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John

North Jackson, Ohio, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jon Gertner
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (181)
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    (152)
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    In The Idea Factory, New York Times Magazine writer Jon Gertner reveals how Bell Labs served as an incubator for scientific innovation from the 1920s through the1980s. In its heyday, Bell Labs boasted nearly 15,000 employees, 1200 of whom held PhDs and 13 of whom won Nobel Prizes. Thriving in a work environment that embraced new ideas, Bell Labs scientists introduced concepts that still propel many of today’s most exciting technologies.

    Clement says: "Long Pauses"
    "A Good Listen"
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    A very interesting listen that has just enough detail, but it is not technical. I was very interested in the early scientists and this touched each of the critical people with sufficient detail.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1959: The Year Everything Changed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
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    (65)
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    (63)

    Acclaimed national security columnist and noted cultural critic Fred Kaplan looks past the 1960s to the year that really changed AmericaWhile conventional accounts focus on the 60s as the era of pivotal change that swept the nation, Fred Kaplan argues that it was 1959 that ushered in the wave of tremendous cultural, political, and scientific shifts that would play out in the decades that followed.

    James says: "Facinating look at a neglected moment in history"
    "GREAT Audiobook"
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    1959 is the year I was born, so I had some serious interest in this book. I was not disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1933)
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    (1681)
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    (1678)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "A Great Listen!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An Ohioan I was interested in one of our Native Sons. I did not know the scope of Garfield's life, his Civil War times, or much about his short Presidency. This book was excellent in his life's detail. The listen (Paul Michael) was very enjoyable and very well done.
    I highly recommend this!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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