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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 46 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • God Particle Physics For Dummies: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Mathiesen
    • Narrated By Michael Mathiesen

    The God Particle (Higgs boson) is the greatest discovery in history. It was only recently made in Geneva Switzerland by scientists using the Large Hadron Collider, the most expensive scientific experiment ever conceived by the human mind. This newly discovered particle or field is more important and more profound than the discovery of the Atom because the God Particle is the force that defines all the atoms and all the elements contained in everything in the entire universe.

    Philip says: "Not physics"
    "Not physics"
    Would you try another book from Michael Mathiesen and/or Michael Mathiesen?

    No. I was expecting to be listening to a guide to particle physics and particularly the significance of the discovery of the Higgs boson...the sort of book that someone like Brian Greene or Michio Kaku would have written...and hopefully rather simpler than one written by Stephen Hawkins. Instead this is a religious take on the Higgs simply because it was facetiously dubbed the God particle. That is not to say that there are not some interesting religious matters dealt with in the book but it is not a book about physics.

    What didn’t you like about Michael Mathiesen’s performance?

    It was not particularly well read. The narrator (the author) puts some passion in to it but the reading is careless and he corrects himself quite frequently.There are also one or two serious technical flaws with the recording level.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "A good story well read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Da Vinci Code to be better than the print version?

    In just about all ways the audio edition was very good...except for "ze French accent", which I found a little corny. However that is a minor criticism and I thoroughly enjoyed this book overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"

    This book is brilliantly written and superbly read....I am enthralled with it and.... much more impressively, so is my rather blase, teenage son!
    I can see myself re-reading it almost as soon as I have finished it is so crammed full of information that one read is clearly not enough...It must be the most entertaining science book ever.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine & the Birth of Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Yaroslav Trofimov
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on Tehran, where the Iranian hostage crisis was entering its third week. The same morning, the first of a new Muslim century, hundreds of gunmen stunned the world by seizing Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Armed with rifles that they had smuggled inside coffins, these men came from more than a dozen countries, launching the first operation of global jihad in modern times.

    Mitch Emswiller says: ""The Siege" - A Review"
    "An essential book"

    I was thoroughly enthralled listening to this untold story of an event that was somewhat overshadowed at the time and which turns out to have been something of a turning point in the radicalization of Islam.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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