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John

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  • The Metaphysical Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Louis Menand
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Hardly a club in the conventional sense, the organization referred to in the title of this superb literary hybrid (part history, part biography, part philosophy) consisted of four members and probably existed for less than nine months.

    Victoria says: "The Great American Experiment"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    Great listen, logical and easy to follow. Still excellent relevance to today. Very interesting people.
    Good reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6245)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2116)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Sorry, didn't enjoy it. I've read other books of his and enjoyed them but I think his style is beginning to wear a bit thin.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isaac's Storm

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history.

    Greg Mefford says: "A wonderful listen"
    "Good overall"
    Overall

    I was a little disappointed towards the end but overall it was worth the read. If nothing else it shows how recently in history we didn't know what was going on! (Do we now?)
    Good reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    One of the greatest physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the story of his life. What Do You Care What Other People Think? is Feynman's last literary legacy, which he prepared as he struggled with cancer.

    Steve says: "If you like Feynman (as I do) you will love it."
    "Must Read"
    Overall

    This was an excellent read. Mr Feynman is confident of his abilities and not shy to demonstrate them. But the story also humanizes him. Really enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Roommates Kelly and Chloe are enjoying their lives and their downtown Detroit loft just fine. Kelly is a Victoria's Secret catalog model. Chloe is an escort, until she decides to ditch her varied clientele in favor of a steady gig as girlfriend to eighty-four-year-old retired lawyer Tony Paradiso, a.k.a. Mr. Paradise.

    Duke says: "Not the typical E.L.; still great"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    The reader has the style for Mr Leonard's books just right. Really enjoyed it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Enlightenment: Reason, Tolerance, and Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Schmidt
    • Narrated By James Schmidt
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Modern Scholar series offers you college-level courses taught by the world's most respected professors. As these expert teachers guide you through the course material, you become more knowledgeable and better versed in the subject. Learning has never been easier or more enjoyable!

    nosbtr1 says: "Excellent"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    Very interesting period in history but excellent continued relevance to today's world. Also, I like the lecture style.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Philip Freeman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend: he drove the snakes out of Ireland; he triumphed over Druids and their super-natural powers; he used a shamrock to explain the Christian mystery of the Trinity. But his true story is more fascinating than the myths.

    Larry says: "A Wonderful Discription"
    "OK"
    Overall

    Interesting period in history but this account seems repetitive at times. Didn't really have enough meat for a full book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Courting Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Anne Murphy is smart, gorgeous, and young, the red-headed rookie at the Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & Associates. She leaves town for Fourth of July weekend to prepare for a high-profile trial, but when she buys her morning newspaper, her own photo is plastered all over the front page. And the headline, "Lawyer Murdered", supposedly refers to her. Anne sets out to find her killer, playing dead in order to stay alive.

    Rhonda says: "Excellent book!"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Didn't work at all for me. Story seemed trite.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gregg Easterbrook
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century; and yet today, most men and women feel less happy than in previous generations. Why this is so and what we should do about it is the subject of this book.

    Michael says: "Not"
    "Stop Listening at the 60% mark."
    Overall

    The first half of so of the book is an interesting tour of social, health and economic improvements of the last century. The balance is an unsubstantiated political discussion that blurs many topics together. Especially annoying to non-Americans will be the equation of the US with the free world and assumption that every country to wants to be like the US in its heart of hearts. Also some thinly disguised racism.
    The back end of the book also calls into question the statistics and viewpoints expressed in the first sections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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