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Brigham

Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Black Hole War: My Battle to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Leonard Susskind
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed that it did - and in doing so, put at risk everything we know about the fundamental laws of the universe. Leonard Susskind and Gerard 't Hooft realized the threat and responded with a counterattack that changed the course of physics.

    Matthew says: "Good, but has its flaws"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Suskind does a good job explaining Quantum Mechanics and String Theory while chronicling his adventure battling with Stephen Hawking and the rest of the Physics community about black holes. Also get a strong sense of Susknid's charachter. Great narration.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (231)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "Excellent and Vivid"
    Overall

    This is a superb book about Iraq and the narrator is the best reader I have heard on audible so far. Very vivid and engaging story. Incredibly well written.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nikita Khrushchev: The Leaders Series (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Alan Reid
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne, Full Cast
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Nikita Krushchev: a miner's son, a rough and simple peasant, a revolutionary, an ardent party worker, and eventually one of the two most powerful men in the world. A cheerful figure at ease among cornfields, or on a factory floor; or hostile at the United Nations, taunting and accusing the West. On a state visit to the USA, he famously said, "We will bury you"; at the UN he once removed a shoe to bang it on the desk to make a point.

    Brigham says: "Excellent, but short"
    "Excellent, but short"
    Overall

    I probably did not pay attention to the length of the book when I bought this because I would not normally buy something so short. However I do not regret this because it was a very good dramatazation and gives a very different view of Khrushchev from the usual western view and propaganda. I learned that he was one of the greatest Soviet leaders who transformed their culture and civilization - Ending political assasinations, denouncing Poland, and engaging the western world in dialog more than any leader previously. Also freed the prisoners from the gulags in Siberia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Korean War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. Max Hastings, preeminent military historian, takes us back to the bloody, bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950.

    David says: "Well worth it"
    "Very Dry Narration"
    Overall

    Narration is so dry it is hard to fallow sometimes. The writing is also a bit plain most of the time. I would like to find a better history of the Korean war!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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