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Anthony

Old Bridge, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (413)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Ardenne says: "Excellent Round the World Encapsulation of Stats"
    "we shall see"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you need to learn a lot about stats in a short amount of time, this book does the trick.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    One of the best narrators there is.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    I love his voice, his rhythm and tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I got a stats final to take next week, i'll come back and let you know if this was enough to pass the intro course with no other knowledge of the topic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Nonfiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Rand takes listeners step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She talks about articles and books, explaining how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft.

    Ms says: "Great Content, but the narrator is annoying"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One interested in writing absolutely. Possibly even one who is not.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Excellent narration Great voice. Fits the content.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The logical breakdown of how to write and how to give your subconscious standing-orders to help the process- also tactics for fatigue and writers block. just really excellent advice.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Show a scene, don't tell it.


    Any additional comments?

    MUST READ FOR ANY ASPIRING AUTHOR NONFICTION OR OTHERWISE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the New Intellectual

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    This is Ayn Rand's challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the "atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion" that they create. One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy, an ethic of rational self-interest, that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice.

    Anthony says: "Hardly Any New Content"
    "Hardly Any New Content"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    New material. This book starts with an original essay and introduction- however the remainder of the book is large passages from her earlier works and novels. If you are familiar with these already and are looking for something new on objectivism this isn't it.


    What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    New content.


    What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good choice for rand's voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good narrator and solid intro.. if you're unfamiliar with her works, i feel like this might contain too many spoilers, if you are familiar with her work there is nothing new here.


    Any additional comments?

    In either case, pass on this audiobook. If you want to read the new content, buy a used copy or sit in a library for an hour. I guess it could be good for highlighting if you dont want to taint your physical copies of the original works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Zbigniew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    In 1991, the United States was the only global superpower. It seemed that the 21st century, like the 20th, would belong to America. Then came the stock market bubble, the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, and the financial catastrophe of 2008. Meanwhile, China was rising and the Middle East was awakening politically. Today it is clear that America is vulnerable - to domestic and international decline and unregulated greed.

    Roy says: "Insightfull and imforming"
    "Interesting Enough"
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    What did you like best about Strategic Vision? What did you like least?

    It has some interesting notions and concepts regarding possible future hostilities between nations and resources.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There is only one character- its a narrative of Zbigniew himself.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. it would be ripe with propoganda.


    Any additional comments?

    I didnt gain any real useful information from this book. It did have some interesting commentary on historical tension and where america is likely to find itself in the future if it does not focus its attention at strategically positioning itself for continued dominance or the possibility of subservience to a growing Chinese economy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1101)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Brilliantly Done"
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    Would you listen to Patriots again? Why?

    Yes, i might, it has TONS of useful information and tips in actual survival situations involving a societal collapse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like TK best.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Great for this type of book, he performed shootout/action scenes like a true professional, adding suspense and rapidity to his voice. it was a pleasure to listen to. very engrossing.


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

    Yes and no. one its long, so that would be absurd, but the story flows well enough that it could keep your attention probably the entire time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is perfect for what it was intended to be. The applaud the author, it has all the right buzz words and references that people of the liberty/constitutional movement will appreciate and relate too. almost like inside jokes, the author does a brilliant job of marrying practical knowledge, fanatical patriot themes, and a thoroughly enjoyable story. With plot twists and character development, fantastic action scenes and a wealth of practical knowledge this book is A+ it's everything it should be and the writer should be extremely proud of it. check this out if you enjoy subjects of economics, survival, weaponry, tactics, sovereignty, liberty, patriotism, objectivity, constitutionalism, conservatism .. you will love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pursuit of God

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By A. W. Tozer
    • Narrated By Mark Moseley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit of God. He wrote all night, and when the train arrived at his destination, the rough draft was done. The depth of this book has made it an enduring favorite.

    Michael says: "Great classic book to include in your library!"
    "Not for Everyone"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed it, or elements of it. Its certainly preachy tho- if you're not down with god, you probably wont like any of this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked its spirit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was all very uplifting.


