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Melissa

Ames, IA USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frank Close
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    In Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , best-selling author Frank Close provides a compelling and lively introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe. The book begins with a guide to what matter is made up of and how it evolved, and goes on to describe the fascinating and cutting-edge techniques used to study it.

    Sergio says: "The best"
    "Informative, maybe better on paper"
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    Don't get me wrong, I learned a LOT from this book. I'll probably read it a few more times to absorb more. (I can do that easily since it isn't very long!) But, the section with all the equations is almost impossible to understand in audio format. Still, it was interesting to learn a little more about particle physics and how it relates to the big bang and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which was not yet running at the time of writing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3717)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2321)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "A new perspective"
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    Even if I had been more aware of Mongol history before I listened to this book, I would have still found this book fascinating. Although I felt this book probably had the pendulum swing a little too far from the western view of the Khans, even if a fraction of it is accurate (I believe it is) we've done the Mongolian Empire a disservice by portraying them as simpleminded, bloodthirsty barbarians. A very interesting read, even for one who doesn't read a lot in the genre of history.

    The narrator, Mr. Davis, was superb. There were a lot of foreign words to get right. He made it sound simple.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (488)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Fascinating"
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    I'll admit, like many westerners, I know relatively little about Africa, particularly Somalia and other Islamic states. After listening this book, I feel like

    This book is incredibly inspiring. It is brutally honest about the conditions Ms. Ali had to deal with. At times, it is painful and very hard to listen to.

    Although I tend to dislike authors reading their own work, I think Ms. Ali did a respectable job of it. Many of the names and terms would have been hard for a professional narrator to get correct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (319)

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "Fascinating journey"
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    This book was recommended after a friend suffered severe brain damage. Ms. Bolte Taylor provides a unique look into the process of brain damage and what the injured person goes through during recovery and that from the point of view of someone with a knowledge of brain anatomy.

    It's clear from the book that Ms. Bolte Taylor is a scientist and not an professional author or narrator. The writing was decent, but she should have had a professional read the book. I didn't feel self-narration added anything to the experience over what a professional narrator could have done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1487)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Rocked my world"
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    I don't think you need a background in probability or statistics to enjoy this book. There are no equations or theories to ponder. I do have a little background in the field and was already skeptical about human perception of the subject matter. This book, however, put real examples to my skepticism. I thoroughly enjoyed the examples and the explanations.

    This is one of the few audiobooks I plan to re-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1494)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (769)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Fun with genetics"
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    This book did a great job of showing how we as humans affect our plants' genetics, with or without modern biotechnology. I especially liked the handling of the apple, such a common food item. Little did I know how little I understood about the apple and its history.

    The reader does not need a background in science for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (761)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Steven Petersen says: "My favorite audio book"
    "Who knew a physicist could be so interesting!"
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    What did you love best about Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!?

    This book shows the less serious side of a man who took part in some historical times in the world of physics. The pranks he played were funny and ingenious, but what fascinated me was his interactions with some of the biggest named scientists of the past century. Of course, Mr. Feynman was an amazing contributor in his own right, but hearing his inside perspective was very interesting.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was too folksy. It felt like a little kids was reading. I don't know if this is how Mr. Feynman really talked, but it was annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3606)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2525)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "An engrossing listen"
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    With books written in the first person, I find I can judge my enjoyment by how much I believe the story is true. In this respect, Irving and Barret do an incredible job painting a believable set of characters and story. I hadn't heard of this book before, but took a chance. After several hours of listening, I had to look up the book see if it was fiction or not! Irving is a master storyteller. He carefully exposes more and more about the characters and story along the way, never giving away too much at a time. Given this gradual exposition, the excitement ramps up bit by bit. The beginning starts out slow, but hang on. It gets better. I thought it went a little over the top in places, but the rest of the book made up for those weaker spots.

    This book doesn't belong into the "faith" category as some have stated. Yes, some of the characters hold strong religious and political beliefs, but that helps make them real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2369)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1226)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "A fun listen"
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    I am not a vampire aficionado, so I was a little hesitant to choose this book. I had listened to Moore's Fool and enjoyed his irreverent style in that book. This book did not disappoint. You don't need to be a big vampire lit fan for this book, just sit back and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss New India

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bharati Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Farah Bala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (87)

    Anjali Bose is Miss New India. Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjali's prospects dont look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to other powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny.

    Ember says: "Worth the credit, and your ears!"
    "An enjoyable listen"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. In fact, until I looked it up on the internet, I had assumed it wasn't fiction! (Although, toward the end it was clear it was fiction. It got rather silly.)

    The story line itself was decent, but nothing spectacular. I enjoyed more the backdrop of India and modern Indian culture, as well as the historical perspective from both the British and Indian side thanks to the old British lady the main character lives with for a while.

    Bala does a pretty good job with the narration. The accents she uses lend some authenticity to my rather naive ears. Maybe somebody who knows the actual fine points of regional Indian accents could critique them, but they were good enough for me. There were some awkward points in the narration, but those seemed to mirror to the "English Language Learner" status of the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (337)

    At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels.

    Bob says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "A story of deep friendship"
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    I am so thrilled to have found this series by chance. It is far from my normal reading habits. This third book takes you on an exciting journey around the world. It was clear in previous books that Aubrey and Maturin were good friends, but this book develops that friendship and shows how incredibly deep it has become. I thought by now that the ship fights would get old, but O'Brian manages to keep them fresh. Surprisingly, I find I actually look forward to them. Tull does another amazing job reading this book. With the various accents and the way he takes his time, pausing in all the right places, this book was a joy to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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