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Tim

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  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2953)
    Performance
    (2662)
    Story
    (2715)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
    "Who Would Have Thought"
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    I never read Lord of the Rings when I was a teenager and kept putting it off. Even after I watched the movies, I had no interest at these books. The movies were okay and I saw no need to read the series. My friends kept telling me that I need to read these books and I would totally be a Hobbit.

    So, I finally took their advice and during Christmas season, I started with The Hobbit and before I knew it, I finished The Return of the King. It took me less than a month to finish all four books and I totally agree with my friends that its a classic fantasy.

    Reading The Return of the King was okay. My mind kept referring back to the movies. I didn't know after the novel ended, Tolkien wrote a group of essays and segments as a prequel to LOTR. It is included in the audio rite after The Return of the King ends and it is more interesting than the novels because it explains a lot and Hollywood has yet to exploit this story.

    A few years ago, I read the complete Harry Potter series and I dread each book more and more because it's childish and it's puberty writing from J. K. Rowling. If Audible ever gets the rights to the Potter series, I would consider buying all 7 books again, so I can voice my opinions by my reviews on how much I dislike Rowling's work.

    The difference from Tolkien is, his writing will always hold up to all ages and the books were published over half a century ago.

    I can now say that I read LOTR and enjoyed it.

    0 of 2 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
    (186)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    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....

    Raymond says: "Well Researched and Explained by a True Expert"
    "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 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (120)

    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 0 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
    (1385)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (688)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (741)

    It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Portrait of a SciFi master as a novice"
    "Hamilton in One Direction"
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    I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton. I still think that he is one of the best writers for science fiction. He writes in grand and epic structure with vast amount of detail in his characters. When reading the first installment of "The Greg Mandel Trilogy", you have to tweak your brain from what you read before from this author. "Mindstar Rising" is not space opera, but more action pack and focus on one character that is a sci fi detective on a post disaster in England.

    Please don't quote me, but I believe that the Mandel series was Hamilton's first. It will be interesting if he veer off more into space opera and somehow introduce us to Commonwealth as I keep listening to this trilogy.

    When reading the this book, Hamilton is in one direction. It's very different than what I've read from him in the past.

    I only gave "Mindstar Rising" 3 stars because it's like getting introduce to an new author. My mind still need to adjust that there is no space drama and sexy droids in this universe. I'm sure that more stars will be added in the following books as I see Hamilton in a different light.

    Just a lot of action in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregory Zuckerman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong. Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources.

    Chris says: "Balanced approach on controversial topic"
    "Chipping for Crude"
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    To sum up the point of the book, when they couldn't drill anymore, they started fracking to get as much old that they can with no regards to anything else. "The Frackers" are a bunch of lottery winners from past black gold. I'm not an environmentalist, but the book is very neutral. The author is very melancholy at where he stands.

    "The Frackers" is strictly a biography on the oil tycoons It's too early to tell what fracking is doing to the environment and this book is very lack luster, but I hope that I don't see the day when "Frack You" becomes the new slang.

    There is no information on the process of fracking. It's all about the business of chipping for Crude.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce G. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses.

    Michael says: "The best business book I ever read"
    "E-150"
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    My dad customized a 1979 Econoline-150 van with a wheelchair ramp for me. It was the family van, and as I got older, I got the keys to the "Brown Can.". The old goat ran for almost 20 years and got me through college, camping trips,concerts and lots of fun. We were sad to see the beast go. If Ford made an accessible mini van, I would probably have another Ford right now, instead of a Japanese import.

    "American Icon" is a true success story that I kept rooting for. There is something about seeing a Ford on the road and having pride in America. One of the best business stories that I've listened to in a long time. Ford had great leadership from the very beginning. A few major hiccups during the dot com era, but thanks to Alan Mulally, Ford is back again.

    At one time, my family had all Ford's in the driveway. While they ran over 100k, they all rattle and all of their air conditioners stopped working. Unlike the E-150, they all had the new blue oval logo, instead of F O R D individually stamped out in steel and bolted on the hood.

