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  • The Fate of the Species

  • Why the Human Race May Cause Its Own Extinction and How We Can Stop It
  • By: Fred Guterl
  • Narrated by: Scott Peterson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
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    3 out of 5 stars 6
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    3 out of 5 stars 5

The sixth "mass extinction event" in the history of planet Earth is currently under way, with over two hundred species dying off every day. The cause of this seismic event is also the source of the single biggest threat to human life: our own inventions. But for all our talk about sea levels and biotechnology, do we really know what our future will actually look like? Will our immune systems be attacked by so-called super bugs, always evolving, and more easily spread than ever? Will the disappearance of numerous species cripple the biosphere?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By RobJD on 07-16-15

Good book

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Reviewed: 07-16-15

Fast moving, gripping and quite plausible. I would recommend this book to anyone with this interest.

  • Ordinary People

  • By: Judith Guest
  • Narrated by: Aviva Skell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
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    4 out of 5 stars 118

Here is the heart-wrenching book that inspired the critically acclaimed movie. Cal and Beth Jarrett are ordinary people: a happy couple living with grocery bills, taxes, barbeque dinners, and orthodontist appointments for their two sons. But when a terrible accident takes the life of one son, their lives begin to fall apart. This is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances - and the lengths they will go to put their lives together again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful book

  • By Emma on 03-22-11

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 07-04-15

Well written, well read and well visioned. Saw the movie and read the book. I loved both!

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, though disturbing at times

  • By Sean on 08-26-14

Excellent book

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Reviewed: 06-11-15

Working Stiff was a very eye opening book. It was educational in a light hearted way. However, it included just enough graphic material to allow you to picture the scenes without grossing you out. The narrator did such a good job, it was if she was speaking directly to you and reading the book out loud.

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  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You may knock US down, but you can't knock US out

  • By Matthew on 12-04-13

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 05-07-15

The presentation of "The Battle Of Midway" was outstanding. Full of rich details, and many facts which were not taught in any history class I have ever attended. It is amazing how close to defeat we were, and how this battle really stem the tide of the war.

  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

  • By: Adrienne Mayor
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
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    4 out of 5 stars 91
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    4 out of 5 stars 90

Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's fascinating exploration of the origins of biological and unethical warfare, draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern methods of war and terrorism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read for those interested in Antiquity

  • By Christopher on 07-08-10

Outstanding Audiobook

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Reviewed: 04-06-15

Loved this audiobook. It grabbed my attention from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend it to everyone else.

  • A Difference in Magnitude

  • The World's First Nuclear Attacks
  • By: Pocket University
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A Difference in Magnitude uses selected government documents, radio and newsreel broadcasts, and eyewitness accounts to tell the story of the atomic bomb and the nuclear attacks on Japan. Letters, official memos, and diary entries describe the Trinity Test in White Sands, New Mexico; recount President Truman's thoughts before the attacks; tell of the opposition of scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project; and give Japan's response to the devastation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Carroll on 09-08-11

Very informative

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Reviewed: 02-27-15

This book presents very well documented information. This is not just for kids. I recommend this book to anyone period.

  • Seven Modern Plagues

  • And How We Are Causing Them
  • By: Mark Jerome Walter
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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    4 out of 5 stars 46

According to veterinarian and journalist Mark Walters, we are contributing to - if not overtly causing - some of the scariest epidemics of our time. Through human stories and cutting-edge science, Walters explores the origins of seven diseases: Mad Cow Disease, HIV/AIDS, Salmonella DT104, Lyme Disease, Hantavirus, West Nile, and new strains of flu. He shows that they originate from manipulation of the environment, from emitting carbon and clear-cutting forests to feeding naturally herbivorous cows “recycled animal protein.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and informative

  • By Ericka Dammen on 03-07-16

Frightening, truthful and a real eye opener

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Reviewed: 02-23-15

This audiobook goes right to the core of the matter and presents the listener with all the facts. Narration: Excellent.