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  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1595)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Worth the time (if you have a lot of it)"
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    This is a LONG audiobook. And I enjoyed every minute. The story weaves together one generation of WWII cryptologists (and a bad-ass Marine with a heart of gold) with a modern time group of computer nerds intent on storing data in the Phillipeans (and finding a river of gold). You have to hear it to believe it.

    The narration is quite good. There are some mindrattling mispronounciations, but the reader makes a real effort to vary his voice for each character, and does a creditable job -- even with the women. I live in Tennessee, and don't recall hearing anyone with quite the accent of Bobby Shafto, but enjoyed every minute of his dialogue.

    One reviewer noted some omissions in the narrative. I wrote Audible before I bought it and they assured me the omissions had been repaired. I didn't have the printed book to confirm this, but I noticed nothing being left out.

    This book is worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Borneman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (255)

    Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

    Andy says: "war wasn't simpler 75 years ago"
    "Good Narrative of Pacific War Decision Making"
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    Performance
    Story

    Brings to life the giants of the Pacific war -- Nimitz, Halsey, King, Leahy -- and their interactions with Roosevelt and MacArthur. Nothing startling here, but a good listen and worth the time. Well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (835)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Not sure what the point was"
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    Performance
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    This book drifts endlessly around the topic of 17th centruy physics, never really going anywhere. Never have such interesting characters (Gallileo, Newton, Descartes) seemed so lifeless and distant. God plays the biggest role, with the author speculating on what the characters thought of him and his great design -- with little documentation to back up the speculation.

    Narration wasn't bad, but a bit too "academic". He probably did the best he could with such weeak material.

    Not worth your time. At least, not worth mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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