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Nicholas

I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.

PASCO, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A History of the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (122)
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    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    David says: "Excellent History"
    "Look at the review"
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    What did you love best about A History of the Jews?

    I loved the same part that I disliked. Paul Johnson has so much info about so many different societies from different centuries.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to read this book you had better have quite a bit of knowledge already about these civilizations and times. Paul Johnson moves quickly through 4000 years and I reallized that this book was too much for me soon after I started it. Reading this book without a substantial knowledge base on the subjects is like trying to play the guitar just having listened to a lot of music and thinking you're just going to breeze through it. It isnt going to happen. I would recommend reading some other books that focus on specific great civilizations throughout history. This book isnt for newbie historians, this thing moves fast and the author seems to believe that you already know a lot. I'm sure it is a great read for people who do know a lot on the subject

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1106)
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    (1096)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "A creepy rabbit hole of a prison religion!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Love how much actual first hand knowlege Lawrence Wright got from former high ups in scientology to put into this book. Also like how he describes a lot of the wierd beliefs these people have but didnt make fun or criticize the beliefs, only criticized the human rights violations the church has committed. Someone can look at any religion and find all kinds of wacky things about it, but this one ruins your life if you try to escape it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1526)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "MAYBE NOT PROOF BUT PRETTY CONVINCING!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Alexander's expertise in knowing the brain and how he couldnt have possibly dreamed the experience and how convincing he is in telling the reader how real it was (even more real than his earthly expieriences) makes this story even more believable and amazing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Breitbart
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (285)

    Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on.

    Larry says: "Very insightful!"
    "Awsome how much he did to expose mainstream media"
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    Would you listen to Righteous Indignation again? Why?

    I'm not one to listen to books twice but I know I could do it without the urge to turn it off.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Guskin – was your favorite?

    loved the job the narrarator did. Sounds like it could be Andrew


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Now days weapons are camera phones! The government media complex would like to ban them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just gave me a bit of hope for our country. It showed me that with the internet and all of the ways to get information out into the public, it is becoming more and more difficult for the mainstream leftwing media to control what is talked about. It showed me that even I if I happen to catch something important on camera could out some liar in the media or government.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Socrates: The Man and His Thought

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By A. E. Taylor
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Without question the finest short biography of the world's greatest philosopher, Socrates provides us with an excellent introduction to Socratic thought. Although Socrates himself left no writings, Professor Taylor consolidates all that can be known about the life and death of Socrates through the Dialogues of Plato, Aristotle's treatises, and Xenophon's discourses. Socrates believed that virtue is knowledge; all wickedness, he said is due to ignorance. In his teaching, Socrates sought the universal definition of virtue through particulars. Aristotle credits him with developing the inductive method. With self-knowledge as the foundation for inquiry, Socrates would save men from leading "unexamined" lives. Taylor reveals Socrates as "the man who created the intellectual and moral tradition by which Europe has ever since lived" and "an original genius in whose character there was a unique blend of the passionate lover, the religious mystic, the eager rationalist, and the humorist."

    Dan says: "Good book-poor narration"
    "Good info"
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    If you could sum up Socrates in three words, what would they be?

    I didnt know much about socrates so it was worth the listen just to gain the basic knowledge about him. Cant say it was super duper engaging but I'm glad I listened. Cant say that for all the books I've listened to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11917)
    Performance
    (7870)
    Story
    (7906)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "One of the greatest true stories I've ever heard."
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    You'd be crazy not to listen to this book. You dont need to be a war buff or a history buff. This book will grab you and never let you go. Sounds like the movie is finally going to come out in the next year or so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5439)
    Performance
    (3393)
    Story
    (3413)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "I love it"
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    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Im not one to read books twice but I definately would put it toward the top of my fiction books to read twice. Great book that shows the problems with forced wealth sharing and making decisions based on emotion rather than facts. Ayn Rand was a great thinker.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Really funny because he has to speak quotes for a lot of women and he actually changes his voice a bit to portray this. At first I thought this was wierd but after a while I reallized how much it helped me realize who was speaking. He did a great job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    Brian says: "Incredible audio book"
    "Read this and volume 2"
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    What made the experience of listening to Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

    Great book. Lots of good interesting facts and a great overall history of the war from an unbiased perspective. Should engage anyone looking for a good history of the civil war.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    E. Pearson says: "A Rigorous Gift"
    "Lots of info"
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    What did you love best about Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2?

    This book has lots of names and tons of info about the war. I'm not great at remembering names, I remember stories and interesting facts. This has enough interesting stories and facts to keep anybody who enjoys american history engaged. I've read a few books lately that were packed full of info about history, the probelem was that they were so extremely dry (and I consider myself to enjoy dry books) that I just couldnt enjoy them. This book is enjoyable. Also the author really seems to be unbiased. He's not like "south bad, north good". He takes each person and group and tells the facts. Listen to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Albert Einstein
    • Narrated By Julian Lopez-Morillas
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Albert Einstein described Relativity as a "popular explosion" of his famous theory. Written in 1916, it introduced the lay audience to the remarkable perspective which had overturned theoretical physics. Einstein's genius was to express this perspective in understandable terms.

    Amazon Customer Jan from Maine says: "Another Absolute Must have"
    "OK"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not for me. It talks about this book being dumbed down for the average person and some parts are but it seems to me that I must be dumber than I think because the scientific content got above my head after the 1st hour or so mainly because it was moving so fast from concept to concept. I've always been interested in relativity and have read some short explanations that made much more sense of the theory than this book did. I think you need a decent amount of knowledge about the subject to be able to follow this unless you really slow it down and replay certain parts over and over.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1458)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Read it!"
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    Would you listen to SEAL Team Six again? Why?

    I'm not one to listen to books twice, but if I were forced to do it this would be toward the top of the list.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Of course Wasdin


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

    When the seals tied up the family living next door when they are in samolia so they wouldnt have to worry about the family attacking them while the seals gave their child antibiotics and saved his gangrenous legs from killing him.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end the auther is a very unbiased guy who realizes there is more to life than the military but tells a great story about a bunch of amazingly dedicated,crazy,heroic people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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