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Charles A. Laufer

WILLIAMSTOWN, VT, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (858)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Good history, but way too long"
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    I have been listening to American history subjects like the Brooklyn bridge and transcontinental railroad, and this is also great American history, but it includes too many readings of letters and details that stop being interesting halfway through the book. Now I am slogging through the rest of it hoping he dies soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3006)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2668)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "The writing is good, but the story is boring."
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    I saw that the reviews were only so-so about this book, but I wanted to listen to JK Rowling's writing again, because the writing for HP was so good. Unfortunately, there just wasn't anything in this story to keep me interested. I stopped after a couple of hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

    Kathy says: "The Great Bridge"
    "It's really long . . . but really good!"
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    Excellent story and reading, but really long on the details, such as the biographies of a lot of engineers, politicians, and businessmen involved with the bridge. Also an hour by hour description of what went on in the caissons beneath the East River. But I listened to every word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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