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  • 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 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a great book!

  • By allen on 05-01-18

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.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Battle of Britain

  • Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

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 2,922
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,611

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched book; a bit overwhelming

  • By Robert on 05-18-13

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 509
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

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.

  • The Cases That Haunt Us

  • From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won't Go Away
  • By: John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

Did Lizzie Borden murder her own father and stepmother? Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence? Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? America's foremost expert on criminal profiling and 25-year FBI veteran John Douglas, along with author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, explores those tantalizing questions and more in this mesmerizing work of detection. With uniquely gripping analysis, the authors reexamine and reinterpret the accepted facts, evidence, and victimology of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Douglas is AMAZING

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-17-16

Another outstanding book

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

After Mind Hunters I thought I was through with this author's books. I found all the gory details too disturbing. This book has details, but the focus is in researching the mystery. A lot of interesting insight that I wasn't aware of.

  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010

Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much ego

  • By Kourtney on 01-27-18

Great book, but you need the stomach for it

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

This is a great book, but it'll be my last book of serial murder books. The graphic details needed to explain the profiling is really disturbing. I don't know how these investigators keep their sanity.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,335

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

Like this book!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

no ... I love this book! Straight and to the point of a 1st person experience. Little or no censoring of what the author really thinks ... I love that.

At first I was a little taken back by the author narrating the book. I had a little trouble hearing him while at highway speeds in my car. Ok, he's not a professional presenter. But by the end of the book I felt that the 1st person narration added to the book. No fake expressions from an actor ... this is the real guy!

Also by the end of the book I got even more respect for what Law Enforcement and their families have to go through in this line of work. Any Law enforcement person reading this review ... Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rabid

  • A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus
  • By: Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139

The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite science read this year.

  • By Sparkly on 10-06-12

almost a return

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

This book seems really unorganized and frequently ventures off-topic. There was just barely enough to keep me interested to not return it. I reserve returns to items that I flat out can't stand. Although I haven't read anything else on this topic, a book focusing on Louis Pasteur might be a better choice.

  • The Great Influenza

  • The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Gory

  • By Nancy on 07-01-08

Written and read a little too dramatic

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Good book and no regrets listening too it. With the following cautions
- around 1/2 the book is about the state of the medical profession in 1918, not the flue itself. Important yes, but over stated.
- too dramatic for my tastes, just give me the facts. One over-used dramatic pattern gets very annoying: "Not ..., not ..., not ..., not ..., but instead ...". Now that I mentioned it, you'll pick up on this pattern earlier in the book than I did. :-)