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Reagan

Little Rock, AR, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (890)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Aaron - Audible says: "CSI eat your heart out"
    "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    Overall

    First, this book is fascinating and engrossing, neatly following the birth of the New York City Medical Examiner's office and the creation of forensic medicine as a science in America. The book is organized into chapters covering both a short span of time (usually a year or two) and a particular poison that figures prominently into cases from that time.

    The audio production itself, however, suffers from frequent mispronunciations of words and occasional changes of meaning from inopportune pauses by the narrator. It's as though the narrator did the book in a single take and no one bothered to listen to it with an appropriately critical ear. If it weren't for this the book would rate five stars from me.

    67 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3982)
    Performance
    (2414)
    Story
    (2448)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Well-narrated, brilliant story"
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    This is a classic sci-fi novel, and possibly the best first contact novel ever. The narration is superb, with distinctive voicing. I listen to exclusively non-fiction on Audible, and this novel opened my eyes to the potential of fiction in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (544)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "A fascinating book marred by poor narration and en"
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    This is an exquisitely detailed, meticulously researched account of the life of an important scientist. I cannot say enough about the material. The authors are obviously sympathetic to Oppenheimer, but that is probably an unavoidable consequence of the research necessary to do a good job, and when they come across something unpleasant they don't make excuses for him. It's clear why this book won the Pulitzer.

    That said, the narration and production of the book are considerably sub-par. Significant and frequent changes in volume and recording quality make you think that this was done over a weekend with no time for re-takes. Much of the time the narrator is fine, but he struggles with foreign names and is extremely inconsistent in his pronunciation of more technical words.

    The work is so fascinating to me that I was able to make it through, but I can understand that not everyone might be able to do the same. Think about your capacity to deal with poor production before buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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