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Lee

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  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Graham Farmelo
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (147)

    Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, the most revolutionary theory of the past century, his contributions had a unique insight, eloquence, clarity, and mathematical power. His prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics.

    Eileen says: "Excellent biography of great physicist"
    "excellent bio"
    Overall

    Farmelo has a deep affection for his subject. Though not schooled in physics I follow the popularizations of cosmological science personalities and explanations of the fascinating worlds of physics. I loved the biography on Einstein and this volume is as informative and entertaining.

    The author's discussions of university department cultures and the social turmoils and war during the time periods was interesting. All in all a very good yarn about a very interesting man who did amazing things.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2837)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (751)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Wow, what a book."
    Overall

    I love dogs. I love cats. As it has been said, anyone who does not like both our domesticated friends is missing part of the soul. What a grand novel. Relationships between animals and those around them can be incredibly powerful. Edgar Sawtelle is a book that gets to the soul of our relationships with those we love. And also, the humans that we hate. The characters were all fully fleshed out. This was a wonderful read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2191)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (830)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "WOW AGAIN"
    Overall

    Tears in my eyes. This is awesome writing. Not since "The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon" has there been a novel so amazingly passionate and powerful. Wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fieldwork: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mischa Berlinski
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    When his girlfriend takes a job in Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, working for one of Thailand's English-language newspapers. One evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story. A charismatic American anthropologist has been found dead, a suicide, in the Thai prison where she was serving a 50-year sentence for murder. Motivated first by simple curiosity, then by deeper and more mysterious feelings, Mischa searches relentlessly to discover the details of her crime.

    Lee says: "WOW WOW WOW"
    "WOW WOW WOW"
    Overall

    I was an anthro student at the same time at the subject of this novel while in California, though not at Berkeley. This is one of the best descriptions of my experience and what it is to think and be an Anthropologist I have EVER heard. This novel is brilliantly observed and worth every second. WOW. It is also nostalgic and incredible that the students at Berkeley and the students and faculty at my university had identical experiences. What a wonderful wonderul book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "bright, witty, exciting"
    Overall

    There are incredible moments of humor and deep exposition of characters' psychology in this wonderful book. This book is no "fornication from above." Enjoy the read.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5606)
    Performance
    (2234)
    Story
    (2262)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "very moving"
    Overall

    OK, so nothing McCarthy writes is an easy emotional read.

    Road is tough, emotion-filled, desparate, and loving tribute to the love of father and son in the worst of all possible situations: after the end of the world in nuclear winter.

    Father: the man.
    Son: the boy.

    McCarthy never names his two main characters: they are the man and the boy. Even without names few characters in fiction by any writer have as much character and passion.

    Like "road" novels, movies, and stories before, "The Road" is a trek from one place to another filled with dangers encountered or avoided. What sets this apart from the rest is the profound meditation on family and love.

    54 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • The Interpretation of Murder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jed Rubenfeld
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    The Interpretation of Murder opens on a hot summer night in 1909 as Sigmund Freud arrives in New York. Among those waiting to greet him is Dr. Stratham Younger, a gifted physician who is one of Freud's most ardent American supporters. And so begins the visit that will be the great genius' first and only journey to America.

    Carol says: "Hated it"
    "WOW WOW WOW"
    Overall

    The story is packed from beginning to end with tidbits for chuckles and comtemplation. The mystery is great. The personalities are deeply developed. The narrator is turns in one of the best ever. His sly delivery can have one laughing out loud as the plot is zooming along. Great book, Great performance.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Finn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Author Jon Clinch makes his debut with this extraordinary novel that tackles issues of race, slavery, and paternity while delivering a fully fleshed rendering of one of the most notorious characters in the history of American literature: Huckleberry Finn's father. It was more than a century ago that Mark Twain left the notoriously violent Finn dead, surrounded by such oddities as a wooden leg and women's undergarments. As we get to know this troubled man, we meet the people who shape Finn's life.

    Michael says: "Fantastic"
    "Remarkable, remarkably sad"
    Overall

    Wow. Nothing that Clinch does damages the magnitude of the Twain books, but Clinch explores our heritage and a tragic figure in a new way.

    Huck will never be but mulatto for me again.

    Finn is a tragic, evil, affecting, moving, and overal disturbing character.

    What a fine novel, fine reading, and a totally thought-provoking experience.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (460)

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Ronald says: "Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker"
    "Obama for Prez"
    Overall

    OK. This is the most inspiring political writing in decades. Obama is pretty amazing. Unfortunately I am reviewing the book and not the abridged version. I dislike abridged audiobooks a great deal.

    But in the print version, Obama comes across as a man who has the kind of vision that could make him a transformational president. A president who could help mature the country. A president with a legacy to rank with the few best ever. He is a man who can talk to both the right and the left.

    A one word review can summarize Obama's thought: WOW.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (446)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Great Story, with lots of ideas"
    Overall

    Twelve Hawks presents a pastiche of all of the threats to our privacy that are extant and spins them into a tale of both the sacred and the profane.

    The travelling as described in the book reminds one of "The Cell" (the movie). Travels that Twelve Hawks describes are both fantastic and interesting. I liked the development of the various realms that traveller visit.

    Lots of religion and spirituality permeate the text. Unlike Orson Scott Card, Twelve Hawks never preaches in a pedantic and condescending way with a particular agenda. The spirituality is in the story as a force that motivates, protects, and drives individuals. Beliefs of any "others" are not condemned in any way at any point in the book.

    Though one reading of the text can make it seem totally paranoid tale of our world today, another more valid reading would see this as a cautionary tale.

    I look forward to the future volumes.

    As always, Scott Brick does a splendid job reading. He is by far my favorite.

    I agree with the other reviewer, this would make a great movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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