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Francois M.

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  • Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Elder Robison
    • Narrated By John Elder Robison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    John Robison argues that Asperger's is about difference, not disability. In this book he offers stories from his own life and from the lives of other Aspergians to give the reader a window into the Aspergian mind. Equally important, he offers practical advice - to Aspergians, their parents, and educators - on how Asperians can improve the weak communication and social skills that keep them from taking full advantage of, or even recognizing, their often remarkable gifts.

    SHEILA says: "You have to BE an Aspie to see the full value"
    "Interesting but not fulfilling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Interesting read, good performance by the reader. This book has nice stories about the author's use of his Asperger manifestations into becoming a success. While I liked the stories, I was looking for more practical applications for my Aspergian, which the book was a little short on.


    Would you recommend Be Different to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I was not looking for an interesting story, I was looking for practical ideas for Aspergians, which this book did not provide


    Have you listened to any of John Elder Robison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did Be Different inspire you to do anything?

    It incorporated a few god ideas which I'll try to apply


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1478)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Three stars at best"
    Overall

    While I found the reader to be very good, the storyline is thin and the book much too long. It's not that it's bad, but the entertainment value per hour of listening is one of the lowest I have experienced. I cannot recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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