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gerry

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  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (442)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "A Wonderful Perspective Into a Philospher Warrior"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mr Marlantes provides a rare glimpse into the mind of a Rhodes scholar who has experienced the extremes of war, and whose intellect allows him to share a deeper understanding of humanity and war. I cannot do his vision justice in this brief review, and recommend you give it a listen.


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

    Bronson's performance matches that of the Matterhorn, with its collection of entertaining voices, but here his voice talent shines in the many quotes from ancient foreign books and myths.


    Any additional comments?

    Previous reviews noted a wish for more gripping war stories per Mattehorn, but I was pleasantly surprised at the way he explained Matterhorn events as real life horrors for him - which made the book even more meaningful for me.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Black: The Secret Terror Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gray Barker
    • Narrated By Michael Hacker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Men in Black: The Secret Terror Among Us was the last major work by West Virginia author Gray Barker, a legendary figure in the history of ufology. In many respects, this is the sequel to his earlier best sellers They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (a chronicle of the harassment faced by early UFO researchers) and The Silver Bridge (Barker's on-the-scene investigation of the Mothman events of the 1960s). Since Barker died a year after the release of MIB: Secret Terror, it was not widely distributed.

    ron says: "its entertaining"
    "More than the Original Book which is Good and Bad"
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    Often these books are better read than listened to. This is one as there are references to photos that do nothing for a reader.
    Also, I was not prepared for more than one story to be involved, but the main story is supplemented by introductory stories and post scripts by various authors and it gets confusing. If I read it again it would help to clarify the flow but won't bother. The subject story is good and the add-ons do expand and enhance the story and mystery. Unfortunately, as a newcomer to this genre, some of the references are confusing. I sense that may be the point in providing an intrigue to the subject.
    In summary, it was entertaining at parts and, although the nature of the subject cannot provide answers, it really leaves you more confused than you were at the start by exposing layers of intrigue and many directions of inquiry. It was entertaining, but where to go next ???

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

    Eric says: "Wow!"
    "More Anti-Christian than a History of Geometry"
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    The title is self explanatory. The Author was providing a detailed explanation on development of geometry and logical thought until took a strange turn. He decided to deliberately criticize and document the mistakes of Christianity in its infancy and through the middle ages. These are all well known and many books are dedicated to them. I was hoping to read an unbiased account of the history of geometry, but was treated to a diversionary treatise about the evils of my religion. The book could have made reference to the factual accounts of the church misdeeds without gloating or noting repeatedly how destructive it was. After all, hindsight is 20-20.

    I believe that this book could have been written more objectively and still tell a great story, but unfortunately it seemed to be conveying two themes - one of which was not advertised and for me was a wasted credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Interview: Reader's Edition

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lawrence Spencer
    • Narrated By Lyanne Greystoke
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Copies of two letters, Top Secret military transcripts, and notes from the late Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy, an Army Air Force nurse at the Roswell Army Air Field 509th Bomb Group in 1947. In her letters she asserts that the transcripts are an exact recording of a series of interviews she conducted with an extraterrestrial being as part of her official duty as a flight nurse in the U.S. Army Air Force. During July and August she interviewed a saucer pilot who crashed near Roswell, New Mexico on July 8, 1947.

    dorota says: "Captivating and eye opening."
    "Great Fiction Story"
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    While reading this, my bullshit meter started to go off quite quickly. A simple google of Lawrence Spencer quickly points to a couple of websites claiming this to be a hoax. Mr. Lawrence is a self proclaimed Scientologist and this story makes references to words that were not in our vocabulary in 1947.

    Now with that out of the way, this is a great story, albeit short, and likely could have been successful, even if marketed as fiction.

    Read it, if you like a fair sci-fi read, but the writing is poor due to the nature of the interview situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Sadava
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    We use DNA routinely - to cure diseases, solve crimes, and reunite families. Yet we've known about it for only 60 years. And what we're continuing to learn about it every day has the potential to transform our health, our nutrition, our society, and our future. But what, exactly is DNA, the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms?

    Chris says: "Very good book on genetics"
    "Fascinating Subject - Prof Could be Better"
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    I read many science books but somehow missed the field of genetics. This book definitely filled that desire to learn the basics of the subject, although visual aids would have helped me understand it faster. I also found that I repeated certain chapters to ensure I understood the concept better. The Prof was engaging and enthusiastic, but he had a tendency to repeat useless info while not explaining some basic science concepts thoroughly enough. I tended to lose focus due to his repetitive obsession to give an acronym and then have to explain what it means while saying he won't do it again - but then does. Despite that, he presented a broad base and logical development to the subject by explaining the history of genetic discoveries and then biotechnology applications in cancer and agriculture. Overall, the subject was so fascinating that I must admit that I enjoyed it, but the Prof lost me many times. This may be my ignorance of the subject, but if I am evaluating the experience I have to give it an average rating -since the subject is the subject. I have listened to 4 or 5 Great Courses and this Prof was the most difficult to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogues

