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Stephen B. Spencer

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  • The Unknown Universe

  • A New Exploration of Time, Space and Cosmology
  • By: Stuart Clark PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

On March 21, 2013, the European Space Agency released a map of the afterglow of the big bang. Taking in 440 sextillion kilometers of space and 13.8 billion years of time, it is physically impossible to make a better map: We will never see the early universe in more detail. On the one hand, such a view is the apotheosis of modern cosmology; on the other, it threatens to undermine almost everything we hold cosmologically sacrosanct.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting Information - Poor Reader

  • By Daniel L on 03-17-17

Well written and well-read.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

As the author notes, there has not been a lot new in physics or cosmology. That being said, the author provides some new insights that are particularly thought-provoking. It is definitely time for a paradigm shift in cosmology and in physics.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,011

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Sometimes less is more.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

This was a fine compilation of folktales from Africa and the Caribbean and well told they were. The pseudo-rhythmical musical interludes between segments were quite unnecessary and distracting to the point of near insult. Well worth the time and very entertaining!

  • The Bette Davis Club

  • By: Jane Lotter
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin, Tessa Marts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,138

The morning of her niece's wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she's made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the credit?

  • By toniriedl on 01-09-17

A very entertaining read!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Just serious enough to be compelling, just silly enough to be fun, just weird enough to be family.

  • The Deep State

  • The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Brian O'Neill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we elect have as little ability to shift policy as Communist party apparatchiks. Welcome to Mike Lofgren's Washington, DC - a This Town where the political theater that is endlessly tweeted and blogged about has nothing to do with actual decision making.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great survey of our currently dysfunction

  • By Jim D. on 02-16-16

A well documented connection of the dots.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Though his final solutions are utopian at best, this book draws some very straight lines through the last 90 years, or so, of US history and show who and why we're in the mess we're in. Extremely informative while, "entertaining" might be a stretch.

  • The Golden Ratio

  • The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
  • By: Mario Livio
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887.... This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio", was discovered by Euclid more than 2,000 years ago. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting insight into the world of mathematics

  • By Errol on 09-15-16

Good points, far too many useless figures.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-17

The author did his best to present an unbiased view of all sides of the argument, however, far over explains much of his case which, at times, shows the book down to root canal painfulness.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

  • A Spirituality for Real Life
  • By: James Martin
  • Narrated by: James Martin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

The Ignatian goal of "finding God in all things" eans that every part of our lives can lead us to God. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything shows us how this is possible, with user-friendly examples, humorous stories and anecdotes from the heroic and inspiring lives of Jesuit saints and average priests and brothers, as well as examples from Martin's twenty years as a Jesuit. The traditional wisdom that Jesuits use to help other people in their daily lives is easily applied, but not often explained well to the general public.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Changed My Life

  • By Michael on 10-05-11

A very different perspective

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

This book taught me a lot about Jesuit theology as well as about the journey along the path of striving for spirituality in a real world!

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,078

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Nora has done it again!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

It took a long time to figure it out and that was one of the best parts! Read this book! !! a it's just that simple😊!

  • Surrender, New York

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231

In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: Adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to love this but...

  • By Mark Hancock on 09-27-16

A fun read!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

This was my first exposure to this author and probably won't be my last. Though I felt there were some omissions that I felt were too obvious to be overlooked be people of the protagonists caliber, they didn't constitute an insult to the readers intellect. Definitely a worthwhile investment of time.

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  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,207
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,128

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T DeMon Spencer on 07-30-15

A painful yet true story of America

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

"Loved it", No! "Needed it", far closer to the truth! everyone should listen to this!

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  • Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat

  • How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics
  • By: Paul Halpern
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger were friends and comrades-in-arms against what they considered the most preposterous aspects of quantum physics: its indeterminacy. Einstein famously quipped that God does not play dice with the universe, and Schrödinger is equally well known for his thought experiment about the cat in the box who ends up "spread out" in a probabilistic state, neither wholly alive nor wholly dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good physics book.

  • By Alberto on 05-02-15

Finding new information amidst old news!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

I initially thought that I was about to be mired in just another historical retelling Einstein's march to wards unification. However I was greatly delighted to find much more detail about the series that both he and Schrodinger wrestled with throughout their lives. This is a very worthwhile read for anyone who is really serious about the fundamental elements of early physics.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful