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Pat

Evening and Weekend Manager Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center Houston, TX 77060

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (775)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    Jared says: "Cooking + Basic Chemistry/Science = Great Book"
    "A Treat for Science Lover and Cook Alike"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What Einstein Told His Cook to be better than the print version?

    This was a delightful Audible listen that answered many of those cooking questions that many of us have always wanted to ask, but knew no one with more than a folklore rationale. Wolke offers not only scientific explanations to why good cooking requires so many mystical steps, but explains them in terms that anyone can understand. At the same time, he does not trivialize the science or use explanations that make those of us with science backgrounds shudder at his analogies and metaphors because of banality. His prose is filled with clever repartee. Finally, Wolke is comprehensive and well organized in answering all kinds of questions related to foods, cooking, and kitchen craft.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd gathered there isn't interested in architecture, or even prayer. They've come for the same reason Alex has: to find out why the body of a young woman has been decapitated, set on fire, and left burning on the church steps.

    Beverly says: "Not up to Fairstein's Usual Flair"
    "Supense and History Too"
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    Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein is a slow but engaging thriller about a killer driven by his belief that women should not be priests, ministers, or preachers. Fairstein sprinkles this timely story with interesting historical factoids about New York City where the story is set. I enjoyed what I learned about New York City as much as I did the suspense of the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman, Paul White
    • Narrated By Wes Bleed
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace? Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace? Do you truly feel valued by those with whom you work? If you express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your coworkers, they may not feel valued at all. The problem is you’re speaking different languages. In The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Dr. Chapman and Dr. White give you practical steps to make any workplace environment more encouraging and productive.

    Pat says: "Not Useful As His First Book"
    "Not Useful As His First Book"
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    The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People (Audio) by Gary Chapman is an effort to extend the concepts from his first book, The 5 Languages of Love into the workplace. In my opinion, it is only partially successful. The relationship one shares with his or her spouse is far more intimate than one shared with coworkers. This makes it harder to identify the type of reinforcement needed. Still, the techniques suggested cannot hurt workplace relationships. Genuine appreciation of colleagues and subordinates always makes making working together easier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Collectors: Carson Ryder/Harry Nautilus #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jack Kerley
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Fast-forward more than thirty years: A suspected prostitute is found murdered in a candlelit motel room, the first in a series of horrors suggesting Hexcamp's art remains alive and treacherous. Following a trail of beautiful - and profoundly disturbing - artwork, homicide detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus descend into the shocking world of the Death Collectors, people who spend vast sums to collect serial-killer memorabilia.

    Pat says: "Pass This One Up Quickly!"
    "Pass This One Up Quickly!"
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    The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley is a very tedious whodunit. It is a story of sociopathic serial killers and those who collect the macabre memorabilia that they produce. I had to pinch myself often to stay awake as I listened to it. The characters were uninteresting and the plot was dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    Ted says: "A Decent LIsten"
    "More Character Development Than Plot Development"
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    I found Tanenbaum's first Carp novel more a development of interesting characters than the development of a engaging plot. Still, I enjoyed the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bolt

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    The privileged world of horse racing, filled with sleek thoroughbreds, burnished leather, and the silken sheen of jockeys’ colors, is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Let best-selling, internationally-popular author Dick Francis take you to the immaculate stables of the de Brescou estate, where dark forces are lurking. Someone is killing the de Brescou racehorses with a “bolt” gun, shooting them silently, leaving no clues. Before the noble family, which includes his fiancée, is torn apart, jockey Kit Fielding must find the assassin.

    Pat says: "Another Pleasant Whodunit by a British Jockey"
    "Another Pleasant Whodunit by a British Jockey"
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    Bolt by Dick Francis is a pleasantly paced Whodunit with the intelligent British style that makes reading or listening a pleasure. It fascinates me that a Welch writer who quit school at 15 can write so much better than many American writers who have forced themselves through various graduate degrees. One wonders if it is the water, the latitude, or the educational system.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas A. Shippey
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

    SC in SC says: "Outstanding! Myth, Legend & History Come Alive"
    "A Hero is often defined his time"
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    Heroes and Legends: The most influential characters of literature by Thomas A. Shippey is made up of 24 lectures in which he analyzes heroes and heroines from classical and popular literature. His basic hypothesis throughout the lectures was that what was happening at the time authors created their characters had the most to do with what defined them as heroes or heroines. The truth of this position was best argued in the lectures on Odysseus, Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1984, James Bond, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , and Harry Potter. His discussions of these characters gave me new insight into previously enjoyed reads and listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment: The Rose Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    A Christy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis enthralls millions with her inspiring tales of Amish life. Now engaged to hardworking Silas Good, Rose Kauffman struggles with her feelings for longtime friend Nick Franco, who left the Amish community under a cloud of suspicion. Meanwhile, Rose’s older sister has returned to her parents’ farm, hoping to re-establish her place among the People and to retain custody of her daughter.

    Pat says: "An Odd Listen For An Old Man"
    "An Odd Listen For An Old Man"
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    The Judgment by Beverly Lewis was a very odd listen for me. I bought it as a daily special on Audible. I felt a little embarrassed when I realized that young adult females who are devout Christians were the target audience. As a senior male, I still found the simple story with minimal conflict interesting because decorated the story with peaks into the rich Amish culture of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. The Judgment is the second installment in the Rose trilogy, named for main character and narrator of the story. I may just get the first and third installments to see how much more I can learn about the Amish. Afterwards I can give them to my first granddaughter when I am blessed with one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1065)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "No Listen Like A Town Like Alice"
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    A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute is a simple but beautiful story about an elderly barrister, a young woman who survived internment by the Japanese in WWII, and the Australian man she comes to love. The characters are so perfectly British except for the Australian. The plot is very linear with only a few bumps of conflict yet I could not break away from this engaging listen. Again I am convinced that if it is by a British author, it is hard for any story to be told poorly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (308)

    Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

    Wilhelmina says: "The Witness"
    "A Great Pot Boiler with an even better twist"
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    This is an excellent mystery with a twist at the end but you'll never expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5394)
    Performance
    (3384)
    Story
    (3413)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Don't waste a second on this listen"
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    If you your politics are ultra conservative and you were disappointed when the cold war ended because there was less to fear, this fantasy is for you. If you believe the world should belong only to strong and the fit, this is your Bible. If you thrive when there is something to fear then be refreshed by this view of dystopia. As for me and my house, we will continue to believe that man continues to evolve and will ultimately conquer that which is most elusive, peace and justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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