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Tucson, AZ | Member Since 2013

  • 11 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 550 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kolbert
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Taking listeners from the melting Alaskan permafrost to storm-torn New Orleans, acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science, draws frightening parallels to lost civilizations, and presents the moving tales of people who are watching their worlds disappear.

    Andy says: "just the facts"
    "Very well done!"

    I came to the subject of Global Warming with only a vague concern, and very little bias. Sure, my wife and I each drive a Prius and we recycle, but before reading this book I wasn't really <b><i>worried</i></b>. Now, I'm keeping watch for ways to be part of the solution.

    The book is well written with an easy style. The author weaves scientific elements into the story of human life, making the listen both interesting and informative. While I found the middle of the book to drag a bit, the last chapters more than made up for any necessary foundation laid therein.

    Thank you, Elizabeth Kolbert, for your clear and scientific explanation of the facts that fuel the fears of global warming. I wish everyone would read this book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Well written, but sad"

    The book is well written, and it gives you a voyeuristic view into Afghanistan, but it's so sad. I bought this book because someone said it’s not like his previous book, Kite Runner, which was also really sad to me. But it is sad. That’s why I gave it 3 stars. If you can bear the tragedy of lives destroyed by a God dishonoring culture and war mongering men, then you’ll love this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Six Frigates

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang

    Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

    George Carpenter III says: "BE ADVISED THIS BOOK IS ABRIDGED"

    If you enjoyed John Adams and 1776 (not the same author, but similar in genre), you'll love Six Frigates. As is usually the case with this type of book, I feel the need to listen a second time to catch the details I missed, but it will be as pleasant the second time as it was the first. Great book, well read and it gave me tidbits to share at my next get-together with friends.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Why People Believe Weird Things

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer

    UFO abductions, television psychics, paranormal phenomena, skeptics and believers alike, find themselves debating truths and lies in the strange web of pseudoscience and the occult. Now, director of the Skeptics Society Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons why we find other worldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

    Leilah says: "Smart"
    "Read the reviews ..."

    Why didn't I read the reviews? Wasted a credit on this book. The other reviewers nailed it: Michael Shermer has an axe to grind. I wanted to be entertained, not listen to Shermer drone on about his personal opinions.

    Worse yet, in addition to talking off the top of his head (he don't need no stinkin' research), Shermer fails to apply the rules to his own cherished beliefs.

    For example, he describes the odds against alien abduction as astronomical. (For the record, I don't subscribe to ailien abductions.) I doubt he understands the term "astronomical" (1 chance in 10 to 50th power) because he easily accepts evolution, which requires belief in an incredulous 1 chance in 10 to the 117th power for the formation of the simplest protein, let alone animated life. (By the way that's not twice as unlikely, but rather 67 magnitudes less likely.)

    Go ahead, believe in evolution if you must, preach it if you want, but don't try to justify your religion by invoking the virtues of math. (All praise be to Darwin! Darwin saves!)

    Save you money and your credits! It's not even entertaining.

    5 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Shame on you Michael Crighton"

    This was my first Crighton book and while it was entertaining, the ending was juvenile and unprofessional. It was simply incongruous with good writing, but since I enjoyed the overall story, I choose to overlook the gaff … that is, until I learned of Mr. Crighton’s stand on <b><font color=red>global warming</font></b>.

    Michael Crichton has just published a novel called, State of Fear, in which he says global warming is all in the human mind. It’s my understanding that <u>George W. Bush</u> bases his global warming policy, at least in part, on Mr. Crighton’s opinion. This being the case, I feel compelled to speak out.

    Save your book credit. ? Don’t encourage him. ? Maybe he’ll go away. ? Global warming won’t.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
    • Narrated By Eric Conger

    Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.

    Christian says: "Not really within six weeks"
    "Yes ... it's a man's diet"

    I'd like to thank all the women who wrote reviews, criticizing the book as a man's diet. It is, and I like it that way. Women don't seem to understand the psychology of men, not even the simplest things. The author, editor of Men's Health, knows both the topic and the mentality of his gender.

