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Tim

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  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3225)
    Performance
    (2903)
    Story
    (2927)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "60 Minutes"
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    After watching the interview with Mark Owen on 60 Minutes, I really wanted to read his book and the combat mission to get Osama Bin Laden. I should had let my curiosity rest after I watched the interview.

    I like reading about history and strategy of war, but I don't like first hand combat and reading about modern warfare. For some reason, it bores me. I understand that our military is our hero, but reading about first hand blood shed is not my kind of read.

    I just find it too egoistic for our troops to tell their story from their voice and usually they are not skilled at writing a book. I would rather have an accomplished historian author telling the Seal's story to us and how we captured and killed the number one terrorist in the world.

    That being said, thank you for getting OBL and keeping us safe. I have family members who are in the Service and they really believe in what they stand for, and there are only a few of us that is more dedicated than our troops. As I write this more, the pride in me, change my reviews to 3 stars, but unless you need to know more, the 60 Minutes interview is enough to know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (569)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Intelligent Conversation with Aliens"
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    I've always been a fan of reading science fiction because the universe is so grand with infinite topics to discover. The debate of creationism vs. evolution has always been a heated battle. There are too many emotions behind this topic where it becomes a yelling match. Robert J. Sawyer brought this controversy subject in a well written book in "Calculating God."

    Not to give any spoilers, but aliens has landed on Earth and one of them walks into a museum and starts to talk to a paleontologist. Their conversation is mostly about God and the Universe. The Extra Terrestrial believes in a higher power being and the scientist is an atheist and he is also dying from cancer.

    I really think the author is brilliant by combining the too topics together in an Intelligent conversation with aliens. It is a bit ironic that the ET believes that the universe was made from God and the human believes in cells and atoms, but it doesn't becomes a shouting match between their differences.

    Science fiction could be the only way to structure this debate in a well form topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Stranahan, and others
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to knock the earth from its axis sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors. Over the following weeks, the world watched in horror as a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe: fail-safes failed, cooling systems shut down, nuclear rods melted.

    Tim says: "Commission Study on Nuclear"
    "Commission Study on Nuclear"
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    Reading about the Japanese earthquake in 2011 is like reading a commission study from the government on how to prepare. "Fukushima" is a technical read. If you want to know what happened to the people that lived near the power plant, then this book is not for you. There is no personal stories from local people, and their after effect at being exposed to radiation from the power plant.

    This book is very rigid by explaining the Japanese government and Tepco. Both parties were not prepared for the disaster. They still need more regulations in nuclear power plants.

    In the United States, we have been leaning toward to nuclear for our energy consumption. The disaster in Fukushima should be a warning for all of us that alternative energy should be develop before a using the source for a bomb.

    We still talk about Chernobyl as if it was headline news. There will be another book out on Fukushima and the people. As for my current read,I enjoyed the technical aspect of this disaster, but unless we get to hear from the citizens that are still fearing their life after the meltdown, this book is something from the government that no one will read, unless it happens to them and to us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Lack of Thrills"
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    I'm a big fan of Michael Lewis. I've read most of his books on finance. Lewis always has a way at explaining about numbers, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in a thrilling way. He makes real bankers into fable superstars in his books, while you learn how banking works. Maybe because Wall Street is all digital, I wasn't too interested in "Flash Boys." Maybe because we live in a digital world, the information about high frequency trading is just common knowledge.

    I wasn't too impress with the information that was presented in this book. Unlike his other titles, such as "Liar's Poker" (which I highly recommend if you want to learn about the stock market in the 1980's), "Flash Boys" just lacked in thrills. This book was like reading something from Popular Science and than forgetting about it because you cam get the same technology from Best Buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Valerie Estelle Frankel
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

    andrew says: "Good short listen, about GOT"
    "Cheat Sheet to AGOT"
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    "Winter is Coming" is pretty much an overview for the first three season of "Game of Thrones" and a synopsis for the books for "A Song of Ice and Fire." There is nothing much that we don't know already. If you already caught up with the books and the show, you already know what is going on. This book is just speculation with no explanation. It's like reading the Cliff Notes instead of reading the book and you wonder why you failed on the term paper.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (188)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "Not Dated"
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    Even over 60 years after Robert A. Heinlein published "The Puppet Master", I don't feel it is dated. I feel like it is something from a 1930's comic strip, but with science fiction. The story has this decor art feel to it. It's hard to explain, but I just imagine most of the characters wearing trench coats, fearing the slugs would get them, invading their brains. This book is a blast in the past and it shows Mr. Heinlein's imagination. At the time, he was born at the turn of the 20th century. The invention of instant coffee were being consumed and the radio was their form of entertainment. If this author was born today with the mainstream of our modern convenience this book would had been very different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Joe Mazzello, Tom Hanks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

    Corey says: "The best war memoir you will ever read."
    "War Diary"
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    Eugene B. Sledge's diary of the war is one of the best memoir that I've read in a long time, ever since Louis Zamperini and "Unbroken." In many ways, "With the Old Breed" is far better than Laura Hillenbrand's rendition of Zamperini's story because E. B. Sledge is not an author by trade. He is a soldier. Eugene took notes during the combat of the Pacific and later published his memoir.

