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Joseph

Cincinnati, OH, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kenneth R. Timmerman
    • Narrated By Mike Iykins
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Author Kenneth R. Timmerman exposes Jesse Jackson's life and works, uncovering a sordid tale of greed, ambition, and corruption from a self-proclaimed minister who has no qualms about poisoning American race relations for personal gain. Few figures have been given such a free ride by the media as Jesse Jackson, but Timmerman has interviewed Jackson, his associates, and his victims to write a courageous and important book that at last provides a full, honest accounting of the life and lies of Jackson - from the streets of Chicago to his support of Yasser Arafat in the Middle East.

    Vernon says: "extremely hard to listen to"
    "Narratror was awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson in three words, what would they be?

    Poor Narrator


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get a narrator with some knowledge of history and the English language


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Iykins’s performances?

    Possibly


    If you could give Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Satisfied with the title


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator did not know how to pronounce coup, cause celebre, and many other words correctly. I am surprised that the screening of this individual did not reveal this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (609)

    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "Informative, and yet, incomplete"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lawrence M. Krauss and/or Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance ?

    Yes, Mr. Kraus is informed and endeavoring to answer the larger questions that still remain in cosmology.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A professional reader would have been a better choice to read his book. I also thought that the verbal jabs he makes at those whose belief system is different than his were unnecessary.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Pronunciation was, at times, difficult and hard to distinguish. A fine mind does not always equate to a good reader.


    Was A Universe from Nothing worth the listening time?

    Mostly, though it still leaves open the question of whether the universe really did come from nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Kraus begins with the universe already in some primordial state of existence some time after the Big Bang. His premise is sound in that because empty space has weight, it must also have energy. He therefore posits that it is plausible to conclude that this energy can be the primary or beginning cause for how the rest of the universe came into existence.

    The problem lies in where Mr Kraus begins his journey which is sometime after the Big Bang. The book still leaves the larger question unanswered. That question is, what if anything, existed prior to the Big Bang? If it was absolute nothingness, how could something come from a complete state of absolute nothingness?

    Mr Kraus begins with empty space which is a state of relative nothingness. There is a very significant difference between relative nothingness and absolute nothingness.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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