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Carroll

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (449)
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    (444)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Amazing scientific history of great discoveries"
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    The best work of the scientific discoveries that led to the amazing existence of Dark Matter & Dark Energy…. this work presents the series of discoveries across a century in such a way that each step is understandable & explained in a means easily understandable. Recommended to my friends a great work to understand these amazing discoveries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1605)
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    (672)
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    (668)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "A thought provoking saga of great men in a bad place"
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    A very unique saga of a special set of men, going into a bad situation & the actions of brave men under amazingly difficult situations.... thou bashed in the media for several points in the book, he does a great job of explaining these military aspects to the un-initiated. Liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Instructions for American Servicemen in France 1942

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Special Service Division, Services of Supply, U.S. Army
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Written in a straightforward, personal tone, the pamphlet is equal parts guidebook, cultural snapshot, and propaganda piece. A central aim of this pamphlet was to dispel any prejudices American soldiers may have about the French—especially relating to their quick capitulation in 1940.

    Carroll says: "An interesting historical view....."
    "An interesting historical view....."
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    These are rare views on how Americans viewed the world & life in France. The unique descriptions of what they "thought" GI's should learn is interesting as much for how they comment on life in America and this foreign land.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Rasenberger
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    Overall
    (28)
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    (18)
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    (16)

    The U.S.-backed military invasion of Cuba in 1961 remains one of the most ill-fated blunders in American history, with echoes of the event reverberating even today. Despite the Kennedy administration’s initial public insistence that the United States had nothing to do with the invasion, it soon became clear that the complex operation had been planned and approved by the best and brightest minds at the highest reaches of Washington, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and President John F. Kennedy himself.

    Amazon Customer says: "US Government Perspective"
    "A well researched history"
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    This was great to fill in all the holes of what I had heard over the years. This was the most thorough history of it I've found!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted C. Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (294)
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    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

    Dave Larson says: "China status update"
    "No surprise at the means against the west."
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    The examples & interviews should not have been a new discovery after 2 decades of an "denied" offensive by their military for the economic battlefield..... they can't loose control of their masses and will go to war to avoid their internal collapse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Heroes: The True Story of Black Hawk Pilot Michael Durant and the Men Who Fought and Fell at Mogadishu

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Durant, Steven Hartov
    • Narrated By Michael Durant
    Overall
    (55)
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    (37)
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    Durant's experience as a prisoner in Somalia grew increasingly bizarre, crystallizing a clash of cultures by turns frightening, melancholy, hilarious, and strangely familiar. Revealing never-before-told stories with the incisive thought and emotion of one who was there, In the Company of Heroes is one man's unforgettable, true story of going to hell and making it back alive.

    Carroll says: "An incredible saga, narrated by a great man"
    "An incredible saga, narrated by a great man"
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    While the world was riveted by "Blackhawk Down" as a movie, I met Mike afterwards because he & my wife were both Warrant Officers going thru training long after Somalia.... in person, he is just as genuine as he sounds in this gut wrenching narrative.... Men find amazing strength when they are presented with unfathomable challenges.... so true, Mike is just one of the few survivors of that crucible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Embracing Defeat

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John W. Dower
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    This illuminating study explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. The author describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of "starting over", from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life.

    Keith R. Finch says: "Pulitzer Prize Winner!"
    "A unique view of Japan's reaction"
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    A very unusual saga of the days, months & years of Japan's change from losing the world war to establish their empire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (920)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "A good way to summarize the surprises of the world"
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    While a bit disjointed in the order of delivery, the author has a VERY valid thesis that is often overlooked in the American culture's view of what the world should look like... a hard listen for some, but a key point to remember for all business men & warriors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    Nothing Like It in the World is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies - the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads - against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. As its peak the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, lived off buffalo, deer, and antelope.

    A. Millard says: "Good Book, Poor Narration and Audio Quality"
    "An epic saga rarely covered in schools today!"
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    A unique saga of a tremendous endeavor that is rarely covered in US schools. The years of effort, and the legions of humans who achieved this are tremendous sagas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    In this Pulitzer Prize - winning biography, Barbara Tuchman explores American relations with China through the experiences of one of our men on the ground. In the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe", Tuchman found a subject who allowed her to perform, in the words of the National Review, "one of the historian's most envied magic acts: conjoining a fine biography of a man with a fascinating epic story."

    Charlotte says: "A period that directly affected our world today"
    "Well researched & filling a useful gap of history"
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    A long, detailed study to summarize the saga of US - Chinese Republic interactions before and thru World War II.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worm: The First Digital World War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (374)

    Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks.

    Julie says: "Clear, Concise Story of the Conficker Worm"
    "A tremendous narrative of the emerging threats!!!!"
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    I loved "The Coukoo's Egg" years ago and used it in security work for years & then this saga is a great view of the continuing challenges of the "connected age"!! Very useful for anyone who likes the Internet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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