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Seth

Bangor, United Kingdom | Member Since 2014

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  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (406)

    Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it.

    Ann says: "Bought this three times, worth every penny"
    "Excellent. Great story. Great life lessons."
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    If you could sum up An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating. Inspirational. Useful.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is both an autobiography and a self-improvement manual. The steps in Hadfield's life that led up to his missions as an astronaut are both fascinating and inspirational. The life-lessons that can be gleaned from setting and achieving such challenging goals can be applied to anyone. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1879)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (918)

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
    "Surprisingly interesting! Excellent narrator."
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    If you could sum up The Ascent of Money in three words, what would they be?

    Surprisingly interesting, worthwhile


    Any additional comments?

    This book enlightened my understanding of so many events in history that I now look at through economic colored glasses. The success of Wellington against Napolean being more due to cash flow than military prowess for example. Or how civilization has progressed more from financial innovation than scientific invention. The narrator was both easy to listen to and understand and his pace is perfect.

    The only shortcoming of the book for me was that the history is presented by topic more than chronological order. I found that sometimes confusing and think I would have followed better more of a chronological order were followed (hence one star lost for me).

    Nevertheless, overall I highly recommend the book. I definitely I learned things that have made more financially savvy for the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Anne Curzan
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (468)

    Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors.

    Anne T. Løvstuhagen says: "An truly entertaining introduction"
    "Some good tips, worth listening to"
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Anne Curzan?

    Great courses definitely


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I found the course a bit superficial. I was waiting for it to get into the meat of the subject and then...it ended. However, I did glean some good tips so consider it worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (625)

    Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

    Joel says: "Haven't We Heard All of This Before?"
    "Very funny!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, everyone who eats food will find something funny in this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Relevance to everyone!


    Have you listened to any of Jim Gaffigan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I liked Dad is Fat better, the only reason why I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Plenty of laughs!


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's a disservice dropping a star just because I liked his other book better, but I highly recommend both of them! Dad is Fat just cracked me up 1 star out of 5 more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2814)
    Performance
    (2541)
    Story
    (2528)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Hilarious!...and surprisingly relevant..."
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    What did you love best about Dad Is Fat?

    How I could relate almost every story to my own family!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim Gaffigan.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Gaffigan – was your favorite?

    Himself.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Dad Is Fat?

    babies are natural antidepressants!


    Any additional comments?

    As a father of 3 this book was very relevant to me. What I loved about it most was how it now lets me take make every frustrating situation regarding raising young children and family life a laughable event. This book gifted me and my wife with a comic outlet for everything! It's nice to be able to laugh together about the hard things in life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (613)

    Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

    Peter says: "Engaging, fun, and educational"
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stuff Matters to be better than the print version?

    Probably; the narrator was fantastic!


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

    Great voice actor. Perfect pace. Easy accent to understand and listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a hidden gem for me. Lectures on material science may not sound too interesting, but they way the book is written and performed made it both fascinating and entertaining. Each chapter grabs you with stories (or a screen play in the case of the plastic chapter!). The science is presented in a light, as a matter of fact way that isn't overbearing and is suprisingly enlightening. Then the author throws in some philosophy to make the subject both relevant and of interest to our every day life. I'll never eat chocolate the same again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (877)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "foul language"
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    What disappointed you about Guns?

    I found the profanity distracting and unnecessary in an audiobook. I think it detracts from whatever intelligent points the author might have made.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    left out the profanity


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    profanity


    7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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