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Cynthia

I'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael J. Tougias
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (21)

    During the height of the blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat, but was soon in as much trouble as the tanker. Then pilot boat captain Frank Quirk, hearing of the Coast Guard's troubles on his radio, decided to act.

    Christopher says: "A riveting story"
    "Feel what it's like to be in a blizzard on the sea"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is so well told I could almost feel myself aboard the Can Do trying to cope with the relentless storm. It is difficult enough to navigate a truck through a blizzard. I know that. Trying to navigate a relatively small boat in storm battered seas must be worse. An excellent book for anyone who wants to know just how hard it must be to be a sailor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Shane Harris
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    The United States military currently views cyberspace as the "fifth domain" of warfare - alongside land, sea, air, and space - and the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, and CIA all field teams of hackers who can - and do - launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, as @War shows, US hackers were crucial to our victory in Iraq.

    Greg says: "The short history of the US and Cyber War"
    "Scary"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    This book just may be an accurate indication of things to come. I can very easily see the technology being developed for "our protection" used against us as well and little we can DO about it, even when we know our own privacy is at stake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (253)

    In this volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes - from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    Max says: "some interesing history"
    "Interesting!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I never really wondered how some discoveries and inventions evolved until I happened to see this book. I'm glad I did. I found it very interesting and well researched. The narrator, however, I was less than impressed with. I found Mr. Newbern's delivery choppy. It sounded a little like he had just picked the book up and started reading it for the first time as he was being recorded for audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By G. Edward Griffin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (277)

    This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

    Charyn says: "Prepare to be amazed"
    "Scary"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A hard look at just to what extent money has shaped our country's history and influenced other countries. Very eye opening to see much of what has happened from the perspective of money and it's overall power.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genesis Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andrew Parker
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In The Genesis Enigma, respected evolutionary biologist Andrew Parker explains each parallel between Genesis and science in detail--and the closer he looks, the more amazing the parallels become. But the Genesis account has no right to be correct. The author or authors could not have known these things happened in this order, and with the highlights science has come to recognize.

    Cynthia says: "Can Biblical Truth and Scientific Fact Coexist?"
    "Can Biblical Truth and Scientific Fact Coexist?"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Genesis Enigma to be better than the print version?

    The answer to this question, according to the book, is a resounding YES. Very easy to follow and thoroughly researched.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1159)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Shane says: "Great Story, Average Narration"
    "Unsettling Parallels"
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    Where does The Harbinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not sure exactly where I would rank this book, but I'm glad I listened to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not exactly a book with "characters"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book mentioned St. Paul's Chapel in relation to events that happened nearby. I found this part of the story most amazing.


    If you could give The Harbinger a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Americans needs to listen to this


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3662)
    Performance
    (3377)
    Story
    (3377)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Stepping into the life of a young carny"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Amusement Park mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Devon. A young man's journey growing up while trying to solve a mystery in an amusement park he works at for a season


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    He developed very good character definition with his voice. I had no trouble telling one character from another


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Devon's journey into the past and his future


    Any additional comments?

    Very well defined characters. As usual, Stephen King is a master and luring the listening in and keeping him/her engaged to the very end. Well worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (474)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
    "Creepy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Think of a serial killer with hospital access and extensive knowledge of unhealthy ways to use drugs.

    The story is well told and very thorough, although I was somewhat disappointed in the narrator. I couldn't help thinking the reader was just going through the motions, reading a script rather than making an effort to bring the story alive and add depth to the characters.

    I wonder if another crime may have been committed, though, when considering how long it took to bring this killer to justice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2262)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Very unusual"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    All you might ever want to know that could happen to your body after you die must be in this book. Interesting, although not for those with a weak stomach. The author even manages to inject humor, at times, in a dry, but respectful way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (580)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "How our national forests started"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good historical account of the origins of The United States' national park system and how a huge, tragic forest fire played an instrumental role. Well researched and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (8306)
    Performance
    (2913)
    Story
    (2917)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Rebecca says: "A Blinkin' Good Read"
    "Thinking about your own mind"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This book seems to be well researched and gives an in depth view on the reasons behind snap judgements I doubt many people are aware of. The book also gives understandable, logical mental steps people can practice that can alter first impressions, including our propensity for stereotyping. An interesting book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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