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Chris

Willits, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brad Miner
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    At a time of astonishing confusion about what it means to be a man, Brad Miner has recovered the oldest and best ideal of manhood: the gentleman. Reviving a thousand-year tradition of chivalry, honor, and heroism, The Compleat Gentleman provides the essential model for 21st-century masculinity.

    Eric says: "Good argument (with a single near-fatal flaw)"
    "Guilty much?"
    Overall

    Not a bad book, but I could do without the author's personal history. He dodged the draft in Vietnam and now, safely past draft age, he thinks all men should undertake military service and feels guilty about dodging the draft. Pure BS. Public service is important and Gandi was much more of a gentleman than many who can pick up a gun. I have nothing agaist the military and it is a good choice for many people, but not all public service is military service.

    The history is good acurate and interesting. Good narriation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (130)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "Sounds good - audilbe failure"
    Overall

    This sounded interesting however Audible will not let me download it after purchase. I am not sure what is wrong - but I am not happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (365)

    This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

    Stephen says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Forget the politics"
    Overall

    The introduction used to grind a political axe (pointlessly). I enjoyed the stories but strongly disagree with the politics. Back to nature would be wonderful for a world with under 1 billion people - we are rapidly approaching 7 billion. We either need technology (something the characters in the book use) or we need a euthanasia program.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Starvation Heights: A True Story of Murder and Malice in the Woods of the Pacific Northwest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, came to a sanitorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary fasting treatment of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters. But within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women were emaciated shadows of their former selves, waiting for death.

    Shawn says: "Compelling narration + story, too much information"
    "Not for me"
    Overall

    The author seems obsessed with the sisters alleged female health problems. There are somethings that can be condensed and summarized without impacting the narrative. Menstruation troubles and malformed Utri are some of those things.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3309)
    Performance
    (1944)
    Story
    (1961)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "WOW"
    Overall

    Great listen. Very good story and well presented. I guess I need to write 15 words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael D. Fayer
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Our intuition about how things should behave is usually right in the everyday world. We see the baseball soar in the air, arc, drop, and lie stationary on the ground. Through data gathered by our senses and basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics, the motion of a ball makes perfect sense. But enter the world of the tiniest particles on earth—the motion of electrons, the shapes of molecules—and everything we think we know about the world radically changes.

    Chris says: "No math - wrong"
    "No math - wrong"
    Overall

    Figures and equations don't work in Audiobooks generally. Sometimes the producers will try to make them work with either handouts (hard to read while driving) or detailed descriptions. In this case they did not even try - just a dude reading equations off to you - very frustrating. Chapters 1-4 were good and relatively math free. After that the author gives up on his promise to "keep out the math" and begins inserting equations to "prove his point." I don't need the math to convince me and the narrative is lost with the interruptions of the math.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The American Civil War: A Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name.

    margot says: "A Novel Approach (As Opposed to Novelistic)"
    "Another outstanding effort"
    Overall

    Everything by Keegan is outstanding and this is no different. Well worth a listen if you have any interest at all in the subject.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Halsey's Typhoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    December 1944, the Pacific Theater. General Douglas MacArthur has vowed to return to the Philippines. He will need the help of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's Pacific Fleet. But at the height of the invasion, Halsey's ships are blindsided by a typhoon of unprecedented strength and scope. Battleships are tossed like toys, fighter planes are blown off carriers, destroyers are capsized, and hundreds of sailors are swept into the roiling, shark-infested sea.

    M. Taussig says: "Weather and Naval History Masterpiece"
    "Different and good."
    Overall

    Different than most of these war narratives. The authors resist the temptations to make heros and villains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Department of Mad Scientists: Inside DARPA, the Path-Breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard Of

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Belfiore
    • Narrated By Michael Belfiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    The first-ever inside look at DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars

    Roger Smith says: "Outstanding!"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    Great listen - a postive message about government and hope for the future.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Bradley
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous 21 year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

    Kent says: "Over the Top - Why did I waste my time?"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    An interesting and unvarnished look at the times.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Massacre at Mountain Meadows

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ronald W Walker, Richard E Turley, Glen M Leonard
    • Narrated By Bill Dewees
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them. More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter.

    Chris says: "Slow to get started - not fully balanced."
    "Slow to get started - not fully balanced."
    Overall

    I was a bit nervous when the authors "confessed" they relied on the church for much of thier research. At least the first 3/4 of the book a felt a bit like I was being manipulated, but when the bad things start happening the authors do not try to pull punches. I agree with thier thesis about the event, but I do think they tried a bit hard to not point the finger at the church - no possiable justification for the actions is too small to be discussed (often repeatedly) and no proof of the dissappointment of church leaders int he action is to small to discuss. The pacing is VERY slow for much of the book with lots of degressions and information of little importance.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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