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  • What Is Real?

  • The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
  • By: Adam Becker
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, "light" "read"... potential caveat below...

  • By James S. on 03-31-18

Good summary

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Gives a good summary of the current state of debate over how quantum mechanics work

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

  • By: John Gribbin
  • Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The 20th century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark audiobook, John Gribbin - one of the best-known science writers of the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, entertaining and easily understood

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-18

Simple, entertaining and easily understood

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Simple, entertaining and easily understood story of how scientists arrived at the conclusion that the Universe was 13.8 billion years old.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Great Catherine

  • The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

Prize-winning historian and biographer, Carolly Erickson has created an eminently readable biography that recognizes the humanity of Great Catherine—Empress of Russia—with her majesty and immense capability. Dispelling some of the myths surrounding her voracious sexual appetite, the biographer portrays Catherine as a lonely woman far ahead of her time—achieving greatness in an era when women were executed on a husband’s whim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a woman. Sad to reach the end. Well read.

  • By Cheryl on 04-01-13

More hagio than bio graphy

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

If you could sum up Great Catherine in three words, what would they be?

Uncritical entertaining hagiography

What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Catherine?

When a peasant revolt threatened to bring Bolshevism to Russia a century and half early

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

Potemkin

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Reformism betrayed

Any additional comments?

The author is obviously a great admirer of Katherine and seems to spend a great deal of time focussing on courtly life and relatively little on the partition of Poland or the brutal suppression of peasant revolts under her regime.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inside the Red Mansion

  • On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man
  • By: Oliver August
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Due to a mix-up, journalist Oliver August stumbles onto the hunt for China's most wanted man, Lai Changxing, an illiterate tycoon on the run from corruption charges. Sensing something emblematic in this outsized tale of rise and fall, August sets out to find the self-made billionaire, in the hope that if he can understand how Lai reinvented himself, he will also better understand the tectonic forces transforming modern China.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, and enjoyable

  • By Jon on 11-12-07

A Celebration of China and the Chinese People

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-10

The author's research into the life of multimillionaire smuggler Lai Changxing provides the backdrop for what is really a voyage of discovery through what might be called the "Really New China", a nation being transformed by a capitalist revolution from below, led by fearless people like Mr. Lai who both work with and against officialdom in a monumental effort to transform China into a land of (economic) freedom and opportunity. The voyage is made all the more enjoyable by our effortlessly charming and instinctively poetic host, whose almost Shakesperean command of the English language is ideally suited to his epic of praise for the courageous and infintely resourceful Chinese people he so obviously loves.

Dark Winter
    Nick Stone, Book 6
    
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    Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    140 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Dark Winter

  • Nick Stone, Book 6
  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Outside of Pakistan, the world's highest concentration of al-Qaeda lurks in South-East Asia, and there Nick Stone's bosses get wind of an act of terror that will dwarf even the nightmare of 9/11. When Stone is despatched to Malaysia by the CIA to assassinate a biochemist, he expects his mission to be a straightforward part of the fight against Bin Laden. But there are complications, not least because he is working alongside an attractive woman whose motives he doesn't fully understand.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By R.A.H. on 05-17-05

Nick Stone Goes Nuts

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-05

Andy McNab's sociopathic secret agent, Nick Stone, already made James Bond look like Ralph Nader before Dark Winter, but in DW he goes completely "off the reservation" to jeopardize the lives of millions of Brits to save the hypervulnerable object of his increasingly obsessive devotion, his mentally ill ward Kelly. The second-by-second description of undercover work sounds crushingly authentic as always, but Stone's weirdness strains credibility and left this reader frankly hoping that his ruthless masters would finally pull the plug on this far too rogue warrior - permanently.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Discoveries

  • The Ancient Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Mayans
  • By: Dick Teresi
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

In the tradition of Daniel Boorstin, the co-founder of Omni delivers an original work of history that demonstrates why modern science rests on a foundation built by ancient and medieval non-European societies. "If you think that modern science is rooted in the golden age of Greece, you owe it to yourself to [hear this] book," says Library Journal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A worthwhile challenge

  • By Kevin on 01-29-05

Drones on and on

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-04

I don't know if it was the narration or the book itself, but after mamking some initially interesting points the book began to simple drone on and on about things I really didn't care about. Either the story bored the narrator or it was just plain boring. Either was I stopped listening about half way through.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful