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Tina

ALLSTON, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (736)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Intriguing look into the men behind the science"
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    I found this book to be quite entertaining. I find the people behind the science and the politics to be very interesting. Sklar's narration fit the tone of the book and kept me engaged through some of the more soap opera parts whilst also making the science aspects interesting. A very good read to see a bit behind the major breakthroughs of the science we take for granted today.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Simon Baron-Cohen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common---lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world. In The Science of Evil, Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty.

    Douglas says: "A fine primer..."
    "detailed, intelligently presented and interesting"
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    if you are interested in the why people do what they do aspect of life, this is an interesting take on the definition of evil and what may make them fall into this category. i don't agree that evil is equated with a lake of empathy, but Baron-Cohen has a compelling argument and research to back it up. He has done a good job of guiding you through what makes people lack empathy and what the impacts of it are in their lives/actions.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6684)
    Performance
    (5076)
    Story
    (5156)

    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."
    "Good historical fiction"
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    i thought this book was very fun. Grahame-Smith did i wonderful job adding vampires to a popular historical figure, and made it plausible. if you get past the vampires being real bit, this story integrates Lincoln's disdain for them and motivations driven by it into the facts we all know regarding President Lincoln. Bravo. The story itself is a god read, slow at some parts, but overall engaging and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Susan Campbell Bartoletti
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people. Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland.

    Aaron says: "A Decent Companion to Woodham-Smith's Book"
    "Just the facts"
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    this book was a wonderfully efficient overview of the potato famine in Ireland. there is no opinion or fluff. it is a quick read and very well written. the book is fully encompassing of the tragedy without being too long or tedious.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Venetian Betrayal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    Locating Alexander the Great's final resting place, unknown to this day, remains a tantalizing goal for archaeologists and treasure hunters - as well as a cunning despot with the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander as history's ultimate conqueror. Cotton Malone, former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer, learns from his friend, Cassiopeia Vitt, that a suspicious blaze was part of a campaign of arson masking a diabolical plan to find Alexander's grave - and a miraculous serum.

    W says: "Ok, not great"
    "another great one from Steve Berry"
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    again, i was quite impressed with this piece. Berry did a wonderful job twisting the history of Alexander the Great and the current event of the AIDS epidemic. i would never have thought these had anything to do with one another and he weaves a tail to keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. It was also another great read by Scott Brick. One lovely thing Berry does is at the end he draws the line between reality and fiction in the epilogue. i really enjoy this addition to his novels, a wee bit of education with my entertainment? this part of the series definitely involves a lot of character development and it is done very well without distracting from the fast moving plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alexandria Link: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (335)

    Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

    Glenda says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Steve Berry does it again"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alexandria Link to be better than the print version?

    i preferred the audio version because i didn't have to put it down. the story was so intriguing i found myself listening almost non-stop to the end!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the suspense of finding the library and the characters was amazing. Steve Berry did i great job giving enough detail to keep you hooked, but not enough to


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i personally love to listen to Scott Brick. he reads well, the speed and inflection helps the story along. i am glad he does the remainder of the series.


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

    a few points made me laugh. on the whole the story made me think a lot about conspiracy theories and the main-stream histories we are all taught. Steve Berry did a wonderful job intertwining history and current events.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Templar Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (441)

    The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

    Jane says: "Overall, a good read"
    "great fast read, interesting history, fun suspence"
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    if you like Indiana Jones, National Treasure or Dan Brown; this series will be right up your alley. Steve Berry does a wonderful job twisting a tail grounded heavily in real history / conspiracy theory. In the list of historical fictions i have read, this series just jumped to the top of the list. i couldn't stop reading it, and immediately went an bought the rest of the series. The character development is great, but not too much as to interfere with the story / history. The plot is believable and makes you think twice about the history that has been presented to you in school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (92)

    Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

    Julia says: "For the Casual Nerd"
    "Buy the Book"
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    i would highly recommend you purchase the printed version of this book. the text is interesting, but it reads like an encyclopedia.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Map

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (190)

    This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

    D. Littman says: "a entertaining polymath book"
    "Fascinating look into history & data manipulation."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    as an engineer i like data. i thoroughly enjoyed the transition from anecdotal story into the presentation of data to prove the root cause of Cholera and how to prevent further transmission.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Sklar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As usual, Alan Sklar is up to the task of reading a scientifically intriguing text. His tone keeps you engaged as he seems to be on the edge of his seat as you are.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3503)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1993)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Informative and Funny"
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    This book was hilarious at times. I actually had tears whilst driving during a couple of points.
    It didn't always stay on topic, but it flowed well. The narration was great. Just enough detail to get the point across, but not too much that you want to be sick.
    I would highly recommend it for some light reading on the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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