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Mitchell J. Albala

Seattle, WA United States | Member Since 2015

  • 4 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 83 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Franklin and Winston

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of "the Greatest Generation." Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one: a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together and exchanging nearly two thousand messages.

    Ronald Hull says: "Franklin and Winston Review"
    "Excellent, but standardized history"

    Perhaps my disappointment in this work was because of an expectation -- that a scholarly work of this depth, after SO much has been written about these men before, would rightly reveal some new perspective or alternate interpretation of them. As such, I did not finish the book, although I did get as far as America's entry into World War II. No mention was made as to whether either Churchill or Roosevelt knew more about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor, even if only to impeach such theories. I was begging for this book to tell me something outside what conventional historical records shows. The narration for this type of hisrical work was very "audible" and well read.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Hampton
    • Narrated By John Pruden

    The New York Times best-selling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation - a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the Red Baron and his triplane in World War I to today's technologically expert flying warriors in supersonic jets.

    Znapel says: "Great history, but ending goes off-topic"
    "Well written, but not enough about the "Lords""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Full disclosure: I didn't finish this book. As other's have noted, this book is very technical. There's also a lot of background history, which is very well written, and easy to understand. So you can learn something from that. It starts off very well with WWI, and tells the stories of many pilots, but after that (I got as far as the start of WWII), there isn't much about the pilots themselves, which is what the title implies and what I was looking for. So, for what the book is — mostly history and technical details, it's excellent. But for what it ought to have been — more about the pilots — not so good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry Bond
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    Navy pilot turned submarine officer Jerry Mitchell is now the navigator aboard USS Seawolf. On a reconnaissance mission deep in the Barents Sea, Mitchell and his crew prepare to watch the Russian navy as it trains for battle. Although they are outside Russia's territorial waters, the U.S. boat is ambushed by Russia's newest attack submarine, Severodvinsk. Its aggressive new captain, Aleksey Petrov, harasses the American intruder with dangerously fast, insanely close passes.

    Don says: "Pretty goo"
    "Steady, well plotted, but boring"

    To its credit, for a book of this length, the story and characters are well developed. I wasn't groping around to remember which role was played by the many characters. And the story was easy to track -- something that cannot be said for many novels of this type. However, it was incredibly slow, at least through the middle, which is as far as I could get. This book doesn't suffer from anything most fat novels suffer from -- overstuffed scenes, with lots of dialogue from peripheral characters, turned into long chapters that could have be drawn in a few short pages. I've read some contemporary submarine thrillers, like those from Michael DiMercurio, that sped along at a much more compelling pace. Cold choices is a good story that never quite took off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Superheroes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.

    Shaquille says: "To much irrelvent information"
    "A great romp through popular science"

    If there's no part of you that appreciates superheroes, then this book may not be for you. Yet, it's a wonderful, entertaining and accessible way to teach science. I can easily imagine that it would be an excellent book for younger readers (although the book makes it clear that comics are not just for kids), who may be more current with super heroes, Even if you stripped away all super hero references, the authors' scienticfic descriptions easy to understand. What's more, it's evident that they have chosen superheroes and super powers that serve as a launching point for a wide range of scientifc topics.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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