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  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

  • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
  • By: Jason Fagone
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061

In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Biography

  • By Jean on 11-20-17

Extraordinary testament to freedom and the human spirit

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Captivating and sublime biography of courageous pioneers, their struggles and the triumph of integrity over wickedness.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Atomic Weight of Love

  • By: Elizabeth J. Church
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 650

For Meridian Wallace - and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s - being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother's sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she didn't expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone. When he's recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ilene on 06-14-16

Shattering sagacity.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

This is an emotionally very difficult, painful yet stunningly beautiful and wonderful book. My tears are for the moment eased after finishing its shocking and galvanizing yet marvelous content.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The English Spy

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126

Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, 2016. Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with 17 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By RBH on 07-31-15

Great blend of spies, politics, plot and suspense.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

A gifted blend of frighteningly believable plot, politics and perfect execution. The turbocharged performance powers the frighteningly believable "English Spy" as it matures into delicious crescendos of suspense sustained by deeply human interests.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,398

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

History Of The World — Part Two

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

Fascinating and engaging vision of science, technology and humanity. A thought-provoking distopian future history of post-lunar earth.