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  • 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
    (328)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (277)

    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!"
    "Where is Carl Sagan when you need him?"
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    What did you like best about The Violinist's Thumb? What did you like least?

    Though science interests me, I find books -- even the ones that try to explain things "simply" -- fall short of their goal. This is another case of a topic that grabbed my attention, but the writing and narrative were less than understandable. I listen to most audiobooks while driving. This one certainly doesn't lend itself to that. You have to listen closely, then replay parts, then listen, then replay. In then end, it is just a disappointment.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2309)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (920)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Superb writing, reading and listening."
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    If you could sum up The Glass Rainbow in three words, what would they be?

    James Lee Burke is an exceptional storyteller and no one tells or reads his stories better than Will Patton. Like all of their collaborations, this is another in a series of very entertaining listening experiences. You will not regret buying this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peoples and Cultures of the World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Edward Fischer
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    As the "science of humanity," anthropology can help us understand virtually anything about ourselves, from our political and economic systems, to why we get married, to how we decide to buy a particular bottle of wine. This 24-lecture course reveals the extraordinary power of anthropology - and its subspecialty, cultural anthropology - as a tool to understand the world's varied human societies, including our own.

    A. Smith says: "Interesting"
    "Disappointing."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The title of this series makes you think the lectures will be interesting. And, to a degree, they are. However, they deal with "out of the way" cultures that affect very few of us, and do not cover the scope of humanity. There is nothing of consequence discussed of the world's major cultures, just smaller tribes around the globe. While it is somewhat interesting, it really doesn't offer insight into humanity to any degree. Be aware, as well, this is an older series. At one point the author/reader mentions there are 6 billion people on earth (current population is 7.2 billion). Because of this, I feel there may have been more recent discoveries in the field which get no mention in this series of lectures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1716)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1449)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Suzn F says: "YES!!! Dave and Clete back in Louisiana once again"
    "Very entertaining book."
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    Where does Creole Belle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    James Lee Burke is an exceptional storyteller and Will Patton was made to read his novels. When the two of them get together, you have a very enjoyable, very interesting and very entertaining listening experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (945)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "Great Narration, good book."
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    If you could sum up Feast Day of Fools in three words, what would they be?

    Mr. Patton (the reader) does a wonderful job on this book. The range of all the different voices he creates makes you think a whole ensemble is reading. As far as the story, it is good, not great. I enjoy James Lee Burke's books quite a lot, but this one seems to have a lot of extra words and descriptions which add nothing to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    In this volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes - from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    Max says: "some interesing history"
    "Really good and interesting book"
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    Where does How We Got to Now rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is really a very interesting book about the development of everyday life tools we take for granted (light, clean water, sound recordings, etc). The stories for each major area are extremely interesting and the narrator does an excellent job of getting the message across. If there is ever a volume two to this series I will definitely get it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Quiet Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (125)

    Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned ahallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter ina case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany 18 years before.

    Greg says: "May be his best"
    "Another good one!"
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    What did you love best about A Quiet Flame?

    Philip Kerr just knows how to tell a story. Interesting characters, interesting plot, interesting ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prague Fatale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    Philip Kerr’s thrilling mystery series starring private detective Bernie Gunther has been hailed as “one of the great historical crime series” by Bookmarks Magazine. Set in 1941, Prague Fatale follows Gunther as he investigates a murder at the country estate of his old boss, SD member Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was throwing a dinner party for senior German officers when the victim was discovered - the body mysteriously locked in a room from the inside.

    Michael says: "Another Great Bernie Gunther Mystery!"
    "I find myself downloading all of Kerr's books"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Prague Fatale to be better than the print version?

    Philip Kerr knows how to tell a story, period. The fact that they are set in Germany during WW2 adds to their mystery. Having traveled the country quite a number of times, it is interesting to "revisit" many places. The narrator, too, does a very good job of pronouncing the German names, locations, etc, as they should be heard. I normally like to alternate between listening to a fiction, then a non-fiction book. Lately, though, I keep on listening to another Bernie Gunther novel. The whole series is very interesting and entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (404)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Exceptional writing, exceptional presentation"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Johnstown Flood the most enjoyable?

    Too bad David McCullough didn't write the history textbooks used in our nation's schools. If he did, our nation's children, as well as adults, would have a lot greater appreciation for the subject! This is just an extremely interesting bit of history told in a way that makes you want to read and listen to more from Mr. McCullough.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nic Pizzolatto
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (583)

    From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

    Stephanie says: "Richly Layered"
    "Very good listening"
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    Where does Galveston rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just a very good book and great narration. It is a very entertaining story. The writer does an excellent job of painting a picture as he tells the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A German Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther's in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer.

    Armen says: "The Best"
    "Great writing, great story, very good reading"
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    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Kerr can really write a great story - time and time again. I have listened to several "Bernie Gunther" novels and each one is exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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