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Mark T

Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!

Portland, OR | Member Since 2010

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  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (934)

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
    "A motivating story - Beware of religious focus"
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    What did you like best about Fearless? What did you like least?

    This story makes you remember that there's always a personal story behind every event, and Adam Brown's story is a particularly motivating one. However, note the publisher: Christian Audio. The story has an intense religious focus - far more than is necessary to tell the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The World Without Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Weisman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (100)

    In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

    Chris says: "mixed feelings"
    "Recommended to me, but couldn't finish it."
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    What disappointed you about The World Without Us?

    There's a lot of information in the book, but I just couldn't figure out the point after listening to a couple of different chapters in the course of an hour. Perplexed I looked at the book's Kindle site and noticed a lot of negative reviews making this same point more eloquently. And it turns out a big part of the book is about "what would the earth look like if humans hadn't evolved?" Why would I want to listen to hours of speculation on this rather theoretical point?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Weiner
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend 20 years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos, studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are 400 at the time of the author's visit or when there are over a thousand. They have observed about 20 generations of finches - continuously.Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.

    Philip says: "Fascinating in-depth look at evolution in action"
    "A riveting and fun way to learn science"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book describes the first time that anyone has been able to actually observe and document evolution in action. Absolutely fascinating, and would certainly recommend it.


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

    The narration of the book was perfect for the topic and the story. The reader was simply very comfortable with the book.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone interested in biology or natural selection, this is a no-brainer. But even for people who aren't deep into those topic, this is a great and fun way to explore them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (328)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "This is an AMAZING book - read it!"
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    Would you listen to Command and Control again? Why?

    I won't listen to it again. But I have bought the Kindle version so that I can study parts of it in more detail.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It was a fascinating way of structuring the story, integrating "accident" chapters with "history" chapters. Took some getting used to, but it was an effective way to cover an enormous amount of material without getting bored.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    A very solid performance through the whole book. No odd changes in voice or silly pronunciation problems that I've seen crop up in many books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Just Because You Were Lucky Doesn't Mean You Were Smart."


    Any additional comments?

    The story of the history of nuclear weapons is still very relevant today, albeit not in a Cold War context. But it's also very relevant in terms of how we should think about a range of highly complex technologies going forward. They may not have the potential to instantly level a city, but they pose risks that need to be thought about. This story makes that abundantly clear!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (274)

    It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

    AudioAddict says: "Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden"
    "Just a bit too insufferable for my taste"
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    What was most disappointing about Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty ’s story?

    I have to admit that I had a negative reaction to the book within the first 60 seconds, and I jumped through the chapters pretty quickly and ultimately returned the book without fully reading it. 1st person narratives are difficult to pull off, and this one seemed primarily focused on portraying Richard Phillips as the greatest captain, father, and whatever else of all time (while being quite willing to point out the flaws in the crew). I found it insufferable pretty quickly. Opening the book describing a torture scene, and basically having Phillips' describe his own reaction to torture as "that all you got?" was a macho message, and it might even have been accurate, but it wasn't something I wanted to listen to for a long period of time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Wukovits
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    On October 25, 1944, the Samuel B. Roberts and 12 other vessels stood between Japan’s largest battleship force ever and MacArthur’s transports inside Leyte Gulf. Facing more than 20 Japanese vessels - including the 70,000-ton Yamato - the 1,200-ton Samuel B. Roberts turned immediately to action, churning straight at the enemy in a near-suicidal attempt to deflect the more potent foe and buy time for MacArthur’s forces.

    K. Winters says: "Amazing Story, Heart Rending and Brave"
    "A great story - not up to being a full book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book really reminds us that heroism can come from anywhere, but just as importantly it helps remind us why we should avoid sending our soldiers into harms way unless absolutely necessary. WWII didn't end with the Japanese surrender for the extended family of the Samuel Roberts - it continues today.


    Any additional comments?

    While this is a good story, it would almost be better told as an extended magazine article. There's just not enough material for a full book unless the reader is a Navy afficionado, or is perhaps related directly to events or people in the book. The crux of the story comes down to just a few pages in the entire book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (647)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "A great story - insufferable at times"
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    Would you try another book from Harry Markopolos and/or the narrators?

    The narration was good. I'd be reticent to read another book by Markopolos unless I knew for sure that it didn't take the same self-congratulatory tone. One per author lifetime is certainly a sufficient quota.


    What did you take away from No One Would Listen that you can apply to your work?

    This book is a great reminder of how badly things can go wrong, and how blind we can be to reality we don't want to see. It's certainly not the first book to tell such a story, but this one goes into such detail, and the whole process went for so long, that it really stands out as a learning opportunity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Butman
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In Breaking Out, idea developer and adviser John Butman shows how the methods of today’s most popular “idea entrepreneurs” - including dog psychologist Cesar Millan, French lifestyle guru Mireille Guiliano (French Women Don’t Get Fat), TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, and many others - can help you take an idea public and build influence for it.

    Mark T says: "Dont Get Suckered In by the Title"
    "Dont Get Suckered In by the Title"
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    What would have made Breaking Out better?

    Getting the life stories of 6 people who have hit it big in the lottery might be somewhat interesting, but even if you figure out all the things they seem to have in common, and then emulate those things yourself, it won't increase your chance of winning the lottery. It's a random event after all. The stories in Breaking Out come across the same way. The book profiles a number of people who hit it big in one way or another, looks for commonalities using a variety of esoteric sounding terms, and then seems to suggest that "you can do it too." It's probably almost a random as the lottery, and the book doesn't actually give you any actionable information. Something actionable would certainly help, but it still leaves unclear whether "breaking out" is ultimately a roll of the dice kind of situation, no matter what you do.


    Has Breaking Out turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It will make me even more suspicious of self-help type volumes. I got suckered into this one by reviews and by the book's website.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5963)
    Performance
    (5569)
    Story
    (5587)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "A lot of fun"
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    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    A fun listen, my first experience with the author. And the narrator was perfect for the story (a pleasant experience after several other recent audible experiences).


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was worried this would fall more into a "fantasy" category and that I wouldn't like it. But it's complicated enough to hold interest, and the story develops well. Am looking forward to the next volume in the series!


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3396)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1806)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "First time reader of the genre - won't be my last"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Windup Girl the most enjoyable?

    I have not read a lot of "cli fi" and wanted to explore the genre. I really enjoyed the book, a mix of a totally fictional story with an at least potentially plausible scenario of the future. The narrator did a very good job with a lot of characters to represent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Windup Girl?

    The book actually got me thinking about the fact that gene splicing is in fact likely to become routine in the future. While most authors talk about how great that will be for food supply and other things, this book raises the very interesting question of how the same technology can be used to nefarious ends. Much like we're constantly fighting a rear-guard action against cyberwarfare today, what's to prevent us from face gene warfare tomorrow?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Want to see what climate change could mean? Here's one version to sink your teeth into.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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