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  • Mao: The Unknown Story

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before, and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him, this is the most authoritative biography of Mao ever written.

    Jene says: "Fills many gaps! Very good..but!"
    "Incompetent Reader and Needs Documentation"
    Overall

    The book is excellent and important, but the audio is marred by the absence of the book's several hundred pages of endnotes and references which are desperately needed to understand the quality of the authors' claims. That's the problem with this kind of book in audio. Also, the narrator has no clue how to pronounce Chinese names, so Zhou/Chou Enlai's name is pronounced "Chow," Peng and Deng are similarly butchered, etc. It hurts.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Paul Halpern
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    An accessible look at the hottest topic in physics and the experiments that will transform our understanding of the universe. The biggest news in science today is the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle-smasher, and the anticipation of finally discovering the Higgs boson particle. But what is the Higgs boson and why is it often referred to as the God Particle? Why are the Higgs and the LHC so important?

    Gary says: "Particles are small!"
    "Horrid"
    Overall

    This book could be half (or maybe even a third) as long without missing an important thing and the writing is terrible, with the author clumsily grasping for analogies no matter how bad. Also, the reader is a professional who manages to correctly pronounce "Schwarzschild" and "anisotropy" (You try it!), but his (very obvious) cluelessness causes him to articulate sentences in the wrong places. In some passages, this is downright disorienting.

    Don't bother.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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