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David

Hellicopter Man

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  • 17 reviews
  • 18 ratings
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  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence

    • ORIGINAL (25 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert M. Hazen
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

    Blokoe_Geo says: "Utterly Fantastic"
    "Three 5 star books in one"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Origin and Evolution of Earth to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nucleogenesis


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert M. Hazen – was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    Yes. Could not manage it all.


    Any additional comments?

    This includes the only complete and understandable description on how elements are made and thats just for starters. I am versed in much of this stuff but recommed the book to all comers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (358)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    Chrissie says: "Pay attention!"
    "Guns of August v A World Undone"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing at all. It is flat out tripe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara W. Tuchman again?

    Yes. Simply to find out if she is consistently this obtuse.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Very Very Very few.


    Any additional comments?

    Guns of August v A World Undone

    I recommend you listen to both of these in the order I present them to fully appreciate the contrast. My first listen was A World Undone and though I am not a military afficianato it was so compelling I found myself pouring through battlefield maps. And even ordered another audio book "The Sultans" which I give two thumbs up.

    Undone is so easy, so simple, so comprehensive and concise on the entire war that I was appalled with my listen to Guns of August. Putting asside guns covers only the first six weeks of the War, it rises to little more then a thrilling costume drama. And in my opinion a dime store costume drama at that.

    Her discussion of mobilization is an actual travesty and more then likely has adversely effected entire generations of readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel Hannan
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    British politician Daniel Hannan's Inventing Freedom is an ambitious account of the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made America great and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled.

    David says: "I put this up there with Guns Germs And Steel"
    "I put this up there with Guns Germs And Steel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Inventing Freedom the most enjoyable?

    The absolutely clear linearity of it all and the rather tenuous chance the void left by Roman withdrawal from Britain would by chance be filed by egalitarian customs that became extinct on the continent.

    And so many times a close run thing even to our modern times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inventing Freedom?

    Survival of common law traditions after the Norman Conquest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The general discussion on how the anglosphere is what it is in large extent because we are all of us much like islands.


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

    The misfortunes immediately following 1066


    Any additional comments?

    This book gets added to my permanent elite library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sultans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Noel Barber
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    This brilliantly readable work of history tells the bizarre story of the Ottoman Empire as seen through the lives of its extravagant and tyrannical sultans. With their absolute power, their love of pomp, and their overwhelming venality and corruption, rarely has a great empire been ruled by such grotesque and awesome figures. For 400 years, they fought wars, terrorized their subjects, made Turkey into a great empire, and then allowed her to decline into ostentatious and impotent decay.

    David says: "One of the indispensables for several reasons:"
    "One of the indispensables for several reasons:"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone curious of history will discover what an alternative universe in this world can really mean.


    What did you like best about this story?

    To much to choose from.


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    Took awhile getting used to but turned out precisely correct.


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

    I am history buff but was not prepared for this important missing gigantic chasm that needed redress.


    Any additional comments?

    This presents the consequences and development of an historic civilization as planted by Ghengis Kahn`s lineage. A real life lesson on first causes. This story does not reach into that previous so check out Dan Carlon`s wrath of the Kahn`s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (861)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Strong Reccomendation W/3 Cautions"
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    Would you listen to The Better Angels of Our Nature again? Why?

    Some chapters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Better Angels of Our Nature?

    The early chapters.


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Many


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. This book confirms my own observations general world conditions are much better then past. Three cautions. 1) the book progresses into very much detail that some of us will not require; 2) The author stratified civilisations by descending order A) Europe; B) Blue States; C) Red States; D) Islamic States. I am in one just above a Caliphate.

    Finally, the author seems a scientist, a socialist, and an atheist. What could possibly go wrong.

    PS - Atheism seems a bit Luddite in the era of quantum mechanics and the double slit experiment which has, apparently been proven retroactive in time. Consciousness, as an independent variable… religious fundamentalist atheists who might deny unknown science?

    Never heard of such a thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The South Sea Bubble and Tulipomania: Financial Madness and Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Mackay
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    These two unabridged chapters from Charles Mackay’s two-volume evergreen work, Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841) deal with the disastrous South Sea Bubble and the extraordinary outbreak of Tulipomania in Holland.

