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Kenzibit

Research Technologist with deep interests in Host Cell - Pathogen Interactions & Cancer Research. I enjoy and mostly listen to Non-Fiction audiobooks on Medicine/Science, War and History. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.

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  • The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

    Kenzibit says: "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
    "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
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    If you could sum up The Liberator in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, Gripping and Unfathomable Bravery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Felix Sparks. Although he entered the war as a greenhorn, he had good tactics and commanding skills to lead a regiment that saw more action and endured worse than any other regiment or battalion in the history of WWII...not forgetting his LUCK to see it through to the end.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Fred Sanders is the great narrator by far. I really admired his ability to change his voice and play multiple characters with their corresponding accents. He is too good and I appreciate him reading this book.


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

    Sparks loosing all his 230 men; all of whom he knew very well, scenes about strong men reaching their breaking point and becoming non-functional in the war again, young soldiers committing suicide when the war starts because of fear they had never experienced before, and brave good men dying after taking out a lot of Krauts all made me feel like crying......but was able to hold back.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has really broadened my scope on WWII and really want more books like this. It's a book you can hardly put away and wish for more chapters. I really didn't want this book to end and right now that I'm done with it, really feel like starting it again. It's a never forgetting story of bravery and all the men who laid down their lives to make the world a better place. God bless their souls and God bless us. We pray for such events NEVER to happen again in the history of Mankind.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (477)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "The Great History of Nitrate Fertilizers and War."
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    Where does The Alchemy of Air rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my BEST Audiobooks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character of the story; Fritz Haber and he basically in my opinion being the originator and mastermind of Modern Chemistry / Chemical warfare and processes used till date.


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

    A lot and can't say all here, might transcribe the whole book and dont' want to ruin the experience for someone so just buy and enjoy.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great audiobook by Thomas Hager. I just love stories liike this. I learnt all the fundamental equations and processes in school but never knew a story like this existed behind it. A story of Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, and their collaboration on the Haber-Bosch process for creating fixed nitrogen for the benefit of mankind. I can boldly say that these two were the first great chemists to emerge and Chemistry is really the foundation of all things....without chemistry, nothing really would have existed.
    I really appreciate these olden days scientists, their inovative discoveries and all that they did to even make Modern Science a little bit easier. They shall forever be remembered.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (605)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    ""And it was Influenza....ONLY Influenza""
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    What did you love best about The Great Influenza?

    The history of the rise of American medicine and the Scientists involved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oswald Theodore Avery; he never gave up although he was never recognized for his work even to the extent of refusing him a Nobel Prize.


    Any additional comments?

    This book really reveals the hidden stories behind American Medicine and the Deadliest Plague in the History of mankind. Although it took a very long time to get to the point of the story, the histories told were informative and I really liked it. I therefore recommend to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4010)
    Performance
    (2568)
    Story
    (2597)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Henrietta Lacks - An unforgettable name"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks the most enjoyable?

    I have known about Hela cells for sometime, knew it came from a woman who had cancer and later died of it and that's it! I never knew the happenings before she got the cancer, what she went through, events prior to sample taken, doctors and scientists responsible and the family not even aware of this. Knowing what the cells are capable of and reading a story like this made me enjoy it the more. Not forgetting what the author (Rebecca Skloot) went through to get us this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The combination of real life events and Science. The story makes you aware of an event prior to an achievement still in existence.


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The mixture of voices; one with the real drawl of African American accent and one with the normal tone of an English narrator made it seem I was right there in front of the conversations and made me feel the drama. This is narration at it's best - a wonderful job done by Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin, I've never seen this done on any audiobook.


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

    All the sad stories about the Lack's family sometimes made me feel very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Hela cells are used in many labs all the time everyday and I know most scientists and technicians really don't know the origin of it aside the scientific basis of the cells. Knowing a story like this and working with Hela cells will make you appreciate and honor the woman behind it and love science the more not forgetting her family.We thank you Henrietta Lacks for your unforgettable cells.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (21993)
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    (8721)
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    (8915)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Dear Amanda"
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    Has Your First Listen turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really, I guess I have to listen to the whole book before I conclude.


    Any additional comments?