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Gardner Dozois (editor), Gillian Flynn (contributor), and others
    • Narrated By George R. R. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (411)

    If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.

    gerry says: "A fun way to sample Authors- More Rothfuss Please!"
    "A fun way to sample Authors- More Rothfuss Please!"
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    Over all this was a good experience and I would like to see more such compilations. Here are my thoughts and ratings out of 10. Pardon my spelling - not familiar with some words/names - as it's audible:

    1 Tough Times all over - Joe Abercrombie (6) Good narrator. About a stolen package that everyone wants. A bit convaluted.
    2 What do you do?- Gillian Flynn (8) A unique female rougue and good female narr ator- twists in the story kept me interested.
    3 Inn of the 7 Blessings- Matthew Hughes (8) Roy Dotrice is great and was good story about outsmarting wizards.
    4 Bent Twig - Joe R Landsdale (7) Different modern day intrigue with fun texas accents about a PI searching for lost stepdaughter
    5 Tawny Petticoats - Michael Swanwick (5) Dogman & zombies - strange tale in futuristic New Orleans. Its about a simple con game but if you like weird - this is it.
    6 Providence - David W Ball (7) Long story about how painting was lost in WW2
    7 Roaring Twenties - Carrie Vaughn (3) Boring and narrator is janis ian who is dull and has weird accent
    8 A year and a day in old Therradain - Scott Lynch (7) Weird female characters/monsters and very wizardy. Good female narrator same as #1
    9 Bad Brass - Bradley Dendon (8) Well read and fun story about down and out teacher.
    10 Heavy metal - Sherie Priest (7) Odd hero story about a big imposing PI protecting us from nasty things.
    11 The meaning of love - Daniel Abraham (7) Interesting and unique topic - a bit predictable - but well done.
    12 A better way to die - Paul Cornell (5) Roy could not save this one. Odd story about 18th century man meeting his younger self through time travel.
    13 Ill scene in Tyre - Steven Salor (6) Historical mystery genre set in Ancient times. fun story
    14 A Cargo of Ivories - Garth Nicks (8) Master and puppet -strangely appealing if you accept that his sidekick is a puppet.
    15 Diamonds from Tequila - Walter John Williams (9) Innovative ideas mixed into a good murder mystery. Good listen.
    16 Caravan to No Where - Phyllis Eisentein (9) Gripping and good character development - I want to read more of her stuff.
    17 The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives - Lisa Tuttle (8) Slow start but gets better
    18 How the Marquis Got his Coat Back - Neil Gamon (9) Marquis de Carabas - Very compelling story
    19 Now Showing - Connie Willis (7) Weird Movie saga
    20 The Lightning Tree Patrick Rothfuss - (10) Awesome - Bast is profiled and he is wickedly lovable.
    21 The Rogue Prince or a Kings Brother - George RR Martin (7) Too much geneology - Not Game of Thrones quality and Roy does not read it.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jim Marrs
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    Best-selling author and legendary conspiracy researcher Jim Marrs, who has investigated the recent financial crisis, the JFK assassination, and the national socialist takeover of America, now takes on his biggest subject: the history of mankind. Offering mind-blowing information that will radically alter the way we think about the world and our place in it, Marrs goes beyond the revelations of his classic Alien Agenda, interweaving science and authentic archaeological finds with provocative speculation to show how human civilization may have originated with nonhumans who visited earth eons ago.

    Ronald Castle says: "Brings it all together!"
    "At Least Jesus Was not an Alien"
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    Now that I have your attention, if you like conspiracy theories, this will be perfect for you. This is the 3rd Jim Marrs book I have read and while each brings some new material, he tends to repeat himself in each book as they all point towards his thesis on human history. Jim's presentation also tends to be a bit scattered as he jumps from one topic to another via a tenuous thread of logic. Also, the title is misleading as the Occulted History only covers about half the book as he reverts back to his commentary on US government and the one world order. I am impressed by the sheer number of anecdotes and facts(?) that he brings to the reader, but he seems to try too hard to connect things. The book can only touch the surface of many topics that Jim raises and more in depth research on each would likely be theses in themselves.

    In conclusion, although skeptical, I was thoroughly entertained, and appreciate the many mysteries that Jim presents for us, but I am not yet convinced in Jim's underworld. And regarding my title, he carefully analyses and debunks many biblical figures in his review, and leads the breadcrumbs to the doorstep of Jesus, but he chickens out there which was surprising given his disregard of boundaries. Maybe that is planned for his next book. Finally, I can echo other reviewers' comments regarding the poor narration and accents.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Economics, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Timothy Taylor
    • Narrated By Professor Timothy Taylor
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (196)

    Economic issues are active in our lives every day. However, when the subject of economics comes up in conversation or on the news, we can find ourselves longing for a more sophisticated understanding of the fundamentals of economics. These 36 lectures will help you think about and discuss economic issues that affect you and the nation every day-interest rates, unemployment, personal investing, budget deficits, globalization, and many more-with a greater level of knowledge and sophistication.

