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Peter

Ossining, NY, United States

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  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (342)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Evans says: "Very captivating."
    "Writing style was not for me . . ."
    Overall

    Sorry, but I gave up on this audiobook after the first twenty minutes. I was wondering why the narrator was reading the blurb from the back of the jacket, probably written by some young editorial assistant, and then I realized that no, this was the actual book. I'm sure the author did a lot of research, but she started off telling me that all the previous histories of Cleopatra are inadequate. I was thrown off by hearing phrases like "zero-sum game" and "Page-Sixer" in the biography of an ancient figure. Pompous tone. Oh, well, some people might enjoy this style.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Kakalios
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics, James Kakalios uses examples from comics and magazines to explain how breakthroughs in quantum mechanics led to such technologies as the World Wide Web, pocket-sized computers, mobile phones, and MRI machines.....

    David says: "The exhibits are missing from Audible"
    "Not a good candidate for audiobook format"
    Overall

    This was educational, but not "math-free" at all. For just one example, Planck's constant divided by two times pi cropped up about twenty times. And when the audiobook tells you to see figure 32(a) and you are on your exercise bike, you are not getting a great audiobook experience. (It's nice that the tell you where to get a PDF of the figures for the book, but some of the Figure numbers were not the same. Maybe they couldn't get permission to issue the Watchmen pages in a free PDF format.) It was okay. Not great. Thanks.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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