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Tom

Littleton, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Feedback

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robison Wells
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (102)

    Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy's deadly rules and brutal gangs. The worst was over. Or so he thought. But now he's trapped on the other side of the wall, in a different kind of prison. A town filled with familiar faces. People from Maxfield who Benson had seen die. Friends he was afraid he had killed. They are all pawns in the school's twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force.

    Joki says: "Surprisingly Static"
    "Solid teen novel"
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    I originally got Variant - probably on sale (I don't recall). It ended abruptly making me realize there must be a series. So, I bought Feedback to find out how it ends. And, based on how it ended, I'm just guessing that there will be additional books in the series forthcoming.

    It was an enjoyable book that is clearly written for more of a teen audience. It captured my attention, made me think now and again, held my interest to the end.

    Now, the end was a bit weird. It certainly didn't go to the place that I thought it would. You might call that a twist, but I'll go with more of a surprise. Others might see it coming - I don't typically do that - I just experience it and see where it takes me.

    The reader was very good. Voices and dialogue are important in this book. He wasn't exceptional - but he was very believable and fluid.

    My kids may give it a listen. I doubt that I'll go through it again - it wasn't that kind of compelling (but I have a REALLY high bar for that). But, it was fun.

    Just don't expect it to challenge your adult mind. It wasn't written for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Lee Anderson
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

    Matthew says: "Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man"
    "A complete history of Che Guevara"
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    If you are looking for a diatribe that either canonizes or demonizes Che Guevara, look elsewhere. This is a solid and straight forward biographical look into the man who is now legend.

    The author explores his early history and connects the dots that lead him through his life. He avoids, I presume intentionally, delving too deeply into any of the politics. Not that he doesn't address political viewpoints, but rather that his treatment of the politics is historical, not emotional.

    For this reason, the book is sometimes a bit dry. Not every aspect of a person's life makes for compelling theater. But, I give it 5 stars across because it is comprehensive and consistent and delivers exactly upon its promise - to tell you about who Che Guevara was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (344)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    F. E. Sparrow says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "A compelling review of modern evolutionary thought"
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    The book pits itself against Intelligent Design (ID). If you are a believer of ID, and you aren't interested in facts, then this book is very much not for you.

    I haven't studied evolution since I was in high school some 30 years ago. I have always just accepted evolution as true and, frankly, simply scoffed at those that purport ID as some kind of equivalent theory. I understand the scientific method and give ID no credence. But, I was really interested in hearing about what had been discovered over the past 30 years and how evolution has, well, evolved.

    I was not disappointed. This is a fantastic overview of evolutionary studies and evolutionary evidence. From the fossil records to mapping genomes to evolution in action to the social contributions to evolution, the author makes an overwhelming case for evolution as scientific fact.

    How did the eye evolve? Where do whales come from? Why are some male birds brightly colored? Why is there so much missing information? Why are we convinced that evolution is fact when there is so much missing information? The author covers it all.

    I just wanted the eduction on evolution. I got that. If you want to bolster your anti-ID argument, you will certainly get that. I will say this...I was blown away by the statistics regarding how many people don't believe that evolution is true and truly dismayed by the suggestion that this number is growing, not shrinking. The author discusses why some of these trends may be occurring, and, more frighteningly, describes what that means to us.

    Well written. Well performed. My kids will listen to this book. I will recommend it to anyone and everyone that believes that science and logic are important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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