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Paul

St. Louis, MO, United States

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  • The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Brian Fagan
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The history of the Great Warming of a half millennium ago suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives todayand our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the silent elephant in the room.

    Paul says: "Good book but unpracticed, disjointed narration."
    "Good book but unpracticed, disjointed narration."
    Overall

    Ms. Gilbert reads this book with a premium on the enunciation of each word, with cohesiveness suffering badly. She's like a prancing pony; dancing all around the words and hitting the individual words with accuracy, but the sentences themselves (not to mention paragraphs) suffer from herky-jerky, over-enunciated discontinuity. Because of her untargeted verbal thrashings, she occasionally runs out of breath toward the end of the sentence! What now, young pony?

    It's like listening to a 10th-grader who's asked to read an unfamiliar passage for a speech audition. I'm going to have to buy the book, because listening to this audiobook is just not working.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Hansen
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen - the nation's leading scientist on climate issues - speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: the planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although Hansen was Al Gore's science adviser for the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, his recent data shows that our situation is even more dire today.

    Brad says: "This is a must read"
    "Critical Book, Monotone Narration"
    Overall

    This book is critical. Hansen is one of the foremost extra-planetary climate scientists in the world, and his warnings of a possible runaway greenhouse effect on Earth are astounding in their implications.

    However, the narrator is oh-so-monotone. Drone. Bemoan. I do not condone. Be careful listening to this in the car, where you might fall asleep! Listen to the sample extract above for quick confirmation of this aural drudgery.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Boyle
    • Narrated By David Stampone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Our failure to appreciate the importance of the public domain—the realm of material that is free for anyone to use without permission or fee—limits free speech, digital creativity, and scientific innovation, argues the author of this book. The public domain is under siege, and James Boyle explains why and how we must protect it.

    Paul says: "Great Book, Unpracticed Narrator"
    "Great Book, Unpracticed Narrator"
    Overall

    This creative commons book is best read, and not listened to. The narrator is not bad overall - his voice has clarity, maturity, warmth and character - but he inserts strange-sounding pauses here and there, which is distracting. You can tell when he's reached the end of a particular line, but not the end of the sentence, which introduces discordance into the listening experience.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bernard Wood
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The recent discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new interest in the study of human evolution. In this Very Short Introduction , renowned evolutionary scholar Bernard Wood traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the 18th century to today's latest fossil finds.

    melanie says: "loved the content - but somewhat odd narration"
    "Choppy narration. Worst narration of the series."
    Overall

    Sorry, but this narrator.... has no clue of..... when to stop and start sentences some sentences....... are run-on sentences but.... most are chopped short. It's like listening to a computer-read book. A really good computer voice, but no rhythm or feeling at all.
    Obviously, this is annoying and makes for a bad listen.

    Also, some of the vocabulary is a little over her head it seems - she had a couple of mispronunciations and awkward phrasings....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Keen
    • Narrated By Andrew Keen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In a hard-hitting and provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew Keen exposes the grave consequences of today's new participatory Web 2.0 and reveals how it threatens our values, economy, and ultimately the very innovation and creativity that forms the fabric of American achievement.

    Michael Fielden says: "A painful voyage from a single perspective"
    "An additional comment"
    Overall

    i do concur with the other reviews, but i felt like commenting on the narration:
    keen tries to dramatize every single sentence. as i was listening to chapter one, i was thinking: "hmmmm, by the tone of his voice, and the amount of melodrama, we're reaching the climax of the book already."
    Then i realized having a "climax" in a non-fiction book is unusual, and i also realized that every sentence thereafter was similarly narrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeffrey D. Sachs
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In Common Wealth, Jeffrey Sachs shows us that we need a new economic paradigm - global, inclusive, cooperative, environmentally aware, and science-based - because we are running up against the realities of a crowded planet. He explains that if we take the right measures, there will be room for all on the planet. He points the way to the global course correction we must embrace for the sake of our common future.

    Dan D. Dunlap, CFP® says: "Worth your time & money"
    "Comprehensive"
    Overall

    This book is a broad overview of the many challenges facing the world population today and how those challenges relate to one another. Also, prescriptive measures for correcting problems are outlined, with reference to gathered data, along with procedures for implementation and cost assessment.
    This book is extremely important, and I highly recommend it for its scope, depth, optimism, and academically rigorous claims and arguments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Favorite Story Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Alfred Noyes, Robert Browning, Edgar Allan Poe
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    This recording features some of the best known narrative poems ever written. It includes: "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes, "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning, "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Gunga Din" by Rudyard Kipling, "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats, "Kubla Khan" by William Taylor Coleridge, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde, and "The Hound of Heaven" by Francis Thompson.

    Empowerment says: "Nice variety"
    "Good, but some audio problems"
    Overall

    All the tracks except for Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabel Lee" and "The Raven" sound pretty good. These are fantastic stories made even creepier and more memorable by their poetic format.

    However, and this is a big 'however,' the audio on the two Poe tracks is really bad. The speaker's voice has echo added to it, and the effect is not good, partly because of the low bitrate, even in format 4. Those two tracks are a total loss.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Creating a World Without Poverty: How Social Business Can Transform Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Muhammad Yunus
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    While free markets have brought positive change, traditional capitalism cannot solve problems of inequality and poverty because of its view of people as solely profit-driven. In fact, humans have other drives and passions, including spiritual, social, and altruistic.

    A. shah says: "excellent book"
    "Narrator is awful"
    Overall

    I can't stand listening to Patrick Lawlor's nasal whine for more than two minutes. His voice has no depth and no character at all. It's really horrible that such a great book has been chosen to be narrated by such an awful narrator.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful

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