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Erik

Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!

Glendale, AZ, United States

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  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (512)

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
    "Medically, and generally, fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm a medical student and I was about to begin my block of study on immunology and infection, so I thought this would be a fun way to get myself into the mindset. This audiobook was a blast! I listened to it on a road-trip with one of my classmates and we were on the edge of our seats the whole way!

    And, the whole book was written in a way that was accesible to people without a science/medical background, so I think I would've loved it either way.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I never missed a single question on Ebola viruses on any of my quizzes or tests in medical school because of this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2558)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1910)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "Less excitement, more philosophy"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was great, but unless you're familiar with science fiction I would warn you that it is not the type of science fiction that you'd see in a Hollywood blockbuster. It is far less action-packed than most stories, but it is none-the-less a very full story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10214)
    Performance
    (5855)
    Story
    (5938)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "If you have 2 credits, buy this twice!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my favorite book. There are many books that are arguable for that title, but I think this one is the one I would be most confident recommending to a friend.

    There is something about Science Fiction and Fantasy writers that you don't see very much in writers of other genres- they live in their own world, or even their own universe. Herbert creates such a rich, deep, and complex universe that it is hard to believe that none of it is real. The stories are interwoven so expertly, and the cultures and history are so developed that it becomes a part of your life.

    That being said - please be warned that it will take a bit of time before you become accustomed to the new language (words, sounds, culture, economy) of the book, so you might feel lost for the first few chapters. If you can just put the confusion in the back of your mind for a few chapters, you will start to put the world together and I promise it will be one of the most entertaining experiences of your life.

    And, as a note to the performance of the narrators themselves, their performance was one of the best I have ever heard. It was immersive and engaging, but not overbearing nor misguided. It was, to the best of my account, the best performance I could imagine for the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4254)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2771)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Weirdest Ending Ever"
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    Any additional comments?

    The whole story was very interesting, and the narration was fantastic. The book builds to a huge climax at the end, and then ---SPOILER---

    ... well, I guess not a spoiler, because I have no idea what the end was. It was the strangest thing. It was sort of like watching most of a movie, and then walking out of the theater and asking a homeless man to tell you a story for 10 minutes, and use that as the ending of the movie. I'm not even convinced it was the same characters.

    ---END SPOILER--

    All that being said, it was still a very amusing book. I have come to terms with the ending, and decided the whole book was still worth the story I got out of it on the way to the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2553)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1702)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Exceptional"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a medical student. This book is one of the most impressive, moving, and interesting stories I've ever heard - and it is written in a way that is both accurate, and accessible. If you have any interest in medicine, health, science, cancer, or learning more about your own body, this is a fantastic book.

    The only thing that turns people off is that it is a LONG book, and so if you want something to listen to on a road trip, this is probably not it. Unless your road trip is around the perimeter of the US.

    It does occasionally get a bit boring, but I found that it is less the fault of the book, and more the fault of attempting to listen for 10 hours in a single session. After I took a break, it always ended up being very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (6093)
    Performance
    (3661)
    Story
    (3696)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "The best thing Britain has done since America."
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that I would spend a credit on every single month if I had to! This book is fantastic! I have listened to it more than 50 times. I have listened to it with friends, parents, grandparents, and small children, and they've all loved it as much as I have!

    Please, please listen to this book. It is simply fantastic and you couldn't imagine a more flawless narration than the one Stephen Fry gives.

    I am not sure if Audible allows direct messaging, but if it does, and you need further convincing about this book please simply message me! It would be a shame for ANYONE to not listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (2933)
    Story
    (2966)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Meh."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Some parts of this story were very amusing, some parts were very "meh." I should note that this is probably the 4th Terry Pratchet book I've tried, and I've not really had a great time with any of them. They are all... ok. My guess is that if you like him, you will like this book a lot. If you are like me and you think he is ...ok, then you will think this book is ...ok, a lot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2770)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1349)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Connie says: "Enhanced version seems to correct audio defects"
    "Good, but not as exciting as I'd hoped."
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    Would you listen to Stranger in a Strange Land again? Why?

    Yes, because I think I may have not given it a fair shot, having expected something a bit more action-packed. It was still a great story, but I thought this was an action-scifi book, which I now do not think.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23200)
    Performance
    (14532)
    Story
    (14683)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Read this book. Period."
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    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Read this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a mandatory requirement for those who have even a touch of interest in Sci-Fi, and for those who do not - I bet you will after you read this book!

    I first read this book after happenstance led me to pick it up off the floor of a Barnes and Noble, where I then proceeded to read the entire thing sitting right there in the store (sorry B&N). The book was so great I then came back the next day and bought it so that I could read it again at home. When I finally got Audible, this was (of course) something I knew I would end up buying, but I waited because I was already so familiar with the story.

    The audible version is fantastic! I don't have any negative comments at all, this is just a fantastic book and a fantastic performance, and I hope that this review encourages people to give this book a shot, because it is definitely one of my favorite books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10338)
    Performance
    (4944)
    Story
    (4933)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Around for so long for a reason"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should listen to this book. If you are already successful in your personal and professional life, or even if you don't desire to change anything, this book is worth a read/listen. Some of the imagery is a bit dated, but overall the book still is very relevant. It is a classic for a reason, and well worth the money/time.

    Since I listened to it, I've made some (albeit small) changes to my life that have really made me a lot happier. I don't know that they've made me any more successful, or added to my friends/influence, but they have definitely made me happier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19052)
    Performance
    (14821)
    Story
    (14768)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Yes! Fantastic!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    It simply must be, because Tina Fey (the author and narrator) performed this book far better than I would have with my inner narrator. She is hilarious, and she really tried to put some personality into her reading of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The first time I tried to listen to it, I turned it off after a few hours because she gets quite preachy in the early part of the book and that can get boring. But, I am very glad I gave it a second chance, because it is actually a short portion of the book that is that way, and the remainder of the book far more than makes up for it. In fact, after having re-listened to the preachy part, I don't think that part was all that bad either- I must've been in a mood...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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