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Linda

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  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (277)

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "Fascinating content, but narration disappointing"
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    If I could have read the entire book--I would have likely rated the story higher I am sure--however the narration made it impossible for me to pay attention to the text and I could not complete the book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the American Revolution

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Victor Garber
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command - "Fire!" - as England's peace keeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre. The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultuous trial in which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted and abused the laws he holds sacred. Shaara's most impressive achievement yet, Rise to Rebellion reveals with new immediacy how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.

    Michael says: "Great book hurt greatly as abridged"
    "Excellent, but hurt by the abridgement"
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    Well-written and narrated. Writer / historian has intimate details of the events around the colonial era, particularly the Boston, Lexington and Concord events. There is awkwardness and confusion when events seem to abruptly move from one to another, as is frequently the case when a 25 hour book is cut down to 6-8 hours. It would be terrific to have this available in unabridged format in the Audible library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Donald H. Wolfe
    • Narrated By William Atherton, Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    With explosive new revelations concerning the "National Security Matter" that led to the cover-up of her murder, The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe is a fascinating and riveting account of one of the most shocking crimes of the century. Donald H. Wolfe meticulously chronicles her final days, names the killer, documents the mode of death, and identifies those who orchestrated the cover-up.

    Linda says: "Highly recommended...."
    "Highly recommended...."
    Overall

    ...but where is the unabridged version? If this book was only allotted 3 hours, the almost one-third of the book spent on basic biographic information should have been eliminated in place of greater detail in the 'last days' of Marilyn. Still, this is a truly fascinating read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    rwise says: "Great subject, great writing, great voice"
    "Think twice before purchasing"
    Overall

    After reading Audible's interesting book on Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, I was inspired to learn more about Krakatoa. However, this book appears to spend the first few hours discussing trading practices of the Dutch and Portugese in a slow and pedantic fashion. I can't comment on how interesting or not the author's writing on the eruption and its impact on life in the region was--I simply couldn't hang in there for that. This is dull and monotonous reading and was a very disappointing selection on my part.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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