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Eileen

West Sacramento, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jonathan W. Jordan
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (99)
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    (98)

    Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler’s hold over Europe. But they also shared an intricate web of relationships going back decades. In the cauldron of World War II, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, patriotism, and ambition.

    aaron says: "The best tri-hero book in years!!"
    "Through each other's eyes"
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    For those interested in these three great American generals this is a both 3 biograhies and detailed history of their activities in Europe during World War II. Because the author uses their words (diaries, letters, etc.), as well as those of their staff, the men come across as complex and sometimes contradictory men. The focus is narrow with little in the narrators voice but great wealth in Ike's, Brad's and George's voices and thoughts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gates of Sleep: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kayla Fell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
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    (124)
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    (127)

    In the tradition of her acclaimed fairy-tale-inspired novel, The Serpent's Shadow, best-selling author Mercedes Lackey re-imagines Sleeping Beauty-as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy.Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Roeswood family, practioners of Elemental Magic. But evil portents have warned her parents that Marina will be killed before her 18th birthday-by the hand of her own aunt.

    Kaylon says: "Fantastic and compelling!"
    "Delightful and impossible to put down"
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    This was the audio equivalent of the book you keeping reading until 2 in the morning. I would sit, continuing to listen long after I usually would stop. The story had interesting characters, who were smart and didn't do the dumb acts that more formulaic stories would use. The Victorian setting provided a historical example of industrial poisoning to contrast with the Elemental Masters' care of the natural world. This audio book was a delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6404)
    Performance
    (4637)
    Story
    (4634)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Endless battles became boring"
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    I liked the character of Harry Dresden and James Marsters does an excellent job of narration, but the endless battles and setbacks became boring. The second half of the book had little character development or interesting dialogue, just endless crises. I gave up listening and checked the book out of the library so I could skim it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Graham Farmelo
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (147)

    Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, the most revolutionary theory of the past century, his contributions had a unique insight, eloquence, clarity, and mathematical power. His prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics.

    Eileen says: "Excellent biography of great physicist"
    "Excellent biography of great physicist"
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    I am listening to The Strangest Man The Hidden Life of Paul Direc and enjoying it very much BUT the reader makes a critical error at 6:25 into the first part. He adds "not" to a sentence describing Dirac's most important equation, the work for which he received the Nobel prize. One of the outstanding features is that the equation predicts the electron's spin. But the reader says "these properties could NOT have been predicted using the special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics." I check the book and the NOT is not in the text. Audible needs to correct this error as the mispeaking misrepresents both science and Dirac's most impressive work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (303)
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    (311)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Two stories: life as a Navajo and a marine in WWII"
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    Told in a simple but very true voice, this story is fascinating. Chester's childhood as a traditional Navajo was a happy one of following the herds of sheep and goats until he was sent to boarding school. The school was very hard but he learned English and it was his dual fluency in Navajo and English that allowed him to be one of the original Code Talkers who developed the Navajo code that was one of the most valuable weapons the marines had in the Pacific. Using the code machine it could take 30 minutes to transmit and tranlate a message that the code talkers could sent in 20 seconds. Chester served as a code talked on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guan and Peleiliu (the worst battle of the war one marine general said). His life was one of hardship and bravery but he think he only did what was expected and says that Navajo feel one should not praise behaior that is expect. A moving, thought provoking story.

    The narrator's voice suited the story beautifully. I easily imagined I was hearing Chester speak.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
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    (835)
    Story
    (830)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
    "Examine something we take for granted"
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    It is so easy to take antibiotics for granted. Everyone in the first world is used to the idea that there are drugs that can cure strep, staph, TB, just about any infectious disease. But in the 1920s the President of the United States lost his 12 year old son to an infected blister. 10 years later another President's son was saved by sulfa. The discovery of the first effective sulfa antibiotic took the patience of years of work and hundreds of compounds tested. This books made me want to learn more about the miracle that is antibiotics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2399)
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    (1118)
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    (1109)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Delightful! With some surprises."
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    What did you love best about Major Pettigrew's Last Stand?

    Major (NOT Mr.) Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali were delightful characters. The major was stuffy and old-fashioned and yet very sympathetic. I even forgave his prejudice against Americans. The plot kept surprising me by not folowing the expected sterotypes. Roger, the Major's son, was the character you love to despise. I loved the characters so much I bought a paper copy of the novel and my husband also got hooked by the characters. A delightful story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
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    (616)
    Story
    (616)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "Jr High level story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wanted to like this book but the overly simplistic plotting and writing were a disappointment. It seems like I was reading a book aimed at a Jr High audience.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Powder and Patch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Cleone Charteris is the joy and despair of all the young men of the countryside, and she seeks a husband - a man who can duel and dice with the best of them. One of the men after her heart is the masterful and handsome Mr. Philip Jettan. But compared to other men in 18th-century England, Philip is out of step - he is careless in his appearance and, in Cleone's own words, she cannot marry him because he is 'a raw country bumpkin'. He even refuses to buy a wig!

    Maria says: "Simply Delightful!!!"
    "Charming but......"
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    Where does Powder and Patch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Georgette Heyer's books are always enjoyable and Phillip's makeover from country bumpkin to extreme man about town is great fun. But the depiction of the young heroine as flighty and desiring Phiilip to dominate her annoyed me. It is a realistic portrayal of many young girls but not one I enjoy now that I am older. Still, I think many would enjoy the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1126)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "World History not History of Beer, Wine, etc."
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    If you could sum up A History of the World in 6 Glasses in three words, what would they be?

    Once I stopped expecting a history of the beverage and realized that the author was summarizing aspects of world history as affected by the beverage I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed the later material more so I think it helps to have a background understanding of the history to proivde context. A fun book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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