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  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (1638)
    Story
    (1653)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It has a story that moves along well. It keeps presenting and resolving new conflicts and exposing new areas of human strength and weakness. The earthly science is credible and the alien science is vast in its scope. A worthy addition to any library.


    What other book might you compare Pushing Ice to and why?

    John Lee also narrated "The Pillars of the Earth". "Pushing Ice" could be considered a close runner-up in its scope and storytelling.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3297)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1521)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Good Performance, but low audio levels"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What three words best describe Todd McLaren’s voice?

    Soft, moderate, consistent.


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

    To keep the characters straight, one would have to listen all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    McLaren's acting doesn't have quite enough range to distinguish all the characters. The book didn't make it easy to remember all the characters and their history.

    The audio levels were too low to use iPhone headphones (without amplification) much of the time. Outdoors was often too noisy to hear the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (249)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "Some books not audio material"
    Overall

    I am sure this book is good for the academic. Sometimes it is even funny. But the narration style is monotonous, giving few clues to what the content means from a human perspective. This is not audio material.

    It was so bad, that the end of the book came completely as a surprise, and left me wondering WHAT WAS the POINT?

    Worse, it left me with WHO CARES?
    Not I, not after listening for all those hours.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership Is an Art

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Max DePree (Chairman, CEO, Herman Miller
    • Narrated By Joseph Campanella
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Jan says: "Beautyfull insights on leadership"
    "An Audio PowerPoint"
    Overall

    According to the summary, you will "Learn the leadership skills to build a better, more profitable business."

    This book has precious little skill-building. It is more like an audio PowerPoint presentation: a series of bullet points presented with little explanation of how to integrate them into leadership behaviors. The bullet points may have been useful in a printed book, as one could then take time to meditate upon a few at a time. As an audiobook it doesn't work.

    On top of that the audio quality is very poor, making the book more annoying than useful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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