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Duncan

Duncan Glasgow, United Kingdom
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  • "An enjoyable and epic account of li..."

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. It gives a detailed and interesting personal account of life in NASA mission control from the beginnings of NASA through to the end of the Apollo lunar missions. The book manages to portray some of what it must have felt like to be there during this exciting time. Occasionally the writing style is a but clumsy and feels like it could have done with another edit or tidy up, but in a way this just adds to the fast paced nature of the story. Likewise, sometimes the patriotism and pro-US attitudes of the author become a bit repetitive, but rather than being annoying they add to the character of the author.

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    Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

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    • By Gene Kranz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
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    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    Duncan says: "An enjoyable and epic account of life at NASA"
  • "Good biography of Walton Lillehei"

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    A well written biography of the surgeon who saw advanced heart surgery change from a dream to a common occurrence.

    I found the first chapters a bit tedious - lots of details and times and places, but that sets the scene for the rest of the story, and it is a truly fascinating story of the trials and tribulations of the relatively small groups of people with not much more than inspiration and lab dogs who came up with the tools and ideas to pioneer heart surgery. It is amazing how such advanced surgery became possible with such seemingly primitive techniques. Beyond the story of the surgeries there are more than a few twists and turns in the personal life of Walton Lillehei.

    The story is also well read - however I did find the speed of narration slow and ended up listening to it at 1.5 speed.

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    King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery

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    • By G. Wayne Miller
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
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    G. Wayne Miller has dramatically and meticulously reconstructed an amazing true story: how a group of renegade Minnesota surgeons, led by Dr. Walt Lillehei, made medical history by becoming the first doctors to operate deep inside the human heart.

    Duncan says: "Good biography of Walton Lillehei"
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Olivier's greatest hits:
  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    "A must read for Facebook friends and foes alike"

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    CONTENT: this book is enthralling from beginning* to end and gives a detailed history of the development of Facebook with lots of great details and insights. Though its author has been criticized for needing to cozy-up to Facebook to get detailed info, the author still gives tidbits of info that are not really positive for Facebook (such as the fact that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, rarely logs on to Facebook, presumably because he has a real life and job to attend to ;-)

    FORMAT: This audiobook is read by the author himself, which allows him a lattitude in tempi and expressions that only comes from reading one's own writings. It is a real pleasure to listenb to, independently of the contents.

    * Don't get turned-off by the sappy introduction, which can be skipped. Once the book really begins it is great.

  • Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How To Love

    "Great Book About An Overlong Story"

    Overall

    The reader is good (though a bit odd in the first 10-15 minutes), the boook is well written, but the story itself drags on for too long (no fault of the author). This biography reminded me of reading Einstein's biography. The "hero(s)" attain(s) stardom early in life and then one is finding it hard to get motivated reading about the humdrum that is the remaining 30 years of their life.

  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    "A Great Human and Technological Saga"

    Overall

    "Masters of Doom" is yet another tale of 2 buddies starting an IT company that shook the world (Bill Gates/Steve Allen, Steve Jobs/Steve Wozniak, Larry Page/Sergey Brin, ...).

    Having read biographies of all the pairs mentioned above, why did I bother to read yet another biography ? Because, each of these is a different story, and when well written (and read) these are engrossing human sagas that also place our modern technological world in context.

    "Masters of Doom" has it all.

    The pair of characters that it follows are anything but boring, and the text does a great job of bringing their character and idisyncracies to life (and Wil Wheaton's reading is excellent). If you have any interest in technology (not necessarily computer games, which I do not play) then this is a sure winner.

Neil

Neil LEEDS, United Kingdom 20/01/2012

In the car I listen to memoirs or books about business. Recently I've started listening to books about running while running - also fun.

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    A good biography and very detailed on the key stages of a fascinating life.

    Somewhat overlong in places.

