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  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,984

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

The Challenge and Emotions of Curie

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

A Mind of Her Own, by Paula McLain and narrated by Hillary Huber. This story tells the assumed tale of the courtship between the physicists, Madame Marie Skłodowska Curie, and Pierre Curie. The story is set up by telling us the prejudice she found as a Pole in Russian controlled Poland and at the university by her fellow science students. Her meeting Pierre and the difficulty she laid upon his friendship believing romance would destroy her career. He argued they would only work better in the coordination of their research. History tells us Pierre knew what he was talking about. It is a pleasant read and poignantly it reveals the prejudice Madame Curie faced. An interesting story and a not too unpleasant listen.

  • No Country for Old Men

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,489

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical McCarthy: SUPERB

  • By David on 02-21-08

Life is Not a Panacea

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy, and narrated by Tom Stechschulte. I often ask, after reading a Cormac McCarthy book why I don’t read all his library. Then, I realized there is so much dystopia in his works. Here is something cautionary to understand when undertaking a McCarthy story; each well-constructed story can be bad for one’s perspective of life.

Pathological killer, Vietnam Marksman, Texas rural Sheriff make up the story that pits each life against the other. The facts of the case are only an amorphous background to the study of each man’s strengths and ailments. It reads like a story but is really philosophy. Do not get me wrong; it is a magnificent read. Just one that teaches life is not a panacea.

One small item. No Country for Old Men warns us against the accumulation of wealth and how that accumulation denigrations the very humble people of the populace. Read well by Mr. Stechschulte. A novel worth reading or listening to notwithstanding it looks into horror.

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a tale of love and marriage told with irony and insight. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth have met and seperated years before. Their reunion, after the passage or irrecoverable years of their youth, forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really lovely . . .

  • By Patricia S. on 05-20-07

Embedded Love

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Persuasion, written by Jane Austen and narrated by Greta Scacchi. Love of another is embedded into our existence; not emotions for just anyone, rather a select other. With that understanding in hand, Ms. Austen tells us of the once was but as the book opens the lost love between Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth. I tell you not whether the novel is a tragedy or a return to happiness.

What you will have in reading or listening is a deep analysis of how those around us, our society, put us into places we may not really want to be. What is perhaps the most magnificent part of this imperial story is how well Ms. Austen uses words to shape and mold the story's characters to bring about our understanding of what happened to Anne and why.

There is a trick in this book that is thrilling for a literary. Wentworth and Anne are almost never in the conversation. Yet their affection is always in plain sight. A perfect plot ploy to engender one’s fascination with the read (listen). The words used to convey the story are enchanting and Ms. Scacchi was a supreme delivery vehicle.

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  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin - a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undoes what you've learned from the headlines

  • By Tristan on 10-14-16

Deep Scientific State of Affairs in Microbiology

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I Contain Multitudes, The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, written by Ed Yong and narrated by Charlie Anson. You all know much about genetics; but do you really know that it is simply not gene replicating, but rather genes set in motion the chemical processes and many if not dozens of chemical sequencings that occurs to put that code in operational development of the organisms. By organisms, I do not mean to limit myself to kangaroos and humans. Algae, Fungus, Viruses, and Bacteria are included in that genetic story. In “I Contain” we learn how those minuscule functionaries and their genetic makeup interlace with our genetic functioning. We are not singular versus those microbe forms of life, but interactions, and yes, interactional to the point of sharing of each other’s genetics, by chemical transfers, as well as genetic chromosome sharing and sometimes even transfers.

The journey is enthralling but very technical. If you are someone who has bought into use of pre or probiotics, you need to read this book to understand you do not know what you are talking about. Not because you lack intelligence, but because our interaction with macrobiotics is so new no one really understands it yet. You may take probiotics to be healthier, and that may be the result, as correctly as you may be likewise putting in place your death knell.

Beware. Although the book is an enjoyable listen to; it becomes scientifically intense. I would suggest this book to any macrobiotic scientist as a review of her or his industry or only for those willing to suffer not understanding this book’s precise niceties to get the gestalt of it all.

