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David

Arts & Sciences is what I am about. I have no talent for business. I am an amateur photographer with contest wins and places. Work in a hospital lab. Married 41 years.

Tulsa, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Quest in Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Attenborough
    • Narrated By David Attenborough
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Following his expedition to Indonesia, as told in Zoo Quest For A Dragon, David Attenborough's next animal collecting and filming trip was to New Guinea, home of the exotic Birds of Paradise. The quest demanded hazardous treks across treachorous terrain in the Jimi Valley and on the edges of uncharted territory but the arduous adventures were finally rewarded when, as the camera turned, a Count Raggi's Bird of Paradise enthralled him with its frenzied dance.

    David says: "A time now long gone."
    "A time now long gone."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who is a fan of conservation and learning of other lands and cultures should love this story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quest in Paradise?

    The hardship of getting around this mountainous island and the uniqueness of the place.


    What about David Attenborough’s performance did you like?

    David Attenborough is a born story teller. He clearly loves what he does. He paints the scenes with words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A story from a lost time.


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3383)
    Performance
    (3002)
    Story
    (3012)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Curiosity and arrogance nearly killed the cat."
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    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    Rules? No way.


    What other book might you compare Ghost in the Wires to and why?

    I have never read anything quite like this. The film, 'Catch Me If You Can' comes close. Both are stories of real men who just wouldn't play by the rules.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Kevin Mitnik was made very sympathetic and understandable by the performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, when he told about his successes after prison. When his supporters started the FREE KEVIN movement, that was awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was an education as well as being wonderfully entertaining, and moving. The long lists of codes and sites was a bit tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born: Stainless Steel Rat, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Slippery Jim is here a brash 17-year-old who has left his parents' porcuswine farm, planning to embark on a life of crime. The book opens with Jim bungling a bank job so that he can be arrested and sent to prison, where he plans to learn the art of being a master criminal. Deciding that the Bishop should be his mentor, Jim sets about proving himself worthy of the master's attention.

    Cliff says: "The backstorry on Jim"
    "The rat goes to school."
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    What did you love best about A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born?

    The story is a prequel giving the series background The villains are well drawn, as usual. The story is crafted better than some of the others. Fun!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Bishop made the story work. This character explained the mind set of Jim Degris.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Phil Gigante showed his range in this narration. He is a star. He always makes good, entertaining stories better. His performance of Jim as a teen helped the entire series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I will have that kind of time in about a year.


    Any additional comments?

    The production is always good in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (576)

    DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

    SFF11C says: "Awesome"
    "Engaging, overdramatic and fun SCIFI."
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    What did you love best about The Stainless Steel Rat?

    The over the top performance and story line. A pleasure, guilty or not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration. It wouldn't be the same story without this 'fits like a glove' narration.


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A star performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A bad idea in the twenty-fifth millennium.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is fun. The action compelling. I hope to hear more episodes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2312)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (396)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "A review of critical discoveries."
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    Where does A Short History of Nearly Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average. It is concise without loosing impact.


    What other book might you compare A Short History of Nearly Everything to and why?

    Azimov's review of the most important scientists in history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lister's discovery of antiseptics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The length is good, but it is a lot to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very glad I bought this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Highland Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Spear
    • Narrated By Maxine Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Lady Eilis Dunbarton's life undergoes a drastic change with the death of her cousin, Agnes. Now she's faced with the disagreeable prospect of marrying the man who was to be her cousin's husband. Not by a change of contract, though. Instead, by deceit - pretending to be her cousin. But if her husband-to-be discovers she's not really Agnes, her life is forfeit. So what choice does Eilis have but to flee? When Laird James MacNeill's clan rescues a half-drowned lass from the sea, there is speculation she is of the enemy clan, especially since she doesn't remember her own name.

    ~~DARA~~ says: "Simple Sweet Highland Story"
    "A romance with heart."
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    What did you love best about The Accidental Highland Hero?

    The narration was perfect for this story. This romance novel delivered a good tail without getting too over done as romance novels tend to do. The story reflected the place and time well,


    What other book might you compare The Accidental Highland Hero to and why?

    Good historical novels have some of the best elements in this book.


    What does Maxine Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was essential to the story. Reading instead of hearing would be much less of an experience,


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It was just a nice experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (550)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "A skilled author produces a gem."
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    What did you love best about Hominids?

    The characters were well drawn. The story line was very satisfying. There were no dead spots.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story back on Neanderthal earth was quite dramatic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Then Ponder crashed the trial.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be ware your assumptions.


    Any additional comments?

    There is no evidence that Neanderthals had pet dogs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1530)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "The shape shifting enemy."
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    Would you listen to The Emperor of All Maladies again? Why?

    No. The length of the book is daunting.


    What other book might you compare The Emperor of All Maladies to and why?

    Edward O. Wilson's Ants.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Precision.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when a long term patient dies. Her dignity and strength were moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could almost be used as a text of the history of the battle with cancer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13304)
    Performance
    (5728)
    Story
    (5801)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Experience a cool tale."
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    What did you love best about Water for Elephants?

    There are very well drawn characters in this book. It was a little like hearing a play. Dialogue helps drive the story. I haven't seen the cinema or video versions yet. I do see why it became a film property. The facts of the depicted animal behavior are a bit suspect. However that is a minor flaw. I had no problem just devouring this book. It is quite wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The double arc of Jacob in youth and old age.


    What does David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice performances are critical in this book. Magnificent job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Victory at the circus.


    Any additional comments?

    Quite a good read. I may hear it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (598)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "Another take on how society works."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Antifragile to be better than the print version?

    Maybe not.


    What does Joe Ochman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good expression. Professional job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No way this could be a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been shorter and still made the important points.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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