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  • 4 reviews
  • 246 ratings
  • 558 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014

  • The Meaning of it All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this collection of lectures that Richard Feynman originally gave in 1963, unpublished during his lifetime, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist discusses several of the ultimate questions of science. What is the nature of the tension between science and religious faith? Why does uncertainty play such a crucial role in the scientific imagination? Is this really a scientific age?

    Asher says: "Insightful"
    "Was hoping for better"

    I was hoping for a lot better. While there were insights and interesting thoughts in the book, they were connected loosely without leading to anywhere of significance. A great part of the disappointment came from the narrator - the life of Feynman's original lectures was simply not there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Command

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dale Brown
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    General Patrick McLanahan's new Aerospace Battle Force has grown into a full-fledged task force based on the Armstrong Space Station. Providing almost instant access to space and every corner of the globe using the Black Stallion spaceplanes, the ABF's powerful network of satellites and unmanned aircraft controlled from space can not only attack any target anywhere on the planet within hours but can even invade any computer network as easily as making a phone call.

    Ryan says: "Great Book...but"
    "Not worth it"
    What was most disappointing about Dale Brown’s story?

    The characters are too shallow good guys or bad guys and the author does a terrible job at getting into their heads.

    The bad guys do bad things merely because they're evil and good guys because they're out there to protect the innocent at great personal sacrifice and cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Than a Hobby: How a $600 Start-Up Became America's Home & Craft Superstore

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Green, Dean Merrill
    • Narrated By Mark Warner

    More Than a Hobby takes readers inside the mind of a low-key, likable Oklahoma entrepreneur who has created a unique shopping experience. How did his company go from a $600 loan to $1.3 billion in annual sales in just 31 years, especially when he wasn't groomed for this work either by heritage or by education? Green was willing to go against the tide, allowing faith to play a huge part in the business.

    Andrew says: "Too Holy"
    "Below expectations"

    Points of some notability: retail and management principles, going the extra mile in relationships.

    Downside: if you spent $14 on the book, $4.61 of it went to a tedious biblical justification of why he distributes religious messages through his business. Very boring (especially if you've never seen a Hobby Lobby ad in your life).

    Not recommended overall, look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Meetings: In the Enderverse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki

    First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

    Amazon Customer says: "Essential Backstory for Ender Fans!"
    "New stories are the good part of this book"

    The Polish Boy story of how John Paul grows up and what's in store for him as well as how Ender meets Jane are good additions if you're a fan of the series. I didn't even notice the music that other commenters noted, so it has either been removed or isn't that bad. The narration is a bit duller than typical for these narrators. These parts are what the rating is for.

    The abriged version of Enders Game at the end is strikingly bad. None of the feel of Ender comes across in neither the writing nor narration. Ender suddenly is an arrogant brat, the narration doesn't spark the imagination, facts in the story have been twisted. I'd give this part a zero rating as a stand alone book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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