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Tom

Truckee, CA, USA

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  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (97)

    Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.

    Tom says: "Something for Everyone"
    "Something for Everyone"
    Overall

    A little bit for everyone: international intrigue, history, finance, public health, history, engineering. But alas this is an abridged version. From my perspective, to much time was spent on the politics in Washington to build the canal and not enough time on the engineering and public health issues of building the canal. Perhaps the unabridged version, unfortunately not available on Audible :-(, gave more time to the subjects I found of interest.

    I would have liked to have seen Ambrose written on the subject. With his writing on the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads and how they came to be, he would have done a masterful job with equal weightings to all the subjects mentioned above.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.

    Brian says: "A fun, light story"
    "Fun Read, Err Listen :-)"
    Overall

    Hard science fiction that brought back memories of when I lived in Bahston. Just plain fun - a good yard to listen to with some elements here and there to make you think for a "gray minute" (listen to the book for that now obvious meaning). Probably one of the better ways I've spent 8 hours recently. Not polished enough for five stars but a page turner or enough to have you sitting out in the car waiting for a good place to turn the MP3 player off.

    This book has me going back and considering Mr. Halderman's other selection.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • VangoNotes for Medical Language

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susan M. Turley
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jessica Tivens
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Study on the go with VangoNotes. Just download chapter reviews from your text and listen to them on any mp3 player. Now wherever you are--whatever you're doing--you can study by listening to key features for each chapter of your textbook.

    Tom says: "High School Level :-("
    "High School Level :-("
    Overall

    Perhaps I should be looking for a "medical terminology" audio selection versus the "medical language" that this program offers. However since this was the longest of the VangoNotes offered by Audio, I believed that this would have more detail than the other selections. While I haven't tried the other selections yet, the knowledge level presented is that of an EMT-B or that of a high school student. Not recommended, at least without the accompanying text, for a healthcare professional or college student.

    If in doubt, PLEASE TRY THE FREE DOWNLOAD (Chapter 6). In is a representative of the information level of the eight chapters I've listened to so far. My bad that I didn't download the free chapter before buying - unfortunately I was leaving on a trip and didn't have time to evaluate.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    As one of our leading science writers, James Gleick has always been ahead of the curve. He chronicled the genius of the great physicist Richard Feynman and explained chaos theory in a way all of us could understand. Now, in a collection of previously published pieces, he muses on the Internet revolution that has taken place all around us.

    Stephanie says: "Past it's prime"
    "Out of Date for 2005"
    Overall

    I picked up "What Just Happened" as I recognized Gleick as the author of "Chaos". If I read "What Just Happened" first, I would hadn't read "Chaos". :-(

    Simply put as the other reviewers have said, it is out of date. The last essay is 2000 or 2001 so I was surprised when I saw that it had been released in 2005.

    I've been using the 'net since 1991 and I enjoyed someone else's perspective for what was happening as the rest of America discovered the 'net in the mid-90's. In his latter essays, I was just waiting for him to finish his essay as he was just plain wrong.

    I might be recommended to a 'net newbie that might be interested in some historical background. Otherwise, would not. I would bet that most Audible listeners whom use Audible, i.e., the recordings aren't selected and downloaded by someone else, are beyond "What Just Happened".

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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