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  • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (443)

    Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Now Herbert's son, Brian, working with Kevin J. Anderson and using Frank Herbert's own notes, reveals a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

    Brian says: "enoyed premise but not execution"
    "Full of Sound and Fury....signifying nothing"
    Overall

    This is ~really, really bad~ science fiction, from writers who are Cuisinarts of mixed metaphors and perpetual motion generators of scientific impossibilities. But there are enough scenes of graphic violence, enough different venues, enough subplots (most left unresolved, to be taken up in the inevitable next book) and enough characters (badly drawn though they are) from Frank Herbert's notes to have kept me listening for 23 hours. I'll admit, though, that part of what I enjoyed was the number of times I got to say, "Oh, that is just so stupid," and the number of times I got to laugh at some ridiculously bungled turn of phrase. And I'll admit I'm glad to be done. This book is worse than "House Atreides" or "House Harkonnen" -- and they were both pretty dismal. I suggest victims of this "Jihad" listen to the Arthur C. Clarke collection after this book. The excellent science, superb plotlines, and sound psychology in characterization of which Clarke is such a master will help said victims recover any damaged faith in how inspiring ~good~ science fiction can be.

    52 of 72 people found this review helpful
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Randall Munroe
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1615)

    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

    Charles says: "Good in Smaller Chunks"
    "Finest Geek Humor"
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    Story

    I've recommended this book to more people than any other in the first days after I started listening. I bought a hardcover copy for my brother on day 2. The book is wonderful.

    Really, though, I want to comment on Will Wheaton's reading. He's a great reader for John Scalzi's books but he outdoes himself here, demonstrating serious geek chops. He has no trouble with the with the names of transuranic elements, with really huge numbers, with terms and names from geology, geography, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, technology, or with mathematical constants and equations. I think he got the Latin names of some moles right. Couldn’t tell you. He even manages to read Wikipedia-style superscripts so you KNOW they're Wikipedia-style superscripts. I don't know how, but he does. It's one audiobook triple Lutz after another and Wheaton makes it look (well, sound) easy. He reads with flair and with an enthusiasm I've only seen in my truest geek friends. Best of all, he knows what's funny -- and why it's funny -- so well that he can emphasize -- perfectly -- the right parts of the sentences in the right way. Like I said, he's a great reader for John Scalzi, but beyond great here. I just don't know the word for "beyond great" that fits. Or I'd use it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dealing with a Depressed Person: Coping with Someone with Depression or an Anxiety Disorder (Bipolar People Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Amber Rain
    • Narrated By Jordy Christo
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Everything you need for dealing with a friend, spouse, child, boyfriend, girlfriend, or family member who suffers from depression or anxiety is in this book. This is not one of those short books that lacks substance. No! It is filled with proven methods for coping with someone who is depressed.

    Rigoberto Guadiana says: "Highly recommended!!!!!!!!"
    "Audio Editing Needed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The performance has a number of retakes that should have been removed before publication. The content is very basic, almost too basic to be useful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (421)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "Inspiring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    And fun. Worth a listen or even two to change how we can relate to other people in societies too big for our brains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (403)

    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Kindle Customer says: "Enthralled!"
    "Exceptional"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Each lesson is a single patient from the doctor's point of view. Each is presented as a mystery with the clues and thinking behind an eventual diagnosis. This keeps the lessons very engaging. The overarching theme is how doctor's think and how patients can help them. One of the best Great Courses I've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion: Skin Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2190)
    Performance
    (1975)
    Story
    (1980)

    As the new story begins, Leeds and his "aspects" are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there's a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous.

    B. says: "A Pleasure"
    "A Pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got the "first" book -- Skin Deep -- free from Audible and realized within fifteen minutes of listening that I needed -- and would enjoy -- Book 1 of the series, "Legion". The main character is unique in all I've read, and Sanderson does a great job with the gifts and the tensions and tells a good story in the meantime. Oliver Wyman handles the difficult material very well. A real pleasure to listen to these books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2741)
    Performance
    (2449)
    Story
    (2449)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "I recommend the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After reading Leviathan Wakes I immediately purchased the other available books in the series. I recommend them to all my friends who like hard sci-fi. I'm excited to see the next book is now available, and will buy that immediately, above anything else in my wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridges

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kyell Gold
    • Narrated By Kyell Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Amir wants to meet a guy outside of a bar. Kinzi wants someone who won't cheat on him. Vico just wants a quick lay. In Gateway, when you need to meet someone, there's no one better than sexy, flirty Hayward to get you just what you want - or at least have a good time trying. But when Hayward himself needs someone, who will be there to help?

    B. says: "Remarkable"
    "Remarkable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent descriptive writing, good dialog, convincing and deep characters. Almost a series of vignettes describing the ripples caused over a year by a gentle, generous, haunted main character. There are spot-on portraits of depression, love, self-sacrifice, loss, grief, and extraordinary kindness. What's different and surprising, and in Gold's hands works very well, is that the novel's world is one of gay furries -- anthropomorphic animals -- complete with hot sex scenes. In Gold's other novels, he uses the variety of animal species as a proxy to meditate on racial and sexual prejudice. Here, he exploits the psychic distance "animal" characters give to let his audience study and understand what can be the best in humanity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6684)
    Performance
    (6175)
    Story
    (6161)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Luke Daniels is the Perfect Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Iron Druid Chronicles are romping stories full of wry humor, fast-paced action, social commentary, and cameos from the stars of many pantheons. With Princess Bride quotes. But it's Luke Daniels' great performance that really makes these books wonderful for me. His pacing, his sense of the story's arc, and his characterizations (particularly a wonderfully-doggy, somewhat slobbery, thoroughly endearing Oberon) carry the Iron Druid Chronicles to a new level of enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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