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  • Shark Trouble

  • True Stories About Sharks and the Sea
  • By: Peter Benchley
  • Narrated by: Peter Benchley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Master storyteller Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. Booklist calls this "a suspenseful and resonantly informative overview."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Before diving with sharks be sure to read this...

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-05

Before diving with sharks be sure to read this...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-05

I read this book as I was preparing to go scuba diving with sharks in Honduras. It was a fascinating read, dispelling many of the false ideas that people have about sharks. I began to appreciate these majestic animals for their beauty, not the stereotype of killer monsters. When I did dive with sharks (no cage)they were around on all sides, 3-4 meters long and I was transfixed by their beauty. Thank you Peter for setting the record straight.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pulp Physics

  • Astronomy: Humankind in Space and Time
  • By: Dr. Richard Berendzen
  • Narrated by: Richard Berendzen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In this unscripted recording, renowned astrophysicist Dr. Richard Berendzen takes you on a journey through space and time that is captivating from the moment he begins to speak. Enjoy the best of both worlds: an expert's knowledge in a user-friendly format!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Physics is insightful history

  • By Dell on 10-08-04

A to Z review of Astronomy essentials

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-03

This is not so much a "book" as a "chat". Unscripted, it is like have a PhD in astronomy ride to work with you for a couple of weeks and tell you what we know about the universe. You won't find Bryson's excellent writing style, but it never pretends to be that. I completely enjoyed it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,235

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

  • By Sean on 05-13-04

Fascinating science - - engaging writing.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-03

I've listened to this over and over. I don't think I've ever said "Wow!" or laughed out loud so much when driving by myself. Although he deals with profound and far reaching subjects, from the Big Bang to geology to DNA, he does it in a way that is affable, and very understandable. Bryson is a first-rate writer, and his light English accent has a way of making his understated humor even more entertaining. Listening to this book, I felt, I still feel, profoundly aware of how wonderful it is that there is life at all in the universe, and how absurd we are when we fail to cherish and protect it at all cost. Bravo, Bill! P.S. Also loved "A Walk in the Woods."

6 of 7 people found this review helpful