    Instead of telling his story to a schooled prep writer that has little or no experience of war, Eugene wrote his own experience with his own words. It makes his book that much more creditable to read.

    As for the performance of Joseph Mazzello, (he played Sledge's character in the HBO miniseries of the Pacific), the first half of the read wasn't that good. I struggle through his pace of reading and found his voice to be very bland. Maybe someone gave a talk or a cup of coffee to Mazzello, but his performance becomes much more enjoyable in the second half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (298)

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    C. J. Hamilton says: "Instant classic"
    "Absorbing Like a Wet Paper Towel"
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    There is something about Steven Pinker that I like. For the nonbelievers, his explanation of having a blank slate and the theory of human nature makes sense. I've been reading a lot of Dr. Pinker's books and lectures and most of his material relates to the human mind, violence, and our natural instincts and desires.

    As I read more of his work, I'm starting to believe that I am somewhat an atheist because a lot of his ideas are easy to absorb, like a wet paper towel. Even when I was in Sunday school, I didn't really drink the Kool Aid. I'm not saying that is neither bad or good, but for me, I always questioned.

    As for "The Blank Slate", so far this is my favorite book. It gives an overall view of the blank slate theory. Just enough to get your feet wet, but not overbearing with one topic and leave you with boredom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (575)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    cristina says: "Glued from beginning to end"
    "Incinerate My Player"
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    Base on Marcus Sakey's work on "Brilliance", he is not an "abnormal" or a "tier one." This scientific suspense thriller was downright bland as they come from any pop culture writer. You would think that the dialogue would be somewhat intelligent because of it's science fiction genre, but it was not at all. Marcus' writing skills must be on a 5th grade level when Brilliance got published. There is no technical background in the dialogue.

    Each night, I dread reading this book because I saw my IQ falling. At one point, I wanted to chuck my headset out of the window and ask the garbage man to incinerate my player. It was that bad.

    Maybe because the author is known for his crime fiction novels his approach to sci fi thriller was half cocked. I need to stop writing this review because I feel my blood pressure rising. The performance of the reading was ear piercing, where I wanted to go deaf. "Just read the book without being each character. Be a narrator and not an actor." I'm pissed that I had to buy this book while many others got it for free. A few nights ago, I was screaming in my house on why I was still reading this crap.

    It's like X-Men with Baldacci or Patterson and I'm not a fan of those authors either. Even more distasteful combination with Sakey.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Michael M. Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The place is the Belgian Congo, "darkest Africa" of the late 19th century. The narrator, Marlow, describes his experiences running a river steamer for the Company and the cruel colonial exploitation that was practiced. Marlow goes into the jungle in search of the mysterious and powerful white trader Kurtz, hoping to find answers and explanations in that shadowy figure's character for the evil surrounding him.

    Tim says: "Rotten Dead Hippos"
    "Rotten Dead Hippos"
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    I really think that "Heart of Darkness" is like a memoir for this author. Joseph Conrad was in the British Merchants Navy and worked his way up to captain. While serving, he traveled into the African Congo and maybe he got his inspiration for the book and maybe Marlow's madness is some kind of symbolism from Conrad's past. Many readers label him as an racist because he depicts on the Black in a disregardful manner, but I don't think that is the right message that Conrad was trying to express.

    If you do your research on this author, you will realize the he was a Polish descent and didn't adopt his new language until later in life. I really think that he took many of his experience and put it in the "Heart of Darkness." For example, the smell of rotten dead hippos could be a symbolism of death or danger, because hippos usually sense danger in the river and feel threaten by other prey.

    I wasn't a literature major in school, but even I know that this book goes much deeper than it's title. It makes you want to read it more than once to reveal something else. Maybe it's a story of nature vs. nurture, or fight for the fittest. Whatever it might be, it will take me a while to get to the point of the book. I just think that Conrad was brilliant in all levels at writing this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (779)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Franics says: "Violence is decreasing everywhere. Who knew?"
    "Convoluted Evidence"
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    "The Better Angels of Our Nature" is basically a chronological on history of violence. It shows examples of Biblical times, Hitler, genocide, and many other examples on the subject of violence. You would think after reading all of these horrifying acts that the World is going to hell, but its actually not. Even when the Earth was at its worse, man started to repent. In one of the chapters, Steven Pinker explains how many countries finds it inhumane to use chemical warfare to harm innocent people, but instead, we use guns. Also, do you ever wonder why after 9/11, why there isn't more acts of terrorism? These groups are like a fashion fad. They almost always loose strength in numbers as their propaganda fizzle.

    Very interesting book to tackle, but there is also a flaw in Pinker's study. At certain point, there is so much evidence on the subject where I just stopped listening. I managed to finish the book, but the information was overbearing where it became convoluted. The first half of the book on his theory was great. Like a well oil machine, it started off at first click, but as I got deeper into his study, Pinker fails to deliver a convincing argument.

    Too much data and not enough argument, but still intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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