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Carl

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  • Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dick Teresi
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (65)

    In the tradition of Daniel Boorstin, the co-founder of Omni delivers an original work of history that demonstrates why modern science rests on a foundation built by ancient and medieval non-European societies. "If you think that modern science is rooted in the golden age of Greece, you owe it to yourself to [hear this] book," says Library Journal.

    Kevin says: "A worthwhile challenge"
    "Not for the faint of heart"
    Overall

    This book is not for those who merely have a general interest in science and/or archaeology. The author gets extremely technical at times. I have two Master's degrees and at a couple of points he totally lost me. The author is repetative and loves to belabor the obvious. The book reads like a textbook but some of the conclusions are so far outside academic norms they stretch credulity. I wish I hadn't made the choice

    39 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (864)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "I really liked it"
    Overall

    I must be listnening to a different book than some of these reviewers. This is an excellent work, well written, well plotted and well drawn engaging characters. But, what really was fun for me as a professional historian was the enjoyment of picking out Weber's historical situations. Anything that mixes the Medici Papacy with the Battles of Trafalger and Lepanto in a 16th century setting is just great. Like many other reviewers I can't wait for the sequel. On the other hand I just might get it at Amazon so I don't have to wait.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4661)
    Performance
    (3546)
    Story
    (3573)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Waiting for the Sequel"
    Overall

    This book impressed me. I thought the plot was very original, the characters well drawn and interesting and the reading nicely done. There are a lot of he said's as is usual with a new writer but you quickly get used to them. Overall the book was very enjoyable. The sequel is is the bookracks now, can't wait for Audible to get it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The French Executioner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By C.C. Humphreys
    • Narrated By C.C. Humphreys
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It is 1536 and the expert swordsman Jean Rombaud has been brought over from France by Henry VIII to behead Anne Boleyn. But on the eve of her execution, Rombaud swears a vow to the ill-fated queen. He promises to bury her six-fingered hand, symbol of her rumored witchery, at a sacred crossroads. From a battle between slave galleys, through the hallucinations of St Anthony's Fire to the fortress of an apocalyptic Messiah, Jean seeks to honor his vow.

    DECLO 68 says: "Great potential but drifts into the sick"
    "A really good listen"
    Overall

    This is a really fun book. As a historian I was impressed by the author's knowledge of 16th century Europe and the plot was fascinating. The only reason I only gave it a four was because after about the third escape from hopeless circumstances it was starting to remind me of Perils of Pauline, but the narration, plot and historiography were good enough for two listenings. This one's a keeper.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Patrick Macnee
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Carl says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Higgins at his best. Spans four decades seamlessly with enough plot twists to satisfy anyone. The only thing I take issue with is his maligning the name of arguably the greatest fighter pilot in history (Erich "Bubi" Hartmann) by giving him such a morally pathetic character in the book.
    Despite that, this one is a keeper.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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