    Do you think The Pursuit of God needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I did think the author put too much emphasis on surrendering yourself to god and holds little value in building for yourself here on earth, in a physical sense. but does a good job conveying a critical point of worship. the active pursuit of god. its good to remind yourself that god can be accessible to you, personally. overall a good work. started to lose my attention toward the end as it gets a little preachy, but that might be your thing. check it out if you're a christian looking for some inspiration or to renew your relationship with christ.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    First published in 1937, this dystopian novella by Ayn Rand was conceived as a play when Ms. Rand was a teenager in Soviet Russia. Mankind has reached a dark age somewhere in the future. Individuality is a crime, and the word "I" does not exist. Men live for the good of their brothers. Equality 7 - 2521, seems, although he tries not to, to be continually breaking the rules.

    Anthony says: "Novel Idea"
    "Novel Idea"
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    What did you like best about Anthem? What did you like least?

    I appreciate the sentiment and the ambition of the novella but it was slightly drab for my taste and for what's typical of Rand. She does a good job presenting her moral prerogatives, but the story is just lackluster. I get the idea and appreciate its intention.


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

    I liked it, i wasn't particularly moved and having much understanding of the writer's viewpoint led to seemingly obvious conclusions, it wasn't surprising or suspenseful. Descriptive, mechanical, and expressive are my impressions of the story as a whole. The ending was predictable but i still enjoyed Rand's unique perspective and one liners.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was good.


    Was Anthem worth the listening time?

    Its short, so probably- i likely wont listen again tho.


    Any additional comments?

    a satirical approach to a fundamental concept exemplifies where taking a collective can go to far in egalitarian societies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned collection of essays, Ayn Rand throws new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again, she demonstrates her bold originality and her refusal to let conventional ideas define her sense of the truth. Rand eloquently asserts that one cannot create art without infusing it with one's own value judgments and personal philosophy - even an attempt to withhold moral overtones only results in a deterministic or naturalistic message.

    Mica says: "Essential AYN"
    "Understanding Art"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Romantic Manifesto to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Certain topics can be tough to navigate by text. Hearing it clearly and quickly i imagine will help with understanding some of the complexities involved in this philosophy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ayn Rand of course.


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

    No. She was enjoyable.


    If you could give The Romantic Manifesto a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What Art Could Be


    Any additional comments?

    I dont know much in the area of the arts, but this book made me feel like i could still relate to it. why art is essential to man's existence and how the quality and consideration of what art is and can be should strive to convey real world meaning and validity yet present an idealized version of life as an artistic vision of what to strive for. I would be interested in hearing classically taught artists view on the subjects in this work. Rand maintains Art is not or should not be relative subjective hodgepodge but universal focused intention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (562)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
    "Meh"
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    What disappointed you about The Importance of Being Earnest?

    It was just silly, which i get is its intention and there are finer artistic notes and use of language and pun to make thoughtful remarks on the society of its time. But generally, i think this work would be better appreciated in print.


    What was most disappointing about Oscar Wilde’s story?

    It was slap-stick- that's not really disappointing because i didn't know much about the story before i started it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Maybe a different cast, the switching of names back and forth lends itself to multiple narrators. a single narrator would likely have a tough time differentiating between each speaker.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Importance of Being Earnest?

    the proposals


    Any additional comments?

    not really worth the time for me. i guess it could be worthwhile to someone. i was expecting better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (213)

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    Geoffrey says: "Emotionally intense, historically authentic"
    "Early Rand"
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    Where does We the Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked it, not in my top 10 or anything but I enjoyed it mostly out of being a fan of Ayn Rand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kira


    What about Mary Woods’s performance did you like?

    She had a nice voice and did a good job differentiating voices enough without sounding silly.


    Who was the most memorable character of We the Living and why?

    Probably Leo or Comrade Taganov, just rich characters who have a lot of action in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I love Ayn Rand and the works of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, We the Living is considerably less impressive. While its good enough and having read her other works understanding her philosophy, the budding notions presented in this book are less developed but still stand out. I wont give too much of a spoiler here despite it involving the end of the book. I found particular substance in the books closing scenes- to think about what the characters stood for and what the consequential actions each say are extremely meaningful and beautifully punctuate the books theme and message. Very well done indeed. If you love Rand, consider this. If you don't know Rand, start somewhere else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Monte Johnston says: "Such a great balance of the big picture and detail"
    "One of the Better Courses"
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    Where does Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very High.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved it. Through and Through.


    What about Professor Suzanne M. Desan’s performance did you like?

    She's got a great speaking voice-


    Any additional comments?

    very good overview of the events during the french revolution, the factions, and the later napoleonic era. engaging and very well done. i recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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