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Benjamin

Santa Monica, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (302)

    One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. In Physics of the Impossible, the renowned physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction that are deemed equally impossible today might well become commonplace in the future.

    Kurt says: "Inspired"
    "Excellent Read!!!"
    Overall

    Insightful, engaging, fun, and fascinating. This book illicits vivid images from the imagination and then confirms their veracity (some more so than others). Though a little technical at times, it hardly take away from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25520)
    Performance
    (19373)
    Story
    (19440)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "A Good Book"
    Overall

    Bought this book on an Audible recommendation b.c I liked "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell." On that recommendation I figured this book would have a similar subject matter and academic air, comparable to JS&MN. It turns out it did not, though this is not a bad thing (just wanted to put the warning out there).

    This is not a book about magic or magicians and has very little fantasy in it, but nevertheless vivid and well written. I've never been a reader of Knight's or Medieval tales but this being my first, I was not disappointed.

    AUTHOR is fantastic at doing all the character voices and a great actor to boot.

    Also, Lots of blood and gore and some sex make this book unsuitable for young children.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and The Global Economy's New Killing Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Bowden
    • Narrated By Charles Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Charles Bowden writes, “this book is not about how the world ends but how a new world is being born.” Murder City explores this new world, focusing on the idea that Mexico is collapsing into a permanent culture of violence. Bowden focuses on Ciudad Juarez, which lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, last year alone 1,607 people were murdered, a number that is set to accelerate in 2009.

    Roy says: "Listen Up!"
    "Pass"
    Overall

    There is no cohesive organization to this book, it is as though the author wrote it in stream of consciousness, just one vignette after another with no direction or purpose. He has no comprehensive thesis other than to say that the drug war is not working, everything we are told about it is a lie and nothing is being done about it.

    NOT A GOOD LISTEN. DITCH IT, FIND SOMETHING ELSE, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. I figured I would give it the benefit of the doubt despite the other bad reviews, I'm not sorry I wasted the credit.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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