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    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

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    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
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    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fascinating insight into a flawed genius"

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  • 4.8 (47 ratings)
    Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture (






UNABRIDGED) by David Kushner Narrated by Wil Wheaton
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    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
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    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Mr. C. J. R. Beale says: "Very inspiring"
  • 4.5 (1421 ratings)
    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Isaacson Narrated by Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
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    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

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    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fascinating insight into a flawed genius"
  • 4.3 (198 ratings)
    Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard P. Feynman Narrated by Raymond Todd
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    Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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    • By Richard P. Feynman
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    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Simon says: "Endlessly interesting"
  • 4.4 (93 ratings)
    Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (






UNABRIDGED) by Gene Kranz Narrated by Danny Campbell
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    Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

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    • By Gene Kranz
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    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    Duncan says: "An enjoyable and epic account of life at NASA"
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  • 4.4 (37 ratings)
    Jung: A Very Short Introduction (






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    Anthony Stevens argues that Jung's visionary powers and profound spirituality have helped many to find an alternative set of values to the arid materialism prevailing Western society.

    David says: "Great Overview"
  • 4.3 (31 ratings)
    What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton Narrated by Raymond Todd
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    What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

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    • By Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton
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    One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman's last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.

    Maureen says: "Brilliant man"
  • 4.3 (16 ratings)
    Freud: A Very Short Introduction (






ABRIDGED) by Anthony Storr Narrated by Neville Jason
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    Freud: A Very Short Introduction

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    Sigmund Freud revolutionized the way in which we think about ourselves. From its beginnings as a theory of neurosis Freud developed psychoanalysis into a general psychology, which became widely accepted as the predominant mode of discussing personality and interpersonal relationships. Anthony Storr goes one step further and investigates the status of Freud's legacy today and the disputes that surround it.

  • 4.1 (100 ratings)
    The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World (






UNABRIDGED) by David Kirkpatrick Narrated by David Kirkpatrick
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    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Matthew says: "Interesting and informative"
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    The Second Coming of Steve Jobs (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Deutschman Narrated by Charles Stransky
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    The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

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    • By Alan Deutschman
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    From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

    Johann says: "Very interesting book"
  • 4.1 (39 ratings)
    iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business (






ABRIDGED) by Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon Narrated by Alan Sklar
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    iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

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    • By Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    In this encore to his classic 1987 unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward), Jeffrey Young examines Jobs' remarkable resurgence, one of the most amazing business comeback stories in years.

    Terry says: "iCon Steve Jobs (Unabridged) hmmm"
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Isaacson Narrated by Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
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    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

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    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fascinating insight into a flawed genius"
  • Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (






UNABRIDGED) by Gene Kranz Narrated by Danny Campbell
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    Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gene Kranz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
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    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    Duncan says: "An enjoyable and epic account of life at NASA"
  • iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business (






ABRIDGED) by Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon Narrated by Alan Sklar
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    iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
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    In this encore to his classic 1987 unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward), Jeffrey Young examines Jobs' remarkable resurgence, one of the most amazing business comeback stories in years.

    Terry says: "iCon Steve Jobs (Unabridged) hmmm"
  • A Beautiful Mind (






UNABRIDGED) by Sylvia Nasar Narrated by Anna Fields
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    A Beautiful Mind

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    John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of 30, dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed "impossible" by other mathematicians. But at the height of his fame, Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown and began a harrowing descent into insanity, resigning his post at MIT, slipping into a series of bizarre delusions, and eventually becoming a dreamy, ghostlike figure at Princeton, scrawling numerological messages on blackboards.

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  • Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Rosenberg Narrated by Kyle McCarley
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    Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software

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    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
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    Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous "mythical man-month" to Extreme Programming.

    Rob says: "Full of interesting stuff"
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard P. Feynman Narrated by Raymond Todd
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    Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Simon says: "Endlessly interesting"
  • Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Rhodes Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
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    Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

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    • By Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
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    What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary invenĀ­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sigĀ­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today. Only a writer of Richard Rhodes's caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent....

