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findley

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  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (473)

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "must read"
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    Where does The Information rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it ranks among the best books I have read through audible or any other source of late.


    What did you like best about this story?

    James Gliek brings alive a topic that in any other hands could be as dull aas dish water. The way we comprehend the world is an evolving work in progress from the revolution of moveable print to computers and the perception thatthe universe is actually a product of information.
    The author's style and presentation makes clear difficult subjects and is understandable ideas for even a ludite like myself . The book is filled with the people that created lut modern society. Be prepared to enjoy, but also to have your mind stretched.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Lord Byron's daughter was actually one of the first computer programs who worked with Babage on the first mechanical computer.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is required if he is to get the most out of this book to pay attention as some of it is heavy going.

    0 of 0 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
    (2111)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1330)

    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"
    "the elemental world"
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    Any additional comments?

    In a book such as this non of the above questions apply. It is a brilliant survey of our continuing exploration of the world and universe in which we discover our selves, The interface of science, individuals and our world is continually fascinating and Sam Kean does a witty , intelligent and understandable job of sorting out the various aspects of our understanding of our world and the way we explore it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17595)
    Performance
    (15645)
    Story
    (15597)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "suspenseful and entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    King has the abilityto draw marvelous pictures evoking a nostalgic age in transition. He asks probing questions about the nature of time and our place in it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot and characters


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    H


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Do you wish you lived in another time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3040)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1891)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "a light year a minute"
    Overall

    The characters and plot of this scfi epic are fun and believable as long as the reader is willing to turn off all preconceptions as to how life should be, but is a requirement shared by all lovers of this genre. Hamilton is a master of taking nuggets from present science possibilities and extrapolating these into ifinite realms. How does it feel to live in a world of worm holes spanning the galaxy, a world where we can live for millenia and our lives are closely interwoven with machines and aliens live among us. His possible answers are always engrossing and exhillerating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Vaillant
    • Narrated By John Vaillant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    It’s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren’t random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.

    Richard says: "Very well written and a must for Big Cat fans"
    "good read"
    Overall

    suspenseful account of hunting siberian tigers and beautiful desriptions of Russian far east and its people. Generally interesting accounts of russian history and Taiga region, but sometimes bogs down in the details.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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