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Brian

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ha-Joon Chang
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (401)

    If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

    Sean says: "A shallow and destructive book"
    "Food for thought, or at least debate"
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    What three words best describe Joe Barrett’s voice?

    Much more interesting NPR voice


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    More information about differnent countries handle unemployment/ job training/ welfare.


    Any additional comments?

    This is good for getting more information about how different countries work and other ideas to improve society as a whole. Worth a listen no matter how you feel about capitalism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (2250)
    Story
    (2257)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "An Amazing adventure and great story"
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    This story about Locke Lamora and his encounters with Copa Barsalvi and the Grey King is outright amazing. I was caught off guard by numerous twists in the story. It was funny, interesting, and always had me wanting to listen to more.

    I appreciated how the story was told with the interludes and all the little details that added up to a superlative listening experience. Micheal Page was fantastic as narrator and I would easliy listen to another book he reads.

    I cannot emphasis enough that people should check this book out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush, Hush: Hush, Hush Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (365)

    Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust.

    Sarah says: "Inklings Read Reviews: Hush, Hush"
    "Not another twilight book (No, really)"
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    Would you try another book from Becca Fitzpatrick and/or Caitlin Greer?

    Yes


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

    The ending was nice. I could guess a little bit of it as this is the first in a series, but I was satisifed all-in-all


    What three words best describe Caitlin Greer’s voice?

    She tried a bit too hard most of the time on Male voices, but pleasant and easy to listen too otherwise.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11156)
    Performance
    (8865)
    Story
    (8972)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Great story and listen, believe the hype"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great, interesting, detailed story and Nick Podehl does an amazing job with voices/accents to differentiate characters


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

    No, too long for that. I did listen to this book every chance that I got.


    Any additional comments?

    This has so many great moments for me that narrowing them down is difficult. I would urge anyone to check this book out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3359)
    Performance
    (1763)
    Story
    (1773)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Great Story, slow listen"
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    What did you love best about The Windup Girl?

    the world and characters were so well detailed that it was easy to visualize them and imagine this horrible world that they were working in. The accents done by narrator Johnathan Davis were very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Windup Girl?

    when Emiko quits being submissive to those who abuse her and she fights back and kills about 8 important people at once.


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

    I have only listened to Davis once before on a compilation, so I can't really compare.


    Any additional comments?

    Davis' narration starts slow. The first third of the book has Davis pausing an addtional beat or two for I suppose dramatic event, but it more dragged the listen for me. Maybe this was his decision on how the book was written, I'm not sure. As the book continued, his pace picked up as did the action and made this an overall good, satisfying listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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