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Mark P.

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  • Luck in the Shadows

  • Nightrunner, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Flewelling
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Refreshing!

  • By jennifer on 03-04-11

A Little Different

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

An entertaining romp. Breaks no new ground, but is well paced and a good read overall. Includes a unique protagonist amidst an alternate cultural backdrop. Decent narration.

  • Think Smart

  • A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance
  • By: Richard Restak
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

As an expert on the brain, Restak knows that in the last five years there have been exciting new scientific discoveries about the brain and its performance. So he has asked his colleagues---among them the world's leading brain scientists and researchers---one important question: What can I do to help my brain work more efficiently?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think Smart

  • By Andre on 09-05-09

To the point

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

One of the better books I've encountered lately. Up-to-date and thorough, with just the right balance of take-aways plus detail. Good narration.

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  • Parallel Worlds

  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 990

In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be afraid

  • By Robert on 05-05-10
  • Parallel Worlds
  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor

Interesting ideas, troublesome delivery

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

Reviewed: 11-08-12

The narration is exceptionally 'breath-y'. If you may be bothered by the sounds of air intake from the narrator every other sentence, then this audiobook will drive you to insanity. For content, the author hopes to explain modern physics in terms that non-physicists might understand. This is a tall order, and the results fall short. Although a physics major myself, I was left with far more questions than answers. If you simply want to be entertained by some of the more unusual ideas in physics these days -- and don't care much about understanding the basis for those ideas -- then this is the one area where the book might work.

  • Worlds at War

  • The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West
  • By: Anthony Pagden
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

In the tradition of Jared Diamond and Jacques Barzun, prize-winning historian Anthony Pagden presents a sweeping history of the long struggle between East and West, from the Greeks to the present day.

The relationship between East and West has always been one of turmoil. In this historical tour de force, a renowned historian leads us from the world of classical antiquity, through the Dark Ages, to the Crusades, Europe's resurgence, and the dominance of the Ottoman Empire, which almost shattered Europe entirely. Pagden travels from Napoleon in Egypt to Europe's carving up of the finally moribund Ottomans - creating the modern Middle East along the way - and on to the present struggles in Iraq.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, with a lot of unfamiliar names

  • By Tad Davis on 07-02-08

An excellent introduction

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

Reviewed: 09-26-12

Any additional comments?

The author provides a clear history of the clash of civilizations, east versus west. It would be impossible to cover all of the detail for such a lengthy timeline, and the author provides just the right amount to keep the listener interested in what comes next. Of greater value is the perspective provided as to the motivations of the various conflicts. These underpinnings are often lost in history books that merely recite facts and dates, yet it is imperative to understand them if one is to comprehend contemporary affairs. I'd strongly recommend this to anyone who is interested in gaining a wider understanding of the current conflict between western nations and the middle east.

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