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  • Influenza

  • The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History
  • By: Dr. Jeremy Brown
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the origins of the Great Flu that killed millions, to vexing questions such as: are we prepared for the next epidemic, should you get a flu shot, and how close are we to finding a cure? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important read

  • By Kathryn C. on 12-21-18

I loved this book. I learned so much.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Dr Brown takes complex subjects and makes them so easy to understand. I love how he explains or repeated mistakes from the 1918 pandemic to now and that while our knowledge and technical capabilities have come a long way, the virus still beats us yearly. I really understand the mutation in antigenic drifting and shift,he makes it so easy to get I now am going to be following flu outbreaks with flutrackers.com

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,268

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

very good story, nice details but...

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I loved the scientific accuracy of the story. The narrator is good but for too long a period is monotone,or staying in a single voice. That may be due to the long scenery description portions, which I appreciate as the author is describing an alien world.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,885

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Good and eye opener, but terrifying

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

How Mr Woodward captured su h detailed conversations between the President and his subordinates, in the White House is amazing, and scary. But what Porter, Cohn and others did was terrifying but necessary. Who runs the country?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312

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

Excellent Narrative of the hunt for Dark Matter

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Loved the history, the scientific detail, each night I got home and was digging through my old books or doing Internet searches to refresh myself on some of the subjects covered in greater detail. The author seemed to have a bias towards the High-Z team over the SCP team. The one detracting issue I had was that the author never seemed to finish up on anything...

Leviathan Wakes
    
    
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        Jefferson Mays
    
    


    
    Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
    14,828 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,630

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

What did you like best about Leviathan Wakes? What did you like least?

I started to read this because of the SyFy series "The Expanse". Typically TV/Movies based on a book are not as good, but after reading this I think the TV drama was better. I mean I like the book, it was gut wrenching, but the political intrigue of the TV version was far more captivating and had more settings.

So, what I liked best was the setting, Mars, Earth, OPA - belters. All the intrigue therein.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the Donnager was taken out by the mysterious stealth ships. Captain Yao was so confident in the Capital Ship, the Martians are so arrogant, and they were PWNED.

Was Leviathan Wakes worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Captain Holden is a sanctimonious, egotistical bastard. I cannot stand him, I will take the TV version any time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Child Prince

  • The Artifactor, Book 1
  • By: Honor Raconteur
  • Narrated by: Cheridah Best
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

Sevana Warran, reigning prodigy Artifactor of the age, has absolutely no desire to selflessly serve her fellow man. She wants, in fact, to be left alone so that she can putter about in her workroom.

But her efforts in avoiding other people prove to be in vain. The reigning family of Windamere is no longer sitting upon the throne and the Council has instead taken power. The sole hope of avoiding the evil machinations of the Council is Bellomi Dragonmanovich, Prince of Windamere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many....hesitations....in...speaking.

  • By G. Novak on 12-06-14

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

If you could sum up The Child Prince in three words, what would they be?

Interesting story, political intrigue et al, interesting plot.

What did you like best about this story?

Magic system and characters

What three words best describe Cheridah Best’s performance?

She doesn't allow a dialogue to flow, from character to character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sometimes.

Any additional comments?

Narrator needs to listen to a conversation, then emulate that when she is reproducing it.

  • Zoo

  • By: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,443

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really very good

  • By Trina on 08-10-16

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I wanted to listen to this for two reasons:
1.) James Patterson
2.) The TV Mini-Series

Patterson had never let me down, but maybe because the TV Mini-Series was written so differently, and IMHO better, this book was crap. I mean the characters were.

Has Zoo turned you off from other books in this genre?

The main character was so different from the one I expected, a loser. I guess the TV version impacted my book opinion a lot.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

Yes.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gatefather

  • The Mithermages, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,702

Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2,000 years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible until at last they realized it was their own survival in question.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Orson Scott Card has gotten weird... really weird

  • By Jeffrey on 10-25-15

Sorry to Have It All End

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

What did you love best about Gatefather?

The characters. I was a bit taken at how quick Danny evolved into this wise, all knowing Gatefather but I gave Orson some authorial freedom, albeit was stretched to the limit. But when I reflect on it, I see a lot of similarity between Danny and the characters in the Enders Books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gatefather?

The way the Bel God was beaten.

What does Emily Rankin and Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The context shift provided by the readers, lets you know the world you are dealing with as soon as you heard the voices. They made it easy to know if I was in Earth or Westil.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. It wasn't that kind of book. It was enjoyable but not momentous.

Any additional comments?

I did not like how the story never seemed to have Danny come to any form of closeness with his mom and dad, even though he understood their reasons and logic in all that was in their reasoning.

Danny - is a BIT too good to be realistic, so is Pat. I believe in good people, but with all the power they have, they choose not to use it, or very little of it?

The story never tells us much about what happens to Anopp and his brother, or to the Orphans, etc. There are a lot of gaps. What evolves on Westil?

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,409
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,423

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

Truly Epic

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

I was amazed at how well they summed up all the weaves of the story.

  • Towers of Midnight

  • Wheel of Time, Book 13
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,845
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,639
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,654

The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

  • By Corey on 11-09-10

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Sanderson has done a brilliant job of taking Jordan' notes and creating Jordan's style of writing yet there are subtle differences. The build-up was great, had to get used to the constant switching of context like other SciFi writers employ in large Dramas, but it works.