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My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.

The Woodlands, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 55 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 303 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • A History of Britain: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (67)
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    (59)
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    (59)

    The story of Britain from the earliest settlements in 3000BC to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney. From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation.

    Gary says: "History is fun and he makes it so"
    "Wow! Learned New Stuff, and Enjoyed it Immensely"
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    Listened to this while hiking at Big Bend National Park. Loved every minute of it. In fact, I got so distracted listening to the section involving the Black Plague, that I hiked further than I had planned so I wouldn't have to stop listening. It was extremely well narrated. The writer does exactly what he set out to do in the premise, and I would recommend this to anyone who has even the vaguest interest in the history of Britain.

    2 of 3 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
    (1777)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1057)

    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.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Fascinating Listen"
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    Okay, I know what you are thinking. A history on the discovery of sulfa drugs. Dry and boring. NO! Not dry, not boring and actually interesting. There are quirks and turns in the path of this discovery that are just fascinating. The factors playing into the discovery are intriguing.. The coincidences are amazing. I really enjoyed listening to this. I learned a lot. Like sulfa was discovered before penicillin. And a whole lot more. So try it, you just might like it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (489)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "Yipee! Great Book! Listen to This!"
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    I listened to this while hiking at Big Bend National Park. This book made me want to find me a Polanski and become a National Forest Ranger. It is a great book and amazingly well read. It is a gripping story, and you will find yourself doing stuff to keep from turning it off. Like laying in your tent in the dark, knowing you need to go to sleep, but not doing it so you can listen some more. I actually came back and bought a couple of books that weren't on tape about this subject so I could learn more. Awesome! Even if you are not particularly into National Parks, history, or the Forestry Service, this is a good listen with suspense, fear, intrigue, political machinations, shenanigans, fire, and salvation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Tame a Highland Warrior: Highlander, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1351)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (806)

    He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair.

    Jennifer says: "Not understanding the problem here...."
    "Not very true to Period, but Nice listen"
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    I liked the story and the performance. The characters are a little too "modern" for the 16 century, but it was still a great listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (644)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Tried It, and Then Got the Whole Series"
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    I listened to to this to see if I was at interested in it. Wow, I was impressed. It has left me with a desire to find, and wear, a bullet proof corset. This a a nicely written series and I really liked it. Love the narration by James Langton.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By D. Michael Abrashoff
    • Narrated By D. Michael Abrashoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    The story of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. Now Abrashoff offers this fascinating tale of top-down change for anyone trying to navigate today's uncertain business seas. When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of the Benfold, a ship armed with every cutting-edge system available, it was like a business that had all the latest technology but only some of the productivity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Empowering and Full of Good Advice"
    "Empowering and Full of Good Advice"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this, and I have started incorporating what I learned into where I work. And it is working, much to my boss's surprise. You might be surprised if you try it too. I may not work on the best damn ship in the Navy, but I definitely now work at the best damn store in the chain.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3147)
    Performance
    (2335)
    Story
    (2362)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Listened and Loved This Book"
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    Okay, first this is a wonderfully written, fantastically imagined steam punk novel. The world may be based on the Victorian Age, but it is way beyond anything Victoria knew! Gail Carriger writes a great story that turns several ideas on their head. The whole series is just fascinating! Emily Gray narrates the tale very well. Give this a try. It is really hard not to laugh out loud while listening though, so be careful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4902)
    Performance
    (4491)
    Story
    (4515)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Awesome Listen!"
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    Well, the Iron Druid is back. Luke Daniels has become my favorite narrator. Kevin Hearne has written a series that is just excellent, and every new book he has written just builds on the previous books in a positive way. I listened to this the week it came out, and I have listened to it twice since then to just enjoy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Britain: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The British wars began on the morning of 23 July 1637, heralding 200 years of battles. Most were driven by religious or political conviction, as Republicans and Royalists, Catholics and Protestants, Tories and Whigs, and colonialists and natives vied for supremacy. Of the battles not fought on home territory, many took place across Europe, America, India, and also at sea. Schama's examination of this turbulent period reveals how the British people eventually united in imperial enterprise, forming 'Britannia Incorporated'.

    Douglas says: "A solid second volume"
    "Entertaining and Mind Broadening"
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    This new history of Britain incorporates new knowledge and the new insights gleaned from the study of "ordinary" people and how the great events of history impact them as well as the principals involved. It was narrated very well, and was easy to follow. I am looking forward to listening to Volume 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Updegrove
    • Narrated By Paul Michael, Dan Woren, Coleen Marlo, and others
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Nearly 50 years after being sworn in as president of the United States in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson remains a largely misunderstood figure. His force of personal­ity, mastery of power and the political process, and boundless appetite for social reform made him one of the towering figures of his time. But he was one of the most protean and paradoxical of presidents as well. Because of his flawed nature and inherent contradic­tions, some claimed there were as many LBJs as there were people who knew him.

    Elaine says: "LBJ's presidency was far more than the war"
    "Completely Redefines the LBJ Presidency"
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    I was a child when LBJ was president, and I didn't know the historic period in which I was living would be a strong influence on the politics of today. After listening to this book, I found that I had a greater understanding of the The Great Society, the social turmoil at the time of the Johnson presidency, the consequences of the romanticizing of Camelot with Kennedy, and gained a greater perspective of what Johnson's legacy is to my own and other following generations. I learned a lot, and I think before anyone starts talking abut current social programs and their impact on the federal budget and the growth of government, they should read or listen to this book. It is extremely informative and I am thrilled to have listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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