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Annie

Chicago, IL, USA

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  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (224)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "Interesting but no "White City""
    Overall

    Not as good as Devil in the White City, but a similar format following scientist Marconi and contemporary EveryMan-turned-murderer Dr. Crippen. I enjoyed the historical descriptions of the development of wireless communication, including the personal jealousies and enemy-making practices of the scientists/engineers involved. The turn of that century seemed to be a point where the gentleman's scientific pursuit for shared knowledge butted heads with patented technology for commercial gain.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Post-American World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (138)

    For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places.

    Gus says: "The Rise of Chindia"
    "Interesting re culture and history"
    Overall

    A fan of Zakaria on TV and Newsweek, I really expected to like this book, and I wasn't disappointed for the most part.

    Offers a cultural and historical perspective on China and India and how they now relate to the world and the US in particular. I was surprised by a section in the middle seemingly designed to boost up wussy American sensibilities and self esteem(the stats that say Americans graduate less engineers than India are wrong! The US is still great at x and y!). But Zakaria moves forward, giving us an interesting comparison to the actions of the US super power of today and how the former super power Imperial Britain lost that rank. The book ends with suggestions on how the US can stop its often hypocritical and dictating foreign policies and perhaps try to stop alienating friendly foreigners and immigrants alike. They are sensible and often boil down to "listen and respect others."

    I wonder how he might update his discussions on the world economies after the current economic collapse. He alludes to some potential problems, which of course are more obvious to me given the benefit of hindsight.

    I also liked the author's narration.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Person of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Choi
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Lee is a math professor at a second-tier university in the Midwest. When a mail bomb goes off in the office of the star computer scientist next door, Lee is slow to realize that students and colleagues have begun to suspect that he's the Brain Bomber, an elusive terrorist whose primary targets appear to be academic hotshots.

    glamazon says: "Slow going...but worth it!"
    "Slow and boring story"
    Overall

    Couldn't finish it. Didn't like or care about Lee; could not understand or accept the motivations of the characters; and I think too I didn't like the female narrator's take on the male voices. In the end, annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1671)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (768)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "Liked the narrator; only some of the 13 things"
    Overall

    Some topics are a bit duller than others, but what I enjoyed was the descriptions of these scientific theories through the scientists that study them. The focus was on the history of these scientists, their squabbling or cooperation, and how the funding (or lack thereof) affected our general knowledge of these topics. An interesting take on how all scientific theory depends on those choosing to study and publish and thus the development of noble Science is just as biased and flawed as any human pursuit.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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