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J B Tipton

Minneapolis, MN USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (117)

    From the author of the national best seller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that "not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science." (The New York Times).

    david says: "My Hero!"
    "Feynman Life and Science"
    Overall

    This book is half biography and half science. Feynman was one of a kind and had a remarkable career. You can???t help thinking that this is how brains are supposed to work. The science exposition is clear and easy to follow. The narrator is a perfect match to the material.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1229)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Great series."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Craig Johnson???s Longmire books are one of my favorite series. As the Crow Flies is typical: Engaging characters, interesting situations and a satisfying plot (though the characters struggle to come to grips with the central clue in this volume). It???s probably a good sign when at the end of the book you wish several of the regular characters had had more prominent roles. George Guidall deserves a lot of the credit for the popularity of this series in audio. I can???t imagine any other voices for these characters. I wish the new television series well, but I will probably pass on it. Watching could only detract from the conception of the characters Guidall has crafted. There is a cute self-referential gag in this volume.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of a Goof

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    It was a morning when all nature shouted "Fore!" P. G. Wodehouse leads the listener out on to this little nine-hole course with a collection of nine Golf stories—as observed by the Oldest Member. The stories included are: "The Heart of a Goof", "High Stakes", "Keeping in with Vosper", "Chester Forgets Himself", "The Magic Plus Fours", "The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh", "Rodney Fails to Qualify", "Jane Gets off the Fairway", and "The Purification of Rodney Spelvin".

    S. Jones says: "Not Just for Golfers"
    "Wodehouse on golf"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the second best collection of Wodehouse golf stories available on audio, the best being The Clicking of Cuthbert read by Frederick Davidson. In this case, second best is still very good. The stories, narrated by The Oldest Member, play upon the unquestioned sanctity of the game. Expect terminology from the twenties.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assembling California

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates—plate tectonics—evoked more scorn than serious research. Today, this revolutionary theory continues to dazzle and challenge geologists and laymen alike. Assembling California explores an area uniquely demonstrative of the plate tectonic theory: California, which according to “tectonicists,” is breaking apart at its seams.

    Darwin8u says: "Subduction leads to orogeny zones in California"
    "McPhee and Runger"
    Overall

    The missing piece of the Annals of the Former World series finally appears on Audible. I can???t recommend this series highly enough.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (719)

    Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

    Nancy says: "Previous Reviewers Are Spot On"
    "Ryan rides again"
    Overall

    This is one of the good Tom Clancy novels. I prefer Michael Prichard over the other narrators of Tom Clancy's books. These are long books and I find Prichard's voice easy to listen to. His unaffected readings always hold my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Call Retreat: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    The final work in this series begins in December of 1862. Four months before, the Union Army tasted long-awaited victory at the bloody battle of Antietam. Grant continued on towards Vicksburg, Mississippi. The grim battles that lay ahead would be costly: the Vicksburg campaign, Chattanooga, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Atlanta and the March to the Sea, the siege of Petersburg. There would be two and a half more years of war before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

    W. F. Rucker says: "Interesting, informative and well written."
    "Very Welcome History"
    Overall

    It is no criticism of Catton???s excellent three volume history to say it is a lesser work than Shelby Foote???s Civil War: A Narrative. Foote???s work is on a much grander scale. It is, moreover, great literature. There are no other American histories that really compare. Think Gibbon. No one reads nonfiction better than Nelson Runger. I look forward to the other two volumes.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics - the search for the laws of nature - is losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the publics imagination -- and the imagination of experts.

    J B Tipton says: "Strings snipped"
    "Strings snipped"
    Overall

    This book is a consideration of some current topics in Physics and Cosmology. It is the author's contention that resources being devoted to string theory are disproportionate to any returns received or envisioned. While some points made were well over my head, the book is not at all difficult to follow. It is clearly acceptable today to be agnostic on the string theory/multiverse. Science seems to have gone a long way out on that limb. The book is clearly and expertly read by Walter Dixon.

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Fred Waitzkin
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Searching for Bobby Fischer is the story of Fred Waitzkin and his son, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he competes for the national championship. Drawn into the insular, international network of chess, they must also navigate the difficult waters of their own relationship. All the while, Waitzkin searches for the elusive Bobby Fischer, whose myth still dominates the chess world and profoundly affects Waitzkin’s dreams for his son.

    J B Tipton says: "Fathers and sons"
    "Fathers and sons"
    Overall

    This is a good book which served as the basis of a very good film. The story of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin and his father is a natural for anyone interested in chess and is a must read for anyone involved with children's competitive sports. See the movie as well. Lloyd James does a good enough job, but the editing is a bit spotty, some sentences unfinished and others repeated. Not a serious distraction, though

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3425)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2541)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Good story, good naration."
    Overall

    This is the first book of the solid and entertaining Walt Longmire series. Very reminiscent of the Tony Hillerman Leaphorn/Chee books. George Guidall can read anything, but he owns both these series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much."

    William says: "History tends to bore but I couldnt stop listening"
    "Entertaining biography"
    Overall

    This is a very entertaining biography of an agreeable and amazingly accomplished man. It is also a facinating history of his time. The narration of Nelson Runger is perfect.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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