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  • The Path Between the Seas

  • The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 31 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041

The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing accomplishment in history

  • By HEIDI GOMEZ on 04-27-16

A thorough journey through the isthmus

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

A grand tale of an engineering project with a skillful matter of fact style of McChullough is master of. Highly recommended.

  • Last Flag Down

  • The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship
  • By: John Baldwin, Ron Powers
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

As the Confederacy felt itself slipping beneath the Union juggernaut in late 1864, the South launched a desperate counteroffensive to force a standoff. Its secret weapon? A state-of-the-art raiding ship whose mission was to sink the U.S. merchant fleet. The raider's name was Shenandoah, and her executive officer was Conway Whittle, a 24-year-old warrior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good all around

  • By Rob on 01-19-08

Ultimate Confederate raider explained

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

I was interested about the subject, and now even more so of the doomed cause

  • The Lion's Gate

  • On the Front Lines of the Six Day War
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

June 5, 1967: The fearsome, Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army and its 1000 tanks are massed on Israel's southern border. Meanwhile, the Syrian Army is shelling the much smaller nation from the north. And to the east, Jordan and Iraq are moving brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser has declared that the Arab world's goal is no less than "the destruction of Israel."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As close to being there as you can get

  • By Andy from FL on 07-13-14

wouldn't change a thing. War as a clear message

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

There are plenty of untold stories;not here. Everyone gets his or hers say - except civilians and the enemy. Lopsided, not faulty.

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,510

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

I happen to be find of opera

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

otherwise I wouldn't have touched this. Enjoyable and well written but lacking originality. Will go on reading the series' next book.

  • Timescape

  • By: Gregory Benford
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95

In a future wracked by environmental catastrophe and social instability, physicist John Renfrew devises a longshot plan to use tachyons - strange, time-traveling particles - to send a warning to the past. In 1962, Gordon Bernstein, a California researcher, gets Renfrew's message as a strange pattern of interference in an experiment he's conducting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed it

  • By Stephen on 09-21-09

Keeps perfect focus on the science in the fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

SPOILER.If tachyons did exist. If it Was imperative to deliver a message to the past this certainly would be a credible story how the science in Science fiction would contribute to the effort. I loved the sense of realism and the loving tongue in cheek description of the world of nature scientist. Like the author I too found that I love the science more than I did realize.

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  • Stand on Zanzibar

  • By: John Brunner
  • Narrated by: Erik Bergmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions and society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering. Though written in 1968, it speaks of our present time and is frighteningly prescient and intensely powerful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Prescience

  • By Stephen on 10-07-11

Balanced multiplex of future that's, err, now.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Witty and entertaining and in many aspects prophetic story of 21st century politics, science, dilemma of eugenetics and consumer lifestyle. Some of this has happened already and clash with China is certainly looming ahead. And all along tongue in cheek. Not at all aged 1968 book a delight. With amusing sidestories in interlacing chapters making easy listening in small doses. Highly recommend to SF fans but also a good example of witty science fiction for the doubtful or novice - few chapters of confusion in the beginning to a non SF reader not used to neologisms. So be warned.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful