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  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Highly Accessible Read of Medical History.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I gave one of my rare 5's to this book, not because of its overall literary greatness, but for delivering the rare engrossing read of medical history for the non-medical person. As others have said, the book is not for the squeamish, but one adjusts fairly swiftly. Not only is the history compelling but the historical characters are rendered in multidimensional form and are characters that you often root for. Even the people chronicled for refusal to accept new medical developments are portrayed as normal people and not villainous unenlightened scum.Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry.

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  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,442

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

Amazed I'd not already read Carr's fine Alienist

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I enjoy the time period (Golden Era/Victorian Era) and Sherlock Holmes-type mysteries, so I was surprised not to have already read this outstanding work. The enjoyment is not in figuring out who did it or why, but in the meticulous details, analysis and fine historical setting. One often hopes that a fictional work will provide history and a sense of the times, but one is usually a bit disappointed. It's a bit much to expect a fiction writer to teach a history symposium, but as a historian, Carr nicely gives you a feel for the people and times. Audible 20 review Sweepstakes Entry.

  • Six Wakes

  • By: Mur Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story and characters

  • By Blaise Freeman on 02-26-17

Almost never give a 5 - Thoughtful and Fun.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Lafferty combines thoughtful questions about the ethics of cloning, AIs, discrimination and faith into a fun romp.I hated putting the story down. Interesting that a often humorous book includes lot of violence, drama, and who done it, along with questions about the rights of clones, genetic manipulation, etc.

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All for England

  • By Darwin8u on 09-12-17

Short/enjoyable info on Spy Who Came In from Cold.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Short and thoroughly enjoyable fleshing out of the back story of the Spy Who Came in from the Cold and the Le Carre universe. Thoughtful, philosophical and a good read.

  • Half Truths

  • God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say
  • By: Adam Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ben Holland
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

They are simple phrases. They sound Christian - like something you might find in the Bible. We've all heard these words. Maybe we've said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Adam Hamilton in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not deep, but solid needed message.

  • By Labor Lawyer on 10-25-17

Not deep, but solid needed message.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Author thoughtfully explains why certain sayings have negatively influenced Christian thought and honestly explains why some of these sayings can be personally hurtful to others and to oneself. Found some application in my work when I deal with those who lost a loved one.

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  • Alien: Covenant Origins

  • The Official Prequel to the Blockbuster Film
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 728

The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying 2,000 colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is a make-or-break investment for the corporation - and for the future of all mankind. Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission. As the colony ship hovers in Earth orbit, several violent events reveal a deadly conspiracy to sabotage the launch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corporate Espionage, No Monsters

  • By Admiralu on 02-13-18

Disappointing-only makes you dislike movie more.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

The movie for which the prequel is intended is too dark and unsatisfying. This prequel answers few, if any questions, and only makes you fond of characters with excellent back stories, only to cavalierly and swiftly kill them off in movie. Aliens' movies are supposed to be dark, but dark for a reason - not just maliciously and sadistically so.

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  • Fields of Fire

  • Frontlines, Book 5
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536

Mars has been under Lanky control for more than a year. Since then, the depleted forces of Earth's alliances have rebuilt their fleets, staffing old warships with freshly trained troops. Torn between the need to beat the Lankies to the punch and taking enough time to put together an effective fighting force, command has decided to strike now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the series!

  • By Mgarneau on 03-02-17

Impressed 5th is better than some earlier volumes.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

I rarely give 5's so a 4 is high praise for me. This series is addictive and while not as innovative as say, old man's war, keeps your attention. The narrator is one of my favorites. Excellent military sci fi. Fun reads.

  • The Forgotten Soldier

  • By: Guy Sajer
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue, and constant deprivation. Posted to the elite Grosse Deutschland division, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Written Heartrending Tragedy

  • By Gillian on 03-31-17

Not All Quiet on the Western Front but well worth the read.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

This autobiographical work gives one a visceral sense of the frustrating and nightmarish life of the common soldier on the Eastern Front. It drags in places because tedium and being stuck in a never ending morass is a pretty good description of the Eastern Front. There was some debate as to the authenticity of the story but I researched the question and I agree that the story is authentic. This book augments more straightforward historical tomes and was especially interesting to me because I recently traveled these areas.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,721

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

New spin on post apocalyptic work.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

One sees themes from other of the author's post apocalyptic work but the setting of a post nuke war hell and the survivors in a few giant airships combines nice touches from his zombie and pandemic works with some of the elements of Hugh Howry's Wool. Word of warning ... this author's stories are bleak and the overall head count and death of good characters is rough for the reader.

  • Crusade

  • Starfire, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, Steve White
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,018

Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206. Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions", have eased at least a little.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!

  • By Brian on 03-12-16

Gave it a 5 because covered multi volumes in one

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I've read better versions of the space opera/military genre but I thoroughly enjoyed resolving a war in one book. I love the multiple volumes by Drake, Weber and others, and the detail. But this was a fun quick read/listen. I've enjoyed my last few quick reads such as Scalzi's work. Now back to longer stuff.

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