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Chris

indianapolis, IN, USA

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  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2948)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1556)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Didn't believe..."
    Overall

    I personally don't prefer Scott Brick as a narrator for any book as he over-dramatises nearly everthing, and even brings drama into non-fiction when reading it. I did like Ender's Shadow immensely to my surprise as I didn't expect to be able to re-enter easily into the setting. Shadow of the Hegemon is also easy to get into. The downsides of the story to me are mostly to do with the Achilles character.

    I couldn't believe that the mispronunciation of the name of the main antagonist was really throughout the second half of the book. What the H...? It was kind of hard to get past that misstep and enjoy the book without thinking every time it was said how dumb it seemed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexandra Horowitz
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    With more than 52 million pet dogs in America today, it's clear we are a nation of unabashed dog lovers. Yet the relationship between dogs and humans remains a fascinating mystery, as no one really knows what goes on in the canine mind. Now, in Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs - as seen from the animal's point of view.

    Chris says: "Not so bad"
    "Not so bad"
    Overall

    This book is written by an ethologist, It's a non-fiction observational piece written from the perspective of one trained in the psychology of animals. It's not "Marley and Me" part 2. So in a sense, if you're expecting this book to be the endearing story of a girl and her dog you'll likely be disappointed if you're not also the kind of person that reads other science-oriented books. This book is more about the science of dog behavior and symbiosis with humans than about how cute puppies are. I did enjoy the book overall and found it to be informative and insightful. The narration is a little bland, but that's not as bad as having someone inflecting every other phrase improperly in an attempt to make false drama. I recently lost a dog to illness and old age that I lived with for 14 years and this book has made me feel better about the life I gave my dear companion. I don't completely agree with every premise herein, however that doesn't detract from quality of the product overall in my opinion. If you're into learning different ways of understanding things you're already familiar with and expanding your world-view this book might be for you.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3550)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1784)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Better"
    Overall

    This book has a lot more of the same bickering and bloviation found in a previous novel in this line, but it's somehow less irritating and easier to empathize with the characters despite this fact. This book is both sci-fi and philosophical in nature and more entertaining than the previous installment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (282)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Mostly good"
    Overall

    This is a good choice particularly if your knowledge of physics hasn't been updated since the late 80's.
    The narration is passable, though sort of dry and the quality of the material is good. I didn't like the television metaphors so much as I'd like to recommend this book to my 80 year old father in law and these would be unrecognizable to him. I had the same thoughts as some others about some of the theoretical points, as in " who pays people to think this stuff up?"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6622)
    Performance
    (2441)
    Story
    (2453)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "general"
    Overall

    This book was purchased for pure entertainment while driving long distance. I'd recommend to those with some broad interest in science and perhaps to use as a source of ideas for further reading. It's mostly anglo-centric, which isn't really a minus in the context the book is presented, I suppose.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Con: How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Chait
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    American politics has been hijacked. Not by "neocons" or "theocons", but by a fringe group of economic extremists obsessed with radical ideas that favor no one but themselves and their business interests. With dark and engaging wit, Jonathan Chait shows how over the past three decades these canny zealots have gamed the political system and the media.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Pass Along to Any Republicans in Your Life."
    "I should've known"
    Overall

    I didn't read more than a couple of reviews for this
    audiobook thinking that I could rely on the publishers description that it would be a somewhat objective book. It's more written from the perspective of a very well read left-leaning liberalist. It really doesn't explain anything, unless you are ripe for a good ol' brainwashing.

    11 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Rising: Book Four of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4999)
    Performance
    (2787)
    Story
    (2818)

    The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

    Mica says: "The BEST of the Wheel of Time"
    "i'm pleased"
    Overall

    I can appreciate the prevailing sentiment of some reviewers that Mr. Jordan repeats many descriptions but for me it's been good as I listen to Audible five or six hours daily. The filler is bearable. Less so is the female character Nynaeve. She takes some of the fun out of all the segments she is in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21292)
    Performance
    (12785)
    Story
    (12912)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "timeless"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of sci-fi/fantasy for 21 years now and have known of this book for many years. I never chose to read it for some reason. I actually read Empire by Card prior to Ender's Game and liked the evenly audible and well done narration in addition to the elaborate storytelling so decided to give Card's Ender series a shot. I really enjoyed this book thoroughly. I will purchase more of O.S. Card's works and recommend without reservation Ender's Game. It's great sci-fi that's not overly techno-vocabulistic and brings me back to my earliest forays into sci-fi fandom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Without Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Weisman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (97)

    In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

    Chris says: "mixed feelings"
    "mixed feelings"
    Overall

    I found this book to be entertaining and thought provoking at times, yet also vague and not focused at others. All considered, the book wasn't the objective science-based vision of the future
    that I expected, but more a meandering commentary on environmental injustices since the industrial revolution. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't looking for cheery utopian visions here. I would probably save my download credit if I could go back, and see what my world without it would be like. A good abridgement skillfully edited might change my mind though...

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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