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Tom

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  • Don't Know Much About the Universe: Everything You Need to Know About the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In the latest addition to his best selling and critically acclaimed Don't Know Much About® series, Kenneth Davis delivers a lively and clear guide to the discoveries, theories, and real people that have shaped space exploration from the beginning of civilization to the present. He looks at issues that go beyond the bounds of simple "Science 101" and asks the kinds of questions we may have wanted to ask back in school but didn't have the nerve.

    Eileen says: "I didn't know anything about the Universe"
    "Incredibly annoying"
    Overall

    The only reason I gave this book 2 stars is that the information is technically there, but it's very tough to get through. The author's jokes are beyond condescending. He tells them like a kindergarten teacher who never notices that the children aren't laughing. Add to that the bizarrely out of place social commentaries (such as Ronald Reagan's foreign policy decisions). It's just too much to put up with.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Garrels
    • Narrated By Anne Garrels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, NPR's Anne Garrels was at the very center of the storm. She brings us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

    Native Texan says: "My favorite book of the year!"
    "Very enjoyable to listen too"
    Overall

    I don't think I've given any book 5 stars before. I listen to NPR regularly and this was a lot of new information to me. It made me really care about Anne Garrels, and now I want to follow her career until she retires.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of World History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard Shenkman
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    T. Philips says: "Refreshing"
    "Very Annoying"
    Overall

    I was very excited about the title of this book, and I was very annoyed upon hearing it. The author comes across as an arogant and self righteous college professor whose sarcasm is superior and just plain not funny. I truly wanted to hear what he had to say, but I just couldn't stomach it to get through more than an hour or so.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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