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  • Black Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (271)

    In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure, a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of deadly virus.

    Daniel says: "Ya Gotta Love Him"
    "Good Story , Questionable Science"
    Overall

    A lively and inventive story built upon historical facts and reasonable suppositions. My enjoyment was somewhat marred by an excessive number of scientific and engineering boners. For example, light is reflected, not refracted from low lying clouds, freeze-dried materials are rehydrated, not hydrogenated, radio waves do not propagate through sea water and cannot possibly be used to communicate with an underwater exploratory vehicle.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mario Livio
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in this marvelous story of scientific error and breakthrough. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his field - but each also stumbled badly. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on Earth, the evolution of the Earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the scientific process advances through error.

    Gary says: "Easy to remember all the stories in the book"
    "Audible Blunders"
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    Performance
    Story
    What does Jeff Cummings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeff Cummings often blunders in his pronunciations of both scientific words such as helical, and of the names of many well known scientists.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (263)

    The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security. Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide.

    Mike says: "Poor Narrator - ZZZZZzzzzzzz!"
    "Repetitive"
    Overall

    The first three or four examples of computer hacking achieved by fooling people into divulging seemingly innocent information were interesting, but the rest of the book is more of the same. I couldn't force myself to listen to more than the first third.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    From the author of the bestselling E=MC2 comes a mesmerizing journey of discovery illuminating the wondrous yet unseen force that permeates our world and the scientists who've probed its secrets. Before 1790, when Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that spurred an explosion of knowledge and invention, electricity was perceived as little more than a property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed.

    Michael says: "Electric Electricity"
    "Oversimplified"
    Overall

    This well researched book added much human interest and background to many of the scientific and technological developments behind electricity and electronics. The author's overzealous attempts to simplify generated too many totally inappropriate analogies and lead me to suspect that neither the author nor the editor ever took even high school physics. Nonetheless, I learned much from the book and even more from following up on interesting leads mentioned in the book or omitted from the book (e.g. De Forest's invention of the vacuum tube).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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