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  • Alone Together

  • Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond
  • By: Christian Williams
  • Narrated by: Christian Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

What happens when a man of today's overconnected world sets off alone across the Pacific at the age of 71? Christian Williams, a veteran sailor and writer, planned a 6,000-mile voyage as a test of his own seamanship and endurance, and to fulfill a lifelong goal. But he found his focus quickly turning from the surrounding sea to all of us. Is anyone the same person when no one else is there? Do we dare to find out?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best for the arm chair adventurer, or a sailor or philosopher

  • By Mark on 09-07-16

More than just Sailing

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

This book is much more than a story about single-handed sailing. Plenty of that, for sure. But in addition, I found the author an excellent and entertaining narrator, an excellent teacher, story teller and artistic observer of the human experience at sea and ashore. I laughed, and I cried with Mr. Williams on our journey to Hawaii and beyond. Yes, I will go up and put in the third reef.

Thanks for having me along!

  • My Beloved Brontosaurus

  • On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
  • By: Brian Switek
  • Narrated by: Brian Switek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods. They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination. In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad reading!

  • By J. D. Botet on 06-16-13

Great book. Poor performance.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

I thoroughly enjoyed the content of the book but had trouble staying with it because of what seemed like an uninspired performance. I was surprised when I realized that the reader and the author are one and the same. The person reading the book just doesn't sound interested in dinosaurs or paleontology. Go figure. Being only the casual dinosaur enthusiast, I learned a lot.

  • A Universe from Nothing

  • Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
  • By: Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Narrated by: Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,494

Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Claire on 04-26-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

Despite what some of the other reviewers have said, Krauss makes a convincing argument that the universe could arise from nothing - as long as quantum fluctuations in empty space qualify as nothing. I found his narration to be excellent as he conveys the enthusiasm that he has for the subject. I rate the book very high though I agree with some others that his continued "sniping" at the faithful is not necessary. His frustration with the God debate is worn on his sleeve.

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  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346

On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishingly good.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-01-12

Top Notch

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

An excellent and entertaining read. I learned a lot about the early part of the war in the Pacific. And it was an exciting read. I love Gardner's performance but I see that not everybody does. Listen to the sample - his voice and delivery are distinctive - you decide. The writing is excellent, in my opinion. Lots of detail and interesting asides without slowing down the story. Mr. Toll, please write the next part!

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  • Red Hot Lies

  • How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed
  • By: Christopher Horner
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

From the author of the New York Times best-selling Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) comes Red Hot Lies, an exposé of the hypocrisy, deceit, and outright lies of the global warming alarmists and the compliant media that supports them. Did you know that most scientists are global-warming skeptics? Or that environmental alarmists have knowingly promoted false and exaggerated data on global warming?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slanted, but informative

  • By David on 05-18-09

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

Where does Red Hot Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best non fiction.

What other book might you compare Red Hot Lies to and why?

State of Fear because it deals with the same subject.

Which scene was your favorite?

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

This should be required reading in high schools and universities in order to balance the unending assertions that the science is settled. It is not!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful