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Eduards J. Vucins

Brookfield, WI USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 8 reviews
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  • The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Michael Greer
    • Narrated By Tony Craine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    The industrial age made possible by fossil fuels will surely decline as these fuels run out. In The Ecotechnic Future John Michael Greer alerts the listener to possible changes future generations may face as these dwindling fuel supplies lead first to a deindustrial age, then to a society which salvages the remnants of our current plenty, and eventually to a time in which people may learn to live in balance with the environment: an ecotechnic society.

    michael thummel says: "A possible future?"
    "Failure of society"
    Overall

    Don’t waste your time on this one! The author Mr. Greer, is also Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. In short he envisions the failure of society after the decline of fossil fuel resources and a return to subsistence living, composting and organic gardening, which he currently practices. There is no credit given to human ingenuity and the small amount of energy used when compared to total sunlight striking the earth. Unless you want to be depressed and believe in half truths and inappropriate in interpretations, don’t bother.

    6 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Stranahan, and others
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to knock the earth from its axis sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors. Over the following weeks, the world watched in horror as a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe: fail-safes failed, cooling systems shut down, nuclear rods melted.

    Eduards J. Vucins says: "Internal workings of the NRC"
    "Internal workings of the NRC"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster?

    Half the book was on the NRC.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was good but the authors were clearly writers only with a poor understanding of the technical details. A much better understanding of the event can be obtained from the Chapter in James Mahafey's book Atomic Accidents: A History and the Robert P.Gale MD book Radiation-What it is & What You Need to Know .


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

    Unless you are a policy wonk, you will be bored by half of the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Population 10 Billion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Danny Dorling
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Before May 2011 the top demographics experts of the United Nations had suggested that world population would peak at 9.1 billion in 2100, and then fall to 8.5 billion people by 2150. In contrast, the 2011 revision suggested that 9.1 billion would be achieved much earlier, maybe by 2050 or before, and by 2100 there would be 10.1 billion of us. What's more, they implied that global human population might still be slightly rising in our total numbers a century from now. So what shall we do?

    Eduards J. Vucins says: "Be Average"
    "Be Average"
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    This book had some interesting information which could have been presented in about half the space used. The author spent too much space presenting his personal bias toward less consumption and less individualism. There is an underlying implication that those of us that choose to live in the suburbs, have second homes and consume more have been duped. I continue to do these things because I enjoy them and can afford to do them, even though this is contrary to the author's opinions on current trends and future sustainability.

    While there is some good information in the book and the reader does a good job, it was difficult to wade through the infinite anecdotes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James J. O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Sweeping and accessible, The Ruin of the Roman Empire captures the richness of late antique life and the colorful characters of the age, while offering insight into today's debates about barbarism, religion, empires, and their threatened borders.

    J1Scarlett says: "Would not Recommend"
    "The Ruin of the Roman Empire"
    Overall

    This is a book of Mr. O'Donnell's vision of how things should have happened with hindsight. A mixture of loose events in a timeline with poor integration. A difficult listen at best. I hope Mr. O'Donnell is better at running Georgetown U.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Levering Lewis
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    At the beginning of the eighth century, the Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis' masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman Empires, followed by the rise of the prophet Muhammad and the creation of Muslim Spain.

    Larry says: "God's Crucible"
    "God's Crucible (Unabridged"
    Overall

    Poor reader, not organized

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (408)

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American"
    Overall

    This is only the second book that I have made an effort to review. I am doing so because I wish to spare some poor soul 13 hours of misery.

    It should be titled “A few inaccuracies and omissions in high school american history textbooks and my opinions”. It started out with a few inaccuracies that are well established and then degenerated to finding fault with everything and everyone in America, except for the poor lower income group, which has no hope. An accurate description would be that Mr. Loewen in a hammer and everything is a nail.

    Mr. Loewen must feel terrible having no hope and finding nothing right with America. He is still rehashing and expounding on his experiences as a social activist in the 60s. Things are different!

    I grew up in the lower class and used all of the virtues that Mr. Loewen criticizes to do well. Mr. Loewen is a sociologist and can always see the dark side of the few statistics that he has. Unless you like being criticized and depressed for the last 6-7 hours, don’t bother with this one.

    61 of 96 people found this review helpful
  • Planet India: How the Fastest Growing Democracy Is Transforming America and the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mira Kamdar
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    With in-depth research, interviews, and provocative analysis, Mira Kamdar offers a penetrating view of India and its cultural and economic impact on the United States and the world. From Bollywood to the Indian diaspora to India's effect on global politics, she reports on the people, companies, and places shaping the new India. Kamdar examines the challenges India faces while celebrating India's tremendous vitality and the opportunities this Asian democracy has to shape its own and all of our destinies.

    James says: "Blah, blah, blah"
    "Disorganized"
    Overall

    There is no unifying theme.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dr. Stephen Leeb, Glen Strathy
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    In The Coming Economic Collapse, Dr. Leeb shows that the U.S. economy is standing on the brink of the biggest crisis in history.

    As the fast-growing economies of China and India push global demand for oil beyond production capacity, Americans will experience a permanent energy shortfall far worse than the one in the 1970s. The result will be severe financial hardship for most people, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for investors to become incredibly rich.

    This is an urgent call-to-arms to avert an all-but-certain catastrophe and a survival kit for an era that offers us only two financial choices: poverty or wealth.

    Christopher says: "Interesting but painful."
    "The Coming Economic Collapse"
    Overall

    Interesting overall review of oil and energy, however I would do my own homework. In Leeb's Personal Finance newsletter, he was still recommending Worldcom, Utilicorp, and Williams Co. in December of 2001. WCOM Rec 56 Now 0, Utilicorp 36 now Aquila at 4.5, Williams at about 35 now 25 with near banrupcy at 1. So he is not as good of a Prognosticatior as he would lead you to believe. Leaves out a lot of data and slants the presented info.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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