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  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,720

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

My favorite book!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

This has been my favorite book since I was about 9 years old. It still hasn't lost its magic after all these years. A great fantasy adventure! The narrator does an excellent job too.

  • The Ghost Map

  • By: Steven Johnson
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Cheryl Crane on 01-14-07

Interesting History and Urban Geography

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-10

This book is really a hidden gem for history buffs. It did a lot to paint a portrait of the lives of the common folks of London, and by extension, other major cities of the mid-19th century. I found its insights into developments in public sanitation and its impact on modern cities very interesting. It also does a good job of showing how early scientists struggled to win support for ideas that we now view as obvious. Also, the book is great for illustrating how seemingly average people can have a big impact on their communities and the world. Finally, one thing it does is make me happy that I don't have to clean any cess-pits. Enjoy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus

  • Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World
  • By: Jacques Cousteau, Susan Schielfelbein
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Explorer, diving pioneer, filmmaker, inventor, and activist, Jacques Cousteau was blessed from his childhood with boundless curiosity about the natural world. As the leader of fascinating, often dangerous expeditions all over the planet, he discovered firsthand the complexity and beauty of life on earth and undersea - and watched the toll taken by human activity in the 20th century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Politcal Opinion

  • By Thomas M. Olenski on 03-05-13

Snooze fest !

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-10

I like animals, I like animal stories, I like Jacques Cousteau, but I DON'T like this book. The narration stinks and the pseudo-French accent the narrator employs often, is annoying. The book is boring and is a hero-worship of Jacques Cousteau and not much about animals. This is one of the few times I only made it half way though a book. I gave up and decided not to throw any more good time after bad money.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Why We Hate the Oil Companies

  • Straight Talk from an Energy Insider
  • By: John Hofmeister
  • Narrated by: John Hofmeister
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

As president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister was known for being a straight shooter, willing to challenge his peers throughout the industry. Now, he's a man on a mission, the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, crisscrossing the country in a grassroots campaign to change the way we look at energy in this country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent and Realistic

  • By David on 07-03-10

Intelligent and Realistic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-10

If you're looking for some detailed insight into the inner workings of oil companies...this is not it. What this book does discuss is some reasonable, common sense solutions to our energy problems. One reviewer stated that the author blames politicians and then looks to them for the solution. That is not quite accurate. The author does blame politicians (both Democrat and Republican) in a sense and seeks a solution that takes the daily management of energy policy out of their hands. He does make a strong argument for a gradual transition from fossil fuels to hydrogen fuel cells and batteries (for cars) and nuclear energy (for electricity). This book helps educate you about energy and energy policy without becoming overly tedious, and offers up one possible solution for our energy problems.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful