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  • Death in the Air

  • The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City
  • By: Kate Winkler Dawson
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

A real-life thriller in the vein of The Devil in the White City, Kate Winkler Dawson's debut, Death in the Air, is a gripping, historical narrative of a serial killer, an environmental disaster, and an iconic city struggling to regain its footing. In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December fifth of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By irene on 11-27-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

This book is an interwoven true story of a serial killer and an airborne killer emerging at about the same time in London. The narrator was excellent and made a difference to what was already an eloquent narrative. Recommended, especially if you enjoyed Devil in the white City.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Zoom

  • From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves
  • By: Bob Berman
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In Zoom, Bob Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe, literally from the ground up. With an informative and entertaining style and a knack for distilling the wondrous, Berman spans astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology, and the history of science, uncovering how clouds stay aloft, how the earth's rotation curves a home run's flight, and why a mosquito's familiar whine resembles a telephone's dial tone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fact Filled Fun Listen

  • By shalte on 06-25-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

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

Top 5.

What did you like best about this story?

Just plain interesting but the narrator really makes a difference in this one, too.

What does Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Exactly how to get the point across whether the point is interesting or downright humorous.

Any additional comments?

This book will captivate you with facts but Bob Berman's humor is as good as it gets.

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,839

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Okay

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Certainly not the story that Devil was. This book is generally okay if you haven't another option but overall not highly recommended due to very limited storyline essentially leading up to the sinking.

  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!

  • By Rick on 11-04-13

Detailed which can be good or looooooong

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Too much detail for me.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Hmmm, to the biography of someone passed? I knew the ending.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not necessarily.

Could you see Titan being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A long movie. Long.

Any additional comments?

Did I mention this book may be too long. All kidding aside it depends on your taste. The writer certainly did a lot of research. A lot.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,054
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,129

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Long and slow to start but worth it

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

Resilience beyond belief.

What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

No other I've listened to previously.

What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Drama.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was all one very moving book.

Any additional comments?

This guy was real. In fact he just passed away prior to the movie that will be released. Read this book It is a life that is one remarkable story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rush

  • America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In the spring of 1848, rumors began to spread that gold had been discovered in a remote spot in the Sacramento Valley. A year later, newspaper headlines declared "Gold Fever!" as hundreds of thousands of men and women borrowed money, quit their jobs, and allowed themselves - for the first time ever - to imagine a future of ease and splendor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it. Want to hear more of Clarks work.

  • By Carlos on 01-11-16

Excellent personalization of the gold rush

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

What made the experience of listening to The Rush the most enjoyable?

Story snd truly magnificent narrator. The Israel Lord character was downright humorous and entertaining unto himself.

What did you like best about this story?

The personalization of the story using the 5 main characters with lots of actual diary accounts.

Have you listened to any of Bernard Setaro Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But although it would seem odd to choose a book by the narrator I just might try it this time. Hmmmm.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Let those who have water in their basement move HERE.

Any additional comments?

If you like history at all give this one a try. You will enjoy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Only Yesterday

  • An Informal History of the 1920s
  • By: Frederick Lewis Allen
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

In this span between armistice and depression, Americans were kicking up their heels, but they were also bringing about major changes in the social and political structure of their country. Only Yesterday is a fond, witty, penetrating biography of this restless decade, a delightful reminiscence for those who can remember and a fascinating firsthand look for those who've only heard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Matthew M. Kayes on 06-11-07

1920's brought to life

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Only Yesterday to be better than the print version?

n/a

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

n/a

Any additional comments?

If you want to feel the 20's this is the book. If I had known it was written in or near 1934 I probably wouldn't have bought it. But, that would have been my loss and incorrect assumption. I find that when I read reviews it is best to also read reviews on books I have already read and liked since that gives me a gauge for future reviews, especially on the negative ones.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,159

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

What did you love best about Endurance?

This is a truly magnificent story.

What other book might you compare Endurance to and why?

Batavia's Graveyard. The feel of being right there in the story.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Probably.

  • The Professor and the Madman

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,099

Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

  • By Jerry on 07-07-03

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

What made the experience of listening to The Professor and the Madman the most enjoyable?

The well-rounded story surrounding the OED.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The title says it all.

Have you listened to any of Simon Winchester’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I downloaded 3 more of his books since this book.

  • The Great Degeneration

  • How Institutions Decay and Economics Die
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Paul Slack
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Best-selling author and world-renowned historian Niall Ferguson has won widespread acclaim for thought-provoking works such as Civilization and High Financier. The Great Degeneration tackles nothing less than the decline of Western civilization. Ferguson posits that slowing growth, outrageous debt, and antisocial behavior are contributing to the erosion of the West’s once rock-solid foundations. Ferguson excavates the causes and shows how heroic leadership and radical reform are needed to right the course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as always!

  • By Ivanhoe on 08-28-17

Good but short

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

Where does The Great Degeneration rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

middle of the pack due to length

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

short

What does Paul Slack bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

n/a

If you could give The Great Degeneration a new subtitle, what would it be?

How Institutions affect a civilization.
I didn't really find the reasons why they decay.
More of a case as to the effect.
Insightful book though.

Any additional comments?

Niall Ferguson is good at economic history. No doubt.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful