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Bruce Gordon

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  • The Mauritius Command: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (254)

    Lucky Jack Aubrey escapes the burdens of domesticity when he is appointed to the post of Admiral for an expedition to the coast of Madagascar where French frigates are threatening one of England's valued trade routes.

    Constance says: "Twists Turns and A Great Story"
    "great"
    Overall

    The book is great, the reader is great. Nothing more to say.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Female Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Louann Brizendine
    • Narrated By Louann Brizendine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    Why are women more verbal than men? Why do women remember details of fights that men can't remember at all? Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts? These and other questions have stumped both sexes throughout the ages. Now, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think and what they value.

    Michael Dillman says: "Great material :^D -- Agonizing orator >:^("
    "dull book or dull narrator?"
    Overall

    Could barely get through the introduction. Not sure whether I didn't like the book, or the narrator - probably both since the author narrates. Perhaps it would be more interesting for people with no medical (or scientific) background, but I doubt it

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Splendid Solution Part 1: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Kluger
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Salk became a cultural hero and icon for a whole generation. Now, at the fiftieth anniversary of the first national vaccination program, and as humanity is tantalizingly close to eradicating polio worldwide, comes this unforgettable chronicle. Salk's work was an unparalleled achievement, and it makes for a magnificent listen.

    Bruce Gordon says: "gets old quickly"
    "gets old quickly"
    Overall

    A bit tedious. I found the conversational tone of the writing to get old quickly. Too much of a panegyric to Salk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    Skillfully weaving history with mystery, Philip Kerr sets this thrilling story in the 1696 Tower of London, where Sir Isaac Newton, warden of the Royal Mint (a post he actually held), and his apprentice Christopher Ellis (also a real person) track down a counterfeiting ring and, as the body count increases, a murderer. "An illuminating, often crackling exploration into the mysteries of science, mathematics, religion, and human nature," raves Booklist in a starred review.

    Jim says: "A cracking Yarn not a biography!"
    "mixed review"
    Overall

    As mysteries go, OK (but not great). As historical novels go, better. But there is soemthing very icky about being read a sex scene, especially in Olde English. Too weird for words.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Welcome to the world's first ghost/horror/detective/time travel/romantic comedy epic. The "hero" is Dirk Gently, who will probably never make his way into the great tradition of hard-boiled, sophisticated detectives. Missing cats and messy divorces are his specialty, but now, he has to clear a college friend of suspicion of murder.

    Patricia says: "Dirk Gently"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    Very funny, but, boy is it diffuclt to follow the mystery without being able to leaf back a few pages. I'm listening a second time - maybe I'll figure it out. Douglas Adams is a great reader, and a very funny writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6862)
    Performance
    (1621)
    Story
    (1661)

    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.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "some things are better read than heard"
    Overall

    Maybe a great story; certainly an interesting premise. But listening to it (as opposed to reading perhaps) made the banality of the dialog unbearable. I couldn't finish it. The French accents were ridiculous - everyone sounded like a Inspector Clousseau.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (195)

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    Theresa says: "A Stunning Achievement"
    "reads like a textbook ..."
    Overall

    ... only more tedious (and I am a big history fan).

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "fascinating story but ..."
    Overall

    It was a most interesting story (at least the part I heard) but listening to this book (as opposed to reading) makes the banality of the dialog that much harder to bear.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Weinberg
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel prize-winning physicist explains to general readers what happened when the Universe began, and how we know.

    Gregory says: "Strong and Compelling Story"
    "maybe better as a book"
    Overall

    Perhaps better when read rather than listened to. Even with a decent background in math and physics, it was most difficult to follow the spoken text.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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