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Michael

I am a Physics and Engineering student.

Pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gretchen Reynolds
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Every Wednesday, Gretchen Reynolds singlehandedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her Phys Ed column for The New York Times, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and creates arguments among her readers by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise. Expanding upon her popular columns, Reynolds tackles the questions we all have and (sometimes) ask about exercise.

    Grant says: "Good info."
    "Learn To Live Forever"
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    I'm obviously just kidding about living forever, but this book had a lot of useful information on how to be more healthy. Some of the info I didn't need to know, but most of it did pertained to me. The narrator was excellent; one of the best I've heard. I am very happy I listened to this book and have modified my workouts because of it. If you exercise I recommend this book. I think you will enjoy it and also learn from it. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12383)
    Performance
    (10821)
    Story
    (10864)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Why do I even waste my time?"
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    I've read good reviews about Roy Dotrice and I don't see it at all. I found him to be one of the worst narrators I've listened to. He uses the worst voices for characters. They do not fit the character's description and a few times I couldn't understand what he said because apparently he figured that character should be hard to understand. Not only do the voices not fit they sound very stupid. I wish they would have found a new narrator for this one.

    As for the book, I have grown bored with reading (or listening to) them. The first three were excellent, I couldn't put them down. "A Feast for Crows" was so hard for me to stay interested in I decided to buy the audio version. I feel the same about this one. It just drags on and seemed forced, like he wrote it just because he needed to get something out there. The television show is turning out to be much better than the books, and when is that ever the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (799)

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    Tundrabeast says: "IN THE BEGINNING"
    "Very Entertaining!"
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    This was mt first Vince Flynn book and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed listening to it and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys political thrillers. I think this is the only book in the series that does not include the very popular character Mitch Rapp, but I am pretty sure that in chronological order, this book comes first. I like to read books in chronological order and there are some characters from the Mitch Rapp books that also appear in this book.

    I often find myself frustrated with the politicians in Washington and for that reason this book was particularly enjoyable to me. I think Flynn does a pretty good job at accurately portraying what would happen in a real life situation, and even though the story line is a bit fantastic, he seems to know what he is talking about.

    I thought the narrator was very good. From what I have read in other people's reviews, there are many who would rather George Guidall over Nick Sullivan, but I thought Sullivan did well and I definitely wouldn't say that the book was ruined because of his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9079)
    Performance
    (8335)
    Story
    (8377)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Damn You G. R. R. Martin"
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    I had to get this book because I have read all the books before this and have so much time invested in the series, but I didn't particularly enjoy it.

    The truth is, this series has been dragged out too long. I like long story lines and, more than not, never want them to end, but this particular one is so slow. There is not as much story as you would think there is from just looking at the number of books. I don't know how else to explain it, it's just a slow story and questions to certain plots take forever to get answered and most haven't even been written yet.

    The narrator was terrible. The voices he does for the characters are just plain bad. Many of them don't fit the characters descriptions. He puts a very elderly man's voice on a character who is not supposed to be so old or feeble, for example, and his voices for the woman's characters, forget about it.

    If you have reached this book and have read this far you will probably get it regardless of what people say, I did. If I could go back though I would have never started reading. I don't think the author is going to live long enough to finish it. It has been about 17 or 18 years since the first book came out and it took, I think, 16 years for 5 books. That averages out to over 3 years a book. The last one came out in 2012 and there are supposed to be two left. Although, the last book took 5 years to write, according to Wikipedia and the next will probably take as long or longer considering that he is more into doing his HBO show.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Astronomy I: Earth, Sky and Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Kaler
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (125)

    The heart of this course examines the planets themselves, and reveals how they are constructed and how they differ from one another. By studying the physical astronomy of all the planets in the Solar System, we can attempt to understand their true nature. Ultimately, these lectures will bring us to a greater understanding of the Solar System's creation, which brings us again back to the beginning and what it means to us as we look outward from our rotating Earth.

    Anthony says: "Wow... just wow"
    "A Journey Through Our Solar System"
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    This book is a good overview of the solar system. It is not very detailed, but it explains a great deal. The reader was above average and I enjoyed listening to this very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2141)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1360)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Enjoyable Journey"
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    I enjoyed this book; the story was excellent. It takes you through the periodic table, from a historic point of view. The reader was well above average and I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in chemistry. I learned many interesting facts about the elements that were not in my school books. It is also a great companion book to listen to while taking a chemistry class. That is what I did, and it made me even more interested in the class than I already was.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters: An Introduction to Chemistry

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Professor Deborah G. Sauder
    • Narrated By Professor Deborah G. Sauder
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    In "Elemental Matters", Professor Deborah Sauder leads a comprehensive overview of chemistry, a subject that influences every aspect of daily life. Kicking off the lecture series with a revealing look at one of the planet’s most vital chemicals—water—Sauder then delves into the basics of molecular structure and chemical reactions. The course concludes with an eye-opening glimpse of 21st-century applications, such as nanotechnology and energy alternatives."

    Michael says: "From Basic To Complicated With No In Between"
    "From Basic To Complicated With No In Between"
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    Each lesson starts with very basic ideas, which is good, but then it seems to jump right to more complicated aspects of the topics. The reader was average, but I would not recommend this unless you need a refresher and the jump will not matter.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (316)

    Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

    Michael says: "Just your basic Art of War translation"
    "Just your basic Art of War translation"
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    If you have never read the Art of War then buy this one or some other, you will not be disappointed. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It applies to so many aspects of life that anyone from soldier to businessman can learn from it.

    If you have read it before you will get nothing special from this one. It was not much different from any of the other translations that are out there.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part I

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Professor Hadley Arkes
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    In this course of lectures, Professor Hadley Arkes seeks to recall the classic connection between morality and law. For law works by sweeping away personal choice and private judgment and replacing them with a public rule, meant to be enforced on everyone. And that state of affairs can be justified only if the law can, in fact, appeal to an understanding of the things that are more generally or universally right or wrong.

    Sacrament says: "Truth and Objectivity Work for the Common Good"
    "Not very enjoyable."
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    I was able to listen to the whole book, but I'm not running to buy the next one. I feel a little smarter because of this book and learned a little. It was slightly boring, but not enough to stop listening. I don't know if I'll buy the next one; I have plenty of more interesting books in my sights.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1521)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Proof?"
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    You would think by the title the author does not really mean he has proof and that it is just a catchy title. However, he does actually feel that he does have proof. I wasn't convince, not totally anyway. I have trouble believing in an afterlife, but I want to. So, I look for stories like his to try and convince myself. I am somewhat more convinced, I guess.

    There is a lot of unnecessary information in this book, at least I thought so, and not enough of the information I was looking for. The book flowed very well and was not at all boring for me even with the unnecessary things.

    I do not regret buying this book or spending the time to listen to it. I would recommend this book, but don't expect to have a detailed description of what this man claims heaven is like. It is more of a, "I died, went to heaven and can prove it," type of book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    "More years ago than I care to reckon up, I met Richard Feynman." So begins The Language God Talks, Herman Wouk's gem on navigating the divide between science and religion. In one rich, compact volume, Wouk draws on stories from his life as well as on key events from the 20th century to address the eternal questions of why we are here, what purpose faith serves, and how scientific fact fits into the picture.

    Denise says: "Meh"
    "Could Not Finish"
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    I just cannot finish this one; it is just so boring to me. It takes awhile for me to give up on a book and I will continue to listen to it well after I get board, but I just could not do it. It seemed to be a collaboration of the writers random thoughts and experiences. It is not really about science or religion at all.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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