    Probably won't buy another Ford again, unless I need a heavy duty truck and if then I would get a Cummins Diesel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8085)
    Performance
    (5254)
    Story
    (5233)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "Much More Enjoyable"
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    "Voyager" was much more enjoyable than "Dragonfly in Amber" and I am finally getting into the Outlander series. Claire, Jamie, and Brianna are starting to make sense to me. I am understanding a lot more about the time travel and the different periods of time. Diana Gabaldon is a remarkable writer. I really like her storytelling about the history. Claire becoming a slave owner with Jamie is simply brilliant because Claire left Brianna behind with Frank during the Civil Rights movement in the 60's.

    I almost couldn't stop listening to "Voyager." The series finally fired on all cylinders and that is what I was hoping for all along. In "Voyager", it's not all about the family drama between the three, there are new characters in the melting pot, like Jamie's nephew, Young Ian and how he pretty much got raped by another woman and his uncle gave him a pep talk that the penis has no conscience.

    How can anybody forget Mr. Willoughby. He is my favorite. I'm really hoping Claire's letter to her daughter will somehow come into play.

    My friends are warning me that I'm getting too involve into the series, where I might start to think that I can time travel also. Hopefully, they will have an intervention for me. It's just the price to pay at reading a good book. I can't wait for more.

    I found Davina Porter's voice much more enjoyable when I cranked the speed up on my IPod. I really don't like to alter any narrators' voices, but Porter's reading pace is just too slow to pay attention. If you crank the speed up, you get a lot more story than on normal speed, but that is just my preference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin Fong
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Little more than 100 years ago, maps of the world still boasted white space: places where no human had ever trod. Within a few short decades the most hostile of the world's environments had all been conquered. Likewise, in the 20th century, medicine transformed human life. Doctors took what was routinely fatal and made it survivable. As modernity brought us ever more into different kinds of extremes, doctors pushed the bounds of medical advances and human endurance. Extreme exploration challenged the body in ways that only the vanguard of science could answer.

    CHESTER says: "EXTREME MEDICINE"
    "Coming from a Family of Healers"
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    My two younger siblings are both in the medical field. One is a physician and the other one is an anesthetists. We also have other family members are in the same line of work. When all of them get together, they like to talk shop until someone change the subject.

    "Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century" from Dr. Kevin Fong is interesting, but also a bit redundant because I pretty much heard it all from my family. The history of medicine and how the human body is so resilient is awesome to listen to, but "Exploration" of medicine is a bit hog wash. I don't quite understand what Dr. Fong is trying to prove.

    The cross reference of space exploration and medicine is a bit misleading. I don't see the link between the two when medicine is always evolving. We no longer use our bare hands to operate and microscopic surgery is becoming the norm. I guess what Dr. Fong is trying to say that without space exploration, the progress of medicine will be slower.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (250)

    In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

    John says: "A Great Value"
    "Blog on Pluto"
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    I recently read Neil deGrasse Tyson's other book on Audible and found it fascinating. When I got the chance to buy "The Pluto Files" on sale, I was in joy. I find Dr. Tyson to be a genius. This book is more like a 4 hour lecture on why Pluto is not a planet. There is a lot of commentary from Tyson.and snippets of Pluto. If you are into astronomy, "The Pluto Files" is more like a personal blog from an astrophysicist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1601)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1445)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Nursery Rhymes for Grown Ups"
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    "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" is a nursery rhymes for grown ups. Like Jack in the Beanstalk and an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, that we heard in preschool, the 100 Year Old Man will be retold in a old folks home. I'm not sure if there is something missing from the Swedish version, but this book is a complete mess.

    Basically, it's about an old man jumping ship from a nursing home and start traveling the world and meeting people like Albert Einstein, Lyndon Johnson to Ronald Reagan and the North Korea dictator. None of this made sense. I almost stopped listening after the first half. Many reviewers compare this book to Forrest Gump, but I did not find 100 Year Old Man humerus. I have no interest at watching the movie either.

    Even after finishing the book, I'm not sure if the main character climbed out of the window and disappeared or just having a senior moment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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