    Linda Chan says: "Econmics, 3rd Edition"
    "Economics Could be more Interesting"
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    I had fair understanding of economics before reading this based upon a lot of loose ideas gained through years of general knowledge of the world, but no formal structured understanding. This book does provide a solid foundation for the subject and it structures it in a way that provides rationale for this important the area of study..... but it is quite boring to listen to. Unfortunately that is the nature of the subject and I am not sure how to rate this as the"story". Nonetheless it is the reason for my 2 stars and the second half was better.

    The professor obviously has a mastery and a love of the subject matter but you can tell that he is a 'wet talker', where he tends to build up saliva in his mouth and it trips up his word delivery. This is just a natural way that some people talk and is no big deal, but since I had to listen to him for 18 hrs, I am also just stating the fact that it was annoying. I have listened to other Learning Company lectures and understand the charm of having the raw performance of a professor delivering material. It actually has provided a more interesting experience than a polished narrator, but in this case I did not enjoy the professor's performance flaws.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (272)

    Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

    Richard says: "Unique, informative history of the CIA"
    "Too Many TLA's"
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    This book is quite dry and unexciting. To be fair, it never pretends to be anything else. It does provide quite intriguing facts on what CIA Techs developed and provides some intriguing stories of exploits that CIA spies had to carry out during the cold war. One main frustrating part is the endless TLA's or three letter acronyms which may work better if you were reading rather than listening. I gave up on most except the main one for the branch that makes the spycraft (can't remember it already). The book also is a combinations of at least 2 but maybe 3 authors and thus is bit disjointed with definitions of some terms not coming until the end. The material at the core is actually quite fascinating - as an example they were using texting devices back in the 70's. One author is too caught up in trying to also provide a chronological history to the dedicated staff in his department, and causes it to read a bit like a retirement speech at times. It is a suitable memorial to the great work the staff did for the country's security, but does not translate well to a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jim Marrs
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    Throw out everything you think you know about history. Close the approved textbooks, turn off the corporate mass media, and whatever you do, don't believe anything you hear from the government---The Rise of the Fourth Reich reveals the truth about American power.

    James says: "The Rise of the Fourth Reich"
    "Made to Order for Conspiracy Buffs"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this piece of work. Jim Marrs has assembled an impressive variety of conspiracy theories that span across (and above) science, politics, business and society in general, while managing to connect the dots between them. The amount of references quoted could likely fill another book as he attempts to mesh his findings with that of many other writers. The result is an attempt at an objective analysis of the organized forces manipulating our economies and societies. Whether you believe the stories or not does not really matter as the shear amount of evidence and presentation of how the puzzle pieces work together is, to me, an amazing piece of detective work or creative writing - take your pick - but it sure was entertaining. Jim did manage to make me think twice about buying products with Aspartane last week and we took solace that our town still does not florinate water. I cannot forget the narration which was also very good as the extensive german words and names were pronounced professionally.
    The sign of a good book is the amount of fun you get out of it and this one gave me many entertaining discussions with friends. To be sure, I am a skeptic, but I still intrigued enough to want to hear more - please Mr. Marrs give us a sequel!
    P.S. He forgot to mention Mengele's role in the UFO thread - ok next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (408)

    You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

    gerry says: "Great Crash Course on Fantasy Writers"
    "Great Crash Course on Fantasy Writers"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed Shawn's assembly of writers and as an added benefit I hope I was able to assist him in beating his illness. My best buddy is recovering from Leukemia and I know the challenge - GodSpeed!

    Glenno's review was very helpful as well. and for efficiency, I will use his as a reference. I am a huge Rothfuss fan, but he is correct - what the??? I will read it again but I don't think it will help. I generally agree with Glenno except for Orullian. I see his point as I am not a band geek either, but the musical references add a unique perspective to the story, are easy to understand and add a fresh creative touch to the struggles(for me). I want to highlight these other writers` outstanding material:
    - Tad Williams - Quaint, quirky and fun
    - Todd Lockwood - Simple story made into an enticing journey of a young loyal disciple.
    - Eldon Thompson - My favorite but he has nothing on audible to follow up with.
    - Michael J Sullivan - I love the moral choice dilemna and will be looking for more thoughtful stories.
    - Speakman - Amazingly creative story that held me the entire 2 hrs.
    Lastly, on a negative note, I could not finish Michael Stein`s inane story of a dead cat - maybe I am a dog person, but this one stretched my patience - others seem to like it though so it is a matter of perspective.

    As far as the the narration, they were all amazing, but again Bronson Pinchot blew my socks off. His variety of voices was impressive as usual!

    Great Job Shawn - I will look for your next book!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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