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Billie

Carmel, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Kluger
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Salk became a cultural hero and icon for a whole generation. Now, at the fiftieth anniversary of the first national vaccination program, and as humanity is tantalizingly close to eradicating polio worldwide, comes this unforgettable chronicle. Salk's work was an unparalleled achievement, and it makes for a magnificent listen.

    Tim says: "Excellent book"
    "Fantastic Race to End Polio: The Vexing Vaccine!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Splendid Solution to be better than the print version?

    This book provided a peep-show into the politics, money, and egos that mash against each other in the ivory towers of academic medicine.

    From a scientific perspective, there are always inherent risks with medical interventions and vaccinations are no exception. However, this story provides a real world, poignant account of the disease alternative. A must read for all those non-scientist mothers who are choosing to not vaccinate their children.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1745)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Fantastic, Inspiring, Refreshing!"
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    Would you listen to The Boys in the Boat again? Why?

    An uplifting true story of a group of young men who won gold against all odds. These humble, honest, and incredibly hard working guys inspired me to reach higher in my own life. One of the best books I've ever read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rape of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Iris Chang
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    In December 1937, in the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. Amazingly, the story of this atrocity- one of the worst in world history- continues to be denied by the Japanese government.

    Douglas says: "Powerful"
    "Critically Important, But Too Much to Stomach"
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    What did you like best about The Rape of Nanking? What did you like least?

    The book chronicles such an important part of world history that has mostly been ignored and needs to be told. I was unaware of the horrible events that occurred during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937 until I got this book. The sordid details are so horrendous that you only need to hear them once (if that), but the author retells the most horrific events again and again throughout the book. It was too much and I was unable to finish the book. I didn't need to be hit over the head with the blood and gore, and would have liked to hear a little more elaboration on the events leading up to an entire army turning into psychopaths of the highest order.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5003)
    Performance
    (2391)
    Story
    (2406)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Blown Away by Cutting for Stone"
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    Cutting for Stone was flawless on so many levels that it blew me away. The historical back drop--the last 60 years to present--of a small village in Ethiopia with ties to the United States and India was so vividly and accurately detailed that I was completely transported. Since the story takes place in a small medical facility in Ethiopia, it was critical that the medical information be correct, but also interesting to the layperson. Verghese completely succeeded on both counts. Finally, the character development and story line were perfectly executed. Mr. Verghese’s novel is so compelling on so many different levels . . . perfection!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9153)
    Performance
    (7227)
    Story
    (7264)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "A Different Holocaust"
    Overall

    This book is emotionally wrenching. I cried most of the way through it. That said, it told a new story of the Holocaust. This was the Holocaust as viewed through the eyes of a poor German girl and it captivated me from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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