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John Michael Trowbridge

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  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. For most listeners, this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it appears. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where, at the most fundamental level, time disappears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brain Workout With A Great Narrator

  • By Raymond on 05-15-18

Fsscinating!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

If you want to understand the most basic fundamentals of time and why we experience it the way we do as humans, and want your brain to be twisted in every which direction, get this book. It's also narrarated by Smaug, which is a plus.

  • The Sparrow

  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,065

Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

  • By Jim N on 08-15-12

Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Light on the science, lighter still on the theology, and not all that light on the dialogue, but the story was brilliantly written, sad, and contemplative, as all good Catholic stories are. I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in fascinating and very human sci-fi, who are looking for more than just the obnoxious "religion is dumb" cliché but searching for a contemplative stretch in what beautiful sci-fi can do for the mind.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,109

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

So good!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-17

Everything was so vivid and engaging! The cast was perfect and everyone should give it a listen

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,479

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Epic. Just epic.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

One of the greatest sci fi stories of all time! It's almost a fantasy novel and reads like one. The performing since makes you feel like you're listening to an old radio story and really really engages you. It is an excellent story and I can't play it up enough!

  • The Great Divide

  • The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation
  • By: Thomas Fleming
  • Narrated by: David Rapkin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

History tends to cast the early years of America in a glow of camaraderie when there were, in fact, many conflicts between the Founding Fathers - none more important than the one between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Their disagreement centered on the highest, most original public office created by the Constitutional Convention: the presidency. It also involved the nation's foreign policy, the role of merchants and farmers in a republic, and the durability of the union.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Readable

  • By Jean on 05-02-15

Riveting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-16

If you're looking for a philosophical discussion on the differences of these men, you might be pleasantly disappointed. The story is engaging, the narrarator superb, and it isn't until the end that you see the thread that has brought it all together. For some, that may be frustrating, but I found it highly informative and entertaining. One issue is that this author is NOT kind to Jefferson and it might be helpful to have a biography on him handy just to be more balanced. Even still, it's a very engaging narrative and I'd highly recommend it.

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  • It Can't Happen Here

  • By: Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find how many people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close to Home

  • By Peter on 01-03-09

Missing the last paragraph

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-16

I bought the paperback but drive a lot so I got the audio book too. The audiobook literally stops at the last paragraph, for, I can only assume, emotional reasons, as the last paragraph makes the book more sad than happy. It's a wonderful narraration and an engaging story, but if you're looking for real, hard, substantial parallels to today, good luck. Until someone has their own public "army" in order to disband Congress and the Supreme Court, it really "can't happen here."

  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

  • or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life
  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For aficionados only.

  • By Ary Shalizi on 01-11-12

Classic

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-15

great book, especially if you enjoy biology. because it's been so influential, it should be read by everyone.

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