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Ken

Amherst, NH, United States

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  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (828)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Mediocre bio of Newton, not much Royal Society"
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    Having read biographies of Newton, I had hoped that this would focus more on the Royal Society, but the author took a broader approach by reviewing the development of science leading up to the Royal Society and then spent most of the time reviewing Newton's life. I would have preferred more on the the History of Fishes and other more obscure stories from the period. The narrator has been criticized in some reviews, but I though he was fine for what he had to work with.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (1010)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Great book/audiobook but..."
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    I read the Baroque Cycle when it came out and enjoyed it greatly. It's not meant as a history so much as an entertainment and listening to it is a real treat. However, when I read Quicksilver it was a 1000+ page book so i should have known better when this Quicksilver was only 20 hours. What I'd forgotten was that the book I read had three "books" that included one called Quicksilver. These sub-books are published by audible individually. So I feel a bit cheated.

    Here are the volumes and books, so expect to spend 8 credits for the whole cycle.
    Quicksilver, Vol. I of the Baroque Cycle
    Book 1 – Quicksilver
    Book 2 – The King of the Vagabonds
    Book 3 – Odalisque
    The Confusion, Vol. II of the Baroque Cycle
    Book 4 – Bonanza
    Book 5 – The Juncto
    The System of the World, Vol. III of the Baroque Cycle
    Book 6 – Solomon's Gold
    Book 7 – Currency
    Book 8 – The System of the World

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Express: The Ernie Davis Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Gallagher
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Ernie Davis was an All-American on the gridiron and a man of integrity off the field. A multi-sport high school star in Elmira, New York, Davis went on to Syracuse University, where as a sophomore he led his team to an undefeated season and a national championship in 1959, and earned his nickname: the Elmira Express. Two seasons later, Davis broke the legendary Jim Brown's rushing records and became the first black athlete to be awarded the Heisman Trophy.

    Robert says: "Why did it take so long?"
    "Poor choice for a Narrator"
    Overall

    The book is "fair" if you are a football fan, but the narrator made the listening excruciating. He is obviously not a sports fan. Most annoying is that is would read a team record like Syracuse's record of 7-2 in a year as "7 to 2" instead of the usual "7 and 2." In addition he mispronounced several names, most notably "ka-zonka" for Czonka. Finally, he read that Ron Luciano was a "basketball umpire." I doubt it the book actually said that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sam Gosling
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (47)

    For the last 10 years, psychologist Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. By exploring our private worlds (desks, bedrooms, even our clothes and our cars), he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected - and unplanned - ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, communicate it to others, and interpret the world around us.

    GrantLH says: "Buy the hard copy"
    "I should have listened to an earlier review"
    Overall

    This may very well be a good print book but making at audio book by just reading the endless tables, lists and surveys just doesn't work. The author is on a bit of a ego trip, but I could put up with that because parts of the book were really interesting, but I had to give up after a while. An earlier review said essentially that same thing, but I didn't listen!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (337)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "OK - but not worth backing up the recording"
    Overall

    I listen to most of my audiobooks while I drive and for the good ones, I find myself backing up to "reread" parts, but I don't think I bothered with this one. It had some entertaining parts, but I though it was too disjointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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