In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon - the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster" - might now be using him.
Thought at first this would be a "Dexter" style of book. Didn't anticipate the supernatural bent. I'd purchased it in one of those $4.95 sales- wouldn't have ever bought it at full price. It was an ok read - probably a little pulpy for my tastes.
In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.
Learn a little history of prohibition. Learn a lot of poisons through the ages: MeOH vs. EtOH; arsenic in beauty potion, CO, and other various and sundry means with which to do one's self in! Touches on the mustard gas chemical warfare used in "the great war". I'm a pharmacist and I guess I'm fascinated with the myriad chemicals to be discovered, used and abused through the ages so I was fascinated by this book. Great read.
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Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.
As with any story of survival I am inspired. However, in addition to recounting his experience in the concentration camps, Viktor Frankl expounds on his unique psychological technique. Of course this is a fascinating and terrifying read but he provides an insight into his experiences that really must be read firsthand to truly be appreciated.
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.
First, the narrator was wonderful. And I loved the humorous challenges faced by both Screwtape and his nephew when attempting to do their jobs of ultimate deception. Demons don't seem to realize that their task of subverting mankind may result in many seeming victories but will ultimately fail in the face of God's love for humankind. This book refreshingly and irreverently addresses so many of the spiritual traps we face our entire lives.
Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.
What did you like best about Che Guevara? What did you like least?
Best - the chronological history of his life with a brief overview of relatively current accounts of his survivors. Least - VERY BIASED euphemistic language requiring the listener to read between the lines to see clearly the true destruction this criminal egomaniac perpetrated on so many people in multiple countries.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
More details from and about those people he utterly destroyed (both his murder victims and their survivers).
What does Armando Durán bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His accent is authentic and cadence is pleasant.
Was Che Guevara worth the listening time?
If you can tolerate the commitment of time to such a tragic story of a horribly destructive person who has now been venerated by ignorant or socialist minded (ignorant) people. Informative yes. Biased yes.
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There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.
What did you love best about The Coming of the Third Reich?
A meaty plunge into the history of the origins of the main players of the third reich. It layed out in copious detail the beginnings of the Nazi regime.
Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Pratt’s performances?
NO NO NO!!! (altho I may be forced to since I plan to listen to the remaining two books in this triligy). He is a very.......poor......narrator.......with .........inappropriately........placed........and ........lengthy ........pauses......(are you frustrated reading my visual representation of his vocal cadence yet?) intersperced throughout his narration.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
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Best-selling author Neal Bascomb has garnered critical acclaim for such riveting nonfiction as Higher and Red Mutiny. Based on extensive interviews and previously classified details, Hunting Eichmann is a compelling account of the relentless hunt for the nefarious Adolf Eichmann.
This account of hunting one of the most notorious war criminals in history is non-stop. I was riveted from the start. After reading "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", "Bonhoeffer", and "In the Garden of Beasts" it was nice to read this post-war history of bringing this monster Eichmann to justice. Additionally, there were many other details concerning the Third Reich that were related to this main story and equally fascinating. Cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....
When at the beginning the author stated that this was not a story of heroes I was a little taken aback. How true that statement revealed itself to be as I delved deeper and deeper into this story of misplaced appeasement and self-willed blindness on the part of many of our countrymen who came face to face with horrors instigated by the Nazis. Usually a voracious reader I found myself needing to take breaks from this chilling account of misbehavior and enabling. I had a visceral reaction to Martha's self-serving ego that allowed her to proclaim with great aplomb the fact that her ancestors had owned slaves. This book (like Shirer’s "The rise and fall of the third reich" and "Bonhoeffer" by Metaxas and "The alchemy of air" by Hagar) gives a painfully clear insight into Hitler’s rise to power. Additionally, it eerily parallels events today with the same misplaced attitude of appeasement by our contemporary state department towards terrorist states in the middle east.
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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.
Although only a third of the way through this book I wanted to add my review to the mix since there are currently only 2 reviews. I vociferously disagree with the claim that the bird dung content was boring. The details included in the narrative illustrate the basis for the value of nitrogen as a fertilizer and therefore the justification for searching to create a synthetic product. I am so far riveted by this book. Will update my review after completing the read.
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Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.
I loved this book because it was a well-crafted history of not only cancer but medical advancements over the past ~150 years. I am a pharmacist so much of the medical jargon was already part of my vernacular. However, I think that even a lay person would find this book interesting and understandable. The narrative was well written and the narrator was very pleasant to listen to.