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Michael Stephenson

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  • The Dragon Behind the Glass
  • A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish
  • By: Emily Voigt
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands

As good as it gets for this genre

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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: 07-22-18

If you have any fondness at all for quirky natural history accounts, this is worth five credits. It is well paced and the narration is just about perfect. I'm comparing this in my mind to The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean and it's holding its own...I look forward to more from Emily Voigt. And I'm barely exaggerating to say I'd listen to Xe Sands read drugs warning all afternoon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Well worth a credit...

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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: 07-14-18

This is a well-realized little novel, with lots of nice touches. There's some wisdom in it.





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Thoughful treatise on huiman curiosity

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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: 03-17-18

What did you love best about Curious?

This books is very well written. After the forward, which went on a litle ;long making the case for the value of broad inquiry, It never lagged

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  • Zoom
  • From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves
  • By: Bob Berman
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren

Compelling listening....

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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: 03-17-18

Where does Zoom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have probably listened to a 150 non-fiction Audible titles. If this is not top Ten, iut's close.

What did you like best about this story?

Packed with surprising trivia nuggets...alos sprinkled with some good laughs.

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Concise Takedown of Liberals Mythologies

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

Reviewed: 05-04-13

What did you love best about The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism?

Kevin Williamson is not fond of socialists and their friends. He makes it plain just why that is in this book.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Eric Holder belongs in a jail cell.

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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: 11-12-11

Eric Holder and the Justice Deparment -- and by extension the whole Obama administration -- have a stealth agenda, and racial grievance is at the heart of it. It has to be stealthy because the American public would not stand for it if they knew.

J. Christian Adams has the goods on Holder and Co. and he lays out his case in a convincing fashion. As galling at as it is to say it, it all comes down to skin color. (Four more years of this and we could be headed for our own verson of Zimbabwe.)

If you have any interest in the topic -- and you should -- Injustice is a gripping listen. Highly recommended.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Lose the clumsy politics, Mr. Burke

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-11

Burke has developed interesting and sympathetic characters and can tell a story. I just wish he could overcome his urge to inject politics. Tedious.

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Hell of a book, hell of a reader.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-11

I read this thirty years ago and liked it enough to read every succesessive Gaddis book. Hearing it was even better.

This is a very funny book, especially if you like giving some thought to language and speech. Gaddis was a genius; he may ask a little more of the reader than usual, but it's worth it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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About as good as it gets....

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-10

I've listened to about 300 Audible titles in the past 8 years and this one is in my Top Ten. Superbly written and superbly read.

From what I can tell, most of Audible's best sellers are junk -- endless vampire drivel, bargeloads of witless thrillers and so forth -- but a few downloads like "Alice" can redeem the whole enterprise.

47 of 54 people found this review helpful

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 audiobook cover art

Forty-one hours well-spent

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-09

"Let us not delude ourselves by thinking that there is any substitute for victory."

I began this with little knowledge of Churchill's life; having finished, I think he's an indispensable figure for our times.

Our current president recently returned the bust of Churchill that Great Britain had given the US after 9/11. That's unfortunate... Churchill's resolve and principled will are as valuable now as they were seventy years ago.

Great book, great writer, great man.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful