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Newark, IL, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 108 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Paul M. Barrett
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists, and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Austrian army, the Glock pistol, with its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, arrived in America at a fortuitous time.

    David says: "Not a gun Nut? This is a case study in business"
    "The gun the changed America"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Glock to be better than the print version?

    Glock is a book about the maker of the gun as much as the gun itself. The story goes into great detail of the genius of the American marketer and how he was treated by Goustov Glock and the politics of the time when the Glock replaced the Smith and Wesson revolver.
    The gun really does shine as a unique weapon among the tried and true revolver and the other semi auto revolvers.
    The author covers every issue this gun was involved in including the corporations ability to move from country to country to skirt tax laws, the NRA hard lines, the gun control lobby fear tactics, the governments weak gun laws, and the lawsuits from gun owners who accidentally shoot themselves and expect to be compensated.
    I really enjoyed the research and conclusions drawn by the author who also revealed his own feelings towards gun control, safety, training and necessity.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Levitin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrman

    In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Levitin draws on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen.

    Paul Mullen says: "Neuroscience for the right brain"
    "Good info on how the brain works"

    Good info on how the brain works, not just with music. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was the heavy use of Evolutionary science. However it flows smoothly and answers many questions. One was why I can read without remembering what I read. I used to be a typesetter, transfering words and letters from customer's copy to my computer files to be printed and used on the printing press. The first answer came from the finding that the eyes or ears transfer information to several places in the brain, which explains why I could read text and type it into the computer without ever knowing what I typed.

    Books like this are also helping me with my self taught college education.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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