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Frederick C. Caruso

Centennial, Colorado, US | Member Since 2002

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (609)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "A refreshing look at reality."
    Overall

    The more I see of science, the more facinated I become. Dawkins has produced fantasict philosphical writing. This scientific writing is even more so.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (586)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "I'll be a lot more cautious . . ."
    Overall

    I had been a subscriber since 2001 and listened to more than 100 audio books and loved just about all of them. Unfortunately, I bit on an Audible promotion for this one and purchased the book. I've always listened to a book to the very end and nearly finished it, but I gave up. It was so lame, so unfunny and so unexciting that I went into a depression realizing I not only wasted a credit, but all of those hours of listening. I couldn't deal with being fooled so badly again that I dropped my subscription to Audible in September 2010 and only today renewed. I was embarrased by this book and didn't want anyone to know I had anything to do with it. Well, now others know and I will not be fooled so badly again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    Seldom has a book been the subject of more widespread discussion than The Jungle. It is the dramatic expose of the Chicago meat-packing industry at the turn of the century which prompted an investigation by Theodore Roosevelt, culminating in the pure-food legislation of 1906. The Jungle is the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Slav immigrant, who marries frail Ona Lukoszaite and seeks security and happiness as a workman in the Chicago stockyards.

    nancy says: "A must listen"
    "The Jungle still instills horror."
    Overall

    I can hardly believe I have gone so many decades without having been exposed to this book. It is shocking, discouraging and heart rending. Having quite a few immigrants in our state (Colorado) and a number of meat packing houses, I can imagine similar emotions and tragedy. Those poor people. Now I know that the origins of the sales pitch, "you can own for what it cost to rent."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8380)
    Performance
    (6525)
    Story
    (6554)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "A wonderful tale."
    Overall

    A wonderful approach to an incredible part of our humanity. I loved it. I love books. I love reading about WWII and actually learning more about it from another perspective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "Pathetic religious lament."
    Overall

    How people can struggle so hard to oppose the quest for science and truth is beyond me. I thought there might be a little bit of reality behind this, but there wasn't.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Who says this is blasphemy?"
    Overall

    Really a fantastic story that will make a great movie. It shows basically how easy it is to capture the total minds of people, especially those with simple minds. As a westerner, I can appreciate and see the setting. I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for Columbus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Trofimuk
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Found in the treacherous Strait of Gibraltar, a man who answers only to the name of Christopher Columbus is delivered to a mental institution in Sevilla, Spain. Nurse Consuela, a lonely young woman searching for love, who listens to his fantastical tales of adventure and romance day after day, tries desperately to make some sense of why this man has been locked up.

    Anna says: "Wonderful"
    "A very touching story."
    Overall

    I became convinced that this was the real Columbus in some kind of time warp. I was saddened to see it come to an end, and even more saddened at what precipitated the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (544)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Dead I Well May Be - convincing"
    Overall

    After I got into it, I actually thought that this had to be an autobiography. Very convincing. A tragic commentary on a world that did exist and has faded into the darkness of time. As the son of Italian immigrants and one who experienced the Italian side of the same coin, and now an Irish citizen by legal process (with a home in SW Co. Cork), I am saddened by the misery of the "troubles" and what it did to so, but happy it did not affect those in our area. I enjoyed the reader's Irish accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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