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Clyde, NC, USA | Member Since 2011

  • 13 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Piano Tuner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Daniel Mason
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In October 1886, Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the British War office: he must leave his wife and his quiet life in London to travel to the jungles of Burma, where a rare Erard grand piano is in need of repair. On his journey to Burma, Edgar encounters prophets and thieves, soldiers and tale-spinners, and an enchanting woman as elusive as the surgeon-major who owns the piano will turn out to be. Edgar encounters a place more mysterious and dangerous than he could ever have imagined.

    David says: "The absolute best in reading, a true classic!"
    "The absolute best in reading, a true classic!"

    I firmly believe that this young author's very first novel is, amazingly, one of the finest books that I have read in my fifty odd years of reading. It is already a best seller, and I am sure that,.. two hundred years hense, it will have become one of the first true classic works of our twenty-first century!
    Be sure to read this unabridged rendering, as there is just too much to miss of this enchanting story!
    If you are a musican, historian, beggerman, ...anything..leap into the wonderous debths of this majestic work!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Sundiver: The Uplift Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For nearly a billion years, every known sentient species in the universe has been the result of genetic and cultural guidance - or "uplifting" - by a previously uplifted patron race. Then humans are discovered. Having already uplifted chimps and dolphins, humanity clearly qualifies as an intelligent species, but did they actually evolve their own intelligence, or did some mysterious patron race begin the process, then suddenly abandon Earth?

    Madeleine says: "Very engrossing and well read"
    "The very best!"

    If you enjoy AC Clarke, Brim will thrill you. One of the greatest true science fiction writers I have read in the last 25 years.
    His awards through the years are ssoooo well deserved. The more you are aquainted with real science, the more you will love Brim's works!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Natan Sharansky, Ron Dermer
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this brilliantly analytical yet personal book, nondemocratic societies are put under a microscope to reveal the mechanics of tyranny that sustain them. In exposing the inner workings of a "fear society", the authors explain why democracy is not beyond any nation's reach, why it is essential for our security, and why there is much that can be done to promote it around the world.

    David says: "The finest book I have read in many years!!"
    "The finest book I have read in many years!!"

    Every American interested in justice and reason in our complicated world situation should read this book once a year.
    The hero, (Author) Natan Sharansky, was a russian political prisoner for years, for trumped and totally false charges precipitated because he was a Russian of Jewish decent, who had the courage to speak out carefully for hman rights.
    He has been active in Isreal since his release in 1986, and has been deeply involved in the peace efforts since that time. His insight and integrity are unimpeachable.
    This book is POWERFULLL!!
    After reading just a bit, I stopped, and did an extensive internet search concerning his life, activities, and character...and,..I was rewarded and frankly tranfixed by his marvelous mind and moral integrity.
    Please read this book. It is impossible to put down!
    Simon Vance, the reader, happens to be the finest voice on audible to well!
    Simon really does read many of the finest books on the audible site.
    Bless both the writer and the reader!

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert B. Reich
    • Narrated By Robert B. Reich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From Robert B. Reich, passionate believer in American democracy and public servant, Reason is a guide to confronting and derailing what he sees as the mounting threat to American liberty, prosperity, and security posed by the radical conservatives, Radcons as he calls them.

    Ron Green says: "Reason"
    "non reason"

    Not good!

    10 of 107 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "One of the best!"

    Simply put, I believe this is one of the finest pieces of fiction I have read for a long, long time. It is wonderful as an audio presentation, as it truly is a 'Story' as in 'Story telling'.
    Mitch Albom,(as some may know, is a syndicated sports writer)and also the writer of 'Tuesdays at Morrie's'.
    He has now written his first piece of fiction...and it is absolutely captivating, beautiful, and frankly.. profound!.
    If you want to read a story that will captivate your mind, heart, and soul, read this book! well as Mitch's other book 'Tuesdays at Morries' the books are both riviting. I Wish I could give it more than five votes!!

