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PixelBrine

Henrico, Va, United States

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  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    Talk about a fish story! New York Times and Harper's columnist Mark Kurlansky offers "history filtered through the gills of the fish trade." David McCullough, the historian behind John Adams, says Kurlansky's "charming tale" of a "seemingly improbable idea" will change the way people think of the fish and the history.

    Karen says: "A great fish story"
    "Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Cod in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Kurlansky


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Kurlansky? Why or why not?

    Yes. I like his choice of subject matter and even though it may be due to the similarities of the subjects I enjoy the subtle cross references between his books.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    How does soap know what's dirt? How do magnets work? Why do ice cubes crackle in your glass? And how can you keep them quiet? These are questions that torment us all. Now Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, provides definitive - and amazingly simple - explanations for the mysteries of everyday life.

    Teddy says: ""Little Bit Of Everything" Science"
    "Dry performance, Interesting info."
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    If you could sum up What Einstein Didn't Know in three words, what would they be?

    Barrage of facts. Easy to understand but dryly performed.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Runnette?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    This book is good for the information it contains. Not the kind of trivia book that can be picked up at any point and just as easily understood though. It starts with some basic scientific principles and builds on many of them throughout the book. It is well written but not delivered as entertainingly as it could have been. The narration is adequate but not terribly enthusiastic. Tho same meter, pitch, and tone tends to blend together after awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (706)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "Very interesting with a slightly obvious bias"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Civilization?

    The depth at which the subject is tackled.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Niall Ferguson? Why or why not?

    sure


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Niall Ferguson?

    sure


    Any additional comments?

    Niall Ferguson is a strong narrator and because it is his own book he knows just when to put the infection in a sentence. The subject is entertaining and well expressed. There is a pretty obvious bias that Mr. Ferguson acknowledges from the beginning but overall it doesn't show up too often and is not very one sided. there is allot of good history in this book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants, the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled.

    Ruth says: "If you are in to history..."
    "One of Kerlansy's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Big Oyster the most enjoyable?

    The side stories were very enjoyable and you can tell in the writing that Kurlansky not only finds Oysters and New York city history interesting but he really dug in to unearth their shared experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subject matter


    Any additional comments?

    I would only add that the narration could have been a bit more conversational. It is great overall but there are some small spots where it feels like your being read a textbook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2220)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1430)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "interesting"
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    Would you try another book from Sam Kean and/or Sean Runnette?

    sure


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    would have been nice if the subject matter were broken down a little more. I'm sure this book comes across much better in print than audio. In an audio book it's difficult to get across large amounts of information at one time. It's a little harder to go back and re"read" a section to make sure you understand it all.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's Restless World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil MacGregor
    • Narrated By Neil MacGregor
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    What was life like for Shakespeare's first audiences? In a time of political and religious unrest and economic expansion, how did Elizabethan play-goers make sense of their changing world? What did the plays mean to the public when they were first performed? In this fascinating series, Neil MacGregor attempts to answer these questions by examining 20 objects from that turbulent period. There are grand objects such as a communion chalice, a Venetian goblet, and Dr Dee's mirror, as well as everyday items.

    PixelBrine says: "Entertaining"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Shakespeare's Restless World the most enjoyable?

    The narrators enthusiasm for the subject.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Neil MacGregor?

    sure.


    Any additional comments?

    It seams like the audio was taken from a tv or radio show. It's very easy to listen to but not quite a smooth as if it were intended as an audiobook. The subject matter and presentation are very entertaining and the price is not bad either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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