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Tim

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  • Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jennifer Michael Hecht
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
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    (50)
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    Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind. From Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking, this is an account of the world's greatest intellectual virtuosos - who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers - and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning.

    Dwight D Panozzo says: "The classical education in Secularism I needed"
    "Doubt"
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    I'm not too sure what I think about Jennifer Michael Hecht's ideas on religions in "Doubt." In many ways, I totally understand her point of view and she gives good examples of scholars, like Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein doubting there is a God and more importantly gives biblical examples on the most famous story about Job and the Jews and their skeptic in a God.

    I'm not an atheist, but I don't have wear a Bible belt. There is apart of me that understands that there is no supernatural being once we depart this life. This is how I thought ever since I learned more on different religions. When it comes to a personal belief, it can become a touchy subject. Who is right and who is wrong, but like our freeways, there are so many streets to take to get to the same place. Who are we to say that one religion is the only way to get to a kingdom.

    Yes, I believe that the stories were real in the Bible and Jesus died on the cross, but just like historical events in the past, Jesus was just a man. I believe your afterlife is whatever your imagination takes you upon your death. Many of you will meet the angels at the gates in heaven, but I always have questioned the entire process of getting there because it plays on your guilt.

    This book is not for everyone. If you have strong beliefs in your religion, you will disagree with this author. There were some parts that was hard for me to get through because of my personal beliefs, but it was interesting to see the evidence and science if there is a god.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Proof: The Science of Booze

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Adam Rogers
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
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    A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol, sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains. Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what's actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for 10,000 years. Distillation is a 2,000-year-old technology - invented by a woman - that we're still perfecting today.

    Atila says: "Great listening to all about booze"
    "Liquid Substance"
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    The reason why I read "Proof" is for the science of alcohol. Basically, you are taking something fermented and drinking for pleasure or as an addiction. However you take your pleasure or poison, its pretty interesting how ethanol has so many combinations for booze. Adam Rogers covers it all, from the yeast to the common hangover. Good explanations what your body goes through with liquid substance. Just don't drink rubbing alcohol. Mouth wash taste better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Lorrie says: "LOVE THIS"
    "Rolling Tongues"
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    "The Fiery Cross" is the fifth book in the series and this is a mix review from me. Although I like the Outlander series thus far and want to catch up by the end of the year, I just think that Diana Gabaldon missed the stone on this one. I still think that Ms. Gabaldon is an awesome writer, but in "The Fiery Cross", she goes on too much of a tangent, where I felt lost in the story.

    In this book, it became a murder mystery and it got too far fetch from its center. The author lost focus of the Homestead and went on going on a mouse chase. The Homestead part was excellent. I really liked listening to about the hardship with the settlers, but I just couldn't get over Claire being a doctor, mother, grandmother, wife, definitely a lover and now a detective? It's getting to be a tad bit ridiculous and I really hope that the author will scale back to the story in the next book.

    There is no time travel in this book. Very disappointing. Mother, daughter, father and son in-law is a nuclear family. I kinda got tired of hearing about them altogether. They need to separate and use the stone a lot more.

    Here is something to think about. 1771, American Revolution. 1776, George Washington. It would been fun if Claire and Jamie cross paths with the General.

    Also, how come Brianna is the only child when Claire and Jamie constantly FUN-icating? I know that Brianna is on birth control because of her mom, but is Claire on the herbal medicine too?

    It doesn't makes sense. Claire is not too old to give birth and Jamie is a stud. Why only one kid?

    Like I mentioned before, I hope to be caught up with the series before the year ends. I just think that "The Fiery Cross" was out of sync from the rest of the previous books. My biggest disappointment that none of them used the stone. Instead of having two different timelines, this one became only one.

    I'm hoping that my review will change as I catch up to the leaders. I got trapped in the middle of the pack and couldn't see the front runners.

    The last few hours in the audiobook is pretty painful. Diana Gabaldon tries to fix too many loose ends. The end just ruined #5 for me. She should had saved it for #6.

    Seriously, rolling tongues?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Adam Cohen
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Nothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history - the tense, feverish first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, when he and his inner circle completely reinvented the role of the federal government.

