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  • Robert Oppenheimer

  • A Life Inside the Center
  • By: Ray Monk
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 35 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Robert Oppenheimer was among the most brilliant and divisive of men. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis in the race to develop the first atomic bomb – a breakthrough that was to have eternal ramifications for mankind and that made Oppenheimer the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.” But with his actions leading up to that great achievement, he also set himself on a dangerous collision course with Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch-hunters. In Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center, Ray Monk, author of peerless biographies of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, goes deeper than any previous biographer in the quest to solve the enigma of Oppenheimer’s motivations and his complex personality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST biographies on Audible!!

  • By aaron on 05-23-13

Terrific read (listen)

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

I always wanted to read a thorough study about Robert Oppenheimer and this one delivered. The narrator Michael Goldstrom was fantastic and made the entire book a pleasure to listen to. Not being a physics guy did not detract from my enjoyment of the book nor my understanding of the matter. It was more important to understand the characters in the story than the equations. That made everything very easy to follow. The arc of Oppenheimer's life was interesting from beginning to end. Most of us know him strictly through his supervision of the Manhattan project at Los Alamos, but the book gives us insight into the man, his mind, his brilliant intellect, his flawed personality, his masterful management of brilliant people, and his weaknesses as a father, husband and friend.

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  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,413

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Good, easy, reliable read.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Any additional comments?

McCullough is McCullough. He's great. This is a very good story that fills in the blanks about the Wright Brothers as individuals. But I found the description of the years of trial and error through development to be very interesting. What happened after Kitty Hawk is the untold story that McCullough also treats us to. I do wish that there was a little more "meat on the bones" only because I enjoy his books so much.

  • Chasing Gold

  • The Incredible Story of How the Nazis Stole Europe's Bullion
  • By: George M. Taber
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In the highly anticipated new book from the best-selling author of Judgment of Paris,George M. Taber reveals the integral role gold played in World War II, from its influence on the Nazi war machine to the ultimate triumph by the Allies and the fall of Berlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By duane barker on 02-16-15

A great add-on read for those covering WWII

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Any additional comments?

This is a great additional read for anyone doing comprehensive reading about WWII and the Nazi's. It was eye-opening about the process that was in place to systematically raid the treasuries of each country they conquered. That made for a good story as countries expecting to be conquered took great measures to stash their gold. Then of course was the story about what happened post-war as countries tried to salvage their economies and their treasure. Good book!

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,822

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Good story, just not enough of it. Felt stretched.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Any additional comments?

Well researched and well written, I found it to be a bit stretched out. It isn't "Titanic" and there's not enough here to make a movie. But it's a good historical read and the details about the captain was my favorite part.

  • The Age of Gold

  • The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
  • By: H.W. Brands
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill on the American River, it completely transformed the territory of California. Hundreds of thousands of people sped to California by any means possible, and small cities sprung up to service their needs as they sought the precious metal. By 1850, California had become a state; it had also become a symbol of where the nation was going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By Claire on 01-15-04

A global perspective of the gold rush.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Grover Garnder always does an excellent job.

Any additional comments?

A bit disappointed that this wasn't a more detailed focus on the California gold rush. It was more of a global perspective which would have been fine if represented as such. In fact it also spent very little time on the actual day to day operations of a gold mine, and not enough detail as to the mechanics. It was okay.

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  • The Forever War

  • By: Dexter Filkins
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, we witness the chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11, and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Forever War allows us a visceral understanding of today's battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America's wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A memorable "read"

  • By b2b4 on 02-16-09

A different perspective.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

If you could sum up The Forever War in three words, what would they be?

a non-military perspective

Any additional comments?

Read this very well written (and read) book on a recommendation and I wasn't disappointed. I appreciated the perspective from a non-military / non-political reporter on the ground, among the people and among the fighters. It filled in the blanks for me between what we get on the news and what we get from our government. Most important was the viewpoint of the people themselves regarding religion, their predicament, the Americans and their bleak futures. Ugh.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,413

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Best book I read in 2015.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Any additional comments?

A wonderfully written, wonderfully read novel that I looked forward to listening to every day. I can't emphasize enough the beauty of the writing and how well Zach Apelman delivered those words to the listener. Sweet, sad, poignant, touching -- it hit all the spots. Great book.