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Willits, CA, United States
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  • The Wave

  • In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
  • By: Susan Casey
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis​missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great narrator

  • By Alexis on 09-26-10

Sounds good - audilbe failure

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-10

This sounded interesting however Audible will not let me download it after purchase. I am not sure what is wrong - but I am not happy.

  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

  • By: Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Metatropolis Series

  • By Issy on 11-24-11

Forget the politics

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-10

The introduction used to grind a political axe (pointlessly). I enjoyed the stories but strongly disagree with the politics. Back to nature would be wonderful for a world with under 1 billion people - we are rapidly approaching 7 billion. We either need technology (something the characters in the book use) or we need a euthanasia program.

6 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Starvation Heights

  • A True Story of Murder and Malice in the Woods of the Pacific Northwest
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, came to a sanitorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary fasting treatment of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters. But within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women were emaciated shadows of their former selves, waiting for death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating

  • By ilene on 10-23-17

Not for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-10

The author seems obsessed with the sisters alleged female health problems. There are somethings that can be condensed and summarized without impacting the narrative. Menstruation troubles and malformed Utri are some of those things.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,444

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

WOW

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-10

Great listen. Very good story and well presented. I guess I need to write 15 words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Absolutely Small

  • How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World
  • By: Michael D. Fayer
  • Narrated by: Scott Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

Our intuition about how things should behave is usually right in the everyday world. We see the baseball soar in the air, arc, drop, and lie stationary on the ground. Through data gathered by our senses and basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics, the motion of a ball makes perfect sense. But enter the world of the tiniest particles on earth—the motion of electrons, the shapes of molecules—and everything we think we know about the world radically changes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No math - wrong

  • By Chris on 12-21-10

No math - wrong

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-10

Figures and equations don't work in Audiobooks generally. Sometimes the producers will try to make them work with either handouts (hard to read while driving) or detailed descriptions. In this case they did not even try - just a dude reading equations off to you - very frustrating. Chapters 1-4 were good and relatively math free. After that the author gives up on his promise to "keep out the math" and begins inserting equations to "prove his point." I don't need the math to convince me and the narrative is lost with the interruptions of the math.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The American Civil War

  • A Military History
  • By: John Keegan
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Novel Approach (As Opposed to Novelistic)

  • By margot on 11-18-12

Another outstanding effort

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

Everything by Keegan is outstanding and this is no different. Well worth a listen if you have any interest at all in the subject.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Halsey's Typhoon

  • By: Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

December 1944, the Pacific Theater. General Douglas MacArthur has vowed to return to the Philippines. He will need the help of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's Pacific Fleet. But at the height of the invasion, Halsey's ships are blindsided by a typhoon of unprecedented strength and scope. Battleships are tossed like toys, fighter planes are blown off carriers, destroyers are capsized, and hundreds of sailors are swept into the roiling, shark-infested sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weather and Naval History Masterpiece

  • By M. Taussig on 02-17-07

Different and good.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

Different than most of these war narratives. The authors resist the temptations to make heros and villains.

  • The Department of Mad Scientists

  • Inside DARPA, the Path-Breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard Of
  • By: Michael Belfiore
  • Narrated by: Michael Belfiore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

The first-ever inside look at DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Roger on 07-24-10

Great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

Great listen - a postive message about government and hope for the future.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Imperial Cruise

  • A Secret History of Empire and War
  • By: James Bradley
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous 21 year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bradley is showing excellent promise was historian

  • By John N. Rampe on 03-13-13

Interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

An interesting and unvarnished look at the times.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Massacre at Mountain Meadows

  • By: Ronald W Walker, Richard E Turley, Glen M Leonard
  • Narrated by: Bill Dewees
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them. More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crime has its own momentum

  • By Darwin8u on 05-08-18

Slow to get started - not fully balanced.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-10

I was a bit nervous when the authors "confessed" they relied on the church for much of thier research. At least the first 3/4 of the book a felt a bit like I was being manipulated, but when the bad things start happening the authors do not try to pull punches. I agree with thier thesis about the event, but I do think they tried a bit hard to not point the finger at the church - no possiable justification for the actions is too small to be discussed (often repeatedly) and no proof of the dissappointment of church leaders int he action is to small to discuss. The pacing is VERY slow for much of the book with lots of degressions and information of little importance.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful