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Barry J. Marshall

Medical Doctor Gastroenterologist and Infectious disease specialist Scientist. I collect calculators, I am learning Mandarin.

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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3745)
    Performance
    (3275)
    Story
    (3294)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Techno Thriller sees Cyber-Security Deficiency USA"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Threat Vector?

    Threat Vector (TV) was a typical Tom Clancy genre novel so I felt secure that I was about to have a good read. The concept was very timely and cutting edge, with a realistic scenario albeit a little far-fetched that technology has really made it that far. The PRC communist government were portrayed in a bad light, but in this novel they were the enemies. After I read this novel i heard all kinds of concepts from it being used in US Congress even so far as Obama's State of the Union Address. Certainly, a cyberthreat to take down GPS satellites and parts of the internet would have a major impact on the USA economy, and probably also, the military.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Geeks watch out, Uncle Sam still packs a punch.


    Any additional comments?

    Allowing that it is a typical Clancy novel, it is imperfect but quite a fun read. Escapist. I went back and updated all my antivirus programs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2012)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1196)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Great Articles - Mostly pithy and enjoyable."
    Overall

    These astronomy and science articles by Tyson are mostly very good. Some are a little bit simplistic but most are quite deep. I listened to it a few times and learned a lot. If I ever get back to New York I am going to drop by the planetarium and shake the author's hand.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Lives of Stars: Scientific American Special Edition

    • HIGHLIGHTS (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Scientific American
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    We track these cosmic phenomena through their births, lives, and fiery deaths. The first article tells us about the appearance of the very first stars in the universe. Then, we will learn about the early days in the life of a star, as we track it's progression from dust to giant flaming ball of gas. Also, contrary to conventional wisdom, scientists have discovered that stars can, and often do, collide with each other.

    Barry J. Marshall says: "Fantastic Cosmic Stuff Well Explained"
    "Fantastic Cosmic Stuff Well Explained"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I ever bought. Cosmology like I never knew. Now when I see those Hubble telescope images I know what they are. This is a great book - give me more please - it is too short.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About Mythology

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By John Lee, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Ever familiar and instructive, Davis shows why the ancient tales of gods and heroes, from Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, from ancient Rome to the icy land of the Norse, continue to speak to us today, in our movies, art, language, and music. For mythology novices and buffs alike, and for anyone who loves a good story, Don't Know Much About Mythology is a lively and insightful look into the greatest stories ever told.

    Kermit says: "History isn't boring"
    "Long and not what I expected"
    Overall

    I thought this book would be full of stories about the greek mythology etc. It did not really seem to hit the mark although did go into some depth talking about all the various gods in different civilizations. So it was very long (three audiofiles) and not fantastically interesting. I am generous giving it a 3 I think. Maybe I will listen to it again as I can't really remember very many details of it!

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Time: Scientific American Special Edition

    • HIGHLIGHTS (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Scientific American
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    This special edition of Scientific American contains six articles full of remarkable insights into the inner workings of your body and your mind. How does your biological clock keep you running? How does your brain make chronological sense of your experiences and memories? You'll also hear how scientists are striving to understand time, from its very origins to the possibility of a time machine. And, you'll get a fascinating history of the timepiece.

    Barry J. Marshall says: "Interesting and Informative"
    "Interesting and Informative"
    Overall

    I'll be brief here. This is an interesting and logically explained discussion about time and relativity. Not in so much depth that I gave up but deep enough so as not to insult my intelligence. During a 90 minute country drive I listened to most of it - and my wife went to sleep after 30 minutes of it. Not a bad effort overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Genes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Terry Burnham, Jay Phelan
    • Narrated By Pat Woodruff
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Short, sassy, and bold, Mean Genes reveals that our struggles for self-improvement are, in fact, battles against our own genes - genes that helped our distant ancestors flourish, but are selfish and out of place in the modern world.

    Paul says: "Entertaining and Informative"
    "If you like scioence - avoid this"
    Overall

    I was disappointed with this book. I had hoped Iwould learn something but the science is very anecdotal. More like a psychoanalysis text with a veneer of evolution and genetics. Dr Phil entusiasts might like it. Very motivational if you are trying to lose weight. I stopped half way through - the second half of the book might be better. Maybe I will update this if ever I am in jail and this is the only book I can find.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur.

    Scott says: "Funny and true but also Annoying"
    "Original and Reasonable Hialrious Sarcasm"
    Overall

    I never watched Bill's TV show much but I really enjoyed this book. He is a bit more radical than me, but puts a good case for various libertarian and left wing views. Actually I am a George Bush supporter but I still thought Bill's book was good value. Classic chapters were press coverage of the olympics, safe sex in US teenagers and various jibes at all the religions. Devilishly funny!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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