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  • The Science of Energy

  • Resources and Power Explained
  • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697

To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Overview

  • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

useful but bias

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

learned a lot about renewable energy sources but felt that he down plays the issues with renewable energy sources and up plays the issues with nuclear energy sources.

  • The Land: Alliances: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 3
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,030
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,273

Richter and Sion are in a fight for their very lives. Their enemies are circling, and the powers they have awakened are barely under their control. Death and war are on their doorstep, but they have a simple message for the enemies of the Mist Village. "Kiss your loved ones goodbye. The Mist will claim you." A wonderful blend of humor and adventure, The Land: Alliances will transport you to the world of your dreams...and your nightmares.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-22-17

fun story but his thoughts about sex distract

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

it's a good literpg but it suffers from the authors blatant sex comments distract from the world.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • SuperEgo

  • By: Frank J. Fleming
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279

Rico has a problem. The experimental program that gave him the high intelligence and lightning reflexes he needs as a hit man for a galactic crime syndicate left him incapable of internalizing moral imperatives the rest of us take for granted. It takes real effort for him to pass as a normal human being and he avoids it whenever he can. But he has a job he loves, a fast ship, and plenty of cash. So life is good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of like Dexter in space

  • By T. VanPool on 04-23-15

when a psychopath needs a career change

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Need to figure out what to do when the mob wants you dead? Read this

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,988

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

How 3.5/5 raise undead can break a campaign

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Summary: Fun for the dread necromancer but annoying for everyone else.
Book's moral: power corrupts.

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Libriomancer

  • Magic ex Libris, Book 1
  • By: Jim C. Hines
  • Narrated by: David DeVries
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 720

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A reasonable start

  • By Simon on 04-08-13

fun action urban fantasy but bad female voices

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

read more books enjoy the magic more. the narrator's good overall, except for female voices.

  • Enchantress

  • Evermen Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536

Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor. From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation's powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but ....

  • By Hlambase on 08-24-14

great magic, good story, good characters

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

like the runes of the world, readers must investment into the wonders of the setting, the characters the tail follows, and the impact of the lore before it grants the reader any reward.

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

  • Kind of the Story of My Life
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,145

Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING BOOK

  • By duane barker on 02-10-14

the fruit smoothie of autobiography's

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

Blend 2 parts autobiography, 2 humor, 2 self-help, 1 health, 1 affirmation, creating system awareness.

  • The Cold War

  • A New History
  • By: John Lewis Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Jay Gregory, Alan Sklar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

Drawing on new and often startling information from newly opened Soviet, Eastern European, and Chinese archives, this thrilling account explores the strategic dynamics that drove the Cold War, provides illuminating portraits of its major personalities, and offers much fresh insight into its most crucial events. Riveting, revelatory, and wise, it tells a story whose lessons it is vitally necessary to understand as America once more faces an implacable ideological enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Cordell eddings on 10-13-07

A start for people clueless about the Cold War

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

Reviewed: 01-23-14

This book is a summary of major ideas and events. It is does not delve deep into any specific aspect of the so-called “war”. To say this book covers a lot would be a drastic understatement. A quick summary of the material Dr. John Lewis Gaddis addresses in this might be the following: 50 years of US and soviet relations; the rise of three super powers; the fall of the USSR; the rise and fall of ideas such as détente, M.A.D., and their eventual collapse; the Korean & Vietnam war; the covert wars of the Cold War; the rise and fall of political leaders in the USA, USSR, China, and other countries. Dr. Gaddis covers a lot in a very limited amount of words.

I recommend this book to people who have limited or no understanding of the Cold War. After reading or listening to this, readers will generally understand the conflict and be able to narrow their focus. I know after I finished reading this book I had a much better appreciation for how unstable the US political system could look to those outside of it, the political gains of the Nixon administration, and the comparative progressiveness of Gorbachev to other soviet leaders.

If this book is used as an introduction into Cold War material, readers will be highly satisfied with the material, but if a reader is hoping for a in-depth analysis of any specific aspect of the conflict I feel they will find themselves wanting more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Glory Road

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,129

. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein's great story, a glorious spin by Pinchot

  • By BRKyle on 09-19-12

A decent fantasy novel by R.A.H.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

Not my favorite of R.A.H.'s work but an enjoyable one. I really enjoy R.A.H.'s sci-fi, and enjoy fantasy works by other authors; this book while fun would not be top tier for either category.
Pros:
(Audio) The Reader does a good job of make each of the characters voices fit their description.
Not all cultures have the same values.
Interesting take on what happens to a hero after they have been a hero.
Cons:
A few of the discussions characters have with each other feel like rants. R.A.H. has these in a lot of his works, but the discussion on prostitution felt really drawn out.
The middle part of the story felt bland.
Does not feel as well developed as R.A.H.'s sci-fi.
Conclusion:
There are better R.A.H. works, and there are better fantasy novels. I would only recommend this to R.A.H. completionist or those who have read a large number of fantasy novels.

  • The Extra 2%

  • How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First
  • By: Jonah Keri
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The book isn't sure what it wants to be

  • By Buster on 05-15-15

The history of the Rays, not a business book

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

Reviewed: 02-23-13

For those who really like baseball, all the names, stats (and their abbreviations), terminology, and wonder about the history of a team, then this book I feel is a good fit.
For those who want to hear about business or leadership strategies like how to rebuild after poor management, build up loyalty, compete with rivals when they significantly large budgets, or change company image, then this book I feel is a poor fit.
I bought this book in because I like books likes “Good to Great” and “Entreleadership”. This book contains business and leadership strategies but I really had to struggle to find them. The concepts that the Rays used to change their fate were concealed by names of people I did not know and stats that were wasted on untrained ears. If a friend asked me if this was good book to learn some business concepts, I would say no. If a friend asked me if this was a good book to learn about the history of the Rays, I would say yes but only if they are already a baseball fan.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful