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  • The Ends of the World

  • Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
  • By: Peter Brannen
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

Our world has ended five times: It has been broiled, frozen, poison gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth's past dead ends, and in the process offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the 21st century have analogs in these five extinctions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Kid's Science Book FOR ADULTS!!

  • By aaron on 06-15-17

Excellent listen.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

It is quite rare that I respond to a narrator so well as I did to Adam Verner. Often times I find myself wishing a narrator would change tempo, pitch, tone and whatnot. This never happened with Verner, and for the first time I started looking for books based on whether he narrated them. Apart from this, the material in the book is written very well, and it appeals to those of us who have very little (or no) knowledge of the events portrayed in the book. It is fast paced and the listener is kept interested. I listened to the last two hours during the three hour ride to Virginia, and did not want the book to end before my arrival, as it really kept me entertained and interested. All of these things combined and The Ends of the World gets five stars across the board from me.

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  • Krakatoa

  • The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great subject, great writing, great voice

  • By rwise on 01-26-04

Exploring Krakatoa

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

Reviewed: 01-07-12

Any additional comments?

Krakatoa is an exceptionally well researched work about the doomed volcano in modern day Indonesia, the eruption of which was one of the largest in the history of the world. However, I probably would have enjoyed this book in print more than the audio version, as I was not (and am not) a fan of Winchester's reading. Though Winchester's pronunciation was infallible, I was at times annoyed with pretentiousness of his tone. Even though I learned English in England, I find scholarly British English to be dry and I prefer American readers (or even Irish, or Australians).

On the other hand, the book flowed well for the most part. There was a part in which Winchester seems to give the entire history of the telegraph cable, and its laying on the bottom of the ocean floor that made me almost give up the book. I'm glad I didn't, as it was informative and easy to imagine.

Recommended; and if you like British accents - highly recommended.

  • Manhunt

  • The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
  • By: James L. Swanson
  • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Scott on 12-06-13

The Chase for Booth

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

Reviewed: 01-07-12

Any additional comments?

I didn't know whether I would be an audiobook-type of a person, but I decided to try listening to Swanson's