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Alvaro Z

Brazil | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Fall of Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (258)

    A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

    S. R. Gibb says: "Disapointing"
    "As always, Ken Follet keeps you totally absorbed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For people who like long books and complex plots, as well as a great history background, this is the one! Involving, interesting characters, most well explained historic events, makes you feel like time travel while participating in the lives of the different families, throughout Europe.


    Any additional comments?

    Just waiting for the third volume!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Geology: The Story of Earth

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Professor Kate Zeigler
    • Narrated By Professor Kate Zeigler
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Geology is often thought of as simply the study of rocks. In reality, geology is the study of our planet on all scales, from microscopic to planet-wide, and ranging in time from almost instantaneous events, like earthquakes, to the glacially slow motion of the tectonic plates. Everything we know about our world from a geologic perspective is based on information locked into the rock record and the job of a geologist is to tease out that story through a wide variety of observations. This insightful course explores a range of topics that help to tell the story of Earth and to explain the discipline of Geology and the role of the geologist.

    Alvaro Z says: "For a basic understanding of geology"
    "For a basic understanding of geology"
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    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: Geology?

    Very well read and written. Easy to understand, repeat the most important concepts and make sure the listener is comprehending the text.


    Any additional comments?

    For a begginer in geology (I am a mechanical engineer) it is a perfect companion for studying while driving, commuting or just walking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (209)

    A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future.

    Joshua Kim says: "Best nonfiction book of 2011"
    "Perfect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Quest to be better than the print version?

    Story and business making sense.
    The book for people who search a deeper understanding of the energy markets and the people around it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1553)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1032)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "For time travel stories lovers; patient ones..."
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    What did you like best about All Clear? What did you like least?

    Since it is a good time travel plot and I am a big fan of this subject, the book is very interesting.
    On the other hand, the plot sometimes get confusing and the ideas not so logical. The worst of this book is the excessive of details in describing the scenes and the simultaneous lack of action.
    Moreover, the story could use much more the events from the past to detail the way of life, thinking and culture of the WWII in England.
    Finally, in many occasions the characters are overreacting and excessive emotional over nothing. It really bugged me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reading had up and down variations that made it difficult to understand. I am an avid audible listener, but this one took all the patient I had.


    Was All Clear worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    In my years of audio-book listener, I have rarely seen such a bad narrator. I could only bear to listen such a big story, because the plot was reasonably enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Christopher Nissley
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (150)

    Our world is being transformed by the Internet and the near limitless choice that it provides to consumers; tomorrow's markets belong to those who can take advantage of this. The Long Tail is really about the economics of abundance, an entirely new model for business that is just starting to show its power as unlimited selection reveals new truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it.

    Jim says: "Good Book, Flawed by Repition"
    "A must for understanding the new economy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although I rated with 5 stars this book, one must keep in mind that its main focus is on digital market. Though Amazon is mentioned a number of times, I would like to have heard more about smaller companies and the more traditional merchandise-commerce, through the Internet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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