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Darren

Canberra, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (519)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Enjoyable and insightful...and delightfully morose"
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    Any additional comments?

    Ronson's book is a wrap-up of many of his essays and articles. For those who have read them before and want to hear them again, this is a nice way to do it. Ronson takes an intensely objective view at controversial figures and topics, and does so in a way that is self aware and often ingenious. His narration is perfectly suited to his writing style, and you come away with a sense of being wiser about the bits of the world that are usually somewhat veilled from us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (201)

    A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

    Randall says: "This should become required reading"
    "Exciting thinking well presented"
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    Would you listen to Drive again? Why?

    There's a lot to learn from this book. The thinking is transformative, and the evidence base is strong and interesting. This was entertaining, and also strategically insightful.


    What other book might you compare Drive to and why?

    Drive reminded me a bit of the Jobs biography mashed in with Gladwell's Blink, in a neat, concise and consumable package. If you enjoyed those, you'll enjoy this.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone who has the ability to radically shift their organisation should listed to this for inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2804)
    Performance
    (2517)
    Story
    (2531)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Meaningless action with bits of plot scattered in"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This should have been a fun listen...and Cline's absolutely fantastic book "14" proves that the author has the skill...but in the end, there's too much action sequence and not enough story. A good editor would have cut out literally half the text. I was bored.

    Added to this was the weird decision to have a female voice the female characters. Male narrators do female voices fine. This decision was jarring.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy something else, and avoid disappointment. I recommend Cline's later novel, "14",which I continue to rave about without any hesitation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10478)
    Performance
    (9516)
    Story
    (9533)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun, riveting and original - a gem"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A fantastic book, filled with mysteries and a payoff that doesn't let the reader down. Natural dialogue and engaging characters complement a plot that has its roots in Lovecraft but keeps its own character and vision. A surprising and radically enjoyable listen.


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

    Porter's narration is enjoyable to listen to, with strong characterisation that pulls you in to the story rather than keeping you aware of the medium.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book was compelling. I was finding excuses to drive places so that I could listen to it without feeling guilty.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be hard to imagine someone not enjoying this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3112)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1180)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Brilliant story read by a great voice talent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Diamond Age to be better than the print version?

    The voice acting in the Diamond Age is pretty spectacular - the voices are totally bievable, and the narration is pleasant and engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is clever, but the worldbuilding Stephenson pulls off is ambitious to the point of madness. And yet, he pulls it off 100%.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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