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Ryan

Orlando, FL, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (784)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Everything I know about Quantum Physics"
    Overall

    Or everything I care to know about Quantum Physics, I learned from this book. I love the riddles, thought experiments, and adaptations of the classic thinkers' puzzles. The world of Abre (sp?) is so rich and detailed, and every bit of the history has been imagined.

    The narration by William Dufris is perhaps one of my favorite parts, and I've now started to seek out other Dufris-read books. Next on my list is likely Cryptonomicon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "Absurd and Hilarious"
    Overall

    The only thing you can expect from John Hodgman is to expect anything. He throws in just enough of the truth to make you realize that this is not an utter work of fiction, but this almanac of made up facts is one thing above all else: a great read and very funny.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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