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Grady

Commerce, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Rebel: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    A powerful and evocative story of the Civil War's first battle and the men who fought it.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "Great Historical Fiction"
    "Best audiobook series ever"
    Overall

    I finished listening to Tom Parker's superb narration of the Starbuck Chronicles over a month ago and I still have not been able to bring myself to start any new books. In some ways, you may wish you never listened to this series; everything else seems pale and boring by comparison. Cornwell's story-telling and Parker's narrative zest left me speechless. Indeed, it has taken me a month to even sit down and write this review. I certainly hope there is more to come.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (415)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Tedious, but thorough"
    Overall

    I agree with other reviewers who have quipped OK if you have patience. By midway through the book it was drudgery to keep going. I hung in there and in the end, found it to be only barely worth my time. My biggest disappointment was that this is a book about Oppie's political trials and tribulations; not about science. Even in retrospect I find it astounding that someone can write such a detailed account of Oppenheimer's life and say so little about the heart of the man's life...which was science. What you do get in full measure is intricate descriptions of who was meeting whom during which FBI wiretap and who testified against whom to save their owns skins. Thus, this was a book about personalities; not about the world-changing events that marked Oppie's life. A non-scientist with an interest in the McCarthy era may well enjoy this book thoroughly. But I, alas, did not.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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