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William

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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  • 14 ratings
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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (145)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "Mentally Relaxing"
    Overall

    I've just finished three books on the financial meltdown so this has been a welcomed diversion. It's a travel log/ tow surfing intro/ wave science intro and the subject matter is light. I find the reader excellent which is important with audiobooks.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eliza Griswold
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The tenth parallel - the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator - is a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. More than half of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims live along the tenth parallel; so do sixty percent of the world’s 2 billion Christians. Here, in the buzzing megacities and swarming jungles of Africa and Asia, is where the two religions meet; their encounter is shaping the future of each faith, and of whole societies as well.

    Robert says: "Beyond the Middle East"
    "Excellent Audio Book"
    Overall

    There's LOT'S of information and facts. She quotes from both the Koran and the Holy Bible. I believe she handles both sacred texts correctly. My only dislike was her constant attempts to provide information to promote the global warming agenda. I was CONSTANTLY polled about this subject in 2007 & 2008 to the point where I became very annoyed. With all the billion dollar bailouts and trillion dollar deficits it isn't one of my major concerns. She should leave global warming to experts, like Al Gore.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (136)

    A largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to the citizenry nor to standard military legal codes, these largely unregulated corporate armies are being entrusted with ever-greater responsibilities on behalf of the nation.

    Stanley says: "Truly frightening"
    "Tried but failed"
    Overall

    This could've been a good book but it's not. I had to force myself to completely listen to book 1. Book 2 was at least bearable. The book should be called "Why I hate Christians"

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (539)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "One of the Best"
    Overall

    I'm a long haul Portland, Or to Newark, Nj truck driver and this is one of the best audio books I've ever listened to. If you're tired of the talking heads, stockmarket news and just want to get away for a while, this is an excellent listen. This book has changed how I think and how I handle different situations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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