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  • Real Magic

  • Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe
  • By: Dean Radin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes. According to noted scientist and best-selling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pertinent but lackluster

  • By Marci B on 05-22-18

Spellbound

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Noticed I did not say soulbound. Not that I am merely spellbound; in fact, I am captivatingly and resoundingly anchored to the bottom of this magical undertow. In other words, this work is amazing in that it brings the highly credible academic world into the realm of higher consciousness and what some of us know simply as the gift. It may also be called the great work or the vital force. Regardless, this is a tome of insight that few have been able to parse together in such realistic and in a understanding way. Yes, I am one of the few who has experienced an Awakening through Oneness, so this book resonates in the depths of my soul and to the further reaches of my mind's own singularity. I'll end with a single word: #perfection

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,849

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I am about halfway through the book. It's really hard to listen to due to the start-pause-start-again speech, the sigh-speech, and other abnormal accents. I think these are supposed to be character voices, but it is distracting. I do like how the book brings a mundane viewpoint to sci-fi, very down to earth. It's not very intellectual, but there is one or two advanced / intriguing concepts. This is a rehash of episodes of other sci-fi shows, like Star trek or perhaps the expanse. It's not new for sci-fi enthusiasts except the level of transhumanism due to the infection, which is a total conversion rather than partial. Again, overall it's a bit dull and the voice actor is distracting from the story.

  • Lords of Finance

  • The Bankers Who Broke the World
  • By: Liaquat Ahamed
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • interesting insight into interwar period!

  • By Toru on 11-27-09

5 star story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

What made the experience of listening to Lords of Finance the most enjoyable?

Intrigue found in this book is both malleable and insightful. I learned a lot about history that I otherwise would have never known, and it was enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hjalmar Schacht. I did not know who he was, nor did I know that he played such a close role to the infamous Nazi party leading up to WWII. It is always good to read (listen to) history, especially of this era. It's exciting to find a figure who is close to the fray, and he is also in this gray area between good and evil - as most of the central banker characters were. They operated in a highly charged ethical and moral environment where decisions mattered almost minute by minute in some scenarios.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen Hoye?

Absolutely.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A few times I laughed, especially those eureka moments when you realize the history in actuality might be different than the history in pill-form taught to children.

Any additional comments?

I read it due to an interest in central banking after reading Alexander Hamilton's biography. I would recommend it to any who may just enjoy history in general without a special interest in financial history; however, it can be overbearing with financial details and culture which tended to be more boring than anything else.

  • The Drillmaster of Valley Forge

  • The Baron De Steuben and the Making of the American Army
  • By: Paul Lockhart
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

The image of the Baron de Steuben training Washington's ragged, demoralized troops in the snow at Valley Forge is part of the iconography of our Revolutionary heritage, but most history fans know little more about this fascinating figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Phillip on 05-15-09

Baron Von Steuben

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

Reviewed: 12-24-12

Where does The Drillmaster of Valley Forge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great intraspective listen on a character in the forging of the Unites States of America, and great quality audio.

What did you like best about this story?

I was always curious where steuben county in western new york came from, and this read has satisfied my curiousity but makes me want to know more about the great German American hero of the revolution.

Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

They were all good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was sad towards the end, that a great american hero did not seem to get the respect he deserved other than land. That he is almost an almost forgotten hero. His glory of forging the american army into a military force and his battle glories still will stand the test of time, I think.

Any additional comments?

Being of German background, I felt a strong connection to this character. I will think of Steuben when I attend Oktoberfest from now on.