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Mark Nelson

Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 570 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Mike Pollock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the 21st-century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level.

    John says: "Not for the Casual Reader"
    "who's the target reader?"

    This book is so complex, mathematically speaking, that no one other than a graduate level physicist is likely to understand it. This is made even more difficult in the audio format. However, the author still feels he has to explain how large a micron is and how many zeros come after the 10 in scientific notation! If you can understand this book, you don't need to listen to this book. If you want quantum theory dumbed down enough for a non-physicist to understand, there are much better books out there to listen to.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Vida T. Yancy says: "Very Good"
    "terrible narrator"

    I almost gave up listening due to the narrator's voice and annoying way of doing character voices, especially women. I've listened to him with the Reacher novels and as much as I enjoy the books, almost gave up on those too. There are a lot of great readers out there and I can't imagine anyone preferring this narrator's style.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tsar: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Russia gains a new tsar, a signal to the world that the imperial Russia is back and plans to have her day. In America, a killer known only as Happy the Baker brutally murders an innocent family and literally flattens the small Midwestern town they once called home. Just a taste, according to the new tsar, of what will happen if America does not back down. Alex Hawke is the only man who can stop the madness.

    A User says: "pure masculine entertainment"
    "a comic book, not a novel"

    silly beyond belief! It's one thing to stretch reality for the sake of a story, it's another when brain death is a requirement for appreciating the plot. The author's previous books were along these lines so I probably should have known to pass on this one. It's a long book but I quit listening well before the end. Don't waste a precious credit on this loser.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • April 1865: The Month That Saved America [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jay Winik
    • Narrated By Jay Winik

    In April 1865, after nearly five years of bitter civil war, Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. Soon after, Richmond lay in ruins, Lincoln had been assassinated, and the terrible war, which had cost some 600,000 American lives, was not yet over. Many of the Confederate commanders still in the field that fateful April were prepared to fight a guerrilla war that might have prolonged the conflict indefinitely.

    Sean says: "Interesting material but not the greatest lecturer"
    "good enough, but..."

    As a review of the last month of the Civil War, this book has some interesting material. The annoying part is the delivery itself, poor grammar, language errors and the like. It would be better if the author had just narrated his book, I suspect. Still, I enjoyed the information and found it worth my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman

    David Bodanis demystifies the world's most famous equation, explaining its science and bringing it to life. He makes clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.

    Robert says: "A good introduction"

    Moderately interesting, this book provides a general explanation of relativity which isn't bad nor is it very original. The book then becomes a superficial history of the development of the A-bomb laden with some revisionist opinions. Overall, the book lacks focus and readers can find better material on each of its several subjects.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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