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John N. Rampe

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  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future.

    Joshua Kim says: "Best nonfiction book of 2011"
    "An excellent follow-up to the Prize"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Quest the most enjoyable?

    I read the Prize many years ago and found it very interesting and insightful. Yergin delivered the same attention to detail in the Quest. Since the time period for the history of oil was only 22 years he filled the rest the pages with a discourse on all energy sources and problems with each source. In being able to get an indepth overview of energy including renewalble and nuclear I now have a greater appreciation of the problems that we face on this planet as well as potential opportunites. The book is so well crafted that I need to buy a hard copy to serve as a reference source.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (444)

    In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

    Eileen says: "Best book in the series (so far!)"
    "A good fun book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Jolly Roger to be better than the print version?

    Have no idea since I have not read the book but will say the interpretation by the reader and voice inflection adds to the experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Bradley
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous 21 year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

    Kent says: "Over the Top - Why did I waste my time?"
    "Bradley is showing excellent promise was historian"
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    If you could sum up The Imperial Cruise in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Imperial Cruise?

    Discussion of the Philippines insurrection


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a particular scene as much as the consequences that lay the history of WWII and the last half of the century.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13731)
    Performance
    (9553)
    Story
    (9612)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Better than fiction"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    I find the quality of resolve or the human spirit to overcome adversity a most remarkable trait. It is to the degree of the hurdle and ultimately success strengthens the phrase "press on" to solve our problems.


    0 of 0 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
    (7221)
    Performance
    (3006)
    Story
    (3016)

    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"
    "Informative and entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found Bryson a delight, first his ability to compress history into meaningful chunks and his sense of humor and use of language makes for a compelling book to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (381)

    America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze those challenges - globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption - and spell out what we need to do now to rediscover America and rise to this moment.

    Soudant says: "We have met the enemy and it is us.... Pogo"
    "Ignore the drama, recognize the plight we are in."
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    If you could sum up That Used to Be Us in three words, what would they be?

    Tom and Micheal present an accurate portrayal of the US today. Are we as a country in decline, well we certainly embrace mediocrity as a way of life. The pictured portrayed is not pleasant but not unsolvable. We Americans can and will do the right thing but only when the pain becomes to great to not do it. Are we there yet, I suggest you answer that question when you have read That Used to Be Us.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darker Than Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kristina Lloyd
    • Narrated By Gracie Lockhart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    It's 1875, and the morals of Queen Victoria mean nothing to London's wayward and debauched elite. Young but naïve Clarissa Longleigh is visiting London for the first time. She is eager to meet Lord Marldon, the man to whom she's been promised, knowing only that he's handsome, dark, and sophisticated. In fact he is depraved, louche, and has a taste for sexual excess.

    Madeleine says: "Good raunchy erotica"
    "Darker Than Love (Unabridged"
    Overall

    This is a 3 volume set. The story line is good but the writing becomes stilted and tedious. Far to little is conveyed in far to much time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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