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  • Soul of An Octopus

  • A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,127

Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect", about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something different

  • By Carol on 01-02-16

My favorite animal ...

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

This was a good 'insight' book about how octopuses live and think, interlaced with too much sappiness. I stopped counting how many times this author reverted back to yacking about Octavia's death spiral and death. The whole book was laced with it. A good author would touch on it, expound on it a bit and move on, maybe mention it here and there. But Sy just wouldn't let it go, going into in-depth sorrow about Octavia's death each time she talked about it, blathering on and on. It was like she was trying to fill this book out. Was impressed with the tech info and insight, but could have left all the blathering to a page or two.

  • Blitzed

  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Reich, One God, One Dealer

  • By Tim on 03-13-17

mind blowing!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

It's like every story you hear about taking drugs with euphoric highs. The lows, the down side ... eventually will be your downfall, because you need to go back up. For a man who was a vegetarian, I'm surprised he didn't ask more questions of himself about the constant ups and downs he was experiencing. If you go through your life with an even body function and then start taking a substance that alters your behavior with extreme ups and extreme downs, wouldn't you ask yourself the question of why this is a good thing? You know that you did at one time operate your body without the extremes and functioned with manageable fluctuations.

  • The Man Who Robbed the Pierre

  • The Story of Bobby Comfort
  • By: Ira Berkow
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

January 2, 1972: Men in tuxedos rob the Pierre, a New York hotel. They get away with $11 million worth of cash and jewelry. The police are baffled by how large-scale a heist could go off so smoothly. The answer was in the leader of the thieves, a man by the name of Bobby Comfort. Comfort took to crime from a young age, card sharping, petty theft, and eventually robbery. Taking money from the rich, though, was where he excelled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love these stories

  • By Dann on 03-05-17

I love these stories

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

I find it interesting how people get to where they went. What the motivations were to get there and the ingenuity it took to get there. Given the cleverness of the thieves, I always wonder what they would have invented or done in a legal profession. What gadgets they may have created or betterment they could have done. Some of the most ingenious ideas are used in committing crimes. Bobby got comfortable robbing hotels. Comfort's not a good thing while committing crimes.

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris Hadfield Is The Real Thing!

  • By Kathy on 08-16-16

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Interesting to follow a man's journey to his destiny. There are things we don't give a second thought to while here on earth. As they say - to focus on a spot is to narrow your vision. Back away and see the whole picture, then you will understand. That seems to be the view of Chris Hadfield. I find it fascinating how they had to overcome the problems of weightlessness. The damage it does to one's being. Thankfully it's fairly reversible. He has a new take on the planet and it's problems. It's too bad we can't send bad leaders into space so they can see for themselves what their decisions are causing. Then jettison them out into space!(HA!)

  • How to Make a Spaceship

  • A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight
  • By: Julian Guthrie, Richard Branson - preface, Stephen Hawking - afterword
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne and the other teams in the hunt is an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. It is driven by outsized characters - Burt Rutan, Richard Branson, John Carmack, Paul Allen - and obsessive pursuits. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn't just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry and a new age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun and Thrilling Ride

  • By Gillian on 09-28-16

LOVED IT!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

But then again I'm a space buff. New challenges, new minds with new technologies bubbling up every day. Yes the government can do it, going to space, but now it's the private sector's chance to show their ingenuity. There's fresh ideas, new money and there is no limit. Old money, old ideas, stand aside. There's new minds in town with loads of capital to get us to space. With little red tape we've made it to space as citizens. We've broken the barrier of large government run organizations and ventured out into the black as privateers. What a thing to witness!

  • Priceless

  • How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
  • By: Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a 20-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this compelling memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bogged down by a bad narration.

  • By April D Love on 10-24-10

Decent

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

It was pretty good, interesting interactions between characters. I like that he wrote about the trouble inside the bureau also. There's no lack of narcissistic jackasses out there trying to prove their worth on either side of the law. Some scary situations when you're dealing with your life on the line and it's crazy when you're working towards a takedown and then your handlers decide to screw with everything you've spent countless dangerous hours putting together. Yup, somebody will die.

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,868

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

Not worth the time ...

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Seemed less about the spaceship all the way through till the end. It was more about the town's relationships, mostly uninteresting characters, than why the thing was there. Seemed like a long way to go for a lackluster ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Seed

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most terrible villain I've ever read about.

  • By Steven L Stringfellow on 09-03-16

Not sure why it was written

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

This was hard to follow and hard to stay interested in. It seems to be a fantasy story with loads of sex between shape shifters as humans and as creatures. Seemed like family was doing family and then there was some killing others. The characters were just uninteresting and the writing left me at a distance, unable to care about the players.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001

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

Into how it all began???

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

This is it, the book about the beginning of the spy plane era. Kelly Johnson should be held up as an aviation pioneer and the granddaddy of our eyes in the sky. The guy who figured out how to keep us in the know, which kept us safe through the cold war.

  • The Pentagon's Brain

  • An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

No one has ever written the history of the Defense Department's most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. In the first-ever history of the organization, New York Times best-selling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain", from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expceted but thats not a bad thing

  • By dfcgts on 09-30-15

Great info

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

This book told me things I didn't know happened and I lived during that era. Early on in the book it also points out the dysfunctional behavior of our top leaders in the military towards other cultures which seems to be so prevalent today in the middle east wars. Unfortunately we have to keep ahead of the rest of the world in inventing new and better ways of fighting advisories. If not we could become a third world nuclear wasteland. That's just the reality of it all. It's a sad statement, but on the other hand it also helps us improve on our technology for good progressive tech.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful