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  • Theft of Fire

  • Prometheus, Volume 1
  • By: Michael Edelson
  • Narrated by: John McLoughlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Dr. Grace Llewellyn quotes Oppenheimer as her creation takes its first breath. Moments later, a US military strike team hits her laboratory in suburban Maryland. Markus Stebbings is hiding terminal brain cancer, hoping to remain alive to die for something that matters. The mission to destroy a domestic terrorist cell in possession of a nuclear bomb sounds like the opportunity he is looking for, until he realizes that his targets are not terrorists and that what they have is something infinitely more dangerous than a bomb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Theft of Fire

  • By JEYCEE on 06-28-18

The disgust and scorn for the US Military and it’s members is epic...

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

A story which, based on its plot, could have been both interesting and exciting, instead plods along in a predictable path that is punctuated with reminders that the author believes that only a suicidal imbecile would enter the military of their own free will, and that those members are then beaten and brainwashed into becoming murderous robots, incapable of independent thought, and constantly 1 step from a bloody rampage.

It is impressively offensive.

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  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important read/listen

  • By Kathryn on 04-17-17

An avowed socialist seeks "truth", as long as it fits his world view.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

A socialist uses historical examples of fascism, communism, and Hitler's to proselytize his vision of a political future, described in the book as "Conservative Socialist Democracy", and advocates the seeking of truth over propaganda.

Unfortunately, this book is pure propaganda in its own right.

  • Owl and the Japanese Circus

  • By: Kristi Charish
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief Alix - better known now as Owl - has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen 3,000 years ago and makes her an offer she can't refuse: He'll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supernatural meets Indiana Jones!

  • By Tori Cerda on 02-27-16

Good concept, Whiny "Heroine".

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

While the story and concept were good, the necessity to ignore the apparently obvious to all fact that the "heroine", described as a skilled thief, spent all her time running headlong into whatever was waiting to kill her & her friends, without thought or planning, and that her "friends" spent basically the entire book pissed at her for one thing or another that they decided without discussion was "wrong", made it difficult to suspend my disbelief.

If this person had the personality and skills that were described, she'd have been more likely to tell her "friends" to take a long walk off a short pier than bow and scrape to them as she actually did in the book.

I was not impressed with the characterization in the book, to say the least.