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Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 95 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Colbert Is Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to America Again the most enjoyable?

    You can't listen to this book for more than 30 seconds without laughing out loud.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    In typical Colbert fashion, his faux ultra-conservate rant only serves to illustrate the absurdities of the far right.

    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Colbert plays multiple characters in addition to the one that he portrays on The Colbert Report, and all of them are convinced of their skewed views of the American dream (except for that Canadian guy, eh).

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    His explanation of how toxic derivatives are traded by comparing it to a church bake sale is nothing short of genius.

    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint? I wish there were 10 more chapters.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Manjit Kumar
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you aren’t shocked by quantum theory, you don’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution.

    Terezia says: "Biographic facts not explanations."
    "Great Blend of Story and Pure Quantum Theory"
    What did you love best about Quantum?

    Quantum will appeal to anyone interested in how Quantum Theory evolved in a historical sense. It portrays the many players involved in its development but focusses on Einstein and Bohr's decades-long disagreement on what constitutes reality.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quantum?

    There is a moment when it appears that Einstein has finally conjured up the experiment that will prove his side of the argument once and for all. And it least for a while.

    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    As this is a historical biography, Ray Porter was not required to get into character as in a novel. But his narration is excellent and he is able to bring the many figures involved to life.

    Any additional comments?

    I am not a physicist nor, for that matter, even much of a science geek. Still, I found this book peeked my curiosity and answered many questions I had about the mind-bending topic of Quantum Mechanics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Clancy makes up for his previous mistake"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Clancy's last attempt at a book was a disaster, but he's back at the top of his game with this one. The plot is exciting with more than a few pulse-pounding moment, and Lou Diamond Phillips does another outstanding job that goes beyond mere narration.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Clark steals the show by displaying great guts despite his slowing down with age.

    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    Phillips doesn't just read the story to you; he understands his characters and has a unique gift for pacing and timing (but I still think his Jack Ryan Sr sounds a little too much like John Wayne).

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I actually did have a queasy moment, but to go on any further would spoil it. You'll have to read it for yourself.

    Any additional comments?

    It was clear to me that Clancy has an unapologetic right wing slant, but not being American myself I might look at this a little more from the outside than some other readers. His views are often so extreme at times that I had to laugh at them, mainly because Clancy's unyielding conservatism simply reflects the same attitudes of so many Americans as evident with the current Republican race. In other words, don't let personal politics get in the way of a good political thriller.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Shawn Burton says: "Superb! More Clancy/LDP!"
    "Great story, great narration"

    Clancy's best novel in a long while. Young Jack Ryan earns his creds in this story and becomes a standalone character worthy of future books. Lou Diamond Philips does a first rate job of bringing to story to life, even if his Jack Sr voice is a little too much like John Wayne. Overall, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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