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David G. Killary

Member Since 2003

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HELPFUL VOTES
53

  • Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steven Strogatz
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

    Ryan says: "Engaging, but maybe better suited for non-audio"
    "Couldn't get in sync with it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A lot of information and examples...but of what exactly? I did not find a well developed hypothesis turned to a satisfactory conclusion. Just several..."okay, that's interesting" type moments, but few and far between.

    Also, how can I rely on his statements when I hear false facts.

    For example, he states that nuclear submarine personnel live on an 18 hour shift. That is true. But he then states that they have a 6 hour work shift and 12 hours of rest. Sorry, no 12 hours rest. Did you even talk to a submariner before writing this? It's more like 6 hours of duty work, 6 hours of other work and "activities," and then if you have absolutely nothing else to do you might use all of the remaining 6 hours for rest.

    Maybe the author feels that the incoherence throughout his book will cause it to sync by the end of the last chapter. For me, it did not.

    I did like his interpretation of the Bose-Einstein Condensate, however.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1035)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "That f---ing Flowers. Gotta love him."
    Overall

    John Sandford has kept me pleasantly engrossed with the Prey series of books. I am grateful that he saw the opportunity to create a spin-off series based on one of Lucas Davenport's cohorts.

    Since the first Virgil Flowers book, I have been faithfully looking forward to each next one. Bad Blood is as enjoyable as its predecessors, and has left me wanting more.

    Mr. Sandford, please keep them coming.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frank Close
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    In Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , best-selling author Frank Close provides a compelling and lively introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe. The book begins with a guide to what matter is made up of and how it evolved, and goes on to describe the fascinating and cutting-edge techniques used to study it.

    Sergio says: "The best"
    "Great information...but"
    Overall

    ...a download of some charts and diagrams would help. I had to rewind countless times just to attempt to visualize the multitude of particles, their behaviors and relationships. The book is good. It is informational. However, at times, especially when the narrator should sloooow down a bit, the really good stuff floods me as a tsunami would. Fast and unexepected. I will need to re-listen to this book a few more times to catch what I have missed.

    Every review I have read on this page (to date) has been accurate concerning this book. Believe them. This is a worthwhile listen. Just brush up on your shorthand and be prepared with a pencil and some scratch paper.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Hagel, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    In a radical break with the past, information now flows like water, and we must learn how to tap into its stream. Individuals and companies can no longer rely on the stocks of knowledge that theyve carefully built up and stored away. Information now flows like water, and we must learn how to tap into the stream.

    David G. Killary says: "Pulled away from anything better to do."
    "Pulled away from anything better to do."
    Overall

    This is the same old drivel on social-networking (yeah, believe it or not, the concept is not new), wrapped in a desire to coin a phrase by dropping internet lingo, people's names, and current catchy buzzwords all over the place. Nothing enlightening or entertaining. Some people will say "oh, it's much more than social-networking," but sorry, it's not. Boring, worthless slop. This is the only audio book I have ever truly wished I could return. I will passionately disregard these authors in the future, and Pull every last byte of this book from my PC. It's a waste of time and space. Push it off your wish lists.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

    Michael says: "Lifeless"
    "Half a book. Breathless half was not written."
    Overall

    I have read or listened to most of Dean Koontz's novels, and been quite pleased. This one, however, ends before what could have been the best part of the book. Characters and themes introduced, the start of real story begins, and then what Dean? Did you just give up? Publisher run out of paper? Were you Breathless?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Women's Murder Club Box Set, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren, Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven, and others
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (181)

    In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked and slaughtered. Enter four unforgettable women, all friends: Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city's police department; Claire, a medical examiner; Jill, an assistant D.A.; and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Stephanie says: "Would recommend to all"
    "This cannot be James Patterson"
    Overall

    If James Patterson wrote this, it must have been when he was 12 years old. I would rather be strapped down and forced to watch 24 hours of Murder She Wrote. This is a painful, melodramatic listen. Minute after minute, I find myself struggling with how this ever got published. Buyer beware!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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