    R.S. says: "Important contribution"
    "FDR, No Strings Attach"
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    The first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency are what leaders are made of. Out with the old and in with the new. FDR brought back confidence to the American people by backing up banking from the federal reserves, implemented labor laws, establishing unemployment and Social Security as an insurance by boosting morale for many Americans. It takes a keen ear to build up good leadership to listen. Herbert Hoover was from a different era and didn't knew how to change. Roosevelt was from the new generation and saw a need for better leadership by asking for advise from his cabinet.

    "Nothing to Fear" is something that our current administration should read. Instead of having lobbyists and corporations running the country, FDR was his own puppet master with no strings attach and not just another talking head. FDR showed true leadership in the White House that has been lost many presidents after him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plaster City: A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Johnny Shaw
    • Narrated By Scott Merriman
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    Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves are back at it, two years after the events of Dove Season - they’re not exactly the luckiest guys in the Imperial Valley, but, hey, they win more fights than they lose.

    Settled on his own farmland and living like a true family man after years of irresponsible fun, Jimmy’s got a straight life cut out for him. But he’s knocking years off that life thanks to fun-yet-dangerous Bobby’s booze-addled antics - especially now that Bobby is single, volatile as ever, and bored as hell.

    Tim says: "Art of Swearing"
    "Art of Swearing"
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    Same characters from "Dove Season", but different adventure. One of the guy's daughter is bum fighting and gone missing. I laughed out loud at the first paragraph. "Plaster City" is what I was hoping for after "Dove Season." The book is not a sequel from "Dove Season", but I highly recommend the previous book before starting "Plaster City." Both books are downright funny with foul language, crude jokes and yet clever.

    Johnny Shaw is not a poet or will ever write something substantial to win the Pulitzer. He is an author for people who wants to be entertain with crude humor and language that we all use. I found Shaw to be funny and witty with each of his screw up characters.

    There are a few reviews that I've read that "Plaster City" is pointless and fill with the "F" bombs. True, but these critics doesn't get the jokes from Shaw. I don't like stand-up comedy because most of their monologues are in bad taste. Most comedians use way more curse words in an hour than Johnny Shaw does in his books.

    There are some great jokes in "Plaster City." It's a must read after "Dove Season." I really like Shaw's dialogues because that is how most of us talks when we are relaxing.

    For someone that like this author, you have to like the art of swearing in a clever way.

    Can't wait for more from the Fiasco's series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
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    (2931)
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    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Bad Analogy"
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    After listening to "World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)", the film missed the boat entirely. The audiobook is so much better than the movie and I liked the movie when I first watched it. I've been talking to my friends about World War Z and we all came to an agreement there should be a miniseries, like Band of Brothers on HBO. Each episode would tell us the pandemic throughout the world, as the interviews goes on. In the meantime, this audiobook is almost perfect. It's a little eerie listening to the zombie pandemic because we are not sure what is going on with the outbreak of Ebola Sorry for the bad analogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7323)
    Performance
    (4933)
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    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Playing House"
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    In the fourth book of the Outlander series, "Drums of Autumn" has a lot less historical events and more personal stories about Claire and Jamie. At one point of the book, I wanted to stop listening altogether because Claire was being obsessive about her man. It really felt like the first half of the book was all about the couple and playing house.

    Jamie, building the house. Jamie, getting sick with the measles. Jamie, making love. Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. Claire quickly forgets Frank, while the doctor is in a time warp. If you can't tell already, I have this love and hate relationship with Claire. Sometime she is very selfish and other times, she is warm and friendly. She also has a lot of resentment for Jamie's son.

    Geez, my friends are right, I'm starting to think all of these characters are real.

    The story really begins in "Drums of Autumn" when Brianna seeks out her real father, after Frank dies. We often hear about adopted children, wanting to find their biological parents. This is no different for Brianna and her dad, Jamie. I just wished that the author would had gone more in depth of Frank, who raised Brianna like a Randall. Often times, adopted parents are more nurturing than the couple who conceived the child.

    Now that Jamie and Claire are grandparents, I'm wondering if they will have less passion for each other and have more compassion for their grandson.

    One of the reason why I keep going on with this series is because of Diana Gabaldon. She captures real human emotions in her books where you love and hate them in each chapter. If i didn't like Outlander and all of the characters, I wouldn't bother reading more, but as you can tell, I have a lot to say in each book and enjoying them more, as I check them off one at a time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (376)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "Dripping Paint"
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    I have no heart. I couldn't stand this book. Dave Eggers is not an engaging writer. When he writes, he cannot stay focus. It was very frustrating to read because one minute he tell us something that really matters and the next, he goes onto something else. Very ADD style of writing. He cannot complete a sentence

    "Zeitoun" was not compelling story for me to read. Again, I am heartless. I wanted to know about the storm and the government failure, but all I got was about a Syrian contractor in New Orleans. Listening to this story was almost like watching paint dry on a humid, hot day. The paint never fully dries because of the humidity. Much like the wet paint, Zeitoun's story just drips and get blotchy.

