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Dan

White Hall, MD, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3616)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (555)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Not one-sided"
    Overall

    I had been worried about John Stewart's increasing conservative-bashing but this book doesn't have any of that. Bits of astute political commentary mixed with hilarious sarcasm and classic Daily Show wit. I am just sorry it was so short.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Superheroes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.

    Shaquille says: "To much irrelvent information"
    "Ninth grade science and fourth grade writing."
    Overall

    I love comic books and I love science books and I hated this book. The science wasn't past anything you couldn't have learned in high school. Even worse, the authors seemed to randomly pick and choose which superpowers they think are impossible, like superspeed, because you would get too hungry, and the possible, like Aquaman. Your own estimates on what superheroes should really be able to do are just as valid and probably more interesting.
    One reason I got the book was because of the Dean Koontz intro but he never recommends the book. He just talks about how he is not interested in comics and has never read them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "Enjoyable through all the letters"
    Overall

    Loved following Jacobs and his neuroses on his long journey from A to Z. As enjoyable as other NPR alums like David Sedaris and Jonathan Goldstein. Cantor did an engaging reading. If only Audible would offer an encyclopedia...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "If you liked DaVinci code"
    Overall

    Enjoyable mixture of fiction and history and enlightenling introduction to cryptic Renaissance lit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal: One Man Against Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (358)

    This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. In the world's first "global" conflict, Hannibal Barca marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.

    Karen says: "Fascinating - not to be missed!"
    "Excellent and Informative"
    Overall

    It took a while to get used to the timbre of the narrator but was glad I did. Fascinating story told from a very human point of view.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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