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William Bolen

CHAPEL HILL, NC United States
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  • Pandora’s Lab

  • Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong
  • By: Paul A. Offit MD
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Pandora's Lab takes us from opium's heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the United States; from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By Aceaussie on 01-29-18

Excellent account of science misused<br />

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Reviewed: 09-05-18

Very well written with good reader
Fascinating insights into controversial subject. Dr Offit is exceptional.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,238
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    5 out of 5 stars 10,896
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,808

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun But With A Couple O' Caveats--

  • By Gillian on 02-22-17

Great Book! by brilliant author <br />

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Reviewed: 07-29-18

Brilliant. Great writer with amazing grasp of history, science, politics and language. must read for curious minds.

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the emergence of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death, the struggles of the Great Game, and the fall of Communism - the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Really Makes the World Go Round

  • By Mom in Santa Fe on 07-29-16

Amazing new History<br />

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Reviewed: 04-22-18

Excellent narrator . Fascinating history of Silk Roads and world history.
must read for history buffs

  • The German War

  • A Nation Under Arms, 1939-1945; Citizens and Soldiers
  • By: Nicholas Stargardt
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

As early as 1941, Allied victory in World War II seemed all but assured. How and why, then, did the Germans prolong the barbaric conflict for three and a half more years? In The German War, acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt draws on an extraordinary range of primary source materials - personal diaries, court records, and military correspondence - to answer this question. He offers an unprecedented portrait of wartime Germany, bringing the hopes and expectations of the German people to vivid life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding.

  • By Francis S. Brown on 06-09-16

Must read for students of world war 2<br />

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Reviewed: 03-03-18

Must read to understand war. we'll researched and written. Excellent narrator. Profound insights into attitude of German people.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 4,969
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    5 out of 5 stars 4,551
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    5 out of 5 stars 4,525

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

Excellent Biography of Grant

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Reviewed: 02-17-18

Another masterpiece by Chernow! Best Biography of Grant yet written. excellent narrator.

highly recommend anytime.

  • Autumn of the Black Snake

  • The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West
  • By: William Hogeland
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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    4 out of 5 stars 57

In 1783, with the signing of the Peace of Paris, the American Revolution was complete. And yet even as the newly independent United States secured peace with Great Britain, it found itself losing an escalating military conflict on its borderlands. The enemy was the indigenous people of the Ohio Valley, who rightly saw the new nation as a threat to their existence.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • reader ruins book

  • By J. F. Uccello on 09-21-17

Great Book<br />

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Reviewed: 01-23-18

Excellent book about forming of US Army and westward expansion. Many new insights and explanations.

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  • How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

  • Tales from the Pentagon
  • By: Rosa Brooks
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Rosa Brooks - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
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Once, war was a temporary state of affairs - a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today America's wars are everywhere and forever: Our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Today military personnel don't just "kill people and break stuff". Instead they analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must-Read for Military and other Govt Leaders

  • By bettsgjb on 10-06-16

must read book, fascinating and profound,<br />

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Reviewed: 01-19-18

Profound insights into war and the military from insider who knows the truth. Highly recommended.