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Warren

Merced, CA, USA

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  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "Splendid"
    Overall

    This book caught my attention immediately. Having always wanted to learn a little about the history of Africa was the reason I bought it. I was captivated by the clever storytelling of Dugard. He brought together each character with skill and kept up the pace and suspense of what was going to happen next at just the right tempo. This is no Cliff Notes on the history of these people, but quite well researched. Especially nice was the epilogue telling of what eventually happened to each major character. I found myself anxious to get in the car to listen to more of it and even parked in a quiet place one day to finish a particular exciting chapter. This writer is equal to Stephen Ambrose or Rick Atkinson.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hitler's Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil's Pact

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Cornwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When Hitler came to power in the 1930s, Germany had led the world in science, mathematics, and technology for nearly four decades. But while the fact that Hitler swiftly pressed Germany's scientific prowess into the service of a brutal, racist, xenophobic ideology is well known, few realize that German scientists had knowingly broken international agreements and basic codes of morality to fashion deadly weapons even before World War I.

    Dave says: "Excellent due to great content and reader"
    "Marginally Informative"
    Overall

    I admit that I was hoping for sinister details of the terrible work of Dr Mengele, but found mostly information about the atomic discoveries. I was disappointed to be lectured on what I should do in my own generation. There is quite a lot of well presented information concerning the progression of the war and how it affected the scientists of Germany. The two stars refer to the excellent research and simply explained incredible major discoveries of men and women from the beginning of the 20th century through the middle. The three missing stars reflect the unnecessary flogging about responsibility that I as a reader didn't ask for and don't deserve. It made me think but then I resented the author's use of his advertised history book as a pulpit. I would have enjoyed much more information on the details of discovery of commonplace things like how plasma transfusions were discovered and saved so many troops. I wish I had only half my money back.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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