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Joseph

Petaluma, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
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    (198)
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    (198)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    SeaDuck says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Its no Blind Man's Bluff"
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    Having been enthralled with Blind Man's Bluff from start to finish, I was hoping Red November would give more of the same. But it just doesnt measure up. This book recalls the facts, describes the event, but forgets to tell the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (191)

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Douglas says: "Exceedingly Important Reading!..."
    "Its true."
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    I wanted to hate this book, and there is plenty of passionate negativity on the internet about it - mainly from those who haven't read it. The author brings an historical perspective to how technology has fundamentally changed how our minds operate. You wont like what he has to say, but you'll agree with his findings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (381)

    The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A very interesting book with some shortcomings."
    "A great companion to Rise & Fall"
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    Listen to Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, because that's the classic. As good now as when first published. But this is a great follow up. This is WWII for a modern audience. It gives a context, and a perspective, that Rise & Fall can't provide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (230)

    A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future.

    Joshua Kim says: "Best nonfiction book of 2011"
    "Exceptional"
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    Yergin knows this subject masterfully. A journey through two centuries, and all around the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2512)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1667)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Unrewarding. Frustrating. But superbly written."
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    This is surely one of the most miserable subjects to write about. The history of cancer, as this book so vividly portrays, is a history of repeated ignorance, desperation and failure. Victories are rare.

    The author is almost frustratingly good at presenting that world of pain and desperation by patients and doctors and scientists alike.

    I could not say it was enjoyable, but a book on this subject was never going to be. It is a tough book, but one which provides a thorough understanding and perspective on this disease that will be with us for a long time yet.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (388)

    Best-selling author Neal Bascomb has garnered critical acclaim for such riveting nonfiction as Higher and Red Mutiny. Based on extensive interviews and previously classified details, Hunting Eichmann is a compelling account of the relentless hunt for the nefarious Adolf Eichmann.

    Scott says: "A Fascinating Story of Eichmann's Capture"
    "Shockingly engaging"
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    A masterful account of this man, his crimes, his victims and the stubborn men who never gave up on bringing him to justice. It reads like a thriller, but knowing it is all true makes it shockingly engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrious Dead: Napoleon, Typhus, and the Dream of World Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times best-selling author Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world.

    Joshua Kim says: "Captivating"
    "Exceptional"
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    A fascinating journey of science and history. I dont know how this author developed his expertise in both Napoleonic history and infectious disease, but the end result is a truly gripping book.

    The narrator must also be given a mention for a fantastic performance. He reads as though he is really engaged by this story, delivering a level of emotion deserved by this book.

    If you like the five minute preview then you wont be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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