    David says: "Satire Well Worth $6 Sales Price"
    "Satire Well Worth $6 Sales Price"
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    Where does The South Sea Bubble and Tulipomania: Financial Madness and Delusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Requires some attention because the writing is cleverly crafted in a bit antique manner. But a real hoot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The South Sea Bubble and Tulipomania: Financial Madness and Delusion?

    It all sounds so recently familiar. Hundreds of years later.


    What about Greg Wagland’s performance did you like?

    Good Brit presentation of compound sentences. So listen up!


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

    Two or three.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beginnings of Judaism

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Isaiah M. Gafni
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    For thousands of years, Jews have looked to the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament by Christians, for their origins, and have located in them the tenets of their faith. However, much of what is recognized today as Judaism does not appear in the Bible. How did Judaism develop from its biblical roots to the highly developed system we know today? What has changed - and what has remained constant? In this series of 24 spirited and provocative lectures, Professor Gafni investigates how the Jewish faith struggled to continually redefine itself during the first thousand years after the completion of the last books of the Hebrew Bible.

    David says: "Four Stars Is a Reccomendation From Me"
    "Four Stars Is a Reccomendation From Me"
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    Would you listen to Beginnings of Judaism again? Why?

    I have re-played a number of chapters already. Lots of very good info, competently presented.


    What does Professor Isaiah M. Gafni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very broad historical presentation.


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

    Mostly.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the better religious presentations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4216)
    Performance
    (2190)
    Story
    (2216)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "I Need More King"
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    If you could sum up The Drawing of the Three in three words, what would they be?

    I do not read much fiction but am not quite convinced King writes fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Endless single sentence delights.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't actually recall a single one of them, at the moment.


    If you could take any character from The Drawing of the Three out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dinner? Are you mad?


    Any additional comments?

    I promise to take better care of my firearms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

    Matt says: "Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining"
    "One chapter and got a refund"
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    What would have made History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective better?

    The man reviewed cuneiform then said some of our own sylabic alphabet includes characters descended from it. Our alphabet is not sylabic and some letters decend from hyroglyphics, not cuneiform. I double checked.

    I have read entire books on the development of writing and would love to be corrected if I am mistaken.


    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    Strange narrative "You will see nothing but sun baked mud" in Mesapotamia as far as the eye can see. Then it will rain and wash away the houses and crops (which you must have missed the first time).


    What three words best describe Professor Gregory S. Aldrete’s voice?

    Not that bad


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Visceral dissapointment


    Any additional comments?

    No reason not to try it out. Not everyone knows about cuneiform etc and will not notice. I just lost confidence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Step back to Christianity's first three centuries to see how it transitioned from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus. How did a single group from among many win the struggle for dominance to establish the beliefs central to the faith, rewrite the history of Christianity's internal conflicts, and produce a canon of sacred texts – the New Testament – that supported its own views?

    Eric says: "An Objective History of Early Christianity"
    "I recommend this with strong caution."
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Bart D. Ehrman?

    I have been grinding through these and find them a mixed quality. Even the lesser are worth a listen. Perhaps more quantum mechanics next.


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    Yes but I might run out of quality stuff. Keep it up. This is likely a growing market.


    What three words best describe Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s performance?

    Shallow. Sophmoric. Mediocher. Still worth the listen once you know these things.


    Did From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Write a detailed critic below.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this with strong caution. Let me describe my qualifications to comment.

    I spent a year reading 200 bc -150 ad literature in this area with about 1,000 print out pages and a stack of books. I found one serious mistranslation in what was presented as "The Apostles Bible" as well as one seemingly deliberate anti-semetec translation in "The Marterdom of Pollycarp".

    So whats my beef with the lecturer? Lets start with anti semetism of the early Church. Theologens DID present plenty of grist for that mill. The lecturer, however, seems nearly oblivious the slander was two ways and that Jews of the era had the better of the Christians by virtue of shear numbers.

    Further, he also seems oblivious of The Talmud which includes all sorts of calumnies such that Reform Jews I asked referred to it as 'Folk Literature'. I consulted an Israeli Orthodox Jew who confirmed my translations were not only good but excellant. He reffered to Jesus as 'Your Man' not being permitted to say his name. I really liked that guy.

    Anyway, the Talmud presents non-Jews as little more then natural resources for the picking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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