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Thomas

Chapel Hill, NC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anita Moorjani
    • Narrated By Anita Moorjani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (440)
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    (443)

    In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

    Jeffrey says: "SImply Amazing"
    "worthwhile"
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    Interesting...it certainly must be amazing to have had such an experience and the writing is good, but some of the chapters make me cringe. I did find the questions about religion very interesting and thought provoking (that the afterlife is essentially areligious). But this is a women who turned down any conventional medical treatment for a treatable disease, then received chemotherapy and was cured. The medically related topics made me cringe (as a physician).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Larry J. Sabato
    • Narrated By Chris Kayser
    Overall
    (14)
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    (10)
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    (14)

    John F. Kennedy died half a century ago - yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato - himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency - explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors.

    Matthew says: "Strong Account of Kennedy Presidency and Death"
    "different take"
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    i have downloaded a ton of kennedy books recently. This was interesting because it is not just about him but about the influence the kennedy presidency has had over the last 50 years. I thought it was very interesting although parts were a little superficial.
    the other issue i had is that i think he gives too much credit to conspiracy theories. about the middle ⅓ of the book is about the assassination. He basically goes through one theory after another saying there is nothing to support it (or even worse), but then always leaves the window open by saying but it has not been totally discounted. Well shouldn't it be on the proponent of the theory to provide some substantive evidence that this is plausible?? To say well there is no evidence that supports it but it could be true or some variant could be true gives the reader the wrong ideas.
    Oterhwise well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (164)
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    (165)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    "really worthwhile"
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    all i can say is the logic in this book is unassailable. extremely thorough, obviously opinionated and "one sided", but hard to argue against.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (369)

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    CAT says: "Text book"
    "nothing new"
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    I thought this was going to have some insight on new research in the field. This is nothing new. most of the research was done decades ago and amount to the fact that with training in some circumstances, the brain can learn to do new things. This is not surprising. I guess i expected to much. I thought this was going to be about the brain's ability to regenerate itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3745)
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    (3224)
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    (3197)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Interesting but not balanced"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Cain and/or Kathe Mazur?

    maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    some interesting insights


    Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not


    Any additional comments?

    Overall an interesting book but not really fair. it makes it sound like being extroverted is to have no substance and shallow. I appreciate some of the insight and parts of the book are really interesting, but this present all the "science" from one direction. As a fairly introverted person, i have to say it interesting how the perception of introverts is described and how society does seem to prize being extroverted, but that does not mean the introverted people are the only ones who have something of substance to offer. There was a chapter on how introverted people can become extroverted in certain areas that are passionate about that i thought was very interesting. Overall a good read, somewhat through provoking, but not a book that makes you think "I will think about this topic totally differently from now on.".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Frank Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims. From her own remarkable childhood as a World War I refugee to the moment she places a small, red-orange, checkered diary -- Anne's legacy -- in Otto Frank's hands, Miep Gies remembers her days with simple honesty and shattering clarity.

    Deidre says: "Thank you Miep Gies"
    "Wish you could give more than 5*"
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    Wow, this book was unbelievable. My parents lived through WWII in Europe, but nothing I have read or heard compares to this to capture the utter evil that enveloped Europe, the amazing human spirit that let's people survive the most unbelievable circumstances, or the effect of the war on Europe.
    It is easy to think of 6 million killed as a number and be numb. This book humanizes the suffering and effect on people in a way I have never experienced. Unbelievable experience to listen too. And the performance was amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (3907)
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    (2476)
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    (2502)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "parts outstanding"
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    parts of this are amazing, but other parts i feel were pretty boring and long winded, and the emphasis on her family seems overblown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days in November

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the lone secret service agent who jumped onto the car after President Kennedy was shot, clinging to its sides as it sped toward the hospital. Even now, decades after JFK’s presidency, the public continues to be fascinated with the Kennedys - America’s royal family. To mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Hill recounts his indelible memories of those five days leading up to, and after, that tragic day in November 1963. Hill, as Jackie’s guard, experienced those days firsthand.

    Thomas says: "unique"
    "unique"
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    i have read many many books about kennedy and the assassination. This is unique in that it is a first hand account, so even for people who know a lot about it, i would highly recommend. Given length, obviously not a comprehensive history, but really worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
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    (14)

    Swanson takes us to the sixth-floor Texas Book Depository window to look through Oswald's rifle sights, re-creates the last hours of the doomed assassin, and the day of national mourning for the president that followed, culminating in a funeral that united the country. Combining extensive research with his unparalleled storytelling abilities, Swanson turns the events of one of the darkest days of the twentieth century into a pulse-pounding thriller that will remain the definitive account of the assassination for years to come.

    Avid Reader says: "Another Swanson Home Run!"
    "gets better and better"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the end.


    Any additional comments?

    slow at first but really gets better and better, with more new information on interrogation of oswald and an outstanding ending putting the entire assignation in the context of history. one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1286)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "random collection of stories"
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    Interesting in places, pretty boring in others. This book is about the periodic table in the same way any story about anything related to science can be linked to the periodic table, since after all everything is made of elements.
    so average, non-compelling work. Perhaps because the material is so iffy the narration feels long winded...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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