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Andrew Bruce

Hong Kong, Hong Kong | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 227 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014

  • 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

    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!"
    "DNA interesting? Whoda thunk it"

    This book was so very interesting. My genetics knowledge was marginally post-Mendel. If you are interested in matters scientific you must not pass this book by. If you think you might be interested in matters scientific but have either never tried or (somewhat predictably) tried Hawking's book as the entry then this is the book for you. This book has the wonderful combination of teaching you something and doing it in an interesting way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duct Tape Marketing (Revised and Updated): The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Jantsch
    • Narrated By John Jantsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Learn to make your small business marketing as simple, effective, and affordable as duct tape. In Duct Tape Marketing, renowned small business marketing guru John Jantsch shows you how to develop and execute a marketing plan that will give your business the life and longevity you want. In this audiobook you will learn the Duct Tape Marketing system and how to apply its principles to your business by following three steps. This audiobook provides proven, yet elegantly simple tools to help you grow your small business.

    David says: "Same Old Stuff, Just Rehashed"
    "Being marketed to (or at) while you learn"

    Marketers cannot stop marketing - or so it seems. As I listened to this I learned a lot about a subject I now have to apply as I retire from my profession to growing, processing and selling an agricultural product. (I think it is too vulgar to mention it is olives and olive oil - how am I doing Mr Jantsch?) Also as I listened I felt I was being marketed to (or at). Maybe it was unintentional. Probably not. This marketing at (or to) was the only reason the book didn't get all 5 stars. I learned so much and I enjoyed learning it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "If you don't know the story - a great whodunnit"

    I had forgotten very important details about the killing of MLK. The brilliant way in which the story is constructed had me unable to stop listening. The book also brilliantly evokes the America of that time and struggles and conflicts which, even today, are only partially resolved. MLK is also greatly humanised but in that portrait his greatness still comes out very clearly. The one flaw in the book - if it is a flaw - is that I could not be convinced that James Earl Ray was a sole actor. Sole gunman? Not a problem with that. There are had to be more to the story of how Ray found himself - from the perspective of the assassin - at the right place and at the right time. The author alludes to this but - maddeningly - does not really delve in to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bay of Pigs: Oxford University Press - Pivotal Moments in US History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Howard Jones
    • Narrated By Steve Sever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Howard Jones provides a concise, incisive, and dramatic account of the disastrous attempt to overthrow Castro in April 1961. Drawing on recently declassified CIA documents, Jones deftly examines the train of missteps and self-deceptions that led to the invasion of U.S.-trained exiles at the Bay of Pigs. Ignoring warnings from the ambassador to Cuba, the Eisenhower administration put in motion an operation that proved nearly unstoppable, even after the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.

    Andrew says: "Tragedy repetitively retold"
    "Tragedy repetitively retold"

    This story is the story of a tragedy. The material is capable of being very interesting stuff and in this work some of it is truly interesting. What is truly awful is the endless repetition and the same stuff. It was interesting the first and second times it was mentioned but there are limits.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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