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Mac The Beardless

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 148 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Invention of Air

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling author Steven Johnson recounts - in dazzling, multidisciplinary fashion - the story of the brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers. The Invention of Air is a title of world-changing ideas wrapped around a compelling narrative, a story of genius and violence and friendship in the midst of sweeping historical change that provokes us to recast our understanding of the Founding Fathers.

    Roger says: "Good scientific history"
    "Not a bad book, just lags at points"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if the friend were a science geek that had a penchant for history.

    What other book might you compare The Invention of Air to and why?

    Others have compared it to the Disappearing Spoon, but I find this to be slightly more based upon the method and history of the scientist than of the quaint anecdotal stories from the evolution of the Periodic table.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Deakins’s performances?

    I don't believe so.

    Was The Invention of Air worth the listening time?

    It was, overall. I would advise others to make the effort to wade through some of the several lagging portions of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Folklore of Discworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens

    Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

    Sara says: "An interesting listen"
    What did you love best about The Folklore of Discworld?

    This was an amazing study of folklore and of all os us in a comically Pratcehettesque manner. The study of the isms of Diskworld in juxtaposition of our own human beliefs of the things we all know but don't understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Great melting pot of British literature"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dodger to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would have Stephen Briggs read anything!!

    What did you like best about this story?

    The melding of so many literary references made the story almost a "where's the character" adventure at the same time.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, Dodger was definitely one that was not purposed for my daily drive, I found myself happy of traffic!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "Great performance by Dale"
    What disappointed you about Peter and the Starcatchers?

    This story dragged in all aspects. It easily had five or six reasonable ending points. The action sequences were all entirely contrived and exceptionally trite overall. We bought this for a family road trip, by an hour and half in to it the kids were begging to turn it off, and I joined the chorus another forty-five minutes in. My wife held strong and followed through, we all regret that decision and wish we could just get our several hours back from Peter and the Pirates.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson again?

    No, absolutely not.

    What three words best describe Jim Dale’s performance?

    Wonderfully richly voiced

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment after disapointment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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