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Charles

Atlanta, GA, USA

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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7135)
    Performance
    (2922)
    Story
    (2932)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Great audio book"
    Overall

    Once I got over the English accent ... this is a great book. Pretty techinical in its discussion without ever becoming a textbook. It is a well written book and I reccomend it highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

    Douglas says: "suffers from abridgement"
    "Good - but not over whelming"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the reading and the material. The book really focuses (as the title suggests) on Franklin as the American, and how he shaped that definition. The book is pro-Franklin but still manages to discuss his faults/shortcomings. Looking forward to reading about Adams and the other "Founding Fathers". Franklin is directly responsible for much of the American identity -7

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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