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Matt

OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (314)

    In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

    Paul Bennett says: "Fine book, adequate narration"
    "American Exceptionalism at its finest…."
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    This book is another excellent reminder of the many sacrifices that this nation has made without asking for a single thing in return. In the history of the world this kind of effort to willingly sacrifice life and limb to protect and locate the cultural treasures (of our friends and enemies alike) is unprecedented. The book was very interesting, though like some of the other reviewers; I thought it started out a tad slow. Since you don’t have the physical book (which shows pictures of many of the works of art referenced), I would suggest writing down the names of the ones that interest you and then googling the images when near a computer. The pieces referenced are a “who’s who” in terms of the European masters—truly amazing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3428)
    Performance
    (1419)
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    (1427)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Great book! Incredible Man!"
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    Excellent book. Fascinating story of one of the most important people of the 20th century. He was literally a “living legend” for most of his life. For those of you who like a well-crafted biographies and/or enjoy science or physics—this is a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
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    (656)
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    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Well Done!"
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    I had just finished Einstein’s biography and I thought I might follow up with a book about Isaac Newton. This is the book I chose. It was very well done, even for the scientific laymen. The book does have a Newton focus, but it also goes into many of his contemporaries which I found equally interesting. The book would be a helpful read for those entering a basic Physics class. It is really effective at taking what could be difficult subject matter and tying it out to real life examples that most should be able to follow and understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
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    (89)
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    What makes a great man great? Seven Men offers answers in the captivating stories of some of the greatest men who have ever lived. In this gallery of greatness, seven historical figures come to life as real people who experienced struggles and challenges that probably would have destroyed the resolve of most other men. What was their secret?

    Matt says: "Good or Great?"
    "Good or Great?"
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    It will depend on what you already know about these seven gentlemen. The book is set up as basically seven mini biographies of seven of Metaxas' heroes. I had read a Chernow's biography on Washington and Metaxas' other book on Bonhoefffer, but knew little about the other figures. The book is intended to spark interest in each man leading you to read either more comprehensive biographies by other authors or read the works by the subjects themselves. Overall I thought it was well done and served the purpose that Metaxas set out to achieve. I would certainly recommend it to anybody who wants the "Readers Digest" version of these men's lives.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (1398)
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    (1299)
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    (1297)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Jay says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Amazing Story!!! Must read!!!"
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    I would give this book more than 5 stars if it would allow me. This is a must read! The first half of the book is an amazing account of Navy SEAL training; it really goes into great detail about what America's finest must endure to make it as a SEAL. The second half of the book is an absolutely riveting account operation Red Wing, what they all endure and what ultimately leads to the "Lone Survivor". Narration was superb. Overall just an excellent excellent book. I devoured it.....PS - the movie is out now. Read the book first, the movie (while still very good) leaves out some critical information that really adds to the appreciation of what these gentlemen went through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (704)
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    (710)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Hendie says: "I Understand!"
    "Bought it for my wife"
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    But I ended up listening to it as well. I have to say it was not my favorite. I do not like the writing style of going between the two stories, back and forth, back and forth…. So boring and no connection between them until the final chapters. The narration was weak; women doing men’s voices just doesn’t work for me…. personally I’d skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6237)
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    (2102)
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    (2109)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Homerun for Bryson"
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    I just picked this up on a whim. Loved it! For those of you who enjoy science I think you will too. It is basically a cliff notes version of every science class you ever took packed into a single book—chemistry, biology, physics, geology, paleontology, etc. Excellent narration and pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code to Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
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    (125)
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    (122)

    A man wakes to find himself lying on the ground in a railway station. He does not remember how he got there. He has forgotten where he lives. He cannot even remember his own name.

    William says: "Code to Zero"
    "Classic Follett"
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    I was halfway expecting to be disappointed with this book based on some of the other reviews. However, I was not. The book is not as good as some of his classics, but it was entertaining and well narrated. If you like Follett you will like it...if not, maybe. He's one of my favorites and I believe this is the last Follett book I had not read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (634)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Typical Hiaasen"
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    If you like his other books, you will like "Bad Monkey". I enjoy his writing style even though it is light. Frankly I'm surprised more of them have not been successful screenplays. His books are a good escape from the non-fiction that usually consumes my credits. Many of the reviewers are panning Arte Johnson's narration...not sure what the big deal was...I thought it was fine, in fact-- above average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America: Southern Biography Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Meredith Mason Brown
    • Narrated By Todd Barsness
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    Meredith Mason Brown traces Daniel Boone's life from his Pennsylvania childhood to his experiences in the militia and his rise as an unexcelled woodsman, explorer, and backcountry leader. In the process, we meet the authentic Boone: he didn't wear coonskin caps; he read and wrote better than many frontiersmen; he was not the first to settle Kentucky; he took no pleasure in killing Indians. At once a loner and a leader, a Quaker who became a skilled frontier fighter, Boone is a study in contradictions.

    Matt says: "Ok book...strange writing style"
    "Ok book...strange writing style"
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    Lots of interesting "tidbits", but the author's style did not particularly agree with me. I thought the book was choppy. He would start in on a particular narrative/setting, then jump back and forward over many years. Next chapter he would do the same thing. It was hard to follow Boone's progression as he aged since most of the book was written like this. Very strange for a biography.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3550)
    Performance
    (3164)
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    (3175)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Surprisingly Excellent!"
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    Nice job Bill O. It almost reads like a screenplay. It is no wonder Tom Hanks is making this into a movie.

    I learned quite a bit related to the assassination and the plot—things that I thought I would’ve/should’ve learned in history class. Unlike some of the reviewers, I actually enjoyed Bill’s narration.

    I am looking forward to reading your "Killing Kennedy".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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