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Jon

Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Impact

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (391)

    A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing.High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

    Tom says: "Vulgar? yes, but overal, it's good"
    "A waste of time"
    Overall

    This is a perfect book if you have had a lobotomy, have an unusualy low IQ or English is not your first language and you dont speak another!

    The book is driven by vulgar language, inane violence and a plot that has the potential to be interesting but just isn't...

    The subplot borders on prejudice and, overall, it is a sad attempt at clever fiction.

    The author is obviously talented but he opts for a trite and cliche style over substance.

    Don't waste your time....

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Human Smoke delivers an indictment of the treasured myths that have romanticized much of the 1930s and '40s. Incorporating meticulous research and well-documented sources---including newspaper and magazine articles, radio speeches, memoirs, and diaries---the book juxtaposes hundreds of interrelated moments of decision, brutality, suffering, and mercy. Vivid glimpses of political leaders and their dissenters illuminate the gradual, horrifying advance toward overt global war and Holocaust.

    Roy says: "Not a "History Book" per se"
    "A great book"
    Overall

    This book was mind boggling and beautifully read...

    Althoguh not a history bookin the classic sense, it is a must read to understand the insanity of war...

    One of the best audio books that I have enjoyed!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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