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Sam

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Bend, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 345 titles in library
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  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2571)
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    (1864)
    Story
    (1885)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Steven L says: "Good Book But Missing Something"
    "An Audio Page Turner"
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    This is one of the best books ever. I listened to the 44 plus hours in about a week. Thought about the book for a few days, and then listened to it again. The book follows no formula, is multi-toned, and is nothing like anything else I’ve ever encountered. I can’t imagine anyone but William Dufris as the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (396)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    Sara says: "A Fantastic Biography For The Patient Listener"
    "I Wish it Was Abridged"
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    If there was an abridged version, I would recommend it more. As a general rule, I like long books. In fact it is one of my search criterion. But this is the rare book that would have been better if it were about half as long.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Cutting a Dash, The Radio Series That Inspired the Hit Book

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Lynne Truss
    • Narrated By Lynne Truss
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    In 2002, Lynne Truss presented Cutting a Dash, a well-received BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation, which led to the writing of the UK number-one best seller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Presented here for the first time in America is the original landmark BBC Radio 4 program in its entirety.

    Howard says: "Eats, Shoots & Leaves"
    "Not Too Much There"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    First, is't not the original book, which I assumed it was. Rather is a number of disjointed excerpts, interviews, and sound bites, with lackluster attempts at comedy. I took away nothing I did not know.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It is poor value for the cost. If the price we $3.95, I probably would not return it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (257)

    A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind. At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.

    Joseph says: "DeJavous"
    "A+ If You're A Space Groupie"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rocket Men to be better than the print version?

    I don't knows since I read technical stuff.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rocket Men?

    Of course Apollo 11 is the most memorable. While the book essentially starts with the launch of the moon-landing mission, it digresses a number of times to cover tangential elements, facts, and stories. Deciding the most memorable moment is like deciding the most memorial moment of you child’s birth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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