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Jonathan

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  • Mark Twain's Library of Humor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner, Thomas Bailey Aldrich
    • Narrated By Marni Webb, Richard Russ
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Master wit Mark Twain selected these 27 stories himself by 15 of his favorite 19th century authors. The order follows that which Twain placed them in in the original anthology, published in 1888. He indulged his comic fancy rather than making a textbook in which all themes or authors are placed together, saying that "This way you will have to peruse the whole thing before discovering that one of your favorites is not included." However, it is no joke that these are the authors represented: Charles Dudley Warner, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Eugene Field, William D. Howells, James M. Bailey, Joel Chandler Harris, Katherine Kent Child Walker, Robert J. Burdette, Sam Davis, Artemus Ward, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Francis Lee Pratt, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Frederick W. Cozzens, and Twain himself.

    john says: "Must Read Period Peice"
    "Mixed bag"
    Overall

    Good stories, some of which are well narrated, but not as interesting as the title suggests. These are mainly stories by other authors, not Twain. And while some are quite good, others are downright boring. OK for historical perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the American People

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Johnson's monumental history of the United States, from the first settlers to the Clinton administration, covers every aspect of American culture: politics, business, art, literature, science, society and customs, complex traditions, and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A British conservative's view of American history."
    "Interesting but strongly biased; not to be trusted"
    Overall

    I was very pleased with this book and recording through the periods for which I had no personal experience. But when it got to "modern" times (ca. 1900 onwards), which I have studied as well as lived, I realized that the author is strongly biased and indeed does not provide an accurate historical account, but rather a philosophical and political one. This, of course, means I do not trust the history before 1900, as I'm sure the same bias exists. I couldn't stand to even listen to the book after he starts in on the 1960s, as he is both wrong and strongly prejudiced. I do not recommend.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Time moves forward, not backward---everyone knows you can't unscramble an egg. In the hands of one of today's hottest young physicists, that simple fact of breakfast becomes a doorway to understanding the Big Bang, the universe, and other universes, too. In From Eternity to Here, Sean Carroll argues that the arrow of time, pointing resolutely from the past to the future, owes its existence to conditions before the Big Bang itself---a period of modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed.

    Jonathan says: "Best summary of modern cosmology yet, but...."
    "Best summary of modern cosmology yet, but...."
    Overall

    Ponderous, yes. Comprehensive, yes, yes. Up to date--wow. Carroll is a genius at seeing the links between critical ideas. I have heard him lecture on physics through the Teaching Company, and this book is far superior. But it is hard going, and sadly the publisher has not provided the figures to go with it, so it is difficult to follow some of Carroll's arguments. I recommend the first section to get your feet under you, the last section to review, and in between just listen and be amazed. This book will change your perspectives on both time and the universe. And you will get lots of exercise in the process.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Brinkley
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    In this groundbreaking epic biography, Douglas Brinkley draws on never-before-published materials to examine the life and achievements of our "naturalist president." By setting aside more than 230 million acres of wild America for posterity between 1901 and 1909, Theodore Roosevelt made conservation a universal endeavor. This crusade for the American wilderness was perhaps the greatest U.S. presidential initiative between the Civil War and World War I.

    Robert says: "Inspirational"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I thought this would be a comprehensive history of TR as well as his environmental activities. It is not. Not only is it poorly organized, it is incredibly boring. I gave up after a few chapters.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Science: A Sweeping Visage of Science and its History

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    This is a sweeping look at science, its history and philosophy from the Middle Ages to the present, with special emphasis on defining science within the cultural context of the age, who was doing science at the time, and what their goals were in conducting science. This course reflects Dr. Shermer's doctoral training at Claremont Graduate School.

    F-M says: "Old and bad sound recording"
    "Professor???"
    Overall

    This is not worth the time or money. Poorly organized, broken by many extraneous interruptions, read from out-of-date notes, and given by a "professor" who is no more an academic than a high school student. I was completely disappointed and unhappy with this book and amazed that the Audible description was so inaccurate. If I could get my money back, I would.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (505)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Absolutely first rate"
    Overall

    Not only an incredibly well written biography done by a biographic wizard, but narration that brings this very long story alive. Short of hearing Churchill tell his own story, I can't imagine a better job.

    0 of 0 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
    (929)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (544)

    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"
    "Long but well worth the time"
    Overall

    The biography is engaging and energetic. The narration is a bit flat, but not to the point where one wants to give up listening. All in all a lesson worth learning.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (59)

    What really happened in the Marabar caves? Adela Quested arrives in Chandrapore, India, prepared to marry a British magistrate who exemplifies the narrow-minded, anti-Indian projudices of the imperial bureaucracy. But she soon meets the charming and mercurial Dr. Aziz, who offers to show her the "real" India. An expedition to the famed Marabar caves ends in explosive accusations and a schism that foreshadows the eventual end of British rule in India.

    Benedict says: "What a pleasant surprise"
    "First rate narration"
    Overall

    The story is, of course, a great classic. But it comes alive with the outstanding narration. I recommend without reservation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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