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Richmond, VA, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 7 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 313 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Captivating History"

    Excellent blend of Medicine, Science and History. Narrator was perfect for this text. This book details the history of sulfa drug development focusing in detail labratory trials, impact on medicine (especailly on the battlefield)and the many chemists, doctors, politicians and patients involved along the way. There is a nice balance between the technical story and the personalities involved.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Murder of Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. They comb through the evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues--and scavenge for overlooked data to piece together the details of his life and death. The result is a true crime tale of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that presents a compelling case that King Tut's death was anything but natural.

    Kelly says: "Painful to listen to!"
    "Dissappointing - more fiction than fact"

    Don't waste your time on this one!

    James Patterson's writing was mostly fictional; indulgent to the point of fantasy. I was bitterly disappointed.
    A fan of Martin Dugard, all his books are well researched and told with the kind of passion one has for their hobby. His work is gripping. That's the main reason I gave this book, "novel", 2 stars; for his research.

    As a history buff and fan of antiquity, this book was a mistake. As a schoolboy I read of Howard Carter who remains an intriguing character. I was fortunate to travel to Egypt last year, visiting the boy Kings tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The wonders of this place, his mummified body and the recovered artifacts in the museums leave you breathless.

    Although passionate about this subject, even a casual reader of this book might be irritated. 100 chapters that bounce back 'n forth from 1334 BC to 1922 in a dizzying manner to create tension. Annoying! This alone may illustrate the books other shortcomings. The alliteration describing the lust over Nefertiti seemed right out of a popcorn romance novel. Finally, slaves built the tombs and were murdered afterward? Come on! the village where the artisans lived is still there behind the valley.

    James Patterson has his place and is a very successful writer. Kudos for taking on this difficult topic and mystery. But I'll steer clear of future "non-fiction" he takes on. Sorry Mr. Patterson, I mean no offense at all, this one just wasn't for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days in London, May 1940

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Lukacs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the days between May 24th and 28th, 1940, the British War Cabinet held a historical debate over whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. In this magisterial work, John Lukacs demonstrates the decisive importance of those five days. Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, where Churchill, who had only been prime minister for a fortnight, painfully considered his war responsibilities.

    Eunice says: "Great history lesson"
    "Difficult to follow"

    This book has many interesting facts and tons of information that I wanted to listen too - however the writing style was not fluid and I found this listen very difficult to follow. The narration was also dull and did not seem to fit the tone of the book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

    R. Adams says: "Jim Dale is a great narrator"
    "Better than any movie version..."

    As expected Jim Dale was excellent and brings this classic stroy to life in the same way he has done in his other reads. If you have only ever seen the movie version of this tale you are missing out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beatles: The Biography

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina

    Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

    James says: "Put Away Your, Hunter Davies"
    "Great for Beatles Fan"

    This book was fantastic for me -- a huge Bealtes music fan but did not know very much about the history of the band. I thought the author did a really good job covering the early life, career steps and personalities of the guys and also brought their climb to fame and love/hate relationship with "Beatle Mania" alive. I especially liked hearing details behind how some of the different songs were written. The narrator transported me to Liverpool!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

    Joseph says: "Two great (but quite different) gems from CSL"

    CS Lewis at his finest and really fantastic narration. Could not stop listening.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Allison DuBois
    • Narrated By Allison DuBois

    Her visions have helped solve crimes; her instincts have helped find missing people; she can predict future events and sense your thoughts. These are some of the extraordinary gifts that define the remarkable Allison DuBois, the real-life medium, wife, and mother whose life is the inspiration for the hit NBC television series Medium.

    Bradley says: "The Real Psychic"

    I was looking forward to this book and have been reading up on the topic lately. Unfortunately the writing style is extremely poor and the narration is one of the worst audible's I've heard -Allison should not have read her own book. Several parts of the book were interesting when Allison explains her gift and experiences helping people however these gems are few and far between. Allison jumps around a lot and spend much of the book offering random advice on a multitude of everyday topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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