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Ronald E. Bowers

Clearwater, FL | Member Since 2005

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  • Basin and Range: Annals of the Former World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive, a work in progress. The cataclysmic movement that gives birth to mountains and oceans is ongoing and can still be seen at certain places on our planet. One of these is the Basin and Range region centered in Nevada and Utah.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    "A Classic, finally all FIVE parts now available"
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    What made the experience of listening to Basin and Range the most enjoyable?

    The wealth of Geological information interwoven with the stories of the Geologists whoexplain, through McPhee, the complex but fascinating Geological history of America from coast to coast. But be aware that "Assembling California" is not listed with the other 4 books of the canon. Be sure to get all five. The Sequence I would suggest would In my opinion logically follow the trek across the country really from coast to coast ie books1 through 5 in order. Some have suggested a different sequence, but all stand alone very well. This series of 5 Audio books should be in every library of those who admire and enjoy superb non-fiction writing or Geology.These are suberbly performed by Nelson Runger.If, like me, much of your listening is done while driving, this audio book series willtransport you to "The Former World" as you travel.Ronald E. Bowers, MDFL


    What other book might you compare Basin and Range to and why?

    the other 4 books of "Annals of the Former World"


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    Tone and delivery matched the style of the book(s). Not pedantic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, and re-listen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1124)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Superb story"
    Overall

    As a physician I found this treatment of the development of the first antibiotic extremely interesting and informative. The author
    does a great job of describing the pre-antibiotic era-which includes most of history-and against this background tells the story of the discovery of sulfa.
    In particular, the carnage (wound infections) caused by the "strep" bacteria in WWI is addressed in detail--it was a dreadful slaughter--and even the tiniest wound could kill.
    This is a must read for one who would understand the modern antibiotic era, and a warning about what will happen when our current drugs are outsmarted by the bacteria.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    This audio program has all the ingredients of a high-flying adventure story. Unbeknownst to the combatants, the War of 1812 has ended. But Andrew Jackson, a brave, charismatic American general, sick with dysentery and commanding a beleaguered garrison, leads a desperate struggle to hold on to New Orleans and to thwart the army that defeated Napoleon.

    Ronald E. Bowers says: "A geat way to learn history!"
    "A geat way to learn history!"
    Overall

    As a native of a "Gulf Border State" I enjoyed
    this entertaining account of probably the most crucial period in american history since the revolution, the War of 1812. The personalitiesof Andrew Jackson and Jean LaFite are brought to life, and the battle is explained in broad context.
    Should be required reading for residents of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana, and the USA.

    Grover Gardener is a great reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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