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Chris Coffman

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  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

get on with it

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

You know the saying "movin right along"? This book isn't that. I'm into it about ten hours. I've heard about thirty biographies of scientists including obscure things they said as teenagers having nothing to do with radiation. Ive heard about the prosecution of Jews. I've heard about chemical warfare during WWI. I've heard about the economy of Budapest. There are tidbits of interesting history, so I set my fast forward at five minutes and the reverse at one minute to expedite finding the good parts. I have twenty hours left and he is finally talking about Uranium.

  • Swimming with Dolphins

  • By: Essemoh Teepee
  • Narrated by: Essemoh Teepee
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

A relaxing summer holiday seems incomplete because you have yet to swim with the dolphins. The locals tell you of a secluded cove where you just might get lucky! Floating in the tranquil waters, you hear the chatter first, then feel the water flowing beneath you as the dolphin takes you for a wild ride into deep waters you may not have considered treading before.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • what did I just buy???

  • By Chris Coffman on 10-17-18

what did I just buy???

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

it is not erotic, it is not relaxing, and the narrator is anything but hypnotic. didn't even try to finish it.

  • The Republic of Pirates

  • Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Narrated by: Lewis Grenville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,969

In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a novel

  • By Abbie on 02-02-16

captivatung.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-18

kept me glued and feeling the need for a bigger boat. tons of background material, had a hard time keeping up with who was doing what.

  • Ruby Ridge and Waco

  • The History and Legacy of the Federal Government's Notorious Sieges of the Weaver Family and Branch Davidians
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the summer of 1992, federal agents surrounded a few acres of land isolated in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, where Randy Weaver, his wife Vicki, his 14 year old son Samuel, and his three young daughters were staying. Weaver was a former Green Beret who had come to the attention of the ATF and other federal agencies for a number of reasons, including associations with white supremacist groups and the possession of illegal shotguns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • narrator

  • By BRETT HAVELKA on 11-26-18

Breath!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

story good. said what news companies were leaving out. Narrator was ok, but slow down and take a breath. My brain hardly kept up with the speed reading.

  • Alien Honor

  • A Fenris Novel, Book 1
  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

AD 2457. The longest space voyage in history has begun: 230 light years from a ravaged Earth to the pristine star system of New Eden - a beacon of hope following the Doom Star days. Aboard the ship are human colonizers, the Space Navy, fierce “Monitors” once bred to fight Cyborgs, and four “Specials” - humans with psionic abilities, capable of ripping holes in space to jump vast distances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the title

  • By Nvr2old on 05-12-15

start with book 2.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-18

the first book probably wouldn't have inspired me to keep reading. I started on part two unknowingly, and loved the book, but the ending was so unfilling that I did not get to book 3 for a few years. 3 was good too, so I went back and listened to book 1. as a whole, the complete series is verry good. just start on two, then one, then three. HOWEVER, book one was kid friendly, but two I listened to a second time with the kids and remembered where to fast forward, but three....? book three had so much talk of tits and a@#, no way will it be played with the kids. the author should have kept it family friendly like book 1. I hope he reads this.

  • Scars of Independence

  • America's Violent Birth
  • By: Holger Hoock
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America’s founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war—one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • we've come full circle

  • By Chris Coffman on 09-29-18

we've come full circle

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Wow. Really made me think. For the first part of the book I was appalled by Americans brutality by both sides, and glad we became more civilized. But by the end, I kept comparing the angry over taxed mind set of gun hording conservatives against the actions of rioting protesting liberals wanting more taxation in exchange for government care. I realize now that we are right back to square one, and while police may not be able to do anything about burglars or vandals, they are the only thing keeping buckets of tar on the hardware store shelves.

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  • Skunk Works

  • A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
  • By: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,860

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice work for a techie or aero interested

  • By Nar on 09-19-15

Totaly worth the listen.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

If you like to tinker, airplanes, inventing, the occasional joke, this will keep your interest.

  • Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians

  • By: Mark Twain, Lee Nelson
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

In 1885, while The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was becoming one of the best-selling American classics of modern times, Mark Twain began this sequel in which Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Jim head west on the trail of two white girls kidnapped by Sioux warriors. Fifteen thousand words into the work, Twain stopped in the middle of a sentence, never to go back. The unfinished story sat on dusty shelves for more than a hundred years until author Lee Nelson decided to finish it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good

  • By bob orca on 02-24-08

awesome

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Hardley any wasted writing. Suspenseful with a great ending. My wife even stayed up late to hear the end.

  • Moving Target

  • By: Kimberly Van Meter
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

In an effort to cure an ailing relative, Dr. Kat Odgers makes a revolutionary new drug - and powerful new enemies. She has no idea what her latest concoction is capable of, but Jake Isaacs knows. And Jake must get to Kat before someone else does. Her safety is his mission, but the assignment gets complicated when a strong mutual attraction threatens to throw him off course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so much potential

  • By Chris Coffman on 02-15-18

so much potential

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Gave 4 stars on storyline only because of the ending. Its like the author got bored. Great story. Not as much action as the first book, but more suspenseful. Was really looking forward to the ending, but no ending. No Kat and Jaci hanging out with the guys. Why is the lady that is never going to recreate her drug trying to figure out her notes? Will he ever turn back into the man she loves instead of a physical memory? The hole story kept me on edge, then the last twenty minutes left me wishing there was a rating button just fore the ending.

  • Titanic's Last Secrets

  • The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler
  • By: John Chatterton, Richie Kohler, Brad Matsen
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Why did Titanic sink as quickly as it did? Two of the greatest wreck divers in the world, the heroes of Shadow Divers, solve the mystery of history's greatest wreck. Titanic's Last Secrets peers into the lives of scientists, financiers, adventurers, and industrialists to bring listeners a thrilling and revelatory work of history and contemporary adventure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much diving but interesting story

  • By Jonas on 10-17-08

Riveting, pun intended.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

I found all the mechanical engineering storied fascinating. Kohlers diving stories are always worth the listen.