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  • Ancient Civilizations of North America

  • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021

For the past few hundred years, most of what we’ve been taught about the native cultures of North America came from reports authored by the conquerors and colonizers who destroyed them. Now - with the technological advances of modern archaeology and a new perspective on world history - we are finally able to piece together their compelling true stories. In Ancient Civilizations of North America, Professor Edwin Barnhart, Director of the Maya Exploration Center, will open your eyes to a fascinating world you never knew existed - even though you’ve been living right next to it, or even on top of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different perspective - civilizations not tribes

  • By Steve Goppert on 07-26-18

Tiny annoyance.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Another American who cannot pronounce the word 'nuclear' correctly. Two syllables. Not three. NewClear. Not Nucular.

  • The Only Girl in the World

  • A Memoir
  • By: Maude Julien
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor - raising her in isolation and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness." She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment. But Maude's parents could not rule her inner life. Befriending the animals on the lonely estate as well as the characters in the novels she read in secret, young Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbid as weak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to Express How Much I Recommend This Boo

  • By Deborah on 01-11-18

But she survived

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

The Only girl in the world is a well written engaging story of mental abuse of a child. Her controlling father wants a perfect child. Her father was enriched in some way by being a supplier to the Nazi's in WW2. If you want to fell sympathy , read this book. If you wish to be a dictatorial parent, read this book. If toy want to feel OK about YOUR parents or yourself as a parent, read this book.

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  • Broken Angels

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,669

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, hard-boiled space action

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

Except for the explicit sex, a fun sci fi read.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Richard K. Morgan has written a sequel to "Altered Carbon". Many of the same tropes here. I'm guessing his agent said, "Do that Again". Unfortunately more violent, more sex and drugs and. . . nothing new here. Altered Carbon I liked as it was Raymond Chandler mixed with William Gibson's form of cyber punk (Neuromancer). Sex death and conflict. Going away and coming or Not coming home. This could have been co-written by someone who got a hold of old notes for A. Carbon. Maybe his next novel will have some new ideas.

  • Time Reborn

  • From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe
  • By: Lee Smolin
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

The Trouble with Physics argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It's time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics. What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the best Science book I've listened to

  • By Gary on 07-29-13

REBUTTING STRING THEORY AGAIN?

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

As you try to read this remember Dr. Smolin is a physicist and you and he live in different worlds. He's arguing a point that has been pretty well settled for forty years. Space and time are intimately related. Time in my cosmology proceeds in one direction, albeit relative to the motion of the observers. Max Planck from the late 1800's. I see no new insights. Iris the second law of thermodynamics and the thing with the box of particles. I have no problem with the science, however other than bashing String Theory again, I see no direction.

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  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Whole Nine Yards

  • By Dubi on 05-15-17

Learning can be fun.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I did know that middle English might be fun. According to the author "AKS" might be AOK with Chaucer.

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,152

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Raymond Chandler meets Wtllian Gibson

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I am often sorry when the book ends or the writerr and the series end. Looked for anything as cool as Raymond Chandler and came up empty handed. And as much as I liked Gibson's Neuromancer, his subsequent works are more interesting than flash weird dystonia. Too many times it is one hit, and then we wonder.

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan is at the intersection of these two great writers. Sometimes embarrassingly so. Lets see a private investigator working for a rich family out of BAY City, again? And he had to do the Gibson flashy first line.

Thoroughly enjoyed i. I may need a paper towel.

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,654
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,658

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sentimental Favorite

  • By Margaret on 05-28-16

MIssing something.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

Perhaps I did not have the patience or perhaps there were not enough ALIENS! Would have taken hard science fiction. This is more of a mystery quest..

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    Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    2,834 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Ancillary Justice

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,594

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the Narrator to finish the story.

  • By Zillah on 12-08-14

Fantasy for 14 yr old female iconoclasts.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Confusing until one discovers that point of view (1st person) may or may not be a male or female and a person or a machine. Gender is not correct. Not a love story. No sex. No drugs. Lots of bloodless killing. Maybe a bit of spy/secret agent. Guess I am to old to appreciate this book. The performance was excellent. .

  • Neuromancer

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,692

Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story? Classic. Narrator? Ugh.

  • By Sage on 11-11-14

Predictive sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Brilliant. Sexy, Adult, Mystery. Right on. How did Gibsen see this 35 years ago?

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  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,936

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and Engaging

  • By Jay on 03-23-10

Why the world is the way it is. The truth.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

Outstanding. A true story of how the greedy US bankers ruined the world economy and why Glass Steigel should never have been revoked. And a great insight into one of the more brilliant and non conventional beneficiaries.