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Mark

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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7051)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
    (2852)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Everything I never learned in school"
    Overall

    I was supprised at just how interesting this book was. It covers a histroy of most all major branches of science, Astronomy, Geology, Biology, etc. and it does so in a way that is easy and interesting to understand. The book starts the with a few sections talking about how little we know about everything, and how much we thought we knew but were later proved wrong. Then he spends time talking about the large span of the universe, the tiny span of the atomic world. The he moves on to things that we "Know" about life today. He puts in many examples to make the content easy to understand, like imagine your arm as the timeline of the earth, in this case human exsistance can be compared to the amount of nail removed in one swipe of a nail file. Other times it is creepy to know that we share our beds, pillows, and bodies with millions of very small animals. It is facinating to learn that we know less about our own oceans on earth than we know about the universe we live in. It is all presented in a way that keeps you listening to the end.

    Recomended for anyone with a small hint of intrest in learning more about science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3318)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1105)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Believable but Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    The thing I loved about this Sci-Fi/Mystery book was that it was believable. The way events are explained I always felt "Yeah that could happen given the situation and maybe a few more decades of technological advancements."

    There is some mystery in the book as to what and who the hypotheticals are and the author did a great job of spacing the clues through out the book too keep you wanting to listen just another hour more.

    Only 2 complaints, first, about 60% into the book it starts getting boring, but give it 1 or 2 hours and it picks up again. Second complaint, the book ends about 20 sentences too late. I felt the story had a perfect ending, then it kept going for about 4 more minutes. Maybe the author was preparing for a sequal...
    I could only hope!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2105)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (584)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "great but not for 2 credits"
    Overall

    It is a great book and not much to complain about except that I don't think it lived up to its hype. It is an Audible select, and 2 credits? a bit much. But it is a great book. Just wish it was only 1 credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Taylor Mali
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Can a whale attack a ship? The shipwrecked crew of the whaleship Essex was living proof that it could when a whale displayed a fury never before witnessed, ramming and sinking their vessel in a matter of minutes in November 1820. The story of their survival is one rarely spoken of by Nantucketers even to this day, but National Book Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick courageously brings every shocking detail into the light.

    Mark says: "So great I want to hear the longer version."
    "So great I want to hear the longer version."
    Overall

    This ranks my second favorite book on audible so far. My first is "Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage". Only bad part of the book was I felt as if I was missing some material because at the end of the audio book it said "Edited for children" and there is also 3 hour longer unabridged version(In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Unabridged)). Nevertheless, the story is top notch. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3037)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1524)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Not What I expected"
    Overall

    I thought the characters were unlikeable and had no real personalities. I was expecting more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "A Classic? Maybe, but long and put me to sleep"
    Overall

    I have heard this book was a classic so i wanted to check it out. however I was dissapointed. I had heard another sea voyage story from audible (Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage (Unabridged)) and it was great. I just could never get into this story.

    I think the biggest problem was how the story tried to be informative about the whale, and hold a narative story. I think both parts should have been a book in itself. But put them both together and the book just isn't good.

    Maybe a classic, but go for another sea voyage book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2647)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1219)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Where has this book been all my life?"
    Overall

    I've never heard a book that has had such an impact on my life. Easy to understand, yet very powerful message.
    I'm very happy to have stumbled upon this audiobook.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (2251)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (354)

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"
    "great book but may require more than 1 listening"
    Overall

    I was very much in to this book. But the down side of this book is that it tends to talk about some crazy ideas that may take a few listenings to understand. Or you could just listen to the book and not pay attention to the author when he explains how things work, and enjoy the fun story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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