  • The Threat

  • How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
  • By: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,603

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The FBI & DOJ

  • By Greb on 02-19-19

America The Shinning Presence on the Hilltop

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

The Threat, How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, written and read by Andrew G. McCabe. There is a mystic we were all taught as children. America is a shining presence on the hill of history. We did not get there because we smell nice. There isn’t anything particular about our humanoid nature. What we do have is a system that provides more rights to individuals than any other society before us on the face of the earth. The limited exceptions might be the British, the former British colonies (of which we are one), Germany (for which we forced upon them democracy after WWII), and the Scandinavian countries, and of course a few more. We just got lucky that our structure of government provided for our democracy and individualism.

The Threat is first and foremost, a magnificent study that explains to us the Federal Bureau of Investigation and how, notwithstanding its early errors as a threatening police authority under the craven J. Edgar Hoover, it is now a bastion of our western way of life. No man need worry about a single authority or its representative individual taking vengeance upon an innocent individual, because we have the FBI. At least that is a premise of our standards and this book.

Secondary to teaching us about the FBI, Mr. McCabe teaches us that our President, unlike all that came before him, wants to undo our democratic system and become that single human force that can take vengeance upon an innocent individual for no reason whatsoever. The question is whether Trump is the next, Hamilton, Madison, Adams, Jefferson or Washington, or is he that counterforce that single human force that can take vengeance upon an innocent individual. We do know those eighteenth-century forefathers had virtue and literary substance, and as the result of their doings have made us that shining presence on the hill of history. This book gives us the opportunity to consider whether Trump, who most people believe has competence only because he was scripted to seem so on the television show The Apprentice, or does is he a false product of television scriptwriters and those that watched that program think the fantasy is a reality. The book gives us all an opportunity to consider.

  • American Wolf

  • A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
  • By: Nate Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Nate Blakeslee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Epic American Story

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 10-17-17

We Need the Whole of the Ecosystem

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

American Wolf, A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, by Nate Blakeslee, Narrated by Mark Bramhall, Nate Blakeslee. This is just one of those books that one should read because it is so humanistic. Better yet, a statement on universal morality. There is a balance to be maintained between the mass of space, rock, water, and air that provides the earthly environment, and the way life balances itself in this spherical bubble called atmosphere and that we inhabit. The natural environment is dependent on all its components. Without life, as it exists, there is no life to exist.

This is the story of the reintroduction of wolves into nature and how their presence makes the whole western rural lands; well whole again. We follow the reintroduction of the wolves and follow their family (pack) origin and struggle for life. We learn of the human factions supporting and antagonizing the reintroduction.

The story told is enthralling, the attachments you will develop (to the people, the wolves, and their prey) is emotional. The story is compelling, and the retelling is done well. It is a read you will never dismay that you read.

  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street

  • A Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Eleventh Edition)
  • By: Burton G. Malkiel
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424

Burton G. Malkiel's classic and gimmick-free investment guide is now more necessary than ever. Rather than tricks, what you'll find here is a time-tested and thoroughly research-based strategy for your portfolio. Whether you're considering your first 401(k) contribution or contemplating retirement, this fully updated edition of A Random Walk Down Wall Street should be the first book on your wishlist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By JB on 02-28-16

What One Needs to Know About Investing

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

A Random Walk Down Wall Street, A Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Eleventh Edition), written by Burton G. Malkiel, and narrated by George Guidall. Do not buy this book, or rather this edition. This Eleventh edition is out of date and there now exists a Twelfth edition.

If you are in your 20s or 30s, and you are intelligent enough to hope for old age, this book is a must primer for your final years’ security. It is very readable and understandable and intelligently written. The novice investor will get most of what is explained; at least enough for you to apply yourself to proper investing and savings.

One more point, and an advisory. This a complete review of the investing industry and that in itself is a worthwhile read even for those knowledgeable in investing. George Guidall does an excellent job at moderating and speaking out loud.

  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,809

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Class Noir

  • By Ian C Robertson on 08-09-15

Worth Reading For Verbal Barbs Between Characters

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

The Big Sleep written by Raymond Chandler and narrated by Ray Porter. This is the fundamental genome of the art known as noir; stories of cynicism, crime though guys and babes. Chandler is amongst the best of art noir writers and The Big Sleep is a perfect representation of the genre.

In the movies our hero Private Detective Peter Marlow was played by Humphrey Bogart and one of the protagonists of the plot, the book’s heroine Vivian Rutledge was played by, Lauren Becall. (The movie and the book are not quite the same tales.) The story revolves around General Rutledge, an old oil family scion, hiring Marlow to look into an extortion demand.

