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Roberta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 514 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eric Jay Dolin
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is the epic history of the "iron men in wooden boats" who built an industrial empire through the pursuit of whales. This absorbing history demonstrates that few things can capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. This sweeping social and economic history provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the men themselves, who mutinied, murdered, rioted, deserted, drank, scrimshawed, and recorded their experiences in journals and memoirs.

    Jesse says: "NOT JUST BLUBBER"
    "Imapct of American Whaling on the Global Economy"

    This is an concise history of one of the most important industries in our brief history as a nation. The author does a great job of staying on track. He does NOT chase rabbits during the telling which makes it easier to keep in mind the theme of the book. The telling of it also illustrates the transcient nature of things we consider essential to our lives. A story repeated over and over in the advancement of our scientific and technological times. The story successfully weaves history, invention and human desires into a story easy to follow and enjoy. A once important part of our nations' backbone has become irrelevant and its era has gradually dropped out of our history books. It is a good length and leaves the listener wanting more...but then again, the whaling industry is gone forever so there is not more to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "PERFECT for those of us who like to ask "WHY"?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but that would allow the reader to go back and re-read certain parts....which in the case of this book would be helpful. The book is presented well but just stuffed full of information and names of scientists that may or may not be familiar depending on the listener. Einstein was correct when once he alluded to standing on the shoulders of giants. All scientists have done that throughout history. I liked the way the author linked "one thing" to the next in a more or less logical progression. I was waiting for more and then the book ended. It is always good to want more. I was engrossed and loved the details but the author does not belabor points and moves on to the next one quickly. He asks so many questions during the presentation that when you finish listening you want to start finding out more. Amazing what some scientists suffered at the hands of their contemporaries. It still goes on today, in every career field and in every office. That part of human nature has not evolved in recorded history. Definitely a book for people curious about why things are the way they are...or you could say a book for curious people!

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

    If you have ever heard the phrase "mind over matter' then you will especially enjoy the section about the "placebo effect".

    Any additional comments?

    Great read...but pay attention less you miss something. Definitely one to re-read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Awesome Read for Every Age Listener"
    What did you love best about The Eighty-Dollar Champion?

    Want to listen to an inspiring story...then this is it! This is a story about never giving up on your dreams. It is a story of heart and endurance.It is a story about family love and also trust between man and animal. You will laugh out loud and also want to cry at the visual images the author paints so well. There are other descriptions that would fit this story BUT if you listen, I promise your heart and spirit will be uplifted.... and it is perfect for every age listener!

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I listen while I walk so it takes long enough to digest and think about what I've heard in- between sessions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "Well worth the time!!"

    You'll be sad and outraged. Be ready to cry and laugh; maybe even scream at the mother. You will love and hate these parents, but always you will love these children. This could be called a story of how dire poverty can be selected for one's life in the face of opportunity. This is also a story of how parents can abandon their children and still be physically present. It is a story of how children create for themselves life abundant and courageous, despite all odds against them. It is also a story of deep love despite embarassment and humiliation. It is a story of hopelessness and devotion. It is a story of utter failures and supreme successes. Ultimately it is a story that reminds us that people in a free society often make choices to live in ways most of us consider less than desirable. That is what Jeanette finally understood. In accepting her parents as they were, and not as she had wanted them to be, she was able to shed regrets, embrace and love her family just as they were. This a truly valuable lesson for us all. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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