  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (






UNABRIDGED) by Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin Narrated by Jeff Cummings
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    American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
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    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Steve says: "Spoilt by a very poor recording"
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  • A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash (






UNABRIDGED) by Sylvia Nasar Narrated by Anna Fields
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    John Nash was a mathematician teetering on the brink of international acclaim, but he fell instead into madness. Saved by the love of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, he went on to win a Nobel Prize and worldwide fame. This is his true story - and a new film starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

    Joseph says: "A Wonderful Story"
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture (






UNABRIDGED) by David Kushner Narrated by Wil Wheaton
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    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
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    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Mr. C. J. R. Beale says: "Very inspiring"
  • No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet (






UNABRIDGED) by Molly Knight Raskin Narrated by Christine Marshall
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    No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet

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    No Better Time tells of a young, driven mathematical genius who wrote a set of algorithms that would create a faster, better Internet. It's the story of a beautiful friendship between a loud, irreverent student and his soft-spoken MIT professor, of a husband and father who spent years struggling to make ends meet only to become a billionaire almost overnight with the success of Akamai Technologies, the Internet content delivery network he cofounded with his mentor.

  • Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age (






UNABRIDGED) by W. Bernard Carlson Narrated by Allan Robertson
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    Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the 20th century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America's first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society and dazzling the likes of Mark Twain with his electrical demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and gifted showman, he cultivated a public image of the eccentric genius.

  • Samuel F.B. Morse (






UNABRIDGED) by H. A. Lewis Narrated by Glenn Hascall
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    A biographical story written in 1888, this is a look at both Professor Morse as well as those who inspired him. We get to experience the frustration he felt at the initial lack of backing by the U.S. Government, and the joy he experienced at proving his theories and expanding the reach of his greatest invention - the telegraph. We also learn that, beyond a profound inventor, Morse was first known as a very gifted artist. This is a biographical sketch for all ages. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • Alexander Graham Bell (






UNABRIDGED) by Philip G. Hurbert Narrated by Glenn Hascall
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    A biography of the famed inventor of the phone. We learn the very personal motivation behind his work. We also come to understand that the information comes from the pen of one who made his observations while Bell was still alive - and still inventing. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus 'Notch' Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (






UNABRIDGED) by Linus Larsson, Daniel Goldberg, Jennifer Hawkins (translator) Narrated by Jonathan Davis
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    Three years ago, 32-year-old Markus "Notch" Persson of Stockholm was an unknown and bored computer programmer. Today, he is a multi-millionaire international icon. Minecraft, the "virtual Lego" game Markus crafted in his free time, has become one of the most talked about activities since Tetris. Talked about by tens of millions of people, in fact.It is the story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire. And it is about creation, exclusion, and the feeling of not fitting in.

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    Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

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    • By W. Bernard Carlson
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
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    Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the 20th century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America's first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society and dazzling the likes of Mark Twain with his electrical demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and gifted showman, he cultivated a public image of the eccentric genius.

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  • George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist (Heroes of History) (






UNABRIDGED) by Janet Benge, Geoff Benge Narrated by Tim Gregory
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    George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist (Heroes of History)

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    • By Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
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    Once a kidnapped slave baby, George Washington Carver (1864?-1943) found freedom in learning everything he could about the world around him. Overcoming poverty and racism, George became a brilliant scientist and a gifted professor who dedicated his expertise to helping black farmers escape the devastating grip of poverty. George's scientific creativity knew no limits. His ingenious experimentation with peanuts and other plants helped rescue the failing Southern economy.

  • A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (






UNABRIDGED) by Donald Worster Narrated by Jim Frangione
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    A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir

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    • By Donald Worster
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    "I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing". In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world.

  • Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner (






UNABRIDGED) by Martin Gardner, James Randi Narrated by David Marantz
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    Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner

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    • By Martin Gardner, James Randi
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    Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, philosophy, religion, pseudoscience, and Alice in Wonderland.