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Thomas

AMENIA, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jon Gertner
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (178)

    In The Idea Factory, New York Times Magazine writer Jon Gertner reveals how Bell Labs served as an incubator for scientific innovation from the 1920s through the1980s. In its heyday, Bell Labs boasted nearly 15,000 employees, 1200 of whom held PhDs and 13 of whom won Nobel Prizes. Thriving in a work environment that embraced new ideas, Bell Labs scientists introduced concepts that still propel many of today’s most exciting technologies.

    Clement says: "Long Pauses"
    "Great Ideas and How they changed our lives."
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    Where does The Idea Factory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with some of the others. Not the top of the list but interesting just the same.


    What does Chris Sorensen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Some of the text was pretty technical and probably would have been hard to understand if I read it. Chris made it clear to even the most non technical person.


    Any additional comments?

    Takes you through the invention of the telephone to cell phones. Explores the lives of the men that brought ideas to life. Makes you understand how important these devices are what they meant to the world. Listening was probably better than reading it. I would have found the technical side boring. Having it read allowed me to understand and enjoy the book.

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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18655)
    Performance
    (16607)
    Story
    (16567)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A Must Listen!"
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    Conspiracy theories versus loan gunman makes it intriguing. Well researched and holds listeners attention. It is also a love story like no other that I have read or listened to in recent memory.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene in the Texas Book Depository had me on the edge of my chair.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When at the very end George/Jake asks Sadie to dance. It had me in tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many books by this Stephen King. I must say, that some of them leave me scratching my head. Some I didn't even finish with less than 30 pages to go. The premises were just to out there. This, however had me from the start. The narrator was fantastic. I will listen to this book again someday.

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