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Daniel

Cincinnati, OH, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Pellegrino
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.

    Daniel says: "Awsome"
    "Awsome"
    Overall

    I love the way this book is written. Charles Pellegrino wrote a passionate account of the destructive power unleashed over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All sides of the weapons are touched, from the pain unleashed on the people of Japan to those involved in America all the way to the very center of the atomic explosion. As if through the eyes of a physicist he walks you through every millisecond of the atomic reaction and the resulting effects with the articulation of a poet. I can't wait for Audible to record more of Charles Pellegrino's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (111)

    From the author of the national best seller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that "not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science." (The New York Times).

    david says: "My Hero!"
    "Great Book, Bad Performance and Editing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Genius to be better than the print version?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Estell?

    I was embarrassed for Dick Estell and any Editors attached to this recording. Do some research; Show some respect both to the author and those great minds represented in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope in the future Audible will re-record this Audiobook.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Department of Mad Scientists: Inside DARPA, the Path-Breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard Of

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Belfiore
    • Narrated By Michael Belfiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    The first-ever inside look at DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars

    Roger Smith says: "Outstanding!"
    "A geeks idea of great reading"
    Overall

    Yes, I am a geek and yes this book satisfies my tech itch completely. I have always wanted to work for NASA because I thought they were at the cutting edge of physics and science… but now I want to work for DARPA!
    This book tells just enough about the history of the technology we use everyday, as well as those we will use tomorrow. Great listen!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (260)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    This book was very entertaining. I started listening and before I knew it I had listened all the way through. The title does little to express the entire scope of the book. But it does set the stage for just how fringe the world of investigation could be. This book is strange, funny yet intriguing.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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