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James R. Ellis

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sacramento, ca | Member Since 2009

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  • 9 reviews
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  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (781)

    Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.

    Noreen says: "Another great story"
    "Nice ride in and out of the Jungle"
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    Fast pace. Good story. Interesting ending. Anyone heard of the The Infancy of P1?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (198)

    Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

    Jean says: "survival"
    "Classic Nevada Barr"
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    If you could sum up Destroyer Angel in three words, what would they be?

    Lee Child would be proud. Revenge with the female touch. If you thought Bob was bad wait till you meet up with the Dude. Love to read and listen to these books Barbara Rosenblat is the best in this and any other series she performs. My only regret is no national park info in this one. Anna is on holiday with the girl friends. Then they meet up with the boy fiends.


    What other book might you compare Destroyer Angel to and why?

    The Reacher series by Lee Child


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anna rescue of Wiley the Dog.


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

    Wiley finding his real master. Anna needs a new dog. Or is the old one with Paul.


    Any additional comments?

    Classic Barr love the story and the thought processes and descriptions

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Allison
    • Narrated By Professor Robert J. Allison
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    The history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade.

    James R. Ellis says: "New Perspectives and great insights"
    "New Perspectives and great insights"
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    What made the experience of listening to Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies the most enjoyable?

    I am researching the family tree in America from 1625 in Virginia and 1640 in New Hampshire. This series does a great job of describing each colony's progression and has explained migration issues and how native American blood lines entered the tree


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben Franklin and Cotton Mather interactions


    What about Professor Robert J. Allison’s performance did you like?

    I could stay awake through his lectures any day


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

    36 1/2 hour sessions


    Any additional comments?

    I have been through the material twice and still picking up info

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (929)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "A Sherlock and Watson tale you can trust"
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    What made the experience of listening to The House of Silk the most enjoyable?

    A Sherlock and Watson tale you can trust. From the writer of Foyles War and Midsommer Murders. This novel rings true to the original concept and style of the Doyle creation. Quick, witty and clever. A great read with Derek Jacobi as the voice of Watson. Hope there are many more in the future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Silk?

    The final reveals


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The pawn shop


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

    The horrible revelations in the house of silk


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

    Eric says: "Wow!"
    "goes well beyond Euclid"
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    If you just want to know about Euclid the stop after the first three chapters. Discussion on Einstein helped me explain Relativity to my spouse in general terms. Area on Newton was OK but left out other contributors of the Age. I plan a second listen soon. More on the Ancients would have been nice since that is what I expected from the title.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (893)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "No Tricks Great Style, Characters, Content"
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    I love PD James, I didn't think I would find an author that has as much respect for their characters or the circumstance of the calamity that befalls the victims until I found the first in the series tucked away in my wife's closet as yet unread. Well, I read it and four more then bought the audio books. The quality of the performance by Ralph Cosham rivals that of Jim Dale of the Hogwarts series or Patrick Tull of the Master and Commander series. I look hopefully towards the future releases. It is wonderful that we can read on the Kindle and Listen to the Audible releases on the Kindle or iPod. I laugh and cry with each book. May Ms Penny write forever. Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (175)

    Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

    Andy says: "a whale of a book"
    "Magnificant overview of the magestic Atlantic"
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    Simon Winchester at his best. If you yearned for more books like Outposts (30 years ago) then this is a treasure. The author has had 30 years to refine his already great skill with prose into a truly unique view of the Atlantic Ocean. A must read for everyone! William Manchester glanced off the topic in a World Lit By Fire but Winchester hits his target right on. I have an English professor friend who refuses to go on the the next Winchester book until she has relished every word. That person is now four books behind in reading and has yet to get to Krakatoa or the Man Who Loved China. What a loss.
    Thank you Simon Winchester once again. Maybe a book about Chaucer and Phillipa next?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

    Karen says: "Witty,entertaining, real spies"
    "history with information you won't find elsewhere"
    Overall

    A house guest of a Texas Publisher/ power broker named Marsh, a direct line to FDR and Elanor through a house guest named Princes Sophie and courting a congress woman by the name of Claire B Luce. A conduit to Churchill and insider on the delicate balance of post war aviation. You would think the character is fictional. Instead he is a writer of great children's fictional literature who is 6'6", educated in England with a Norwegian mother and four older sisters. This is a great read the first time and even better the second time with Simon Prebble as narrator. Prebble does many of the Dick Frances Mysteries and is well suited to this complex mystery of a man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Justin Pollard, Howard Reid
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (293)

    Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.

    Jeffrey says: "A good listen"
    "Alexandria not Rome, Athens or Judea World Center"
    Overall

    If you think Rome, Athens or Judea were the center of the Ancient World--Think Again. The book describes the rise of Alexandria as the first Planned City to attract knowledge workers, traders and world leaders. A 10 Century saga that covers all aspects of life, the influence of the Ptolemy Dynasty to Cleopatra, the great thinkers from Euclid, the Great Library, the Lighthouse just for starters. A must read for history buffs et al

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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