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The 3-Day Effect audiobook cover art

Inspirational argument for going outside

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

Reviewed: 08-20-19

This short book provided some convincing arguments with real life examples of the benefit of spending time “in nature”. The gist was that spending time experiencing nature, especially in 3 day (or longer?) increments had scientifically measured improvement on people’s mind and body.

Book is read by the offer who uses her life situation as well as those of divergent groups and other people as “subject” for the experiments in experiencing nature as healer.

I’m outside a lot working around my house but this has me convinced to try to get outside where I’m not “doing” but just “being”. The nearby natural refuge is my first objective for this coming weekend!

The Mystery of Alice audiobook cover art

Almost put it down — glad I didn’t

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

Reviewed: 08-16-19

This was a freebie from audible - great way to check out unknown authors.

On first listen, I thought “book for teens” and would have stopped listening BUT at the start of a 90 minute commute, with nothing else downloaded and not wanting to listen to radio drivel, I decided “what the heck, gotta be better than the radio!”

Turned out be a pretty good book about life through the eyes, and VLog of a 13 year old who was selected for a scholarship to a prestigious college prep school and became engulfed in a unexpected mystery.

Roman Holiday audiobook cover art

Another interesting short

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

Reviewed: 08-14-19

This time the time traveling team heads to Ancient Rome and reveal unknown sides to the relationship between famous Cleopatra and Carpurnias, Julius Cesar’s mistress and his long suffering wife ... or was she?

As an audible... perfect for a single day round trip commute

Hidden Falls: Ordinary Secrets audiobook cover art

Almost got me hooked

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

Reviewed: 08-12-19

Well written and well narrated small town mystery that had me hooked and ready to buy and download the whole book ... BUT ...
The audible is only purchasable as single chapters for $1.99 each. With 13 chapters, I don’t think my interest in this boos is going to be worth. The $24+ it will cost to download the chapters ... and definitely not worth one credit (at $14.95 each) for each chapter!

So sad because the main character Quinn is interesting and the mystery is just starting to unfold. Chapter 1 lays the Tien background ... or st least present snippets of various townsfolk and their possible relation to Quinn.

Again, so sa

Alone at Dawn audiobook cover art

Part history, part great biography

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

Reviewed: 08-10-19

Interesting story of the evolution of the US Air Force Combat Control field, from lessons learned during WW2, to its early Vietnam era to the book’s culmination in Operation Anaconda, where MSgt Chapman unfortunately lost his life while saving others.

The history part was very interesting, as the field almost sprung up organically in the forests of Vietnam, Laos and nearby.
Great background info on the circa-2000 training and employment methods used by combat controllers. Good biography about John Chapman which turned into the story of his actions saving lives while under the realization he’d been left for dead by his team.

The story also not so subtly pointed fingers to those who’s glory-dogging led to plans that had a direct hand in the fiasco that led to so many US deaths. Unfortunately they deflected blame on more junior people and were subsequently rewarded with higher responsibility and grade.

The biggest detractor was the overly wrought, overly dramatic narration, which was more than a bit repetitive and distracting from the story at hand.

When a Child Is Born audiobook cover art
  • When a Child Is Born
  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm

Nice slice if St Mary’s

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

Reviewed: 08-08-19

Cute short tale, good listen for 1 way commute. Left me wondering though - if what the time travelers did caused a set of future events several generations latter, if they hadn’t been there and intervened in history then how would the future been able to develop the way it did which is what allowed them to travel back??

Interesting circle !

The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon audiobook cover art

Interesting but harped on perceived slights too much

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

Reviewed: 08-08-19

I’m a big fan of the Apollo program and enjoying the big interest this year in celebration of the Apollo 11 mission.

The Man ... was a good listen and provided some interesting behind the scene at NASA information from the early 60s. However almost every anecdote mentioned how the book’s subject, John Houbolt was slighted in receiving what he thought should have been his dues for championing the lunar orbit rendezvous (LOR) concept to get man on the moon and home. Houbolt was a visionary in seeing and advocating for the LOR concept and apparently didn’t claim he invented the idea, but was a fierce champion and succeeded in getting the idea into history. However he did get a lot of recognition from his peers and the public ... it just didn’t live up to what he thought he deserved.

A lot of this info is covered in other books, such as One Giant Leap ... in a lot fewer words and pages.

For an audible freebie that takes about 2 days commute time to listen, this was a nice listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs audiobook cover art

Excellent info about dinosaurs and there revolution you never knew

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

Reviewed: 07-26-19

This was a great short listen that left me wanting more! Very good narration and interest subject matter.

This short audible coveted a lot of cool info about how the dinosaurs came to be - from the predecessors, current thought on how various species survived not just 1 great extinction but 5, to how dinosaurs walk among us today. It also covered info on very early mammals that existed before the dinosaurs and even preyed on dinosaurs.

Power French Accelerated/8 One-Hour Audio Lessons/Complete Written Listening Guide/Tapescript audiobook cover art
  • Power French Accelerated/8 One-Hour Audio Lessons/Complete Written Listening Guide/Tapescript
  • By: Mark Frobose
  • Narrated by: Mark Frobose

Excellent refresher or trip prep

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

Used this to refresh my knowledge and ability to think/speak in French before a 2 week vacation in Normandy. Found to very useful, esp with building patterns to use with multiple verb and other word usage.

I had studied French in high school a couple decades ago but not used it much other than a 1 week ski resort vacation and a long weekend in Paris ... both of those more than a decade ago.

The pattern used in the audible book was easily listened to while commuting. The English speaking male explains the pattern and some new words, heavy emphasis on verbs and related nouns. Then they pause while the listener repeats. This is followed by the female native French speaker repeating the sentence or phrases that build larger sentences author pauses for the listener to repeat.

As a previous learner of French, the first few chapters seemed slow, basic and repetitive , but I was glad I didn’t skip ahead. As the vocabulary grew and the sentences became either more complex, I was glad I’d stayed with the course to develop the necessary rhythm. I would not have considered the sentences complex in English,, my native tongue, but in a foreign language they were more complex than simple noun-verb-subject.

If I thought I’d be going back to France or other place where French is primary language, I’d order the next course. However I plan to try the Spanish version next, since I’ll be heading to Mexico in the fall.

The Coming Storm audiobook cover art

Interesting short with some eye opening facts

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Amazon - thanks for the freebie! This was a very interesting 2 hour listen that gave me a lot of info about the many ways the national weather service and its parent agency, NOAA & the Commerce Department, provide all sorts of data services that can and do help save American lives and businesses. The interesting bit was how the data paid for by the taxpayers gets used by businesses to make millions of dollars profit reselling the data. To improve those company’s bottom line even more, they don’t reimburse the taxpayers for the expense the government incurred collecting the data.
Just like national parks users, they should have to pay user fees for using a publicly funded product (data).