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Ray

SARATOGA, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (711)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "To much detail"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Wizard?

    Continuallty bogged down in details and multiple iterations over the same material


    What could Marc J. Seifer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Mor e focus on thhe underlying story line


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Wizard?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    I finally had to shut it off and I like Mitchner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Ingrassia
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    America was made manifest by its cars. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66 and Jack Kerouac, America's history is a vehicular history-an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster.

    Geoffrey says: "My Best listen in a while"
    "I loved this book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Engines of Change to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ed Cole and his fight to save his reputation over the Corvair.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when the author pointed out that the two most important cars in American history were the Model T and the Corvair.I owned 3 Corvairs so it was especially moving to hear the car's reputation vindicated on many levels.


    Any additional comments?

    The book put me in touch with my roots of the 1950/60s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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