The General has two uncontrollable daughters whose shenanigans and secretes one is sure lies behind all the mischief that comes to pass in the story. The genius is not the steps Marlow takes to decode the extortion but the twists and turns the plot and the ‘suspected’ story takes until the final resolve. Magnificent. Yet, there is more to the story and that is the criminal personalities that Marlow meets along the way and how ruthlessly each interacts with the other. Oh yes, one more item. If the book did not have all this intrigue and discovery, just reading or listening to the work for the verbal barbs thrown by and at each of the characters would make this novel a 5 star on its own.

  • Top 100 Cases in Constitutional Law: Legal Briefs

  • By: AudioLearn Legal Content Team
  • Narrated by: Terry Rose
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

This audiobook provides legal briefs for the top 100 cases that have formed the foundation of constitutional law in the United States. Each case brief will cover the facts, procedural history, issue, holding, rule, reasoning, disposition, dissents, or concurrences. Constitutional law can be one of the most difficult areas to study in the law. This audiobook will go over some of the most important cases that have shaped constitutional law over the decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, but buyer beware ...

  • By Philo on 07-13-18

Just Did Not Make the Grade

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

Top 100 Cases in Constitutional Law: Legal Briefs, AudioLearn Legal Content Team, and narrated by Terry Rose. I am an attorney at law and have litigated much in life. Yet, the amount of Constitutional law cases has been minimal and since I enjoy learning law I thought this course would be perfect. After reading the work, I am still not sure whether the work was a failure, or I just happened to read it in a funk. I am usually a good audio learner, meaning I learn better from the spoken lecture than I sometimes do from the written page. Yet, in this work, the words kept coming but the concepts just seemed to drift away into nothingness.

The structure of the work was ingenious. The first half of the book or course listed out important cases per organized subject areas. The second half discussed the law in the relegated subject areas, legislative, executive and judiciary powers, civil rights, interstate commerce, etc. were discussed in a more cumulative manner. Good learning structure but somehow noting clicked in my mind to make me believe I learned something that I could use again. Thus, the mediocre ratings. I really wanted this opportunity to be good, but it wasn’t.

Perhaps I need to reread or as it were, relisten.

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  • Beowulf

  • By: Seamus Heaney (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Written a thousand years ago, this long poem is the very first surviving piece of English literature. Join Beowulf, a young warrior, as he achieves glory by fighting and killing three fantastic monsters. This new translation, by the Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney, offers modern listeners an accessible, intensely dramatic text. It amply demonstrates why this epic has spread its influence over more than a millennium of literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost perfect

  • By Tad Davis on 01-28-13

Adoration of Youth & Its Continuation in Aged Life

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Beowulf ‘translated’ by Seamus Heaney (translator) and narrated by George Guidall. Note the word ‘translated.’ That should make no immediate sense as it was originally written in about the year 1000 A.D., in Britain. But at that time Anglo Saxon was spoken. Somewhat readable by today’s English speakers, but only to some extent; with the Oxford Dictionary in hand.

This is my third (and probably final) read of the magnificent mythic journey of Beowulf. The dynamically Samsonian warrior who carries in his being adherence to the then rules of the tribe or if you prefer the kingdom; the obligation to the rules of law, procedure and order amongst the tribe. My first read was in the Anglo-Saxon language, or if you prefer Old English. The second read was again in that ancient tongue but by audio. Finally, this, Seamus Heaney translation where Professor Heaney converts the text from Old English to present day English. The result is a Wow. What was a worthwhile struggle is now a beautiful read. Perfect. Add in that George Guidall was a brilliant choice as a reader and you have a poem I can recommend to anyone – at least, anyone who contemplates human entropy - and the molecular disorder that comes from age.

This is a tale of the beauty of youth and its magnificent manifestation in the human body and how all that changes as we grow old. No discussion of the passage of time is more instructive than Beowulf. Its application though, centered on one beautiful man is applicable to all men and the society of all men. Yes, this is not only the story of youth but societal structures. Celebrate the enchantment of youth and its ending in old age. Yes, our ancient ancestors had a deep understanding of life.

One more point here to alert the reader to in this magnificent retelling of Beowulf. The one-hour discussion by Professor Heaney is distinct from my understanding of Beowulf but nevertheless, enlightening of the age, its talents, and the Beowulf world as it existed at the time of its writing.