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  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (536)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "Great story of science, engineering and history"
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    Would you listen to The Alchemy of Air again? Why?

    I'll probably listen again - It's a great story with fascinating characters and interesting science.


    What other book might you compare The Alchemy of Air to and why?

    the first human, 4% universe, the black hole war


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jennifer Michael Hecht
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind. From Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking, this is an account of the world's greatest intellectual virtuosos - who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers - and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning.

    Darwin8u says: "Surveys doubt with amazing narrative skill"
    "Excellent overview of skeptical religious thought"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm a regular listener to Reasonable Doubts and Skeptics Guide, and this book provides a wealth of detail to fill in background on a broad range of topics as well as giving a complete overview of Doubt through history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4069)
    Performance
    (2465)
    Story
    (2482)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "I Liked it"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Christopher Lane?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I like Koontz's mix of science fiction and mystery and this book is a good combination with a bit of time travel thrown in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23539)
    Performance
    (14858)
    Story
    (15015)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "I couldn't connect with the characters"
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    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narration was good, the mix of voices made it more interesting - I just never connected with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I made it through, but just barely. I never really empathized with the characters. I almost missed the twist at the end because I was losing interest, but when I got it I thought, Oh, so that's it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Laney Salisbury, Aly Sujo
    • Narrated By Marty Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    Here is a tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries - many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections today. Provenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history.

    Andy says: "reads like a thriller"
    "Great story with fascinating characters"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the insight into the mind of a sociopathic liar and the interesting history and inner workings of the art world. The extent to which humans can deceive others and themselves is fascinating and scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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