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Alexander

Victoria, BC, Canada

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  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (739)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Interesting but untimely disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. This is not my favorite book by Richard Dawkins but it is with out a doubt worth reading.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was not that kind of book.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward – was your favorite?

    Not applicable


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Apparently Richard Dawkins view of reality only including what has been definitively proved not what may be possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3210)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1553)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "One of my favorite Books of all time."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shantaram to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a powerfully written and an amazing story.


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

    No


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

    Yes the book provoked many emotions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Religion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tim Willocks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

    Bonnie says: "This captured me"
    "Great book"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up The Religion in three words, what would they be?

    educational, interesting and Smart.


    What other book might you compare The Religion to and why?

    It was much like the works of Wilbur Smith and James Clavell.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He never distracted me from the story.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2507)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1246)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Quite interesting but ultimately disappointing."
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    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Bill Bryson?

    I don't think so


    What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

    The book was specific to England.


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

    No


    Could you see At Home being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was intrigued with the premise of the book but was disappointed with the result. While reading I was often reminded of the way drunk old men tell stories. I think a more suitable title would have been (A RANDOM AND RAMBLING HISTORY OF ENGLAND)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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