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  • The Story of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Darren Henley
    • Narrated By Marin Alsop
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by the conductor and musical personality Marin Alsop. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music.

    Boulderite says: "Interesting, informative, easy"
    "Interesting, informative, easy"
    Overall

    This is a perfect application for audiobooks -- a history of classical music along with samples from the works of the composers discussed. I was afraid I would be bored, but was informed and entertained start to finish. This is a very basic overview -- appropriate for children or adults with minimal background in classical music. It gave me a very good context for the music, both in time, geographically, and stylistically. One criticism: the sound quality of the music was not great.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (232)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "One of the Most Important Books of our Lifetime"
    Overall

    This book presents the combined issues of the explosive growth of the middle class in countries like China and India, the exponential effect of that growth on energy consumption, and the effect of that consumption on the natural world. The well documented facts are presented without hyperbole but without sugar coating. This combined story is one that has not been told elsewhere. Friedman is a master journalist and has uncovered the most important story of the century. I also find Friedman fun to listen to -- he uses language wonderfully, and melds facts, stories, and analysis in a way that makes you want to listen and learn.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (935)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "What history should be"
    Overall

    This is a great story, for its own sake, and for what it teaches us about struggles with nature, with others, and with ourselves. It is not heavy in tone -- just a story -- but it is deep with insight and adventure. This is my best read of the year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4977)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2831)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "zzzzzzz"
    Overall

    I liked all the previous books in the series, but this one? zzzzzzzzz. Card was able to stretch this short story into a great novel and great series, but this one was a stretch too far.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7138)
    Performance
    (2925)
    Story
    (2935)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Extremely informative"
    Overall

    While not really a history of everything, Bryson covers a huge amount of ground in explaining the history of science across all disciplines. I have no formal science education, but feel a whole lot better informed after listening to this book. Bryson is always readable, and his explanations always include the often humorous human stories accompanying scientific discoveries and theories. This was one of the most informative books I have ever read, but never got boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8056)
    Performance
    (3210)
    Story
    (3271)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Way better than expected"
    Overall

    I read this because I like to read what my kids read, and didn't expect to like it. For the 1st quarter, I was too distracted by the feeling that this borrowed too much from Lord of the Rings and several other fantasy series. However, the book developed good characters on its own, and told a good story. I look forward to the sequel on audiobooks

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tarzan of the Apes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Why has this classic been so popular over the years with its presence in films, books, radio, and television? It is the mythology of the primordial steps of man's advancement. David Ian Davies has achieved great success in capturing each character with their own unique sound.

    Benedict says: "I did not know that!"
    "Classic"
    Overall

    While the audio could have been better, the book was very good. It tells a fun, fantastic story, and allows us to think about the true meaning of civility and character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Thomas L. Friedman is the foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and an extensive world traveler. Offering up an engrossing look at international systems, Friedman deftly explains the current trends toward globalization that are radically changing our world. With a first-class narration by George Wilson, this book is an engaging and highly informative listening experience.

    Virginia says: "Thought-provoking but worrisome"
    "Awesome explanation of the new world order"
    Overall

    Friedman makes globalization understandable and accessible. I used to think globalization was something I opposed. Friedman makes clear that this makes no more sense than opposing gravity, that globalization is here, like it or not, and that we all had better understand it, try to influence it, and try to ride its forces in as positive a direction as possible. He creates an easy to follow framework for understanding the modern world economy, and illustrates it with stories that make the book enjoyable and clear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Second Counts

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Continuing the inspiring story begun in his first book, Every Second Counts captures the mind-set of a man who has beaten incredible odds and considers each day an opportunity for excellence.

    Wayne says: "Good Book - Unfortunate Narrator"
    "Good book for putting life in perspective"
    Overall

    I probably can't review this book fairly, because I liked "Its Not About the Bike" so much, and this sequel lacks the shock and intensity of the earlier book. However, the book adds the perspective of one who has gone on with his life after cancer, and the lessons learned from being a survivor. It is a good read, with a good lesson for all of us, not just cancer surviving world champions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (175)

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "Great thorough and interesting journalism"
    Overall

    Investigative journalism in recent times has tended to focus on political scandal -- perhaps that is the legacy of Watergate. Schlosser is a great investigative journalist, identifying a story that is central to our lives, but about which we know next to nothing. The revelations about what has happended to our meat industry are fascinating and disturbing. They caused one of my children to become a vegetarian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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