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Good Sci-Fi is so hard to find. I loved "Enders Game," written by Orson Scott Card. Favorite Book of 2012 Bill Bryson's "From a Sun Burned Country." Wildly informative, laugh out loud, travel log about Australia. "Who I Am," by Pete Townsend and "Life" by Kieth Richards favorite auto biographies of 2012

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  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (726)

    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "Dry as the Sahara"
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    Would you try another book from Lawrence M. Krauss and/or Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance ?

    No


    What could Lawrence M. Krauss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book did not live up to the hype of the Publishers Review posted on Audible, which uses terms like:

    "WILDLY POPULAR - RIVETS as it ENLIGHTENS," to describe the book.

    The publisher also claims that:

    "Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers."

    "WHICH IS NOT EVEN VAGUELY CLOSE TO BEING TRUE. None of his videos on You Tube have even come close to a million hits.

    Another misleading fiction in the Publishers Review states:

    "The beautiful experimental observations and MIND BENDING THEORIES ARE ALL DESCRIBED ACCESSIBLE."

    I found Lawrence Krauss very self absorbed in letting the listener know just how amazing HIS observations were and all the papers he'd published, while delivering the information in the throat choking dryness of academia.

    In all fairness, I'd just finished Bill Bryson's: A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING and had my expectations way too high. Bill's book lives up to the to the words in all caps above.


    What three words best describe Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance ’s voice?

    Boring, Self-absorbed, Deathly-dry


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Price - it was inexpensive


    Any additional comments?

    no

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2600)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1427)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    ""The Most Dangerous Rock Band in The World""
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    The first chapter is one of the funniest I've ever read and brought back the edgy times of the drug imbibing counter culture bursting out like a viral fungus across our nation, setting red necks and straight necks against hippies. A time in history when Tricky Dick declared the Rolling Stones the most DANGEROUS ROCK BAND IN THE WORLD and banned them from America. Oh course anyone getting that much attention for being contrary to the establishment at that time had my vote for Rock Gods.

    The early years part of the book drags on a bit, unless of course you have it on audio book like I did and are weeding your strawberry patch, then its a nice distraction from the job at hand. But once you get past that it's a great read about a great ride with a number of amazing insights from the guy with his hands on the wheel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pete Townshend
    • Narrated By Pete Townshend
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (329)

    From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

    Melinda says: "Glad To Meet You"
    "To My Dear Friend Pete"
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    Dear Pete,

    I am writing to let you know how much one of your very recent recordings moved me, and warmed my heart. Of course I am speaking of the audio version of your autobiography, “Who I Am,” read by you. It has such an intimate quality that I started to feel like we were great mates back along the way, had lost touch, bumped into each other in a pub, were thrilled to see each other and catch up. We each enjoyed a tall glass of Cool, Cool Rain, as you told the most fascinating stories of the adventure life has been for you since last we met. Wow!

    I enjoyed finding out about your love of sailing, I get it, me too. And the story about how your agent got you to go to Woodstock, lock the door and keys out the window, too funny. Glad he did, because that’s where I first saw you in action – no not at the event –but at a four and a half hour premier screening in downtown Chicago, just five months after the event. This was before the movie, ‘Woodstock’ blew up at the Cannes film festival, launching many bands, along with yours, into the stratosphere.

    What’s so wonderful about this day and age is I could go online and look up your performances, and video’s. There’s a version of “Who Are You,” from what looks to be the late 60’s that I showed to my 22 year old son and asked him, “Which band member do you think drove a Lincoln Continental into the outdoor pool at a Holiday Inn and got the band thrown out of the Holiday Inn chain for life.” My son doesn’t know much about the band but in this video it became obvious that the drummer was full of the kind of mischief that would find him behind the wheel of such a prank. It was also obvious to me how you could forgive Keith nearly anything with just one of those impish smiles, even your lose of hearing from using too much explosives to blow up his drums.

    I also loved seeing you in action on stage in New York performing for all the first responders. WOW! The power that came through you, the band and the songs was phenomenal. Made me realize how much more you have to offer when sober. You literally destroyed that guitar without having to smash it up. And what you call your “spazz dancing” was more like a fiercely vibrant whirling Sufi prayer rocking the audience, and me watching the video. It was the pure essence of you. Thanks.

    Glad the Kennedy center honored the two remaining members, loved how Jack Black got you guys to crack up, and then, did I see a few tears?

    And to have found romantic love with a talented and creative partner, well that may be your greatest creation, well let’s be fair, at least one of them.

    What I love about you most is your loyalty to friends, your passion for creation, and your ability to forgive others.

    Your Friend Kevin

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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