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Helios

Houston, tx | Member Since 2014

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  • 11 reviews
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  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (481)

    Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

    Michael says: "Capitalism and Democracy Collide"
    "Great contrast of two different worlds!"
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    Where does The Divide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in the top 10.


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

    I first picked this book because Ray Porter was narrating.


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

    Listening to the corporate crimes made me very angry.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (433)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
    "Eerily addictive read."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Good Nurse the most enjoyable?

    Listening about the sophisticated method involved in the killings.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were details about the killings. Instead, there was more focus on the killer's biographical background.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17596)
    Performance
    (16342)
    Story
    (16347)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Absolutely amazing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic, yet realistic. Informative, yet imaginative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. They all added equally to the experience.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    His tone and humor.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish there was a sequel! Also, some of the science and math is a bit hard to follow. Gives you a good insight into the mental acumen of an astronaut.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3082)
    Performance
    (2824)
    Story
    (2833)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Brave and Biased"
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    Would you listen to Lone Survivor again? Why?

    I would listen to the chapters describing the workouts because it encouraged me to workout harder.


    Would you recommend Lone Survivor to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, because its a great first-person tale of extraordinary circumstances. Its also very entertaining.


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

    Nuance and character. He is very dramatic.


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

    No. Its intense and upsetting at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Marcus seems confused about the role of the media and the mindset of liberals. Instead of blaming the "liberal media," people should take responsibility for their own actions. I think Navy Seals should blame their training and over reliance on religion for their "mistake" on that hill and not the "liberal media."

    Unfortunately, even, Navy Seals need rules. Every job has rules to follow. So, Navy Seals need to grow up and accept the fact that everyone has rules to follow.

    Furthermore, this book perpetuates some myths about 911. If you want to read a book about the events that lead up to 911, get The Looming Tower.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Down: Game Change 2012

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (511)

    Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

    Tony says: "Game Change 2.0"
    "Addictive and Enteraining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if they wanted to go behind the scenes of the GOP presidential nomination.


    What other book might you compare Double Down to and why?

    Game Chang because this one is the sequel.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

    Newt!


    Any additional comments?

    The story about Obama is kinda boring. But the story about the GOP candidates is pure gold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (814)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "Addictive"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Game Change to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years


    Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris – was your favorite?

    I have to admit the John Edwards narrative was quite entertaining.


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

    When they talked about how the Clintons were operating behind the scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    It read like a good political drama-thriller. I couldn't put it down. I immediately started to replay it to listen to any things I may have missed the first time around.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1925)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1185)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Clinically addictive"
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    Where does The Demon Under The Microscope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in the top 7.


    What other book might you compare The Demon Under The Microscope to and why?

    Might compare it with A Short History of Nearly Everything and Guns, Germs and Steel.


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

    He adds humanity to all the technical jargon.


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

    At times, but the information is very dense. So, you want to take it easy.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a pleasant surprise. It was a revelation to read about the transformation of modern medicine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (580)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Excellent review of the road to 911"
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    What did you like best about The Looming Tower? What did you like least?

    I liked learning all the behind info on Bin Laden's life, the rise of Al qaeda, learning about the rival groups and about the social-political environment that fueled Bin Laden and his cohort. Unfortunately, all the Arabic and South Asian names were hard to keep track of. My western ears had difficulty remembering which name belonged to which person.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed learning about the transition Bin Laden had in his unfortunate life.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I felt like I was listening to poetry vs book on the most wanted man/men in US history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1321)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "I couldn't put it down."
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    Where does Going Clear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in the top tier of the many audiobooks I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The stories of Hubbard and Miscavige were both fascinating to listen to.


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

    Sometimes, the absurdities I heard made me burst out laughing. Many times I would just pause it and say something like, "Wow. I can't believe it. Did I just hear that? That's crazy!"


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many characters involved, so its hard to keep track of them. There are many stories that get revisited from different perspectives or to add new information. Its part of the appeal, but also makes it a bit challenging to keep up with everything. However, this book definitely has re-listen value to it. I know there are many things I missed. This is not due to the author. It is due to the complexity of Scientology. Indeed, the book tells the fascinating life stories of many people and simultaneously defines Scientology to the audience. It is a tall order for any author. I will listen to this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph. LCSW
    • Narrated By Joseph Wegmann
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Now in its second edition, Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications is the definitive guide for healthcare professionals and anyone else seeking straightforward, concise and user-friendly information about mental disorders and the medications used to manage them. Fully revised and updated, this invaluable audiobook has become the go-to favorite of clinicians, clients and family members intent on expanding their knowledge of Psychopharmacology.

    Helios says: "Elucidating and Revealing"
    "Elucidating and Revealing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Psychopharmacology the most enjoyable?

    The succinct and organized presentation of the mental health information. Furthermore, it is an excellent book that marries mental health disorders with specific medical treatments. This book has the added benefit of exploring the pros and cons of related medications used to treat a given disorder.


    What other book might you compare Psychopharmacology to and why?

    The DSM because there is much substantive overlap. However, Wegmann focuses on certain areas of the DSM and expands on them with information about medical treatments.


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

    I reacted with amazement at some of the revelations.


    Any additional comments?

    I am licensed mental health practitioner. This book makes the information very accessible without diluting much of mental health's byzantine core elements.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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