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Douglas

Inver Grove Heights, MN | Member Since 2002

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  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (450)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Dr. Impossible Rules!"
    Overall

    I don't write many reviews but I do listen to a lot of audio books and I think this was one of the best I've ever listened to. Both narrators were excellent, one telling the story from a new heroine's perspective and the other from the villan's. The main characters had real depth despite the stereotypical superhero environment of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (102)

    Uranium is a common element in the earth's crust and the only naturally occurring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II, it reshaped the global order---whoever could master uranium could master the world. Marie Curie gave us hope that uranium would be a miracle panacea, but the Manhattan Project gave us reason to believe that civilization would end with apocalypse.

    C. Schmidt says: "GREAT book, awful narration"
    "Scientific and historical errors, good miner tales"
    Overall

    I am unimpressed with it, but I did like the human stories of the prospectors and miners. I had to laugh when the author described the nucleus of the atom being held together with electrical force. Besides the errors in comparison to the information in the Oppenheimer biography (American Prometheus audio book), there are glaring deficiencies, such as the almost complete avoidance of the subject of disposing of uranium waste. It is a industry book seemingly written by a scientifically illiterate journalist.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Authoritarians

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bob Altemeyer
    • Narrated By Bob Altemeyer
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer, whose professional career has focused on the study of the Authoritarian Personality, and development of the Right-Wing Authoritarian (RWA) personality and ideological variable widely studied in political, social, and personality psychology.

    Emil says: "A must-read for... everyone"
    "A good listen and clear explanations"
    Overall

    I thought this might be a cheap audiobook because the cover looks like cheap computer generated graphics and clipart, but the inside is pure gold. It is read by the author, which in this case is a good thing because the author has a good speaking voice, has an infectious interest in the topic, and doesn't mind adding side quips that give it a conversational tone.

    Besides the good audio, the subject matter and information are revelatory. I have often wished I had a good answer to why certain dogmatic people seem like they can't be reasoned with and this not only gives rational explanations, it also gives the backgrounds to the explanations for clear understanding. I'm glad I bought this audio book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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