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Doug

Frisco, TX | Member Since 2010

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  • The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship.

    Will says: "A grand man."
    "Storytelling at its Finest"
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    A book that will entertain not only those who are fans of the great game of golf but of American history in the early 20th century.

    To say this book is a fabulous read and while rated it 5 stars across the board, it still does not seem to give it due credit. I truly felt as if I were taken back in time and was drawn into story that chronicled the amazing life of Bobby Jones and the early history of golf in America.

    Truly an amazing read and Grover Gardner does an phenomenal job as always in bringing the story to life. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (2270)
    Story
    (2271)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "A Fun Quirky Ride"
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    It took me a while to catch on to the flow of the book and the writers style but once I got there this book turned into a fun little romp.

    Quite a few reviews have compared it to Hitchhikers and I would agree they are not too far off base there. Some of the premises and side information bits in the book are very much like Hitchhikers but this book has a few more adult themes and action in it so watch that for the younger crowd.

    Not really a spoiler since this is near the beginning of the book, but any story that starts with explaining how smell is the primary language of an alien species and then weaves in human farts......I'll stop right there and let you figure out the rest.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9925)
    Performance
    (8995)
    Story
    (9070)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "A Good Langdon Sequel"
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    If you have enjoyed the Langdon series so far this is a nice addition to the series. It does not have the enjoyment or thrill of the first two but I think this was because while the story is good, the template has become a bit too similar.

    The history and lore of Dante is rich and deep and as usual with a Langdon series book I found myself stopping and firing up Google to learn more about what I just read. For me this is part of the enjoyment of why I like the Langdon series and for me is a good template. While some fiction and interpretation is always present there is enough factual information weaved into the story to make things enjoyable.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1343)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Clever and Fascinating Tales"
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    This is a science book and while written to appeal to a mass audience, even with my science background I had to stop and think about some of the conclusions and facts proposed during the read. In a good way though. It made me think and try to recollect my chemistry and physics courses from old.

    The book is broken down into sections around a handful of elements usually related in various fashions and this reads quite well. If you are a science geek you will most definitely like this book. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zimmermann Telegram

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States.

    Mike From Mesa says: "US entry to World War I"
    "Enlightening Story"
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    Not to give too much away, suffice it to say this story is probably going to expose some interesting facts about US and international history and politics surrounding WWI not often heard in the US history books.

    The book is pretty fast paced and there are many, many characters to follow and keep track of in this tale of espionage and intrigue. I had to stop and replay more than a few times when my attention strayed.

    0 of 0 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
    (1672)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (964)

    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.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
    "Absolutely Fascinating Story"
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    Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Cliche, but oh so appropriate for this tale.

    Considering the international upheaval caused by the German nation in WWI and WWII, the brilliance of this nations scientists, acting in many cases above and beyond the politics, is amazing.

    I was enthralled at the science and human accomplishments achieved despite the events going on around them. We owe so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2914)
    Performance
    (1647)
    Story
    (1648)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "A Decent Thriller with Good Character Development"
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    This was a decent action thriller with some nice twists and turns that keeps one listening and the pages (so to speak) turning. I found the science and engineering intriguing and believable. While listening I would find myself researching some of the principles and facts to verify and understand them better.

    Character development was fairly deep and was a major part of the book as it lends to the plots and action of the book.

    Scott Bricks narration is unique if you have not listened to a book narrated by him before. His intonation is very particular and could turn some people off. Listen to the sample to see if you fall into this category.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The War God's Own: War God, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (438)

    Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer hradani had never wanted to be the champion of the War God. Unfortunately, the War God had insisted. Which was how he had found himself among hostile strangers in the Empire of the Axe - except that that was only the least of his problems. For a start, there was the Order of Tomanak, who were horrified that their deity had chosen a hradani as champion, and were resolved to rectify the matter in a most unpleasant fashion.

    Adnan says: "Paladin in action"
    "More Character Development than Action"
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    This book did not have near as much action in it as the first one but was still a good read if you are invested in the series. You learn more about the different races, their history and how it affects the interaction of the races that was left a little lacking from the first novel.

    Nick Sullivan's narration, as the first, was top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Rings, Swords, and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    In this course, the roots of fantasy and the works that have defined the genre are examined. Incisive analysis and a deft assessment of what makes these works so very special provides a deeper insight into beloved works and a better understanding of why fantasy is such a pervasive force in modern culture.

    Jefferson says: "An Informative, Stimulating, and Enjoyable Class"
    "Good Read But Wanted More"
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    I enjoyed the scholarly view of some of my favorite works by Prof. Drout. I had not listened to a scholar book of this nature before and did not know what to expect but he delivered quite nicely. He takes us from early mythology up through Tolkien and into the modern age of fantasy writers and stories. I only wish it had been a little longer and with a bit more detail in spots.
    That being said I do plan on reading Drout's Science Fiction companion to this book, From Here to Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature.

    Prof Drout was a bit hard to listen to in the beginning but once I caught on to his cadence it made things a bit easier to follow. Listen to the example, some people might be put off just a bit by this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2386)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Incredible Detail and Delivery"
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    I can't say enough about how I quickly and absolutely I was drawn into this book. I was a little skeptical of a documentary book of this size but those doubts were quickly dissipated.

    The amount of reference material that William Shirer must have gone through to finish this book is mind boggling. I was completely captivated by the story and the level of detail. I've tried to watch a few documentaries after having listened to this book and cannot finish them. They pale in comparison compared to the level of information this book delivers.

    I thought Grover Gardner did a very good job with the narration and really helped make the plots, subplots, and stories come alive.

    If you are looking for more than your average documentary about one of the largest pivotal events in the 20th century this book is for you. You will find yourself being reminded many times that, "Truth is stranger than fiction"

    Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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