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  • A Land Remembered

  • By: Patrick D. Smith
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053

In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical tale

  • By Boysmom on 04-10-15

This is an accurate portrayal of Florida

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

First of all, this is a great story, well told. I loved the characters and rejoiced and mourned with them. That would make it good fiction if it was nothing but fantasy. The catch is that there is a boatload of actual truth in it.

I grew up in and live in Central Florida. My forebears stayed in Georgia and dealt with the devastation of the U.S. civil war. I have discussed this book with some of the foremost historians of Florida, and they assure me this is an accurate historical novel. The characters are fictitious, but the conduct and events are true. This is what the Florida crackers who were successful went through.

  • Life After Google

  • The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy
  • By: George Gilder
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

You can say goodbye to today's Internet, New York Times best-selling author George Gilder says. Soon the current model of aggregated free content populated with "value-subtracted" advertising will die a natural deat. In Life After Google, Gilder takes listeners on a brilliant, rocketing journey into the very near-future, into an Internet with a new "bitcoin-bitgold" transaction layer that will replace spam with seamless micro-payments and provide an all-new standard for global money. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a lot of inside baseball

  • By R.J. on 09-29-18

this is not an easy read, but it, worth the effort

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

George Gilder is a fascinating riding, whether he is writing about the place of men in society, or technology. this is not an easy book. It will help if you have an elementary understanding of cryptography and understand the basics of Bitcoin and its blockchain. That being said, I think this is an important book and merits the effort. if you want some basic explanations on cryptography and Bitcoin, I would recommend the Security Now podcast at twit. TV. Start with episode 80 and when you finish the several shows on cryptography, go to episodes 287 and 643.

I always score in the idea of a futurist, but Gilder has been remarkably right on some of his past predictions. this review was dictated and I am too lazy to edit it.

  • Noir

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885

It's not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an air force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. 'Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he's got the connections on the street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I stuck with it

  • By MD on 05-11-18

A boring Moore novel.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

At his best, Christopher Moore is a great author. I have read several of his books 3 or more times. About 1/3 of his works are disappointing. This one was simply boring. By the time I was 2/3rds through, I gave up and quit. I will pre-order his next book and expect something wickedly funny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,712

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Tom Stranger always earns a TEN for satisfaction

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Wow!!!!! I wish that I had Tom to come get me when monsters from another dimension attack earth.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content. Unfortunate delivery.

  • By Jennifer Soudagar on 11-13-15

I dropped out after two hours...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I just did not want to spend time with Helen. I thought she was a little nasty without being wickedly funny.

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,309

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This should give you pause.

  • By Floyd Clark on 10-26-15

Read it with Win Bigly by Scott Adams

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

These two books should be read together. Haidt is a liberal and Adams supports Trump. Their approaches are different, but especially together, they explain a LOT about today's political divide. Read the author whose politics you disagree with first, then the one who agrees with your last vote.

Neither is a political manifesto. Both are about how people come to their conclusions. You will better understand those who disagree with you when you finish these books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,680

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

It is better than I remember from my childhood!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

A ten-year old boy growing up in central Florida in 1965, I read this book. It was 3 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis and my father had installed a fall-out shelter in the back yard.

The book scalded itself into my memory, to the point that I would be relieved to confirm that the flash from the West was not Tampa going up, but was lightning.

I was amazed by two things, listening to the book 52 years later: 1. How well I had remembered about 5 scenes, and 2. just how good this book was.

The characters were real and remain current. The writing remains fresh.

This is a book about the challenges of a very lucky group surviving global nuclear war. It's not perfect, as an adult I know an electric motor can easily be turned into a generator to run a radio, but this book is magnificent!

  • Get Well Soon

  • History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,149

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

read the demon under the microscope. i

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

This took an interesting subject and made it boring. Demon Under the Microscope is much better.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Unknown Universe

  • A New Exploration of Time, Space and Cosmology
  • By: Stuart Clark PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

On March 21, 2013, the European Space Agency released a map of the afterglow of the big bang. Taking in 440 sextillion kilometers of space and 13.8 billion years of time, it is physically impossible to make a better map: We will never see the early universe in more detail. On the one hand, such a view is the apotheosis of modern cosmology; on the other, it threatens to undermine almost everything we hold cosmologically sacrosanct.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting Information - Poor Reader

  • By Daniel L on 03-17-17

Best Book on the Subject for the Casual Reader.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

This book avoids the calculus, but is great at explaining questions I have had. For example, how do we know that Dark Matter could not be Jupiter-size bodies floating in a dark area of space? Why do they say the Universe looks the same where-ever you are in it and what-ever direction you look? These answers are within a chatty history of cosmology. I highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God, No!

  • Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,689

From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More memoir than theology

  • By Paul on 12-29-11

Read Chris Hitchens

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Chris's books are everything this book is not. Although sometimes funny, the offense/funny ratio is too low. Chris knows that all religious people are not ignorant and hateful.

On the other hand, if you want a description of Las Vegas at its most puerile,this may be your book.