    I was interested in reading Dave Eggers most recent book, but I'm canceling that order. He can't write in a straight line. Someone else should had wrote about Zeitoun. I can't handle human interest stories because they all follow the same pattern and this author is 100% a bad writer in my mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Nathan Wolfe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (233)
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    In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips - to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases....

    L. says: "a bio-geek's wet dream"
    "Documentary"
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    I really hope that Netflix does a documentary on "The Viral Storm." I think that is the only way for the mass to be more aware of outbreaks of pandemic that will eventually make mankind extinct. Awesome and frighten information from Nathan Wolfe. Vast information on biotech and how vaccines gets develop from its viruses. Hope to watch it one day on my Queue because television is the only way to inform everyone on any potential pandemic. Not enough of us reads anymore, other than checking our friends' status.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
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    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Too Long of a Timeline (and error in the audio)"
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    (In the audio version of Edge of Eternity, the epilogue is cut off. Right before our 44th President and the quoting of William Shakespeare. Hopefully, Audible will get this fix. I'm going to go to the bookstore to read the last few lines in the book.)

    I was looking forward to the final book of the Century Trilogy and Ken Follett is a remarkable author. I always gasp whenever I start another title from him because I enjoy historical fiction. "Edge of Eternity" expands almost 50 years with JFK's affairs, his assassination, MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, the shot that killed Bobby Kennedy, Watergate, Reagan's administration and ended at Obama’s first election victory.

    In between the history, Follett goes in depth with his numerous characters and their lives. Like the Civil Rights movement in the States and how one of the Black female characters became JFK's mistress. She was a White House intern at the time and later be in charge of the State Department.

    A rising rock-and-roll star fleeing the dictatorship from the communist and leaving his pregnant lover behind and having a successful career in USA during the free love era. The list goes on and on. There are too many scenarios with other characters.

    Although I like this book tremendously and enjoy the random sex scenes, the timeline became too much to crammed into a thousand some odd pages or almost 37 hours. "Edge of Eternity" almost needed to be broken up into two volumes and 200 pages longer to understand the scale of what happened in the past. After the death of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy's death, the book should had ended there to explain more of the fictional characters and their lives of Civil Rights and the past war with Cuba with John F. Kennedy.

    Ken Follett writes about sex to be erotic and that is one thing that I have always enjoyed in the Century Trilogy, but I also think that the author is getting sloppy with the dirty deed. The sex became too random throughout the book, where I thought that I was reading an young adult novel. After a while, I got my mind to ignore the love making and focus onto the end.

    Am I disappointed in the trilogy? It's really hard to say. I really like the second book the most out of the three because I like knowing more about World War II and the characters were more interesting in "Winter of the World." As for the final book, the timeline was too long for me.

    Again, I wished that Ken Follett would had written more into two separate books, but then it would not be a trilogy. Unlike the previous books in the series, most of the characters in the last installment are just "okay." They were just bland and very cookie cutter with the time. I didn't quite enjoy any of them. No one really stuck out. They were very predictable.

    I also bought this book to listen to John Lee's performance. He is always outstanding and was the narrator in all three books. Nice touch at naming one of the character "John Lee" in ""Edge of Eternity." My only guess is Follett wanted to thank Lee for his voice in the Century Trilogy.

    Maybe because I watched the Berlin Wall come down, the entire story felt less reverent to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Re-listened"
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    This is my second time at reading "No One Would Listen," and at the time when my friend let me borrow the book, I thought that it was great. Unless you were living under a rock, you couldn't get away at hearing Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme and his victims. Four years later after Harry Markopolos published his book on how he caught Madoff fraudulent acts, I still find this book to be good.

    Maybe a bit over the top from Markopolos and a bit too much about him and not enough about Madoff and his victims, but good enough to purchase the book for my Audible library. I just did a search on the latest news on Bernie and his penthouse on 64th Street just sold for $14.5 million. Now Madoff lives at Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium. which cost way more than his penthouse. Nice upgrade.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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