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James S. Cox

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  • Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill's career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.

    Dee L. Barrow says: "well written"
    "Superficiality"
    Overall

    Extremely shallow and superficial review of Churchill's life. Not as detailed as a "Reader's Digest" version. It seemed to be a poorly abridged version of a much longer book. Many terms, events, and relationships just beg to be addressed and expanded. Overall, there are much better Churchill biographies.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (1571)
    Story
    (1570)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Weighty Tome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has everything you would ever want to know about cancer and more. I am a physician and found it exceedingly detailed, full of facts, and sometimes hard to follow. If it were not being read to me, I am sure that I would never have finished it. That being said, I still would recommend it for anyone with an interest in cancer. By the end, you will be all too well informed...and probably very upset.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2367)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Start at the beginning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Start this series at the beginning. Do NOT read this book first. If you do, you will hate the first 5.5 hour Part 1, in which the past is discussed, at length, incompletely and boringly, forever. Finally, in Part 2, some action and adventure occur that livens things up a bit. The Audible review did not make the point that starting at the beginning in book 1 of this Series is critical to the enjoyment of the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Stone: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    In the remote wastelands of Greenland, an ancient artifact possessing catastrophic radioactive power is unearthed. But the astounding find puts the world at risk. Caught between two militant factions bent on wholesale slaughter, Juan Cabrillo and his network of spies, known as The Corporation, must fight to protect the stone - and prevent the outbreak of World War III.

    Christopher says: "Great book... horrible narrator"
    "Not what you would expect from Cussler"
    Overall

    Not well done. This was my first "Oregon" series book and my last. Too pat; too slick. By the end, the beginning is forgotten. All actions by the Oregon crew go all too well with miraculous saves and coincidences. The story plods on forever. Not very entertaining like Cussler's usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Rick Atkinson
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    The first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, An Army at Dawn is history of the highest order - brilliantly researched, rich with new material and surprising insights, the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization. "An absolute masterpiece," says Andrew Carroll, author of War Letters, "This book is storytelling - and history - at its most riveting."

    Jeremy says: "Abridging too far?"
    "Another disappointing abridged version"
    Overall

    The unabridged version would be excellent. The abridged version was full of gaps that continually interrupted the story line. I would not recommend downloading this version. It leaves one unfulfilled.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Measuring the World: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel Kehlmann
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Toward the end of the 18th century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates savannas and jungle, travels down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores every hole in the ground. The other, the barely socialized mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss, does not even need to leave his home in Göttingen to prove that space is curved.

    Henrik says: "Extremely disappointing - please avoid"
    "I agree with Henrik."
    Overall

    He said it all. Do not waste your time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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