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Shukhrat

Martinez, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (337)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Superb book"
    Overall

    I wanted to read about modern scientific approach regarding Darwin's theory. Author is just brilliant. My brain is totally convinced that evolution is true. My soul hates this fact!:).

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan’s Principles Can Restore America’s Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Reagan, Jim Denney, Newt Gingrich
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The challenges and threats we as a nation face today are eerily similar to the conditions in the world before the beginning of the Reagan era. In his famous 1976 speech at the Republican National Convention, Ronald Reagan helped define a way forward and strengthened the Republican Party. As we stand at a crossroads once again, we are fortunate to have a blueprint for restoring America’s greatness. Reagan has given us the principles to succeed.

    John says: "Why America is Exceptional"
    "Very weak book"
    Overall

    I listened it for a few hours in hope to get some interesting information about "larger than life" Ronald Reagan. I cannot listen to this incoherent mumbling any more. Son, I bet that you did not advance beyond high school education. Son, you are no Ronald Reagan! If you are ardent believer in Tea Party, you may like this book. All normal people who can think should probably avoid it like plague.

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dan Senor, Saul Singer
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (230)

    Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

    morton says: "A Remarkable Audio!"
    "Excellent and very enriching book!"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed listening this wonderful book. Original point of view, I would have never come to these conclusions myself, but I agree now! I like that the author is just giving you information for consideration and building this case slowly but surely. I learned something new about life. It was definitely worthwhile to purchase this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Dembski
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Is it science? Is it religion? What exactly is the Design Revolution? This book answers the toughest questions about Intelligent Design. As the Intelligent Design movement has gained momentum over recent years, questions have naturally arisen to challenge its provocative claims. With clarity and concision, William Dembski responds to the most vexing questions and objections raised by experts and non-experts.

    Ernest Gundel says: "Not a natural transition to audio"
    "There is nothing intelligent in this book."
    Overall

    First of all, five stars to excellent narration! Grover Gardner excels as usual.

    But MINUS five stars for the author!!!

    After reading disturbingly brilliant "Why Evolution Is True", I thought it would be interesting to read what opponents have to counter with inner hope that it may be something brilliant and reassuring. I yearned to find flaws in evolution theory. Unfortunately, I did not find anything intelligent in this book. First of all, author is hypocrite, he lies! Does he think that I am so stupid to believe that intelligent design has nothing to do with Christianity and that it is not produced to replace utterly discredited creationism??? The author is demagogue who pretends to have scientific approach. It may be convincing to gullible audience who want to believe no matter what. But there is serious reason why all serious scientists shun this "revolution". Of note, I checked his "highly acclaimed" and brilliant Society for Complexity, Information and Design is closed! His explanations why he cannot have peer review publications is simply laughable.

    12 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (329)

    At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

    IVAL says: "Still the BEST"
    "Crime novel with phony presentation of Russia"
    Overall

    If you are looking for a crime novel to enjoy unbelievable twists of the plot written by talented author and narrated by a very good narrator, you will enjoy this book. But do not try to "learn russian soul" using this book. It is breathtakingly phony in that regard.

    Narrator is very good but he did not bother to learn correct pronunciation of Russian names of hotels, cities etc. If he would give a bottle of Vodka with caviar to any russian drunkard with fur hat and ask him to help, he would do much better job:).

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation and Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (883)

    The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.

    Lynwood says: "Masterpiece"
    "Excellent book"
    Overall

    It is second book from the trilogy. Not as thrilling as the third one (Second foundation), it is still very interesting and entertaining. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and his narration is flawless. I am glad that I bought this book, it was true fun to listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Second Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (785)

    The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only 14 years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed, before it destroys them.

    Shukhrat says: "Culmination point"
    "Culmination point"
    Overall

    This is third book of trilogy (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation). Of course, it is culmination point and Issaac Asimov is a master of suspense and unbelievable twists. I loved this book in childhood and I still love it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2383)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1402)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening this wonderful autobiography. I always thought about Steve Wozniak as an icon. Here he is coming as an alive person with his own good habits and bad habits, his own prejudiced and amazing insights. I do not believe that he is braggind. I do not understand his love for pranks and it is probably something on the verge of being ethical. But in general I feel symptathy towards this "larger than life" personality.

    Nattator is superb, it was almost flawless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (463)

    This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

    Christopher Morton says: "The Best of the Three Volumes"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    There were a few technical glitches in this volume but at the end I almost forgot about them. Second volume is even better than the first one!
    Shelby Foote's work is truly monumental. I did not feel any significant bias.
    Narrator is simply amazing. I am very glad that I bought it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Augusta: Home of the Masters Tournament

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steve Eubanks
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    The Augusta National Golf Club in eastern Georgia is an American icon shrouded in intrigue. It is every bit as exclusive as its prestigious Masters Tournament. Behind the wondrous scenes and memorable tournament play, however, resides a secretive and clannish club with a gentlemen-only membership of 300. Their shared legacy is an institution co-founded by the unlikely partnership of Bobby Jones, unparalleled amateur golfer, and Clifford Roberts, a tight-lipped Wall Street investment broker.

    Shukhrat says: "Fun to listen"
    "Fun to listen"
    Overall

    I was hesitant to purchase it because of very bad quality of sound of the sample. But I was interested to read about Masters. I enjoyed listening it. Author is smart and I believe he gives relatively balanced view. Narration is excellent. Thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Edward Raleigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 12 stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Red-Headed League", "A Case of Identity", "The Boscombe Valley Mystery", "The Five Orange Pips", "The Man with the Twisted Lip", "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb", "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor", "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet", and "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches".

    Shukhrat says: "Classic book but poor narration"
    "Classic book but poor narration"
    Overall

    As most classic book, it is somewhat outdated, naive, brilliant and enjoyable at the same time. I did not like this narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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