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Chris

Richmond Heights, MO, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3887)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1822)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Great, stick with it through the first chapter"
    Overall

    I felt like the first chapter or two of this book was slow, and I was initially disappointed. However, once you get past that, the book is fascinating. If you find the book slow at first, keep going, it gets better and better.

    This book covers Einstein's personal life and science. If you find the scientific descriptions particularly interesting, you probably also enjoy Brian Greene's books. In this book, the explanations of Einstein's work are based on how Einstein himself explained it. Although it makes sense that the author choose that approach, I think Brian Greene's explanations are clearer and simpler because he isn't limited to thought experiments that Einstein himself did.

    Overall, though, I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 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
    (1595)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (659)

    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"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I listened to the first 1.5 hours of this audiobook. I found it very disappointing. If you are interested in reading a 'Navy SEALS are really tough' book, you will enjoy it.

    I had been hoping for a survival narrative. One where the facts of the events are so amazing that they are inspirational in themselves, without a lot of hyperbole from the author. Something like 'Into Thin Air'. This book is not a survival narrative. If you look on Amazon, you will find a whole genre of books describing special forces training and toughness in hyperbolic terms. This book is more like those.

    13 of 43 people found this review helpful

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