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CosmicRay

CosmicRay

Hudson Valley, NY United States

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  • The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amir D. Aczel
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    Best selling author Amir Aczel (God's Equation) delves into the riddle of infinity, religion and science with "mad" mathematician Georg Cantor, in what Booklist calls "an indispensable book for anyone interested in the darker side of intellectual progress."

    Jeffrey says: "beauty in numbers"
    "Good outline, interesting but brief"
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    What did you like best about The Mystery of the Aleph? What did you like least?

    The stories of the mathematicians was interesting. Some very colorful characters


    Any additional comments?

    There is a shoe-horning of the material into a psuedo-spiritual concept of infinity in the kaballah. Infinity is mind-blowing enough without trying to fit it into a pre-existing concept. I don't think the the modern mathematicians were trying to explain the 'mathematics' in the Kaballah or vice versa. Fortunately that was a rhetorical tool and not the main subject of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (617)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Interesting story, lots of details"
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    What did you love best about American Prometheus?

    I liked the lot of details in the most interesting parts. I did not like the lots of details in the less interesting parts.the story remained interesting even after the building of the atomic bomb. The whole post WW2 development of the nuclear bomb industry is laid clear. On one side Oppenheimer was a genius, but was very naive


    Any additional comments?

    Narrators voice had an 'intellectual' tone. Good match for the subject matter, but a bit dry for a loooooong story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

    Mark says: "Up to the usual high standard"
    "Great book, well read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book covers interesting new ground, and has a summary of Diamond's views


    What other book might you compare The Third Chimpanzee to and why?

    The Moral Animal by Robert Wright has a similar theme, it has less original insights, but goes further along the evolutionary line of thinking. If you like this book and it s viewpoint, you'll love the Moral Animal


    Any additional comments?

    Some of Jared Diamond's character comes out in this, a slightly more personal book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1990)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (836)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "Great story, well presented"
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    What did you love best about Game Change?

    The story is amazing and true.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narration was presented from the inside of the campaigns. Which gave a fly on the wall perspective


    Any additional comments?

    The best inside scoop of the 2008 campaign

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1715)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Good story, well read"
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    Where does SEAL Team Six rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high, easy to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    More humor than expected, very dry humor.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was good, story moved quickly. Lots of dry, wry humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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