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Margaret

Victoria, BC, Canada

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  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (333)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "It would be nice to see the diagrams"
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    Although I m not a scientist, I enjoyed this immensely. It made the theory of evolution clear, and was interesting enough that I didn't need to switch to something lighter halfway through my hour long commute. The performance was engaging in spite of some rather complex terms. I particularly enjoyed the first and last chapters. My only quibble was that references were made to diagrams -- 22 of them, I believe, which are not available for download on the audible site. (Sometimes an accompanying pdf is available.) This really impeded the understanding of some points.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (336)

    Born in 1901 in the slums of Brooklyn, Francie Nolan has grown up under the burden of suffering that is the lot of the great city’s poor. Romantic like her father, an Irish singing waiter, yet pragmatic like her mother, a housecleaner and fierce survivor, Francie uses her imagination and tenacity to thrive in the world in spite of these harsh conditions.

    Sara says: "Childhood favorite revisited"
    "A photograph of a forgotten time"
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    This is a wonderful book built around memorable characters: Francie, the adolescent protagonist; Katie, her practical and wise mother; and her flawed but gifted father. Set in Brooklyn just before and into World War I, it gives insights into a earlier time that was tougher and more vibrant than nostalgic references would have us believe. I learned a lot, became attached to the characters, and found myself thinking about the themes. How do we love people who are flawed? Can broken people be fixed?

    What more can you ask from a book?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hittite

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This is the tale of Lukka, the Hittite soldier who traveled across Greece in search of the vicious slave traders who kidnapped his wife and sons. He tracks them all the way to war-torn Troy, where he proves himself a warrior to rank with noble Hector and swift Achilles. Lukka is the man who builds the Trojan horse for crafty Odysseus, who topples the walls of Jericho for the Israelites, and who steals the beautiful Helen.

    Kerri says: "A Unique perspective"
    "If you ignore the history, its an okay listen."
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    We listened to the novel while on a four week holiday through Turkey. We listened to the section on Troy right around the time we were there, and Ephesus was also featured in the novel. The story holds one's interest, and the characters are believable, for the most part, but I found the novel fairly predictable and formulaic, and since we were right in the middle of learning about all of these places, the merging of more than a thousand years of history -- Helen of Troy and Ephesus at its height -- was a bit problematic. The male voice doing Helen was unintentionally amusing, but it helped pass a lot of hours on Turkish highways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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