to listen to this book each day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2300)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1481)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "This should be required reading!"
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    This book is fantastic.
    It is not dry, boring, slow, which you might expect for a subject like cancer.
    It is technical, but only so much as a laymen needs to understand the basics.
    It is so well organized that it easy to see the progression of our research and understanding of the disease. This is the best part of the book, because this could easily become so overwhelming that you could get lost. Siddhartha makes the book right here.
    It is so informative. I now understand the current theory on the cause of cancer and understand what I can and cannot do to protect myself and my family.
    It is moving. Siddhartha has done a magnificent job of conveying the hopes, fears, excitement, disappointment, death, and life of the people in this book. I found myself connected to the people and patients.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charles Seife
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    For the past 50 years, governments and research teams have tried to bottle the sun with lasers, magnets, sound waves, and particle beams, struggling to harness the power of fusion. Again and again, they have failed, disgracing generations of scientists. Throughout this fascinating journey, Charles Seife introduces us to the daring geniuses, villains, and victims of fusion science.

    Robert Goldston says: "Focused on the Lone Wolves"
    "I loved the first half, skipped through the second"
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    The first half of the book is great. The author discusses the scientific advances in both fusion and fission. Unfortunately, he dedicates a large portion of the 2nd half of the book to cold fusion, which should have only received mention. It is unfortunate because he really had something. Overall I would still recommend the book if you have any interest in the science behind nuclear power.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3772)
    Performance
    (2336)
    Story
    (2369)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    "Wow!"
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    An amazing book, both in story and delivery. Both the story and writing style are still current even though more than 60 years have passed. This is a must read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (476)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "An interesting listen."
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    I really enjoyed this book. It gets a little slow in places where the author develops the history and back story, but overall it was an amazing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (591)

    Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

    Ethan M. says: "Science fiction in Deep time"
    "An interesting story"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was not a typical science fiction book where the ideas and concepts are contemporary with a futuristic setting. The author also does a good job not following traditional plots and themes. I never knew what to expect next. I was disappointed when it ended because there was so many questions and possabilities that still existed. Another sign of a good book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9902)
    Performance
    (4831)
    Story
    (4860)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Entertaining"
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    This was a very entertaining book. The time flew by as I listened. If you like his other books you will like this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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