    Did Amanda ever reply to his messages? Maybe I'll know after listening the the whole book. Joey is really in love, jealous and his last letter is the never the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Greg Itzin
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us, based on study after study, from hundreds of laboratories around the world. It is no longer just a theoretical shift: every one of us will be touched by it, and many of us already have been. The meaning of disease, our understanding of the human body, and crucial decisions about what we all need to know and what choices we make about our health are at stake. Welcome to the new world of personalized medicine.

    Ronald E says: "The future of medicine"
    "The Future is in Our Genes"
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    Would you listen to The Language of Life again? Why?

    Again and Again and Again. This audiobook teaches a lot. A lot of stuff to be known by medical practioners and the layman as well. It gives the genetic and basic understanding into some rare genetic disorders and finally gives hope into these diseases.
    Francis Collins did a very good job with the subject area, his practical illustrations and as someone in the field, I really enjoyed the practical nature of his presentations.
    Talking of the narrator: Greg Itzin, I really enjoyed his reading due to his aggressive voice which will keep you awake all the time and his ability in differentiating all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must read/listen and I recommend it to all.

    1 of 1 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
    (1659)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (953)

    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.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
    "Excellent blend of Medicine, Science and History."
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    Where does The Demon Under The Microscope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number One, together with Demon in the freezer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The combination of Science and War Histories in the first place and the diligence and perseverance of the scientists searching for a cure for bacterial infections. The books does not concentrate in one direction/aspect but tells all that happend before, during and after a specific event. It actually tells the story of how a lot of things got started and accepted. Infact, I never knew Sulfa drugs were discovered this way and I appreciate every info I had from this book. I kept on bookmarking and rewinding till I absorbed every word/scene in the story. It is indeed an excellent blend of Medicine, Science and History that needs to be known by everyone.I therefore congratulate Thomas Hager for a wonderful job done. On my way to purchase his next book.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    His voice is a perfect match for this book. I had already admired him from The Emperor of All Maladies which is also another first class book.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended to all Researchers and Medical practitioners. A lot is to be learnt from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1530)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "One of the BEST out there."
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    If you could sum up The Emperor of All Maladies in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Awe and Enthusiastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Emperor of All Maladies?

    It is not just one, but all stories involving what the patients went through; the suffering, the pain and agony and how it made some scientists get back to work on Cancer.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Hoye is just a GREAT narrator.


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

    I really loved the last part of the story (the 3rd book) when he visited Cancer at the Molecular level. Talked more about Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology and a little Virology not forgetting how Scientists discovered some critical key players associated with Cancer. These things moved me a lot...maybe because I'm a Researcher myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to all, both technical and non-technical people. It is a story that needs to be told and learnt from.
    I would love to have more books like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Waits at Sundown

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Fred Tatasciore, Shannon Evans, Taron Lexton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
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    (4)

    When Lynn Taylor's kid brother, Lee, gets framed for stage robbery, cattle rustling, and murder, the boy swears his innocence and instead accuses McCloud, head of the vigilante committee responsible for removing the town's former sheriff. To save Lee from hanging the following night, Lynn hatches a wild plan to rob the next stagecoach with the help of the ex-sheriff—hoping it will raise doubts about Lee's guilt if the crimes continue. But Lynn gets more than he bargained for when he's snared by McCloud's men, and the time to the hanging gallops rapidly his way.

    Kenzibit says: "Action Packed"
    "Action Packed"
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    What did you like best about Death Waits at Sundown? What did you like least?

    All the mini stories were just great, lots of action but too short for my liking.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Brotherly Love.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    All narrators were just great, they really make you feel like in a cinema.


    Any additional comments?

    Want more books like this, but lengthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toughest Ranger

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Cowboy Petey McGuire has been kicked around so much that he's turned forlorn, self-despairing and gun-shy. Yet starvation has a way of changing a man and so, armed only with his attitude and a hungry belly, Petey finds his way to the headquarters of the Arizona Rangers looking for a job. Petey also finds a new ornery personality; he claims to be the toughest man around from Kansas City to N'Orleans, a man so tough he'd give a rattler nightmares.

    Ken says: "Lot of action by Ken W."
    "Action Stories"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    These mini stories made me spend my time well. Just that, they were too short for my liking.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes and R. F. Daley and Jim Meskimen are just great narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend more books like this, not just mini but lengthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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