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Steven A. Miller

Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 298 ratings
  • 663 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Modern Scholar: Wars That Made the Western World: The Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Shutt
    • Narrated By Timothy Shutt

    This course addresses three wars fought in antiquity, each of which had - even 2,000 years and more later - a decisive effect in shaping our communal sense of who we are, not only in Europe, but throughout the European cultural diaspora, in the Americas, in Oceania, and to some degree, at least, in Asia and Africa as well - wherever, in short, Western values hold.

    D. Littman says: "a good overview of 3 ancient wars"
    "Wars that made the Western world"

    Timothy Shutt is not only a great scholar, but a great reader. If you are interested at all in ancient Greek, Persian and Roman history through the yes of the wars that were fought and the characters who fought them and those who recorded them, it's a must read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Paul Greenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace.

    Dan says: "Great listen"
    "Surprising insight into the fish we eat"
    Would you listen to Four Fish again? Why?

    Greenberg gives us the history and ecology of four fish we eat: Salmon, Sea Bass, Cod and Blue Fin Tuna. Basically we have destroyed the natural habitat and wild varieties of these fish, and we are now raising them in controlled environments. Some of this is working, some is not, but a lot of progress is being made. Hopefully, with the exception of the Blue Fin Tuna, we haven't fished them where they can't recover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Cordingly
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nicknamed le loup des mers ("the sea wolf") by Napoleon, Thomas Cochrane was one of the most daring and successful naval heroes of all time. In this fascinating account of Cochrane's life, historian David Cordingly unearths startling new details about the real-life "Master and Commander", from his daring exploits against the French navy to his role in the liberation of Chile, Peru, and Brazil, and the shock exchange scandal that forced him out of England and almost ended his naval career.

    Barry says: "Great biography of a great naval officer"

    Anyone who likes the Master and Commander books and the Hornblower books will love the real life adventures of this English/Scottish sailor who lived the stories of Aubrey and Hornblower.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Candy Bombers

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrei Cherny
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Acclaimed author Andrei Cherny tells the gripping saga of a rag-tag band of Americans - with limited resources and little hope for success - keeping West Berliners alive in the face of Soviet tyranny, winning the hearts and minds of former enemies, and giving the world a shining example of fundamental goodness.

    Alex says: "Wonderful Story, Well-Read"
    "More than just the Airlift"

    This book is a real surprise. Not only does it give a history of the Berlin Airlift, the men who dropped the candy to the children in Berlin and the men who planned and orchestrated the over 240,000 flights that saved the city from the Russian blockade. You meet the generals and civilians in charge and the others involved. It takes you to Berlin after the end of WWII and the savage and brutal treatment of the citizens of Berlin by the Russian troops. Cherny also describes the 1948 presidential election, the candidates and their campaigning, the infighting among the State Department, Joint Chiefs of Staff, James Forrestal and Truman. Jonathan Davis is a terrific reader.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry Bond
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    Navy pilot turned submarine officer Jerry Mitchell is now the navigator aboard USS Seawolf. On a reconnaissance mission deep in the Barents Sea, Mitchell and his crew prepare to watch the Russian navy as it trains for battle. Although they are outside Russia's territorial waters, the U.S. boat is ambushed by Russia's newest attack submarine, Severodvinsk. Its aggressive new captain, Aleksey Petrov, harasses the American intruder with dangerously fast, insanely close passes.

    Don says: "Pretty goo"
    "Great Modern Navy book"

    When and American nuclear submarine and Russian nuclear submarine collide under the Bering Sea, the survival and rescue operations are tense and riveting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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