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Matthew

Nicholasville, KY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 288 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anil Ananthaswamy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (121)

    In this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology. Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the "dark matter" that makes up almost a quarter of the universe? Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? Are there others besides our own?

    Michael says: "Physics ain't for wussies!"
    "A History of Modern Astronomy"
    Overall

    This was interesting and I continued reading it even though I realized after a while that this was more of a lesson in history and geography then anything on the 'edge of physics'. I'll read the description a little more closely next time. For what it is, this is a good book. The narrator does a great job and it was an enjoyable book. I wouldn't recommend it though unless you get really jazzed by the history of science.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (465)

    There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

    Anthony K says: "Like the Muhammad Ali of Seth Godin Books"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    Godin tells it like it is and in a way that is so completely obvious that you wish you had thought of it. Of course, that's his genius, too. Great author, great book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "Ehrman is Back"
    Overall

    After Ehrman's last book, God's Problem, I was worried that his work had lost its usual rigor and objectivity. I am happy to say that Ehrman is back in Jesus, Interrupted. This is a concise, objective view of how different authors of the New Testament differ on fundamental issues and how we are left to decide for ourselves how to reconcile these discrepancies. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has read the Bible and thinks they really know it well. This book will open your eyes to how little you actually know.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Gardner, Tom Gardner
    • Narrated By David Gardner, Tom Gardner
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Listeners are offered a first-class education in building, growing, and defending an individual portfolio, one investment strategy at a time. From learning to think like an investor to finding a first stock, from international investing to community-based online tools, this audiobook takes the reader through the essential strategies for building any portfolio, no matter how small its start or how big its ambitions.

    Matthew says: "Great Introduction to Investing"
    "Great Introduction to Investing"
    Overall

    I tend to like audiobooks read by the authors because you get a sense of the author's passion for the topic. This was no exception. This is great introduction for beginners as well as an excellent way to get a refresher course for those that may have been away from trading for a few years.

    My only negative comment is that each chapter ends with what is effectively an advertisement for signing up on their website for fee-based newsletters where you can learn more. I am actually a subscriber to one of their newsletters but I could have done without the ads. After all, I've already paid for the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (153)

    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Jessica says: "Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!"
    "Well Done William Hootkins"
    Overall

    I love this book but have found most of the unabridged audiobooks of Moby Dick difficult to listen to. This is a long book with parts that are not exactly high drama - so Hootkins' "overacting" is really good at pulling us through those long arcs. It is certainly the best Moby Dick audiobook out there. I would go out on a limb and say it's actually one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard (my Audible library has over 300 books). I wish each every audiobook was this good.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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