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William James

Dare to dream...

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  • Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Caleb Scharf
    • Narrated By Caleb Scharf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

    Gary says: "One of the best science books for non-scientist"
    "I love it...!"
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    Would you listen to Gravity's Engines again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to this again. Perhaps I am not the average person, but I love this kind of learning, and this truly is a learning experience to be savored.


    What about Caleb Scharf’s performance did you like?

    Caleb did a wonderful job. I'd be proud if he was to do this kind of work for my books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was emotionally moving. One can feel the connection with the grand scheme of creation.


    Any additional comments?

    SUPERB...!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    One part adventure story, one part archaeological detective work, one part spiritual exploration, Walking the Bible vividly recounts an inspiring personal odyssey (by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel) through the greatest stories ever told.

    B. Bartholow says: "Good Book, Terrible Reader"
    "The Mythical Religion"
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    This is pure trash. The author presents the people of the first five books of the Bible as Mythical. Nice stories that never happened. Yet, the author takes an alleged journey to the places mentioned in the first five chapters of the Bible and claims to have enjoyed his mystic journey to view the land of Mythical characters of the Bible. Perhaps this person is a Travle Agent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine's Memoir of Edson's Raiders inthe Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Marlin Groft, Larry Alexander
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a 2,000-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 marines on the island. But the marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters - they were the hard-fighting men of Edson's Raiders, an elite fighting unit within an already elite Marine Corps.

    William James says: "A close up view of the malevolent disease of man"
    "A close up view of the malevolent disease of man"
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    This is a stunning account of the malevolent disease of humanity, that which is called war. Yes, I admit I found the book fascinating, yet all the while I listened, nagging questions haunted me. Why is it so easy for a tiny few people to repeatedly, again, and again, manipulate a nation into war? When will the human species rid ourselves of this malevolent disease, called war? This is a gruesome account of our inbread defect for war. Personally, I enjoyed the book for exposing the murderous disease which has haunted humanity since Cain slew Abel. While I do accept that we all have the right to defend ourselves, and our country, I am at a loss to understand why. Why is there always some megalomaniac ready to grab the reigns of power and drive a nation into war? Just look back to the years between 1900 and forward to today. Nothing has changed our propensity for war.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Go: The Life and times of a Decorated Member of the U.S. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Harry Constance, Randall Fuerst
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Good to Go is Constance's powerful, firsthand account of his three tours of duty as a member of America's most elite, razor-sharp stealth fighting force. It is a breathtaking memoir of harrowing missions and covert special-ops - from the floodplains of the Mekong Delta to the beaches of the South China Sea - that places the listener in the center of bloody ambushes and devastating firefights. But Constance's extraordinary adventure goes even farther - beyond 'Nam.

    Scott says: "A spirited story of courage and determination"
    "Well Done..."
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    This is one of best autobiography's I have discovered in a long time. It begins when a naive kid, Harry Constance, joins the service and is befuddled by the realities of a brutal war. You can see this innocent young man evolve into a killing machine to deal with the awfule war in Vietnam. Nevertheless, as good as he is on the battlefield, he finds it difficult to negotiate the politics of life. His lack of knowing or understanding how people will use anyone, to further their own lusts or ambitions is a hard burden which Harry eventually comes to terms with. As a Navy Seal, Harry was one of the best... God bless you Harry, and God bless all of those naive kids who will follow in your wake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Currahee!

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Donald R. Burgett
    • Narrated By David Guion
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In June 1944, the Allies launched a massive amphibious invasion against Nazi-held France. But under the cover of darkness, a new breed of fighting man leapt from airplanes through a bullet-stitched, tracer-lit sky to go behind German lines. These were the Screaming Eagles of the newly formed 101st Airborne Division.

    John says: "WWII in a nutshell.."
    "Up close and personal"
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    I read this back in the 1970's and absolutely loved the first person, up close, and personal storyline. For years I hoped to find the book transposed into an audio book. Finally it's here! Great narration for a great manuscript.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fred Haynes, James A. Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    It was the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history, claiming a third of all marines killed in World War II. The relentless fighting on Iwo Jima lasted for 36 days, but most of us only know the iconic photo of five soldiers raising the American flag on Mount Surabachi. For Fred Haynes, a young captain in Combat Team 28, Surabachi was one marker in a ferocious blood-letting against an enemy of 22,000 warriors who were dug into caves and tunnels.

    Jesse says: "Excellent Account of the Battle"
    "Terrible Narration"
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    I'm not certain, but I may have enjoyed this work with a compitant narrator. Nevertheless the narration in this audiobook sounds exactly like one of those WWII government documentary's to promote the American military. In other words, it sounds awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "Darn Good Book..."
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    I got this book at audible.com and listened to the entire 26 hours and 16 minutes. I did not want to stop! Had to force myself to pause the book. If you are a World War II history buff you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gestapo: A History of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jacques Delarue, Mervyn Savill (translator)
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layered history of the force whose work included killing student resisters, establishing Aryan eugenic unions, and implementing the Final Solution.

    Peter OHandley says: "Once read never fogotten!!"
    "True Evil"
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    As adults, we like to believe there are no real monsters in the world, but evil is real. The Gestapo: A History of Horror, is a true account of real monsters and true evil. This is a well written manuscript with great narration. Not a book for children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Dennis E. Showalter
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (157)

    While the Battle of Kursk has long captivated World War II aficionados, it has been unjustly overlooked by historians. Drawing on the masses of new information made available by the opening of the Russian military archives, Dennis E. Showalter at last corrects that error. This battle was the critical turning point on World War II's Eastern Front. In the aftermath of the Red Army's brutal repulse of the Germans at Stalingrad, the stakes could not have been higher.

    Frank J. Habic says: "Rich got ot right"
    "Delivered like a situation report...."
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    The first two hours and fifty minutes are a spread spectrum of political differences between Germany and Russia. The book is a sanitized analysis, rather than an in depth, enthralling story of the battle of Kursk. Except for the monotone delivery, there is no personality to the work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (262)

    A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

    Jean says: "Eminently Readable"
    "Excellent"
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    i wasn't sure about purchasing this work but I was very presently surprised. The book is well read and the story presents a prospective on the war that I have not found. Good book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Beloved: Messages from God's Heart to Your Heart

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Nancy Clark
    • Narrated By Nancy Clark
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    This audiobook will help your heart to grow and take you where you are meant to go: home, to the inner sanctuary of your awareness of the Divine Presence within. The wisdom in this book is about remembering and affirming who you truly are, not separate from God, but one with God. A catalyst for transformation, each My Beloved message renews our mind by the loving affirmations of God, always bringing us closer into His Loving Eternal embrace. Pay attention to this wisdom; it will change your life.

    William James says: "Could not finish this one..."
    "Could not finish this one..."
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    Though some of the scripting in this work was well meaning, I simply could not finish this one. It's like list of a personal prayer gone amuck. This might be ok for some, but not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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