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Mulat, FL, United States
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  • A Crack in Creation

  • Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution
  • By: Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR - a revolutionary new technology that she helped create - to make heritable changes in human embryos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An easily digestible intro to the future...

  • By DC Mike on 09-01-17

she wants to have it both ways.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

she clearly wants credit for discovery and yet she wants to wash her hands concerning any of the many negative aspects of gene editing.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cruel Sea

  • By: Nicholas Monsarrat
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

Darting back and forth across the icy North Atlantic, Compass Rose played a deadly cat-and-mouse game with packs of German U-boats lying in wait beneath the ocean waves. Packed with tension and vivid descriptions of agonizing U-boat hunts, this tale of the most bitter and chilling campaign of the war tells of ordinary men who had to master their own fears before they could face a brutal menace - one that would strike without warning from the deep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Edged Historical Fiction

  • By CLR on 01-20-18

I was privileged to discover this book.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Here is a perfect example of the power and art form of the recorded novel. The author absolutely captures the grueling tension and horror of war, and helps us to remember this great war, now with few living survivors. This may be Simon Vance's masterpiece, you completely forget that one man is playing all the parts and so strongly. If you are not ready to read it now, make sure it's on your wish list.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Pinpoint

  • How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds
  • By: Greg Milner
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Over the last 50 years, humanity has developed an extraordinary shared utility: the global positioning system. Omnipresent, free, and available to all, GPS powers everything from your phone to the Internet to the Mars Rover. Greg Milner tells the sweeping story of GPS, from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its present ubiquity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a book.

  • By Patrick🍀 on 12-07-16

This is not a book.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

This is not a book. It is a series of articles related to navigation and eventually the GPS system that are stitched together rather clumsily. Several times while listening to the recording, I stopped and rewound thinking I had missed something. I could forgive all that if the scientific explanations and the historical explanations were more informative, but they were kind of general. I purchased this book because it was recommended by a science podcast, but I think it was recommended more based on its title and subject then on its content. It is a disappointment bordering on the waste of time.There is not much science here. The GPS system does deserve a decent treatment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,069

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

This review awards the author five stars.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Every review sits in judgment of an author, somewhat like a jury, and it is up to the reviewer to decide if he or she would recommend the book to others. There is a saying, "I may not know anything about art but I know what I like!" And although I could never be a successful author, speaking as a devoted reader I really like this book and this series.
The author is guilty of creating a need to read and reread the entire series and keeping us looking forward to the next installment. Our blemished hero, Mickey Haller, feels deep pain and disappointment, at times he barely keeps his head above the water as others work to pull him down, but in the end- with the help of luck, insight, skill, and great friends and good humor- he manages to succeed. And the success is always greater than the original task. The world would be better off without some people, but this author has enriched the world I live in, and I recommend that he be sentenced to continue to create new adventures for the two half brothers.
This review stands adjourned.

  • Switchblade

  • An Original Story
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 959

An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author

  • By L. O. Pardue on 01-14-14

Appetizer or dessert, you be the judge.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Sometimes the appetizer or dessert is the best part of the meal. This short story stands on its own, complete, complete with a twist, and strong identification with the pain and suffering experienced by those who come into contact with the killer. Bosch suffers as well, like a ship in a storm, but he shoulders aside the threatening waves, and is relentless, he only asks for the opportunity and authority to pursue. The great chef published this story because he knew he had created something delicious that we would appreciate and would not want to miss.

  • The New! Improved! Bob and Ray Book

  • By: Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding
  • Narrated by: Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Listen and laugh as Bob and Ray introduce such classic characters as Elmer Stapley, the Word Wizard; Holden Merkley, noted economist and comparison shopper; and roving literary critic Ward Stuffer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By Donald on 12-24-04

Worthy of recognition.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

Readers across this great land will recognize this publication as having significant value, timeless across the ages. Some will find humor, but more significantly Bob and Ray are a flowing stream of sage wisdom, helping all to bring the complex aspects of our modern life into perspective. And if you are wondering why I am talking like this, I just completed the book.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,659

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

A welcome and generous surprise. 5+ stars!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

You would think that after so many years on the mound, that the great pitcher would begin to lose some of his power and control. And if that had happened we would all still love him, because of what he has given us in the past. But no, there's the blistering fast ball, followed by a wicked curve and then a changeup you did not expect. And he makes it all seem effortless, as if giving us a dominating performance is just a normal and natural event. I just reread the entire Bosch series in anticipation of this book and with those previous books in mind, I can tell you this book stands alone and unique and certainly exceeds whatever high hopes and expectations I had. And if that were not enough, the brilliant actor Titus Welliver, the star of the "Bosch" television series performs as our narrator, bringing out the best of this exciting novel. Titus Welliver really made that dramatic series, and this powerful novel deserved a performance of this caliber. In a few months I will read this novel again and I will look forward to the news that another book is on the horizon. The author Michael Connelly spoils his readers by exceeding our expectations and I thank him for it.

  • The 4 Percent Universe

  • Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
  • By: Richard Panek
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200

Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just Right - Not too technical not boring

  • By Michael on 11-13-11

Powerful, entertaining book, but disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

The author held my attention throughout the book. And I really do think that we live in an era with discovery and realization similar to the what had occurred in the time of Galileo. Everything has changed with the discoveries made in the last 20 years. But here is what I meant when I said I was disappointed. The author points out repeatedly that the holy Grail, at least a part of it, was to determine if the expansion of the universe was slowing down at some point. This was predicted. It turns out that, and this is the measurable reality, that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. The author mentions this, and then moves right past that monumental discovery, onto the theories of dark energy and dark matter.
The author committed a little heresy, when he hints that there may be scientific questions that are unknowable. Galaxies revolve, does the universe revolve? There are multiple galaxies, are there not multiple universes? The scientific community awards itself huge perks and recognition, but last week a few astronomers figured out that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. And last week the regal geniuses figured out they may have missed 96% of the universe. It may be that the scientific emperor community has no clothes.
But don't worry, there will never be any shortage of people to line up for the scientific awards. Even though the wizard behind the curtain is determined to be a fraud.

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,554

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't put this one down

  • By Dan on 05-10-11

A great book and a bonus interview with author.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

The novel of course is fiction, but the author is real. And I thought it was very interesting that in the interview he was asked questions that could've been answered in a politically correct manner about how he chose his topic, but Connelly did not. He just answered in a very straightforward manner, and it was very refreshing. The interviewer set him up with a leading question, and he says "no, it was nothing like that at all, I just know a guy who was involved in this, and I thought it would be interesting to go in that direction".
Connelly's books are about a person being true to themselves, and in the interview the real life author was true to himself, so I enjoyed that. Having that little insight. I have the impression that Connelly would be true to himself even if he didn't have all the money in the world.
And he discusses the making of the movie "The Lincoln Lawyer" so I looked it up last night on Amazon Prime and watched the trailer, it's pretty cool. My wife and I will watch it this weekend.
Matthew McConaughey! Riding around L.A. in a Lincoln. And then he sells Lincolns. And it all came out of this author's head. What a world.
They say "if it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage!"

  • The Reversal

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,018

Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Christian on 10-10-10

A self-contained major motion picture.

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Or should be. This is a big story about the true cost of crime and how the victims continue to pay the price long after the headlines have moved on. The justice system is jaded but is still populated by people who find personal satisfaction in the prosecution of true criminals. Vicious dogs cannot be allowed to run free.