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kevin kohut

Member Since 2007

  • 5 reviews
  • 171 ratings
  • 650 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Washington's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

    William says: "Particularly Good Military History"

    I began this book knowing virtually nothing about the American revolution. This book was a very good introduction. At times it read like a novel. While providing excellent historic information, it did not get bogged down with the minutia; having said that, neither was it simplistic.

    Great book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "facinating - if you love words and their origens"

    Some of the word lists can be a bit tedious, but it's a small price to pay for the insight provided in this book. A couple of friends have gone through this at the same time and we both believe we are the richer fo having gone on this journey.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Julia Keller
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Soon after its debut at the time of the Civil War, the Gatling gun changed the nature of warfare and the course of world history. Discharging 200 shots per minute with alarming accuracy, the world's first machine gun became vitally important to protecting and expanding America's overseas interests.

    kevin kohut says: "Please save your credits..."
    "Please save your credits..."

    I have only written a couple of these over the past 4 years, but I feel it's my obligation to help others use their credits wisely.

    All evidence suggests that this rambling essay was written by a 13 year old for a grade 8 project. The only contradiction to the proof is that it lacks the focus you would expect from a child of 13.

    Without exageration, I can honestly say that this is the least informative history book I've ever gone through. Now that I've finished it I'm left scratching my head trying to figure out how a book on the Gatling can be so dull...OH! I think I've got it! Don't write much about the actual gun, instead focus on the fact that it wasn't really used in the civil war, and that it wasn't used by Custer, and that it wasn't used by the NY Times editors in the riots.

    On second thought: Maybe I'm being unfare; I guess she could have focused many more chapters on where the gun was not used. I just wish she would have included when it WAS used.

    I looked up a small encyclopedia entry on the Gatiling and it told me everything she did, but in one lengthy paragraph and with no depletion to my credits.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

    Nelson Mostow says: "True classic"
    "A classic"

    I found it a bit of work in the early going, but was well rewarded for following it through to the end. Does a fantastic job of painting what is going on inside the remarkable protagonist.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    Jen says: "Worth reading"
    "interesting, but anecdotal"

    I appreciate books that delve into the intricacies of the brain and mind. While I appreciate the concept - the elasticity of the brain - as well as the fact that it is a "pop science" book, I think the author erred by focusing too much on his interpretations of scientific experiments, while including "loads" of anecdotal stories.

    Interesting, but too much filler.

    13 of 23 people found this review helpful

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