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Thomas J. Hart

Bethesda, MD, US | Member Since 2004

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  • Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa M. Schwartz, Steven Woloshin
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not more, diagnoses. Documenting the excesses of American medical practice that labels far too many of us as sick, Welch examines the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of a health-care system that unnecessarily diagnoses and treats patients.

    glamazon says: "Agreed, Too Many Medical Interventions"
    "Brilliant Discussion Of A Modern Medical Dilemma"
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    Over-Diagnosed is a brilliant (and very listenable) explanation of a very serious problem in modern medicine: the over-diagnosis of generally healthy patients. Dr. Welch explains how, and why, this is occurring. In the process, he provides, with remarkable clarity, why statistics thrown about by drug companies, illness-specific charities, and specialized medical societies are, at best, misleading and, at worst, deceptive. Once you have read (or listened to) this book, you will never again blindly agree to being tested simply because your doctor thinks it can't hurt. It can. The reader does an excellent job. Highly, highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1092)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "So So Card"
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    I used to be a die hard Orson Scott Card fan. But, "Earth Afire" is very disappointing. The book is bloated, characterization is half baked, and the narration is a mess. One narrator would have been sufficient. I suspect that Card is trying to emulate Larry Niven by working with a second writer. But Niven works with very good writers; Aaron Johnston doesn't seem to live up to his, or Card's previous, standards. I would very much like to recommend this book out of respect for Card and the many hours of pleasure I've had from his books over the years; but I can't.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4564)
    Performance
    (2620)
    Story
    (2621)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Brilliant and Heartbreaking"
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    This book smashes the detective story mold to smithereens. In addition to a fascinating murder mystery that will have you guessing until the final part of the book, In the Woods provides remarkably rich insights into the backgrounds and psyches, including heartbreaking flaws, of members of the fictional Dublin Murder Squad. I found the book to be brilliantly written, a brilliance enhanced by one of the best narrators I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Steven Crossley's performance is breathtaking. Highly highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Win Your Case: How to Present, Persuade, and Prevail, Every Place, Every Time

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gerry Spence
    • Narrated By Gerry Spence
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    What's true for training great trial lawyers is true for all winning presenters. According to renowned trial attorney and best-selling author Gerry Spence, presenting a case before decision makers is not simply a technique, but an occasion for summoning your deepest reserves to advocate on behalf of something crucial.

    Jun says: "Win Your Case"
    "Useful Thoughts from a Master Trial Lawyer"
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    I'm not sure that this book would be particularly meaningful to non-lawyers. It does, however, contain some interesting insights into trial practice, particularly his discussion about cross examination techniques. Those thoughts could have been expressed in half of its 4 plus hour length. If a voice alone can be called charismatic, Spence's voice qualifies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (1938)
    Story
    (1927)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Another Exciting Reacher Rollercoaster Ride"
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    This is one of the better Reacher books. More tightly written than some others with rollercoaster like excitement. In fact, the action comes so quickly that one forgets how implausible the premise is. This is not great literature, but if you are a Reacher/Lee Child fan (as am I), you will love it. This would be a good introduction to the Reacher franchise for those who have not yet sampled it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2282)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1660)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Important History That Reads Like a Novel"
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    "Beast's" is the utterly fascinating story of an American academic's (and his family's) gradual recognition of the horror that was the Third Reich and, sadly, the State Department's (and much of America's) failure (or unwillingness) to do so until it was almost too late. The book traces the appointment and experiences of William Dodd, a Chicago professor of history who was the third string choice of Franklin Roosevelt to be America's ambassador to Nazi Germany in the years just prior to WWII. Written from Dodd's perspective (and that of his family), the many detailed account of his interactions with Nazi officials and other German figures in society, media, and the arts, the book reads like more like a novel than a history tome. The book is obviously heavily researched, yet doesn't come off as pedantic in any sense. Beast’s gives the reader a sense of the time one doesn’t get from more academic histories. I personally think this is an important book that should be read by anybody who has only read academic histories of the period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2402)
    Performance
    (2087)
    Story
    (2093)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Science Fiction and Humor Collide"
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    John Scalzi has a rare gift. He writes imaginative science fiction with a dollp of satire and much wit. Who would have thought this was possible. I enjoyed it immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1636)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Potentially Fascinating Story Line Milked to Death"
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    The concept behind this book is potentially fascinating. But, it's worked to death and resolved in an unsatisfying way. The book is probably twice as long as it should be. I wanted to like it; but I cannot recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6591)
    Performance
    (5795)
    Story
    (5794)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Greatly Imaginative but Poor Story Telling"
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    Mr. Correaia has lots of imagination. What he doesn't seem have is the ability to tell a story that makes you care for characters and doesn't involve hyper violence all the time for its own sake. I'm not bothered by violence in general; but this story goes way overboard. The characters are not very believable. Granted, its fantasy, but the situations the characters are placed in are, to be blunt, largely absurd. But for the great talent of the narrator, I probably would not have bothered to finish it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5332)
    Performance
    (4521)
    Story
    (4517)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "A+ Jim Butcher; Glover is a Terrific Narrator"
    Overall

    I was becoming concerned that Jim Butcher had finally run out of ideas for the Dresden series; I was wrong. Ghost Story is immensely inventive and entertaining. And, John Glover does an excellent job of narrating. While it was a bit disconcerting at first listening to somebody other than John Marsters (who I love) narrating, within 15 minutes I was hooked. Glover's narration style differs from Marsters; but he's excellent nonetheless. Dresden/Butcher fans should not miss this one.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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