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Memphis, Tenessee | Member Since 2008

  • 8 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 380 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
    • Narrated By Johny Heller

    About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

    Batman says: "History can be entertaining."
    "History can be entertaining."

    This is not a book to be used for the scholarly study of history, but it is a great book for making you think about history and want to know more. I have listened to it twice, a little bit at a time and still enjoy it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andrew Cockburn
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner

    This essential, pause-resister narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld explores how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing.

    Batman says: "Introduction"

    Good topic but too short. Starts you thinking but needs more. No real discussion of opposing views.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Most Entertaining Audio Book Ever."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Protagonist sense of humor made me laugh out loud even when discussing science and math problems!

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Plot was very engrossing story about being stranded on Mars, but the hero's smart aleck reactions and comments made me laugh. Couldn't wait to get back and hear more.

    Any additional comments?

    Adapt, improvise and overcome obstacles was the plot, but the humor made it as entertaining as a stand-up comic. Narration was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer

    From politics to the personal, from fashion to food, from the campus to the locker room, the desire to be cool has infected all aspects of our lives. At its most harmless, it is annoying. At its worst, it is deadly, on a massive scale. The Cool are the termites of life, infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within. The Cool report the news, write the scripts, teach our children, run our government - and each day they pass judgment on those who don’t worship their coolness.

    nick says: "Severely Biased with some really good points"
    "Political rant, not a literary work"
    What would have made Not Cool better?

    Humor? Facts?

    What was most disappointing about Greg Gutfeld’s story?

    Mostly right-wing political rant. Might as well listen to FoxNews editorial.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I recognized.

    3 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Laugh and Scream"
    If you could sum up This Town in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, funny and disgusting

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The total lack of connection between This Town and the planet Earth.

    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Some humor and perfectly understated.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The politicians discussing the "stupid" people they represent while eating lobster and drinking champagne.

    Any additional comments?

    Laughed one minute and screamed obscenities the next. Entertaining and disgusting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Engrossing story"
    If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

    Apocalyptic adventure with a touch of magic. Great story that really pulls you in but I was a little disappointed by the "magic" elements. Still a great listen.

    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    Reader did a good job of changing voices and accents. Made it very realistic without overdoing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Postman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction. He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale.

    Delbert Ealy says: "Excellent!!"
    Where does The Postman rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 10% of audio books.

    What did you like best about this story?

    A truly interesting story.

    Which character ??? as performed by David LeDoux ??? was your favorite?

    The Postman, of course.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. One needs to stop and think about some of the concepts in this book. It is not mere entertainment.

    Any additional comments?

    Great listen! Of course it was much better than the movie. Causes you to think as well as entertains you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "Good, but only a part of the story"
    What made the experience of listening to Manhunt the most enjoyable?

    Some good inside information.

    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    Did not realize that Bin Laden was living a mile or so from a military school at which American troops taught Pakistani troops.

    Any additional comments?

    I still want to know who turned the electricity off in that portion of Abbottabad. How did that happen? How much did we know about Pakistani treachery?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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