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David

Phoenixville, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James D. Watson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

    A. Lai says: "Fabulous book!"
    "Humorous account of the double helix discovery"
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    I was a biochem major in college and loved genetics so I thought this would be a nice history lesson, which it was. It was also a very good story, with very funny stories and comments by the younger member of the team to discover the double helix structure of DNA. It details the rivalries, trials and frustrations over a 2 year period and is well worth the 4 hour listen. Enjoy!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British

    kevin says: "Great Read"
    "Great book"
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    This is the story of 6 spies (after Nathan Hale was hung in NYC for spying on the British during the Revolutionary War). It gives great background on why they were chased, how they fit into the storyline of the war as well as shows great research and attention to the details. Kilmeade and Yaeger do a great job of telling the story and Kilmeade of the reading. I recommend this for anyone interested in American history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Jesus: His Life and Times

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Packed with fascinating details, this fast-paced narrative will transport listeners back in time. In an exploration of the political and social landscape at the time of Jesus’s life, Bill O’Reilly takes on the questions surrounding his death. Who was involved in the trial and sentencing of Jesus? What circumstances led to his conviction? What were the motivations in killing Jesus? In the same way that the author gave fresh insight into the lives and times of Lincoln and Kennedy, this is an intimate portrait of the Jesus of history.

    Melinda says: "Happy Easter, Bill"
    "Not bad"
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    Overall, Bill O'Reilly does a reasonably good job on the "last days" of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Much like his previous book "Killing Jesus". O'Reilly walks people quickly through the early life of Jesus and slows down to more fully cover His last days. Again, like his previous book, I disagreed with some of his interpretation of events, but overall he does a fair job. If you read Killing Jesus, you can probably skip this one. Edward Herrmann was a great choice for narrator and does a wonderful job.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (811)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Another great Koontz novel"
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    Dean Koontz is a master of twists and turns in his story telling and he does it in aces here. A young man is born into a world which hates him, including his mother. After being kicked out of his mother's house at 8, he lives a secretive and mostly private life after another person like himself is killed. Then he runs into a beautiful girl and the adventures begin in a world falling apart. You will quickly add this book to your collection of favorites.

    Highly recommended!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Walking with God through Pain and Suffering is the definitive Christian book on why bad things happen and how we should respond to them. The question of why there is pain and suffering in the world has confounded every generation; yet there has not been a major book from a Christian perspective exploring why they exist for many years.

    Paul says: "The best book on this topic. Wonderful."
    "Great book"
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    No one should be surprised that this book is written by a Christ follower. But, it is not entirely intended for other Christ followers. Tim Keller opens the book with a comparison of how the major religious faiths (I include secular-humansm/atheism as it qualifies as a faith) view and respond to pain and suffering, closing with the Christian view. He then goes on to discuss questions/problems the Christian faith poses for those suffering. So, the opening sections in many ways are apologetic and thus may not satisfy folks who strongly disagree with the Christian faith. Keller then goes on to describe in detail how the Christian view of God, and hence God Himself, can help those in pain and suffering better understand their situation and how to walk through those circumstances well.

    As a Christ follower myself, I greatly enjoyed this book and Keller's treatment of this hard topic. It may not lend itself to others, but I recommend it anyway as a good book and a view into the most effective and satisfying response to handling pain and suffering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (291)

    During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior...a treasure that could reshape the world.

    Dawitski says: "Another Sigma Force phenomenon"
    "Good, but...."
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    In many ways I enjoyed the second book in this series. It keeps moving, has the usual expected twists and turns to keep you on your toes, but some of the aspects Rollins uses to build upon seem less believable than perhaps they are. I suppose this is to be expected in a book like this, but I like to be kept on the edge of belief instead of feeling like I have stepped over into the fantasy realm of science and religion. Overall a good book, but in my opinion not his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1488)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Another great addition to the Pendergast series"
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    In this edition, Corrie Swanson takes more of a center stage and acts like the young, headstrong girl she is. I sometimes found it hard to listen to her actions/words, but I think Preston and Child make it very believable and consistent with how Corrie has grown through the parts of the series she has been a part of. It seems that going forward Pendergast and Swanson may actually become more partners together, but we'll have to see if that happens or not moving forward. Great book and looking forward to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary Powers

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Christopher Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Harrison Sinclair, director of the CIA, has been killed in a car accident. His son-in-law, Ben Ellison - an attorney and ex-agent - instantly hears rumors of sinister forces within the Agency. The hunt for the truth will rush Ben headlong into a web of conspiracy beyond his control, where he is compelled by an artful, inescapable maneuver back into the employ of the CIA, and lured into a top-secret espionage project in telepathy that will endow him with "extraordinary powers"....

    Bob says: "Disappointing"
    "Good, but not his best"
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    Joseph Finder offers a fast moving, well woven spy novel which unfortunately on occasion gets too intricate to keep the story moving. The problem is not the story line or the way the story is told, with all its twist and turns, but rather that in some situations Joseph Finder tries too hard to humanize his characters and they come off, in my opinion, very unrealistic given the way they are developed. But this does not stop me from recommending the book as these sequences are either easy to skip over or ignore depending upon how much they annoy you and the book on the whole is very good. Christopher Burns does a great job of presenting the story too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1137)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Not as good as I had hoped"
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    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have written 2 previous "Killing xxx" books which I really enjoyed. Perhaps it was the fact that they wrote about Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, who lived 2000 years ago that this did not grab me the way the previous ones did. There is little historical personal info available on Jesus, but aside from that there is plenty of info about the culture, other key characters and events that filled out the story-line. I suspect it is also difficult trying to separate the faith aspect and present a clearly objective and factual story of Jesus and the circumstances around his death. They did a good job of this, but overall the book simply did not quite fulfill the expectations.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6266)
    Performance
    (4281)
    Story
    (4256)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Jack Reacher begins"
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    I wasn't sure whether I was going like this book or not. I am not quick to start different authors but I got a good recommendation and got the book - it was worth it. Lee Child keeps the story moving with few, if any, slow spots and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing what is going to happen next. Dick Hill also does wonderful job presenting the story as Jack - very entertaining. This is just the beginning of a long series, so I am looking forward to working my way through. Great book, join me on the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Neil Cole
    • Narrated By Brad Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Neil Cole's best-selling book Organic Church described the fastest growing segment of contemporary Christianity-the so-called organic church. Now in this next-step book, he answers questions about how to deal with theological and organizational issues that come up. He talks about issues such has what to do with finances, children, heresy, leader training, and rituals and ordinances. Without the top-down structure of a denomination, even people worry that they are not doing it right.

    David says: "A direction the church needs to head"
    "A direction the church needs to head"
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    For folks who are wondering why people are more disenchanted with the Church today, this is a good book to read. Neil Cole presents the case that the church needs a new revision in order to both better reach our culture today and to be more the church that Jesus started when he was here on earth. You don't have to agree with all he has to say to realize he has some great points to make and you need to seriously consider where he says the Church needs to go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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