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Don

Ramona, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Tales From Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is one of the most grueling competitions in any sport. Every fall, veterans and talented hopefuls sweat through six rounds of hell at Q school to get a shot at the PGA Tour, vying for the 30 slots available. If you don't make it through Q school, you're not on the PGA tour. John Feinstein tells the story of the players who compete for these coveted positions in the 2005 Q school.

    Peter says: "Exepcted more 'golf geekiness'"
    "Close to home"
    Overall

    I admit that my experience is different than most. I played professional golf on the mini-tours and internationally before there was a Nike or Hooters tour, and when you had to make the top 60 to stay on the PGA tour.
    Nevertheless, if you have any interest in golf (and I quit 30 years ago), the fleshing out of individual sagas is very compelling. Feinstein gets into the minds of the up-and-coming and those trying to hang on, and this is what makes it a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (681)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "A trilogy to treasure"
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    This is the first book of a trilogy about Michael Forsythe. First, let me say that I have listened to nearly a hundred audio books, have experienced some excellent narration, but no reader can come close to Gerard Doyle (although Mark Hammer as Dave Robicheaux comes close). You truly feel that you are listening to Michael doing a first person narration.
    The story line has been summarized here, but I would add that, as another reviewer writes, this is not nonstop action. To my mind, that is a good thing, as McKinty is masterful at describing both people and scenes. Usually I also want something with a fast pace, but in these three novels I enjoyed "smelling the flowers" along the way. Again similar to James Lee Burke.
    As to the entire trilogy, the first book sets up the characters and narrative for the third and final book. The second book, The Dead Yard, is OK, but really doesn't seem to belong to the first and third very well. Not a waste of time, but not as great as the others. To me, the most satisfying of the trilogy is the last, The Bloomsday Dead, but your mileage may vary.
    You will not regret the time you spend with Dead I Well May Be, living for twelve and a half hours in the life of Michael Forsythe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Dave Robicheaux is dried out, back on the force, and remarried. When the ghost of a long-dead Confederate general begins to haunt his latest murder case, Dave's new found peace is threatened with mayhem and madness.

    Eva Gannon says: "Good, Although Not His Best"
    "My favorite Robicheaux novel thus far"
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    Actually, to be really contrary to those who don't find this Burke's best, this is probably the best audio book I've listened to, out of at least a hundred.

    I generally prefer action and dialogue over descriptive writing, but Burke's descriptions of both characters and the various parts of Louisiana are perfection. I also think Hammer's narration and handling the various accents is fabulous.

    Finally, I'm also not generally a fan of mysticism, but Robicheaux's sojourns with the Confederates had me enthralled and only added to the story. All in all, this made me actually look forward to driving to work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (548)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Much better than I anticpated"
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    I downloaded this with a little hesitation, being fairly familiar with dark matter and dark energy and their effects upon the expanding universe. I had some trepidation that this would simply rehash information I already had. Much to my delight, the book really dug into the politics of science and the scientists involved in the race to discovery. Sure, many of us know about Gamov, Wilson, Penzias, COBE, hyper novae as standard candles, etc. What made this a great read/listen was learning about the two teams racing to discover those hyper novae, who and how the teams were assembled, the different approaches, and such. Contrary to George's review (and he has every right to have wanted a different perspective), I enjoyed this book thoroughly because of its look at the human and political side of science.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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