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Lawrence A.

Houston, Texas
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  • The Perfectionists

  • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

The New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat less than perfect

  • By enya keshet on 06-19-18

If you want to reinforce

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Your love for Britain, Rolls-Royce and all things British this is the book.... to mention that the Canadians designed and built the arm that extracted the Hubble for repairs twice then this is the book for you.... would have been better with a narrator the did not have so much inflection in his voice and could make a dull subject somewhat interesting.... other than that informative and interesting read.... some parts were a little too inclusive for a non-techie mind....

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

If that is the way women think

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Then if God sends me to hell I will be reincarnated as a woman.... long book for the essence of the story.... not what I expected.... something more eerie.....

  • The Judge Hunter

  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored, and Charles II sits on the throne. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared. Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel is 24 and has no skills and no employment. He gets by on handouts from his brother-in-law Samuel Pepys, an officer in the king’s navy. Fed up with his needy relative, Pepys offers Balty a job in the New World. He is to track down two missing judges who were responsible for the execution of the last king, Charles I. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise!

  • By mary j aboughadareh on 06-12-18

Not his best

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

But still worth the read..... the humor that I like so much in Buckley’s novels was not at his usual level

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  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,749

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Keeps your mind thinking

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

The development of the story was good , but it ended like the author had to get the characters together before he ran out of words.... pretty implausible ending after the rest all fit into place...

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,200

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Podcast

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-18

This had all the sounds of a podcast..... got about 15 minutes and found something else.... for me the price was right

  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 675

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Well organized, great narration

  • By Jaybird on 05-24-17

Posed lots of questions

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Enjoyed the book and it did raise some issues about JFK I didn’t know. My mother had to watch WML no matter what us kids were watching(usually a movie, grew up without finality) .... did not know she was a reporter.... that said the writing sort of read like a collection of essays or columns as there was a lot of repeating of facts and points.... still glad
I spent the time

  • Three Minutes to Doomsday

  • An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History
  • By: Joe Navarro
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791

In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. But his real expertise was "reading" body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of Clancy with the best of Law & Order

  • By Lord Emsworth on 07-17-17

Lived though it but never knew about it

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Amazing tale about human nature.... confirmed my belief about powerful large government without constraints get fogged over with do nothings and know nothings.... I am sure that a breach as big as this is in progress now in a world without morals and money is king.... good book.... well done.

  • Endurance

  • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
  • By: Scott Kelly
  • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,598

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights with bad audio quality

  • By Marc Freudenberg on 11-27-17

Interesting if you like details....

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-18

To he doesn’t come off well.... he always said he wouldn’t walk away from a challenge but he walked away from his first wife with no regard for his daughters. What really irritated me was the way he portrayed his first wife.... his first wife a “B” and his new “partner” heaven sent.... he did not have put anything in the book about his first wife especially if it was derogatory.... and parts of the book it reminded me of BBT’s Walowitz return from space.... if he thought this book would tie a cord between him and Shackleford it didn’t do it for me....

  • Fake Science

  • Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data
  • By: Austin Ruse
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

You'd think we were living in the golden age of science and reason. But the truth is far more sinister, says Austin Ruse. We're actually living in the age of the low information voter, easily misled by all-too-convincing false statistics and studies. In Fake Science, Ruse debunks so-called "facts" used to advance political causes one after the other, revealing how poorly they stand up to actual science.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Right Wing Scientist has issues with this book

  • By Dorothy on 01-09-18

I am sure some of his

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Statistics and science are as skewed as those he is debunking.... that said they do correspond to my unresearched opinions..... narrator was too monotone .... even for this type of book you need a little excitement....

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

If you like Samantaha Bee .... you will like this

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-18

What did you like best about Get Well Soon? What did you like least?

I found out very interesting things about periods of history, explanations of why such tribulations occurred and what helped and hinder their solution.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have much less of a politically correct stance and describe both sides of the situations instead of ridiculing the people that lived and died in the period that were not the compassionate all knowing people that the author portrays herself to be. For instance teh author ridicules those that are skeptics with regard to vaccination as putting the entire population in danger, but in her epilogue on Aids she ridiculed Reagan, Huckabee, Billy Graham, etc. about their ignorance and uncompassionate attitude, yet never mentioned that Aids was a disease spread though human activity that was a choice. Not once did she indicate a change in behavior might have stopped or slowed the spread. Not once did she ridicule those that endangered the general public.Her heralding those that got together to present a unified attack on plagues and their success must be agreed with, but her analysis is typical of today's progressives and ignore the knowledge and beliefs of the time as well as human nature. The book would have been much better and appreciated if her humor was not Samantha Bee ish

What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

She was very good in representing the author's sarcastic and condisending attitude.

Could you see Get Well Soon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Frustrating to read but too informative to put down....