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  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,807

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

Excellent story for non-geeks

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

This futurist adventure is so plausible that you forget the 50 years in the future aspect. the balance has been struck by the team approach. One creates a story and the other invests it with scientific sense.Very well told story written for non-scientists and non-science fiction buffs. The reader was excellent too.

  • Even Dogs in the Wild

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is feeling the heat. She's investigating the death of a senior government prosecutor, David Minton, who has friends in high places. When one of their own is killed, the powers that be want answers fast. But Clarke is puzzled: If Minton died in a robbery as everyone thinks, why is nothing missing from his home? The answer may lie not in what was taken but in what was left behind at the scene - an ominous note.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Scottish accent is as much fun as the story!

  • By Mark on 01-26-16

Scottish brogue

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-16

The reader has such a strong Scottish brogue (accent) that I was unable to hear - especially since he read interpretative style rather than just read it. This is partly me of course with my ears but I listen to a lot of books on my iphone. If this is ever read in American English or even milder British, I'll give it another try. I've read or listened to all Rankin's books but this one won't be giving me a choice in method.

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  • From Kansas Wheat Fields to Alaska Tundra

  • A Mennonite Family Finds Home
  • By: Naomi Gaede-Penner
  • Narrated by: Shawna Windom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

What is the prescription for finding home in Alaska? Take one young Mennonite girl and transplant her from the flatland prairies of Kansas. Give her village potlatches, school in a Quonset hut, the fragrance of wood smoke, Native friends, a doctor for a father who creates hunting tales and medical adventures with a bush plane, a mother who makes the tastiest moose roasts and has the grit to be a homesteader, and throw in a batch of siblings.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Written more for local Residents.....

  • By Pamela M. on 10-01-14

real life drama

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

There may be too much detail in places but the story is a real one and exactly as the author proposed to write it. This pioneer story is especially interesting becaue of the perspective of the child. Great story.

  • Prisoner of Conscience

  • One Man's Crusade for Global Human and Religious Rights
  • By: Frank Wolf, Anne Morse
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

What's a congressman from Virginia doing in places where bullets fly and babies starve? Thirty years ago, Frank Wolf was elected to the U.S. Congress to address local transportation issues. Fueled by a faith that made him believe he could do something about it, the congressman grew to champion human and religious rights around the world---from cracking down on gang-related crimes in the U.S. to relieving suffering from war, AIDS, and famine in places like Darfur, China, and Bosnia.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depends on What you Want

  • By Robert on 01-10-13

Real politics of conscience

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

Reviewed: 02-02-12

Well read, well written, and inspiring. Not to mention a challenging story of a congressman with a conscience.

  • The Greater Journey

  • Americans in Paris
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071

The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • McCullough takes it to the next level

  • By gregory m loyd on 07-12-11

Empty Lives

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-11

If you want a breezy recanting of the opinions of shallow people--this is it. I'm used to McCullough doing bio's in depth on people of substance--Truman, Adams, etc. If you want a study in how shallow and trivial the literary and arts crowd can be by comparison to people of real world accomplishments...

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  • American Sketches

  • Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and Insightful - Get it

  • By Gerardo A Dada on 09-02-13

Not Really Sketches

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

Reviewed: 11-04-11

This book would be more honestly titled "Walter Isaacson's political opinions about everything". There are sketches in the book but only as context for Walter to opine about current events and how he would have done things had he been king of the world. You won't be surprised to learn that he thinks George Bush is really evil and Obama might be the Messiah. Maybe that is the intended slant for sales purposes. Well read, however.

14 of 22 people found this review helpful