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Mathias

mathias2592

Ska, Sweden | Member Since 2013

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  • 36 titles in library
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  • Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gene Kranz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    Joe says: "A must have for any fan of man's journey to the mo"
    "Interesting but not gripping (mostly)"
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    Very interesting story of course, but I was left with the feeling that it could have been made more gripping. It is quite long and the narrator a bit soulless, but all in all I am glad I bought it and I sort of enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (880)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "A pleasure to listen to"
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    Could not recommend this highly enough. Hours and hours of subtly feel-good narrative about a very interesting topic. Perfectly presented, great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert Kaplan, Ellen Kaplan
    • Narrated By Piers Gibbon
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A squared plus b squared equals c squared. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet this familiar expression opens a gateway into the riotous garden of mathematics, and sends us on a journey of exploration in the company of two inspired guides, Robert and Ellen Kaplan. With wit, verve, and clarity, they trace the life of the Pythagorean theorem, from ancient Babylon to the present, visiting along the way Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, President James Garfield, and the Freemasons - not to mention the elusive Pythagoras himself.

    Mathias says: "Impossible to follow by just listening"
    "Impossible to follow by just listening"
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    This is, I am quite sure, an absolutely brilliant book, but it just does not work in audiobook form. Not for me anyway, I am not able to follow without consulting the apparently numerous illustrations of the printed version. Giving up after a chapter and a half! Wonderful narrator by the way, will check out his other work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (825)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
    "Shallow and uninteresting"
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    Very disappointing. Should have been just my type of book I thought, but it is way too short on technical detail.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Earth's Changing Climate

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Whatever your views on climate change, it's important to understand how the current scientific consensus on global warming evolved out of basic physical principles and a broad range of observations. This lucid series of 12 lectures is designed to do exactly that-reviewing the most up-to-date research and explaining the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is indeed warming and that we humans are in great part responsible.

    Chris Reich says: "Very Basic, Intro Level Material"
    "Perfect"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Professor Wolfson is just outstanding, and the subject matter of this course should make it a must-listen for everyone. Could not have been better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (563)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Brilliant"
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    So good, I wish there was more of it or more books like it. Thought at first that the narrator was overdoing the funny voices, but he won me over in the end. Highly recommended if you have a soft spot for stories from the golden age of programming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Japanese Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of Culture Notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

    Whaley says: "Worth the effort"
    "Very very good"
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    This is just outstanding. Heads and shoulders above anything else I have tried. You need to complement it with a good grammar book, and naturally reading and writing is a different thing altogether, but for speaking and understanding it is hard to imagine that anything else could top this. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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