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  • The Revenge of Geography

  • What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
  • By: Robert D. Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Don't They Teach This Stuff?

  • By Carole T. on 02-27-13

Needs an Editor

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Some interesting insights in an otherwise rambling narrative. Multiple repetitions, restatements of thesis. Did not finish.

  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Carlo Rovelli
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides listeners with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st centuries. This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, already a major best seller in Italy, explains general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role of humans in the strange world Rovelli describes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for the scientifically curious

  • By Brad Yeary on 03-25-16

Worthwhile, but

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

As in his other works, Rovelli's exposition of demonstrable scientific principles, and the history behind those principles, is lucid and engaging. However, his expostulation on the philosophical implications of those principles leaves much to be desired. The final chapter is a bit digressive, and fraught with materialist assumptions. The work as a whole suffers for it. That said, it is one small part of an otherwise thought-provoking read.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,713
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,969

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Decent

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Pacing is a little off, characters are a little stilted, but there's just enough substance to keep you interested. A decent summer read, but not one to keep on the bookshelf.

  • Miracles

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 189

"The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." This is the key statement of Miracles, in which C. S. Lewis shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in his creation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sound, shrewd, well articulated, and well read.

  • By Andrew on 09-17-15

Brilliant, but...

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

Though the caliber of the work is every bit worthy of its author, it is, at times, too dense for an audiobook. Perhaps better to purchase in print.

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