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dick Teresi
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Daniel Boorstin, the co-founder of Omni delivers an original work of history that demonstrates why modern science rests on a foundation built by ancient and medieval non-European societies. "If you think that modern science is rooted in the golden age of Greece, you owe it to yourself to [hear this] book," says Library Journal.

    Kevin says: "A worthwhile challenge"
    "Great work and presentation"

    This is a great book and will be rewardimg for the readers of the more scientific and mathmatical literature. If you like the works of Hawking,Einstein,and their peers, as well as the genera of articulate historical, geographical, and cosmological writings...this book is for you. If you are well read in science, math and history...Get This Book!

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kevin J. Anderson is the author of 27 national best sellers and several books in the popular Dune, Star Wars, and X-Files series. Forest of Stars is the second book in his acclaimed Saga of Seven Suns series, which begins with Hidden Empire.

    Trish says: "Terrific characters"

    Audible folks, why start the series with book TWO???

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bernard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Bernard Goldberg

    In his #1 New York Times best seller, Bias, Emmy Award-winning journalist Bernard Goldberg created a national firestorm when he exposed the liberal biases of the so-called mainstream media. Now, in his new blockbuster, Goldberg goes even further. He not only takes on Big Journalism, but offers a twelve-step program to help the media elites overcome their addiction to bias.

    jim says: "Big Media?"
    "Please,..Let,s hear it AII!"

    Very good read, from a 'middle of the road' reader...
    But..Ahem, Most Kind Audible folks, ..
    two things are missing here, perhaps.

    1.The unabridged version (always critical) for this type of non-fiction.

    2.Book 1,"Bias" The NY # 1 best seller and precurser to this audio document.
    (I have read both 'complete versions' and can guarentee the readers of this book that the impact and cohesiveness is greatly augmented by reading the former publication as well!

    They are really a two part opus in content,.. and should definitely be assimilated in tandum.

    Thanks in advance, Audible!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs

    Rats. They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good Piper to lure them away.

    David says: "The best of Prachett!!"
    "The best of Prachett!!"

    Terry realy out did himself here! Some of his work has ,alas, left my soul ..wanting. ..not so here!
    Qne of the most refreshing books I have read in a good while!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Ari Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

    Jaimie says: "And the point was...?"
    "The BEST of Mr. Koontz"

    Gentle Reader, learn your literature, your philosophy, your history, your religions, folkways and moreways, and read this book,and those of you who 'just don't get it'... read it again, then realize the quality of the weave of human soul and mind in this magnus opus of Koontz.
    This is surely one of the most well 'studied' works of Koontz's many books; rich in symbolism, with a structure that is marvelous and complete, and the message can reach the very core of... the rich man ...poor man..pagan,..priest..."forget about MOVIES" (quote to guide the message thrust of this book).

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Transcendence: Book 3 of The Heritage Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard

    The search for the Builders, the legendary alien race whose unfathomable constructs continue to perplex scholars and explorers alike, has led Builder expert Darya Lang, adventurer Hans Rebka, and treasure hunters Louis Nenda and Atvar H'sial to an unknown Builder artifact far outside the spiral arm. There they find the Zardalu, once the greatest menace ever known to the worlds of the spiral arm, enslaving entire races and exterminating others, guided by the unswerving belief in their own supremacy.

    David says: "The Heritage Universe series..THE BEST IN SCI-FI"
    "The Heritage Universe series..THE BEST IN SCI-FI"

    I have read then all...all sci-fi authors for the past 50 years and this is one of the finest(TO ME..N0 1)..And audible has RECENTLY put out ,..for us.. the entire four book HERITAGE SERIES (unabridged) no less..of THE BEST OF this scientest's great works. This book is next to last of the them in order if you can..but each is really a masterpiece.
    The author, is not only tops in the sci-fi field, but is a well educated physics, quantum mechanics, theoritacal phsyics.(cosmology to quantum mysteries and on) AND he incorporates this universal understanding and level of knowledge into his works!!!..Sci fi ...and beg the author for more!!
    Prof. D.T.K (retired)

    35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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