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Spencer

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  • America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Steyn
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    Talibanic enforcers burning books? The Supreme Court deciding that sharia law doesn't violate the "separation of church and state"? The Hollywood Left embracing polygamy? If you think these things can't happen, you haven't been paying attention, as the hilarious and provocative columnist Mark Steyn shows to devastating effect in this, his first book on American and global politics.

    Dave says: "Got to read more from Mark Steyn"
    "A Very Interesting Story"
    Overall

    While the story was very interesting, the reader, Mr. Emerson, was a distraction. Emphasis in the wrong places and odd pronunciation. Probably technically correct, but different than traditional.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2496)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1793)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Far Better Than I Anticipated"
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    It took a couple of hours to "get into" the series. I purchased a segment on "sale" that was later on in the series before realizing it was even a series. Frustrated I decided to wait and just purchase the first book in the series and see how that would go.

    A good decision! Connie Willis provided an image of the 14th Century area around Cambridge that was colorful and characters that sometimes brought tears to my eyes as they went through their lives in this terrible time. Purchased the other books in the series and am looking forward to each.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer, Melody Zownir
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    We are living in the most moral period of our species’ history. Best-selling author Michael Shermer’s most accomplished and ambitious book to date demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral. Ever since the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment thinkers consciously applied the methods of science to solve social and moral problems.

    Gary says: "Us is getting bigger, them is getting smaller"
    "Why Not Just Stick to The Science"
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    Shermer goes out of his way to fill in the spaces with his own rabid hatred for religion, especially Christianity. If Shermer wants to be a scientist then stick to science. This extraordinary and often childish perception of various religious notions is meaningless hyperbole and distracts from the science that Shermer is claiming to want to support.

    Science is knowledge of the world as we are learning to understand it. Religion is a choice of beliefs that humans select for many reasons. The two shouldn't be spending any real time together in arguments. Shermer should stick to science and stop whining about religion, it's distracting and unnecessary.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John McCain, Mark Salter
    • Narrated By John McCain
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    John McCain’s evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Jean says: "Stories of courage"
    "Great Story"
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    John McCain, as much as I respect him and his service to this country, he shouldn't be reading anything for other people to listen to.....Sorry John.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1248)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "The Most Painful Lecture I've Ever Heard"
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    Just listening to this nonsense is painful. There is little or no basis for much of the dialog Garland mutters through. They should have hired someone else to try and give this information, but the fact is that there is little or no meaning in this course at all. It's all conjecture and opinion. (I've only completed listening to the first segment and I'm dreading the rest of it.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (373)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    Tracy says: "Fascinating true story"
    "Very, Very Dark"
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    This book is long on quotes from the letters from serial killers to a young man that has had some very terribly life changing events. The letters are unedited except for length and are graphic to the point of what many readers will consider pornographic. I'm not sure the ending really justifies the overall book. But the reader will come away with a real appreciation of the manipulative, dishonest, and evil nature of these people. It's been reported that there are, on average, 2 serial killers active in each of the 50 states at any given time. They don't always get caught because they move about and many murders are not linked to the same perpetrator until much later, if ever. For those that do not support the death penalty in the case of these kinds of serial killers, my guess is that their opinions might be tweaked a bit after reading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (7095)
    Performance
    (5447)
    Story
    (5530)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "A Fun Retelling of an Old Story"
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    While the Vampire franchise is getting seriously worn out, this is a fun and sometimes surprising association of reality with entirely unwarranted connections. While they are nonsense, they are still kind of fun to hear in a talented and fast moving story. I'm glad it's coming out soon as a movie.

    0 of 0 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
    (1023)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (619)

    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"
    "Interesting View of an American Scientist"
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    The only disturbing thing about this book is that the audio quality changes every few minutes. As if they cut and pasted segments that were recorded with different settings. It's very distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1051)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Informative. Sometimes TOO Informative"
    Overall

    What could have been handled with a maximum of 5 to 8 pages seems to take up six chapters. The issues of space travel and fecal matter, urine, bodily digestive gases, etc., is just way too much information. It seems like the whole second half of this book is dedicated to that kind of thing.

    The rest of the book is fairly interesting, but sometimes just too much meaningless detail.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Star Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kenneth Sewell, Clint Richmond
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.

    Bryan says: "Good but too long"
    "Interesting and Compelling Argument"
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    The story is very interesting. The difficult issue is actually in the reader, Brian Emerson. Unfortunately, Mr. Emerson keeps adding emphasis at odd places almost as if he is not paying attention to the story. His pronunciation of some place names is also off, at least to my ear. Sadly, Mr. Emerson created an unnecessary distraction to this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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