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Anchorage, AK, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Lewin, Warren Goldstein
    • Narrated By Kent Cassella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (335)

    As Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Walter Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. "I introduce people to their own world," writes Lewin, "the world they live in and are familiar with but don't approach like a physicist - yet."

    Joseph says: "A perfect formula for a great read"
    "Physics for the common man"
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    All of my great teachers were able to show me the importance of the seemingly insignificant in some dramatic style. Walter Lewin is a master of dramatic presentation. After listening to "for the love of physics", twice, I found myself watching hours and hours of his lectures and demonstrations on the web.

    the thoughts and writing are engaging and lively and I will never look at rainbows the same way. Because of this book I now know how to look for rainbows as well.

    Thank you Professor Lewin.

    Mr. Cassella's narration is very good, warm and well paced.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4007)
    Performance
    (2563)
    Story
    (2585)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Insightful Warrior King"
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    A man of amazing insight into people and motivations. A brilliant tactician, A ruler who understood how to rule not just minds, but hearts. I was amazed to learn of the many things accomplished by Genghis Khan that were truly ahead of his time and affected the world well into the centuries following.

    Genghis Khan may have ruled centuries ago, but the effects of his reign remained for years and in some ways affect us still.

    This was the first biography I have listened to in some time that held me for those highly anticipated "sit in the driveway until this part is over" minutes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (370)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "Helping to help yourself more quickly"
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    Read the book, listened to the audio book and set out to practice using the methods Josh described.

    Less then 20 hours later I was making acceptable hand cut dovetails.

    Just over 20 hours later I was coding to the just over basic level I needed to accomplish a specific task..

    Practical explanations of practical methodologies that worked. Since reading the book I have learned a new skill I wanted, Learned one I needed and learned one i Promptly abandoned.

    If you want to save yourself some time and learn more about skills and yourself this book is a must read.

    I do have to agree with some of the folks that gave this book poor reviews. You can save even more time by only reading the first few chapters that explain the method and thought processes. Over half the content is filler that without the hard copy will only make some sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (766)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Alan says: "My Choice for Frank Muller's Best"
    "great performance of a classic story"
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    All Quiet on the Western Front is a classic tale made even better by Frank Muller's performance. The pain, the joy, and the misery I felt when reading the book were all brought back by this listen. Time and a credit well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3909)
    Performance
    (2317)
    Story
    (2333)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Interesting twists with a satisfying ending"
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    Lively consistent and familiar characters fill this book. An interesting story line that seems to be almost constantly changing directions.

    This is the first title in some time that warranted several extra "driveway minutes" because the action taking place simply could not have waited until my next trip out.

    topping off the great story was superb narration with well voiced characters. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone, Dean Koontz fan or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (791)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Amazement, Dismay, and Outrage"
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    In in depth look from an insider who desperately worked to become an outsider. A well funded "church" using children as slave labor and treating devotees as servants is a cult.

    Forced to be outsiders in their own towns, and strangers to their own families, yet Scientology thrives. Every parent should read this book and make sure their children read it too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11341)
    Performance
    (10572)
    Story
    (10580)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "A thrilling first ride through the 1980's...again."
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    Ernest Cline has created an interesting and exciting world of the future all the while making the past to focal point. Plausible uses of technology and its uses for good and ill are explored.

    What I found most fascinating was the non-stop high speed trip down memory lane. So many things of our past lost to the dustbin of history are interwoven into the story and given an important role. I found myself thinking "Wow I remember that" over and over.

    If you are a child of the 60's, 70's, 80's, or 90's this is a must read. An entertaining light read that Wil Wheaton does a great job on. I look forward to more books by Ernest Cline and more narrated by Wil Wheaton.

    Now if you will excuse me...I must go brush up on my "Joust" game

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway? In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from Scientific American and Slate, as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior.

    Prairie says: "Entertaining"
    "It appears there is a reason for almost everything"
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    Jesse Bering lays out years of research in an informative and entertaining fashion that occasionally made me say "eww, who would volunteer to do that?" and often made me laugh. Jesse pun's and humor kept the book moving and I always looked forward to the next installment.

    Not all the topics were comfortable but isnt that really what makes us want more and how we grow?

    I found the insights into how somethings were researched to be very interesting. Insights into the authors awareness of his own sexuality was equally interesting.

    I purchased the book because the title was catchy and I needed to use a credit. I quickly found it was a well spent credit. Once again, the author reading his own work was a total bonus.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1864)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Interesting and instantly applicable"
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    Within five minutes of starting this listen I learned somethign that helped me that day. Detailed explanations and discussion were interesting and helped me to better understand my boss, my employees, and many whom we work with even my son.

    I listened to this twice back-to-back to make sure I caught it all. I am sure there is another listen in my future as well.

    Download the reference guide, it will prove helpful as well.

    I LOVED the content in this title but...

    *other shoe dropping*

    The Narration is painful. The narrator reads most of the book in three to five word staccato phrases. this makes....the book...a difficult listen. I have listened to other titles narrated by Mr. Costanzo and delivery did not seem to be an issue. Perhaps I wa so intent on the content that the narration got in the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (331)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "They can't do it, not Congress, not the President"
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    Our government tries. Our leaders intentions are good. But they (our government) have built a system so caught up in favoring one over the other while call it fairness, or safety, or whatever other term is in vogue that rights now belong to corporations not individuals. Help is not assistance it is a prop.

    YOU can overcome the obstacles. YOU can do what the government can't. John's stories and ideas actually gave me more hope, a fresher perspective, and made me wonder..."Am I a Libertarian"?

    Like any book read by the author the pace and timing are flawless. Inflection and emphasis I can only assume is placed exactly where John wanted it.

    I found this an interesting read that made me think and gave me conversational fodder for my Red and Blue friends alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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