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Harold Bishop

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  • Over the Edge of the World

  • Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
  • By: Laurence Bergreen
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bergreen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

This is the first full account in nearly half a century of this voyage into history: a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance; a startling anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans; and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Reading IS an Issue

  • By Holly Mckinzie Beene on 12-26-05

History that comes alive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-19

I loved this book. It tells about the people and the conditions of a much earlier time revealing the courage and motivation for why sea captains would risk it all and leave such a lasting legacy. The story is rich in describing the world and politics of the time, how savage seaman could be and the violence of going against authority. And yet Magellan held it together and made it 2/3 of the long way around the world by sea. Only to have treachery from mutineers ruin his achievement. A story that is well worth the time to read.

  • The Tangled Tree

  • A Radical New History of Life
  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection - a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quammen at his usual best

  • By JohnS on 08-23-18

A new era for evolution discovery

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Reviewed: 11-13-18

Wonderfully explained and deeply thought through, this book catches us up to date on evolutionary thought.
Outstanding narration.

  • The Square and the Tower

  • Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 619
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
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    4 out of 5 stars 542

Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It's about states, armies, and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power? Does it come from hierarchies or networks?

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

Very good but

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Excellent material. I enjoyed the historical content and the thread of presentation for both homogeneous and hierarchical networks. However the narration is dry and without enthusiasm. For a long book the presentation overall is less than engaging.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder Below!

  • The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II
  • By: Eugene B. Fluckey
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, Excitement, & History. A great read!

  • By Boone on 09-28-13

Tremendous saga of fighting spirit

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Eugene Fluckey was a model for war fighting submariners. Additionally he set the standard for leadership. This book takes the breath away at times and provides the circumstances where ordinary men perform at extraordinary levels.
A tremendous read.

  • The Quants

  • How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It
  • By: Scott Patterson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

In March 2006, the world's richest men sipped champagne in an opulent New York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with ­million-dollar stakes. At the card table that night was Peter Muller, who managed a fabulously successful hedge fund called PDT. With him was Ken Griffin, who was the tough-as-nails head of Citadel Investment Group. There, too, were Cliff Asness, the founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, and Boaz Weinstein, king of the credit-default swap.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • perhaps the best book on the Quants

  • By D. Littman on 04-14-10

Great book for financial and math types

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-12-17

Thorough and well explained. I really enjoyed the biographical setting of the book and parallel tracking of the characters. If you are interested in the "why" of financial meltdown of 2008 this book goes a long way in answering a good part of it. Couple this with the "The Number That Killed Us" and "The Big Short". And you get the picture. Should be required learning for Congress and SEC.

  • The Number That Killed Us

  • A Story of Modern Banking, Flawed Mathematics, and a Big Financial Crisis
  • By: Pablo Triana
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
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    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

The Number That Killed Us finally tells the "greatest story never told": how a mysterious financial risk measurement model has ruled the world for the past two decades and how it has repeatedly, and severely, caused market, economic, and social turmoil. This model was the key factor behind the unleashing of the cataclysmic credit crisis that erupted in 2007 and which the effects are still being felt around the world. The Number That Killed Us is the first and only book to thoroughly explain this hitherto-uncovered phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative look at 2008 financial crisis

  • By Harold Bishop on 06-11-17

Very informative look at 2008 financial crisis

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Reviewed: 06-11-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

already have recommended this audiobook

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

If you can take the numbers and the math, the author goes in depth, then a much clearer picture of the world financial system comes into focus. It also provides a better perspective on evaluating legislation like Dodd-Frank and SEC rules to understand if the rule makers really understand the underlying causes of a system that affects us all. Politically unbiased, this book is about greed and the manipulation of the financial system to benefit the few at the expense of the many.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mathews Men

  • Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats
  • By: William Geroux
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

One of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II: the U-boat assault off the American coast against the men of the US Merchant Marine who were supplying the European war, and one community's monumental contribution to that effort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Read Not About Brothers, but Men

  • By Gillian on 04-22-16

History truth and people brought together

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-10-17

Outstanding book of courage, persistence and family in a well informed story of a particular group of Virginians.

  • The Forgotten Man

  • By: Amity Shlaes
  • Narrated by: Terence Aselford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 781
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    4 out of 5 stars 426
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    4 out of 5 stars 429

It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Rejecting the old emphasis on the New Deal, she turns to the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how they helped establish the steadfast character we developed as a nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Books On the Subject

  • By Ray on 12-18-09

Roosevelt era

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Reviewed: 07-26-16

Outstanding presentation of a time when America almost came under dictatorship. The country moved irrevocably down the path of progressivism and changed the character of Constitutional America. I enjoyed the honesty of the narrative without the whitewash of historical embellishment left over from the post depression era writers.

  • Newton

  • A Life of Discovery
  • By: Alexander Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Jack Nolan
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Isaac Newton is one of the most influential scientists of all time. He wrote the Principia Mathematica, which transformed our understanding of the physical world; invented calculus; and was knighted by the queen of England. Enjoy the surprising and entertaining true story of Isaac Newton, and rediscover one of history's most prolific figures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but excellent

  • By Harold Bishop on 05-21-16

Short but excellent

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-16

I've read other books on Newton that had more coverage of his life, contemporaries and time, but this book was an enjoyable, shorter version. In some spots the reader sounded mechanical although still intelligible. It would be a good book to refer to for forgotten facts about Newton.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,420
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    5 out of 5 stars 150,258

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Robinson Crusoe with advanced technology

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-16

The story of not giving up and finding the ways of McGiver.
Loved the presentation. Read the book after seeing the movie and Matt Damon could have done the audio as it was so similar.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful