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  • 1493

  • Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
  • By: Charles C. Mann
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The top history book of the decade

  • By avdefsa on 12-28-11

Better book, worse reader than 1491

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Dean's pronunciations often leave much to be desired. Overall, more coherent writing than 1491 though.

  • Desert Solitaire

  • A Season in the Wilderness
  • By: Edward Abbey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can Not Believe I Have Never Read This Book....

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-20-15

Against the Grain

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

Reviewed: 04-29-12

This is Edward Abbey's best book, a chronicle of his work as a park ranger and a love song to the American Desert. Alternately serious and funny, lyrical and preachy, the book is a loosely structured set of stories linked by place, so that the desert becomes a character of its own -- changeable, unforgiving, beautiful.

Michael Kramer is excellent, clear, nuanced, and well-paced. You get the feeling that you are hearing the author, himself, describing one of his adventures, or repeating a story he has heard.

A beautiful book, memories slightly tinged with regret, like stories told late at night in a bar, long after the jukebox is quiet.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Global Warming, Global Threat
  • By: Michael B. McElroy
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael B. McElroy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

The Modern Scholar series offers you college-level courses taught by the world's most respected professors. As these expert teachers guide you through the course material, you become more knowledgeable and better versed in the subject. Learning has never been easier or more enjoyable!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First, the facts, then the politics

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-22-05

First, the facts, then the politics

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-05

Global climate change is a complex subject. Unfortunately, many of those who write about it do not understand the facts and theories that are behind the current opinions. So, we have dozens of opinions written (or spoken) by people who don't understand the subject.

If we are changing the earth's climate in ways that could harm us, we will need to do something about it. Something effective. But before you decide, try to understand. These lectures are a good place to start.

They are lectures, not a popular science book. They can be dry and technical in parts, but they are fascinating. The lectures and course notes are thorough and understandable. You need only a high school science background to understand them.

When you are done, will will know enough to be able to understand why environmental scientists feel the way they do. You will also understand a little of the politics and economics that are part of the current debates over global warming. You will know enough to develop an opinion of your own. You will be able to separate the science, from the economics and politics - and the facts from the opinions - on both sides.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this book with your kids!

  • By Robert on 08-30-03

Funny and interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-03

Bill Bryson has taken a huge amount of information and a wry sense of humor and written one of the best books of the year. As he admits, it is far from a history of nearly everything, but it is a brilliant and interesting survey of what we know about the world and the all-too-human adventurers, thinkers, and scientists who helped create that understanding.
One of the delights of this abridged version is the reading by Bryson, whose British-American accent underlines the wit and humor of the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Red Fern Grows

  • By: Wilson Rawls
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,048

Since its publication over forty years ago, this heartwarming tale of a boy and his dogs has touched millions. A tale of adventure, special friendship and coming-of-age, Where the Red Fern Grows makes for delightful listening. This unabridged production, featuring a moving performance by Anthony Heald, brings this enduring classic to life and makes a powerful story even more unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great story!

  • By Mary A. on 11-18-03

Excellent for children and adults

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-03

A wonderful and moving story of a boy and his love for the two hunting dogs he raises. The Ozark forests are beautifully remembered and the dangers and challenges that boy, his dogs, and his family face are exciting, and deeply moving. While not for young children, this book will be memorable for both children and adults. The reading is near perfect in pace and tone.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Slander

  • Liberal Lies About the American Right
  • By: Ann Coulter
  • Narrated by: Ann Coulter
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Ann Coulter, "pundit extraordinaire," takes a hard look at modern political discourse. Refreshingly honest, unerringly timely, Coulter lashes into liberals and demonstrates how the media obfuscates the issues, belittles the right and praises the left. Her outspoken manner has made her one of the most fascinating women in politics, according to George magazine. Don't miss C-SPAN's Booknotes: Ann Coulter's Slander.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible how lefties just won't accept the truth

  • By Adam on 02-02-04

UnChristian and Hateful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-03

I thought that this author was supposed to be one of the best conservative writers, but she is really unChristian and full of hate. She does not support any conservative ideas that I can see. She only only tries to build herself up by putting others down in vile and disgusting ways

8 of 18 people found this review helpful