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Thomas

NAPERVILLE, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Roberts
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp - the dogs were gone. Mawson plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizable, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"

    Jacqueline says: "Historic Death-defying Antarctic Expedition"
    "Not Well Organized"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from David Roberts and/or Matthew Brenher?

    I might because I love survival stories --- But this one including the cadence was tough to follow- I think I might prefer the written story for this one-


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Roberts again?

    See Above


    What didn’t you like about Matthew Brenher’s performance?

    There was no inflection in the voice and I was surprised at the cadence of the book- Either the sentences don't flow in an audible format or the book was written like a text-book and not an exciting adventure with ties to other amazing stories of survival


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Alone on the Ice?

    The order of the chapters was not effective-
    There were also times when it was difficult to tell which character was being spoken of-


    Any additional comments?

    I love the detail given to the supplies and nourishment for the expedition -- Fascinating-

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (822)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
    "The history of medicine is fascinating-"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- If you enjoy chemistry and medicine this book will be right up your ally-
    I enjoy the meshing of science and history-


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure about a character- but the episodes about German drug engineering were fascinating-


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure if there is a scene- sorry


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction-
    Enjoyed the book enough to listen to several chapters again and again-


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D.T. Max
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.

    David says: "A great scientific mystery"
    "Great Book - Made Protein Chemistry Fascinating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have any interest in science please; please enjoy this book-


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The favorite is the saddest-


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection in his voice was perfect for setting the tone and carrying it-


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is interesting and a bit frightening with the history of animal to human disease transmission


    Any additional comments?

    I loved reading 'The Disappearing Spoon' and 'The Poisoner's Handbook' and this book feels a little bit like that-

    0 of 0 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
    (6235)
    Performance
    (4256)
    Story
    (4229)

    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"
    "Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I do not prefer fiction so it is doubtful -- This was your chance to hook me-


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The absurd lines and behavior of the main participants are just too 'cool.'
    Anyone, including myself, who has been in these ultra-stress situations doesn't act like that-
    Hope it makes a good movie-


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was the best part of the book -


    Could you see Killing Floor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Done


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (222)

    From New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean come more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.

    Traci says: "So much to think about!"
    "Amazing! If you love science you will love this!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Violinist's Thumb to be better than the print version?

    No- You miss out on the small nuances and the illustrations- But very very good-


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Character?
    Chapter 8 was so good that I listened to it 6 times in a row and I am not kidding


    Have you listened to any of Henry Leyva’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love science and this book makes me want to learn all over again-


    Any additional comments?

    I am reading excepts to my students (high-school teacher) and promoting the book to them as well-

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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