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Thomas

State College, PA, USA

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  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Graham Farmelo
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (161)

    Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, the most revolutionary theory of the past century, his contributions had a unique insight, eloquence, clarity, and mathematical power. His prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics.

    Eileen says: "Excellent biography of great physicist"
    "Great work about great man"
    Overall

    An unusual biography I found hard to put down. Especially enjoyed accounts of the interactions between the main characters in the quantum game. I've recommended the work to quite a few people and will continue to do so.

    Thought the reader was quite good, but he ought to have sought help with the pronunciation of the names of certain persons and places. One of his worst was Caius College at Cambridge.

    2 of 2 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
    (930)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (545)

    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"
    "Oppenheimer"
    Overall

    The book is a fine description of an extremely unusual man, and it is read with an appropriate level of feeling. The reader, though, should have learned how to pronounce the names of persons and places. A significant number are pronounced incorrectly.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Framley Parsonage

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark, in a moment of weakness, agrees to, even though he knows the man is a notorious debtor; it brings Mark to the brink of ruin.

    Herv J. Peairs says: "Doesn't disappoint"
    "Could not hope for better"
    Overall

    Trollope, of course is wonderful, and the reader is absolutely marvelous. I look forward to hearing more works by him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    "Inheritance of Loss"
    Overall

    Five stars for the book and five stars for the reader. The book is one of the best works of fiction I've listened to in a long time. The reader contributes much to giving the listener the feeling of being there by her use of a different accent for each character.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    New York Times best-selling author Sarah Waters received sweeping critical acclaim for her debut, Tipping the Velvet, and has been a finalist for the Orange and Booker Prizes. In The Night Watch she tells the riveting, intersecting tales of four Londoners during and after World War II. As these four people survive the devastation of war and experience the dizzying heights of life, their paths cross in ways none of them can foresee.

    AmazonShoppingQueen says: "may not work in audio"
    "Night Watch"
    Overall

    Four stars to the book and five stars to the reader, who adds much to the content with her skill in assigning accents to the many characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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