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Carroll

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 73 reviews
  • 148 ratings
  • 343 titles in library
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  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (994)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Superb work"
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    A very worthwhile 'listen'. Well researched & presented in a smotth, flowing sweep of trade & modernization.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Soldiers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By George Hearn
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Michael says: "Great book about a little know time in history"
    "Weel written narative history!"
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    As always, richly done based on thorough research…. believable & written to make this little covered period of history read like a movie script. I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louisiana Purchase: The Great Thoughts Series

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Deaver Brown
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition by the United States of America of 828,000 square miles (2,140,000 sq km) of the French territory Louisiane in 1803. The land purchased contained all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota, most of North Dakota, nearly all of South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, northern Texas, the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide, and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River.

    Carroll says: "A great summary of Jefferson's purchase"
    "A great summary of Jefferson's purchase"
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    A neat summary of the politics that led to & surrounded the largest acquisition of land for America. Liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    "Diamond's wonderful scope of past societies"
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    A unique view of the failing of past societies, while many works focus on the rise of various societies, Diamond again wrote a review of past collapses. Unique.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (346)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Amazing scientific history of great discoveries"
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    The best work of the scientific discoveries that led to the amazing existence of Dark Matter & Dark Energy…. this work presents the series of discoveries across a century in such a way that each step is understandable & explained in a means easily understandable. Recommended to my friends a great work to understand these amazing discoveries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12701)
    Performance
    (5163)
    Story
    (5225)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "An amazing story of life and aging"
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    Wonderfully written to mix today's aging life, with the amazing views of young life around a depression era circus… highly recommended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By E. J. Wagner
    • Narrated By E. J. Wagner, Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Forensic expert Wagner has crafted a volume that stands out from the plethora of recent memoirs of contemporary scientific detectives. By using the immortal and well-known Sherlock Holmes stories as her starting point, Wagner blends familiar examples from Doyle's accounts into a history of the growth of forensic science, pointing out where fiction strayed from fact.

    A. Yoshida says: "Science in the time of Sherlock Holmes"
    "Rare historical view of the 1800s"
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    Rarely are the unique views on the fictional Sherlock Holmes, this time from the scope of the existing science of the 1800's utilized in the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strike from the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Indo-China 1941, and cruising somewhere off Saigon is the world’s largest, most dangerous submarine, the French Soufriere. The British navy must capture and use her in the defence of Singapore before she is used against them. For Commander Robert Ainslie it is the supreme challenge of his career.

    Carroll says: "A French Navy historical novel of WW II"
    "A French Navy historical novel of WW II"
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    A genre rarely seen about foreign forces in WW II done in english. Uniquely, it is set on a rare, large submarine out in the colonies of the French Empire as Paris fell & some french continued to fight on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3238)
    Performance
    (2916)
    Story
    (2940)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Great historical piece of a monumental act"
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    Well presented, factual on every piece I know of those forces, and well edited to flow as a riveting personal account of a group of unique warriors…. the best piece of modern military history I have heard this decade.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stock Market Crash of 1929: The End of Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brenda Lange
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 is an informative introduction to one of the most turbulent events in our history. On October 29, 1929, more than 16 million stock shares were sold at the New York Stock Exchange, and by the end of November, investors had lost more than $100 billion in assets. With the crash, the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties came to a close, and a dark era of financial dispair dawned in the United States.

    Jefferson says: "Mistitled & Misleading! Beware: NOT about Wall St."
    "A great work on the Depression"
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    This well done piece covers not just what led to the Stock Market Crash, how that crash occurred and finally the many ways the Roosevelt administration tackled the many wrecked portions of America as it broke down the Depression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. J. Stiles
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (137)

    In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

    john says: "Great! If you can get through it..."
    "A great piece of history often missed"
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    We rarely hear much of Vanderbilt today, but this well written work show the vast array of unique historical actions he touched… I found Cornelius Vanderbilt on the short list of historical actors who impressed me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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