    The diet is doable, even enjoyable. The reasoning for getting started as well as the explanation for why it works is compelling. The author's humor, however sophomoric, was entertaining and I devoured the book. Started the diet even before I finished the read, and I've lost 4 lbs in less than 2 weeks ... and enjoyed myself immensely.

    Women beware ... this is a man's book. Don't look for Abs Diet on Oprah's Book List.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Abs Diet Personal Trainer

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
    • Narrated By Owen McKibben

    Now you can get a personal trainer to work out with you whenever and wherever you want for less than the cost of a new pair of shorts! In his best-selling The Abs Diet, David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health, developed a plan to boost your metabolism, flatten your stomach, and keep you lean for life. The Abs Diet Personal Trainer coaches the listener through a total body workout using The Abs Diet exercise plan. Use it at home, in the gym, or when you're on the road.

    Frank Burgos says: "Excellent workout"
    "Just what I needed"

    If you know your way around the gym, then you may not need this trainer, but I did. Sure, I understand how to operate the equipment, but beyond that, I don't know what I'm doing at the gym. By loading this book on my iPod, I could confidently stroll around the machines, pump out my circuit and for the first time, look like I actually belong there ... like I know what I'm doing.

    It's only been 2 weeks, so I can't say I have abs of steel, but I have lost 4 lbs so far on the Abs diet. The real benefit of this plan is that <b><font color=darkgreen>I now look forward to working out</font></b> ... something I've never felt before. For that alone, I give this book the top rating!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

    William says: "The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!"
    "Not for me"

    Writing a book is a monumental task and so I hesitate to disparage the tome, but you might think twice before plunking down your money. I know I wish I could get mine back.

    The story may be artfully crafted, but the characters are shallow people with potty mouths. If the cardinal rule of writing is to "avoid cliches like the plague" then Haig is the Typhoid Mary of authors. In reference to the police, he used the expression "coppers." Give me a break and come up with some original dialog.

    I deleted the book from my device after only a couple hours into the first download. I just couldn't finish it, even if the question of "Who did it?" remained unanswered. I just couldn't bear the insipid dialog, gratuitously foul language, offensive stereotyping and sophomoric sexual references any longer. I queued up "The Notebook" and was instantly ushered into a world of beautiful language and artfully crafted storyline ... and that was just the first 5 minutes.

    Nope! I'm not impressed with this book and won't ever get another by this author.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "<font color=navy>Fresh idea-- well executed</font>"

    <b><font color=darkred>I haven't been this moved by a book in a long time.</font></b>

    Couldn't sleep after finishing it. My mind kept drifting off to Henry and Claire. Very moving storyline and well written-- expecially with respect to the way the author removed the standard objection of time travel stories.

    I wholeheartedly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Captivating, accurate, but with some flaws"

    <font color=red><b>Very interesting</b></font>, and as far as I can tell, portrays Russian culture very, very accurately. (I've associated with Russians for over a decade and I've figured a few things out.) It follows historical events pretty closely. Tension between East and West Berlin, Cuban missile crisis, Bay of Pigs, assassination of Pope Paul I (this is conjecture, I'm sure), Iran-Contra, the Russian attack against Yeltsen's White House and many other events that sound familiar but don't have such specific titles.

    The author adds many twists and turns that <b>keep you interested</b> for the entire 40 hours, but adds much unnecessary graphic immorality. Starik, for example, in addition to being the most powerful KGB officer is also a practicing pedophile. That was unnecessary, as was much of the cursing. The author also writes from a Man's point of view. His women view casual sex as one would expect a man to, not as we expect women to. He also uses the same expressions over and over, such as "He screwed up his face" and "The waitress slipped the check under the ashtray." <i>(Picky, I know, but it's a writer thing.)</i>

    The most valuable thing I got from it was a Russian toast:
    <b><font color=navy>??? ?????? ?????? ???????????? ????</font></b>
    (To the success of our hopeless task)

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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