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Ashburn, VA, USA | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless

    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    Orson says: "Ancient biographies are hard"
    "Scholarly tome"

    I enjoyed this book, and agree with others who said you'll need to re-listen several times (it's packed with intricate detail) and if you're looking for a page turner in the like of HBO's Rome, well, it ain't so much. Very interesting though, and I too came away with some understanding of Augustus and his role in transforming the Republic into a monarchy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Loved it"

    Huge fun, great narrator, astounding amount of s__t done by Wilson and the CIA with no oversight. I could be wrong, but it would seem many substantial actions are taken by out government with almost no public knowledge, and this one was a whopper. It's a peek into a world where big decisions are taken in secrecy by very few. Fascinating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Francis S. Collins

    Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

    Stephen says: "For those on the fence"
    "I found much to agree with"

    in Dr Collins views. His perplexity on the general public disconnect with the reality of scientific evidence mirrors my own. What he says about the ages-long animosity between science and religion is spot on, and rightly much to the discredit of religion. His repudiation of young Earth creationists and ID'ers almost perfectly aligns with my views although I never considered the interesting argument that these folks may be their own worst enemy and eventually will do more harm to the very faith they seek to protect than good.

    I liked much of what I read, but I didn't find his arguments for belief in God compelling. Moral law, desires must have a means to fulfill them, an inner yearning to commune with God - none of these strike me as reliable evidence. A thought provoking listen though.....

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind - a disease that's unknown, unstoppable, and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "A fun book"
    "I wanted to be engaged..."

    but I found myself constantly having to rewind my iPod to catch narrative that was too easily unregistered by daydreaming about what brand food my cat would accept or reject or what various and sundry chores I had on my to-do list.

    A good book grabs and keeps your attention - sadly, this one did not. I liked the premise, and really wanted to enjoy this story, but the cliched characters and sometimes hackneyed style (her eyes narrowed, his steely gaze spoke, her look conveyed, bla bla bla, etc) gets tiring and rings false.

    I'm 2/3s through so I'm gonna finish listening but I hope the ending justifies my time. Otherwise, James Rollins, you're outta my library:)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown: The Fall of the Mafia Empire

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rick Cowan, Douglas Century
    • Narrated By Christopher Meloni

    Seldom has the netherworld of the Mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Featuring eccentric, larger-than-life New York characters and an undercover cop on the brink of being discovered - and murdered - at every step, Takedown is a riveting real-life procedural and one of the most important investigative books of its time.

    Robert says: "Gripping"
    "Taut suspense if you're rooting for the"

    This is a relatively short listen at a little over 5 hours, but definitely worth your time if you like Mafioso stuff. The protagonist, an NYPD detective, puts himself in major harms way to make the case for the prosecution. There are numerous tense moments as he gets challenged, threatened, and interrogated. As with all Mafia stories, I found the profusion of characters, motives, schemes and counter-schemes to be confusing at times, but the author moves things along well. I also really liked Chris Meloni's narration - he's an excellent actor (scary in Oz), and a great choice for this reading. I hope he does more work in narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "Are you kidding me?"

    This book seemed to start off well. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator, so I was looking forward to the listen. As it progressed I found myself unconsciously tuning it out. The characters are really just caricatures - I mean, no one really talks like that - "damm you Yates", I must have heard that 5 times. Then the story gets more and more confusing and ridiculous to the point of silliness. Save your Audible credits for Brick's work on Nelson Demille's novels.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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