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  • Every Tool's a Hammer

  • Life Is What You Make It
  • By: Adam Savage
  • Narrated by: Adam Savage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

MythBusters’ Adam Savage - Discovery Channel star and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech - shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully turning your idea into reality. Adam Savage is a maker. From Chewbacca’s bandolier to a thousand-shot Nerf gun, he has built thousands of spectacular projects as a special effects artist and the cohost of MythBusters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book for Budding Makers ... and the rest of us

  • By david on 07-19-19

A Book for Budding Makers ... and the rest of us

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

Reviewed: 07-19-19

This book is inspirational for young budding makers, but good for the rest of us too. From a young age I've always had a passion to build stuff and always viewed it as somewhat a character flaw. That never held me back (I'm 60+), but this book helped me understand myself. I also picked up a few organizational and build tips.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes to build things, young or old.

  • The Beautiful Brain

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Hana Walker-Brown
  • Narrated by: Hana Walker-Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,503

An investigative documentary from multi-award-winning producer Hana Walker-Brown, The Beautiful Brain looks at the devastating effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) - a degenerative brain disease found in people who’ve suffered severe or repeated blows to the head. Beginning with the story of FA Cup winner Jeff Astle, the audiobook expands outwards looking at the widows, daughters and families who are left fighting for answers following the death of their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CTE and Sports - not just for soccer fans

  • By Kingsley on 04-05-19

A MUST READ FOR ANYONE IN A CONTACT SPORT

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

You'll have second thoughts about having your child or friend play contact sports after listening to this Audible. An excellent balance between personal tragic stories and the science behind the CTE. We've all heard about concussion injures, but have you ever heard of CTE? I'm a bit disturbed that it isn't front headline news!

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  • Chernobyl

  • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
  • By: Serhii Plokhy
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth the Time

  • By Chris Reich on 08-09-18

Very complete, a must read

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

This book is a lot more of a compelling read than I thought. What I didn't expect was a thorough discussion the bureaucracy leading up to the disaster as well as the deep social/political/ecological consequences following the disaster. I also enjoyed the narrator presentation.

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  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,789
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,612

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

Digging up dirt on people

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I'm always uncomfortable listening to reporters trying dig up dirt on people. Although the author repeatedly says he's trying to get to the truth, that isn't the way this comes across. With that said, it's still an important topic to get out in the open ... mental illness and suicide. It also gives a peak to the inside of this industry and it's not a pretty picture.

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • informative, interesting, well organized

  • By Tricia Munter on 06-12-16

Another "great Course"

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

A great overview of the Black Death. I liked exploration of the impacts on society as well at the disease itself. There is some discussion on specifics and well as a general info. It was a good blend for a rather large topic. Unlike other Great Courses, this one doesn't have the ridiculous dubbed in applause at the beginning and end of each chapter. The narrator was also interesting to listen to.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • A New History of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269

In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • "The Rise of the Scientists Who Study Dinosaurs"

  • By Daniel Powell on 09-16-18

Better than 5 stars!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Our knowledge of dinosaurs continues to "evolve" so even if you already know it all, I bet you'll learn something from this recently published book. The book goes pretty deep yet doesn't overwhelm a neophyte like myself. The narrator does a good job of projecting the author's obvious enthusiasm. One aspect I especially enjoy is the author's exploration of various "why" theories. Zero negatives.

Just get the book, you won't regret it. There isn't any risk anyway because of Audible's return policy.

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  • The Battle of Britain

  • Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world, including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The battle up to The Battle of Britain

  • By Chiefkent on 11-07-17

recommended

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I liked the book. The only negative is that the narrative switched between Britain and Germany and many times I was left wondering with side they were talking about. also it would be good to be familiar with the location various battles before listening to this book.

  • Wizard

  • The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius
  • By: Marc J. Seifer
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,778

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time

  • By Jean on 01-28-12

probably more than you want to know

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

This is a long book and is probably more than you want to know about Nikola Tesla. I downgraded the performance a little because of the audio quality. The narration voice and sound quality isn't crisp and clear the way I need it for listening in a noisy car.

  • The Taking of K-129

  • How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
  • By: Josh Dean
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished. As the Soviet navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it - wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the great stories in history

  • By Ben Newman on 11-21-17

a really unbelievable story

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

a must read for any cia/ nsa buff. if you enjoy this book may I also suggest Skunk Works.

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  • The Other Side of Suffering

  • The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace
  • By: John Ramsey, Marie Chapian
  • Narrated by: John Ramsey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Like the biblical Job, John Ramsey had it all - wealth, social position, a loving family. And like Job, Ramsey was destined for great affliction, as many of the most precious things in his life were cruelly taken from him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a story that needed to be told

  • By Joe on 06-18-12

must read for anyone seeking inner peace

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

if you aren't of faith, you may find this hard to read. Still ... it's amazing story of John's journey and that's why I read it. many tears hearing his story. loss of a child is bad enough, but the media frenzy is incomprehensible! I can only hope that this story helps shape the media's sense of responsibility! the story should help anyone struggling with tragedy.

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