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Stephen Corbett

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  • A Survey of Ancient History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Pruskin
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In this eight hour audiobook, 5,000 years of history have been condensed into a concise and easy to follow series of lectures. Take a fascinating journey from the mists of prehistory to the fall of the Roman empire. Be introduced to the most notable men and minds of the ancient world. Explore the great currents of philosophy, art, science and economics that have shaped our world.

    Glenn says: "Not really what I was looking for"
    "Give it a pass"
    Overall

    The content is VERY superficial, I recognize that this is titled as a survey but some actual insight and content is still appropriate.
    On top of that the narration is abysmal, very flat and halting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Your Radio On: The Stories Behind Gospel Music's All-Time Greatest Songs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ace Collins
    • Narrated By Eric Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Turn Your Radio On tells the fascinating stories behind gospel music's most unforgettable songs, including "Amazing Grace", "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", "He Touched Me", "I'll Fly Away", "Were You There?" and many more.

    Stephen Corbett says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    I enjoy gospel music and thought this would be a good way to get to know the history and artists.
    Unfortunately beyond the first couple songs (Amazing Grace & Battle Hymn of the Republic) I didn't know the music so the stories behind them were not that interesting.
    If a version of the songs was included at the beginning of each chapter this would have been far more interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Spot of Bother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    At 61, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting remarried, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Her family is not pleased and Katie can't decide if she loves Ray or loves the wonderful way he has with her son, Jacob. Her mother, Jean, is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's ex-colleagues.

    Matthea says: "Fun and poignant"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    After "the curious incident", a book that I absolutely loved, I was greatly disappointed.
    I found this book to be wanting of a story line.
    There really was limited overall message/story that linked everything together

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (130)

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "Logical but repetitive"
    Overall

    excellent insight into the way connections link things throughout our world and shift our reality from simple personal networks to the internet.
    The thesis is intriguing but the book drags at time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Daniel Tammet
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    One of the world's 50 living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than 50 living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats. (Think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man.) None of them has been able to discuss his or her thought processes, much less write a book. Until now.

    J. Cline says: "Ordinary Life Through Unordinary Eyes"
    "Informative but self indulgent"
    Overall

    This is a highly informative look into a world that few have access and fewer can truly tell about - the mind of a savant.
    It is quite insightful and informative to see how his mind works
    Unsurprisingly the story dips toward self indulgent tangents on a periodic basis but overall is a worthy book

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4292)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (2006)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This book is amazingly written from the perspective of a 15 year old and is a joy to read (listen to) for young and old alike


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin on Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Phillip E. Johnson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Darwin's theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact. This easy acceptance, however, hides from us the many ways in which evolution - as an idea - shapes our thinking about a great many things. What if this idea is wrong? What if "evolution" is just a word that covers up scientific ignorance of how the wonders of the living world could have been created? Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the evidence for Darwinistic evolution the way a lawyer would - with a cold dispassionate eye for logic and proof.

    Alan says: "Great book! Very open and exposing"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Logical approach to a current issue gaining increasing attention.
    Hits key issues and provides solid framework for assessment of the big issues.
    Slows down at points and becomes a bit redundant
    Overall a good book

    14 of 34 people found this review helpful

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