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  • Chasing Venus

  • The Race to Measure the Heavens
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the earth and the sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system - but only if they could compile data from many different points of the globe, all recorded during the short period of the transit. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists would have another opportunity to succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history, beautifully told

  • By GC1 on 04-26-16

Fascinating history, beautifully told

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

Excellent history that is written well. Voice is perfect for the story. Author writes in a mesmerizing way that pulls you into the moment. Highly recommend!

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  • Her Best-Kept Secret

  • Why Women Drink - And How They Can Regain Control
  • By: Gabrielle Glaser
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

What's the first thing many women do when they go home? Make a dash for the white wine in the refrigerator. In Her Best-Kept Secret, journalist Gabrielle Glaser uncovers this hidden-in-plain-sight drinking epidemic - but doesn't cause you to recoil in alarm. She is the first to document that American women are drinking more often than ever and in ever-larger quantities. And she is the first to show that contrary to the impression fostered by reality shows and Gossip Girl,young women alone are not driving these statistics - their moms and grandmothers are, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-researched history of women and alcohol

  • By Stacey on 01-26-15

Great Book, Bad Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

The book is excellent but the person reading it is terribly miscast. The voice sounds pretentious and judgmental, almost the exact-opposite of what you need for a book about women and alcoholism. This narrator is best suited for a 19th-century romance novel, not a serious book that will be heard by sensitive, vulnerable people.

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