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  • Welcome to the Universe

  • An Astrophysical Tour
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all - from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many things to learn

  • By lennyankireddi on 04-25-17

The best popular science astronomy book I’ve read

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

At last a popular science astronomy book that doesn’t assume the reader is afraid of some math. There’s so much more to gain when this assumption is broken. Brilliant book. Loved it.

  • Well Fed

  • Mountain Man, Book 4
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,868
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,846

After nearly four years, the zombie epidemic has almost burnt itself out. Gus' new life on a communal farm is peaceful. The daily routine of policing the fields is rarely disrupted by straying undead. His drinking binges are over. Long days have thrown time over the memories of Annapolis. But this will all change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best f*** series of books ever

  • By Brandie Beckman on 03-14-15

Great ending?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Will there be a book 5? I sure hope so.
I disliked the beginning which has nothing to do with the rest of this excellent book. Wish he'd drink a bit and talk to the captain more.

  • The Magic of Reality

  • How We Know What's Really True
  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio version is superb for us grown-ups

  • By Michael Dowd on 10-10-11

If only I could go back in time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-15

...and have the opportunity to read this as a child. The kind of book you wish your kid would read. Magical.

I admire Dawkins for his wisdom, talent for writing and excellent narration abilities. Lalla ward delivers and equally excellent narration.

I enjoyed it and learned from it despite of not being a kid since long ago.

  • Island 731

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,008

Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm. When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting fun story

  • By Rise on 01-24-16

Chauvinistic macho bulls...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-14

Would you try another book from Jeremy Robinson and/or R. C. Bray?

R.C. Bray - of course. He's the only good thing about this audio book
J. Robinson - no thanks.

What was most disappointing about Jeremy Robinson’s story?

It wasn't disappointing, I didn't expect too much as I never read anything from him. It's a children's book at best. I like fantasy books but this is just ridiculous. It's based on real facts in part (unit 731 did exist) but goes way too far into absurd-land.

Which scene was your favorite?

None

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

When will this end already?

Any additional comments?

The thing I probably hated most was the tone of most characters. R.C Bray did a great job in bringing to life the over-confident chauvinistic macho characters. I actually hated the characters, all of them.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Yesterday's Gone: Season 2

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

A group finds itself taking refuge at The Sanctuary, a religious compound with an enigmatic leader called The Prophet. A serial killer finds himself leading an unlikely group of survivors. A young man searches to prove himself to his group, and avoid being bullied ever again. A young child is called to perform another miracle at great personal cost. Every decision. Every action. Every dream. Every alliance. Every secret. Every betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please sort out the narration!

  • By RAANAN on 08-26-14

Please sort out the narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

What did you love best about Yesterday's Gone: Season 2?

The story is great and engaging. Ray Chase (doing Boricio) is AMAZING and I'm definitely going to search for more books read by him. R.C Bray delivers an excellent performance as well. My favorite narrators.

What did you like best about this story?

I can't guess what's going to happen.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I can't blame the narrators. Some are amazing while the others are OK. What I did really HATE was the fact that (in order to save money?) some characters are played by different narrators. You get used to Boricio being narrated by Ray Chase when all of a sudden, when he meets Luca, Maxwell Glick who's doing Loca is also doing Boricio. He even pronounces the name Boricio differently. The two narrators are so different (Chase sounds like a hardass pervert criminal, while Maxwell sounds like a kid) that it totally ruined the experience for me. Can't you have both narrators together for such scenes?, common! I'd pay double to get the book read right.

Any additional comments?

Sort out the narration. Chase should do Boricio - ALWAYS. Bray should do Brent - ALWAYS. Maxwell should do Luca - ALWAYS. You messed up the book!

31 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for an introduction to space and astronomy

  • By Charles on 10-01-08

Enjoyed it a lot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-13

If you could sum up Death by Black Hole in three words, what would they be?

Educating, fun, amazing

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Makes complicated stuff simple to understand. Narration is brilliant.

What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

He makes this book even better than it would have been had I read it myself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I heard it twice. I think I'll hear it again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The China Study

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Transformative Health Information

  • By Sara on 04-11-16

Changed my life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Everybody who cares about their health should read this

What did you like best about this story?

It teaches you how to live a more healthy life

Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

Irrelevant

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I'm not the type who'd want that with such a long book

Any additional comments?

A must read

  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,165

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than print!

  • By J. D. May on 07-31-12

Inspiring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-12

Would you listen to The Selfish Gene again? Why?

I've enjoyed listening to this book tremendously. I'm totally new to this topic but still found it easy to understand. Can't wait to read (listen to) his other books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful