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Anthony G Lazaro

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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Soccernomics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Why does England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn't America play the sport internationally... and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style? Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.

    Anthony G Lazaro says: "Very very good."
    "Very very good."
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    Informative and engaging, the main complaint I have with this book is that when it comes to tables and statistics, the audiobook format is just plain hard to follow. Not the fault of the authors, but while the first half of the book was great as an audiobook, I couldn't help but feel that I should pick up a hard-copy for the tables in the second half.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (914)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Enjoyable classic"
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    It's Jules Verne. It's a classic and I won't say much about the story other than to say that everyone should be familiar with the classics, especially relatively short ones like this.
    Curry does an admirable job making the Icelandic/Nordic terms and names come through quite naturally. His performance is smooth and natural overall with emotions coming through just as if he were taking on the character of Axel-as-adult-narrator-looking-back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (522)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "Can barely listen"
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    While I expect the underlying book to be pretty good, the narration is so bad that I simply couldn't get through more than about an hour of this recording. The reader clearly has difficulty with scientific terms and pronunciation, but that is something that should be taken care of in production. With randomly quickly-read clauses and terms interspersed with slowly read sentences, it's just too difficult to follow what Dr. Hawking is saying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (723)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Lacks science, & story isn't very good without it"
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    The performance in this book is quite good, but the story is weak, especially given the fact that the science is not particularly well explained. While many concepts are touched upon, the true revolutionary nature of the ideas is lost as is the sense of the scope of the discoveries as they are not well explained or demonstrated. It's scientific history without the science and without the science to make the story interesting, it's not a great tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undercover Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Author of the extremely popular "Dear Economist" column in Financial Times, Tim Harford reveals the economics behind everyday phenomena in this highly entertaining and informative book. Can a book about economics be fun to read? It can when Harford takes the reins, using his trademark wit to explain why it costs an arm and a leg to buy a cappuccino and why it's nearly impossible to purchase a decent used car.

    Paul Norwood says: "Everyone needs to know this."
    "Distracting performance"
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    I enjoyed this book more than Freakonomics, but the reader was very distracting. I listen to most audiobooks via headphones and there wasn't a single sentence where I couldn't hear loud inhalations or other extraneous and irritating noises. The book itself was interesting enough that I enjoyed the book quite a bit, but the reader was very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9818)
    Performance
    (9136)
    Story
    (9136)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Quite enjoyable, even for more of a "90s kid.""
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    I came of age in the early 1990s, so some of the references are before my time. Nevertheless, this was a very enjoyable read. It was exciting and neither too "hard" or "soft" scifi.
    Wil Wheaton did an excellent job of narrating the book, despite some misgivings over his name being attached to it, I found his delivery quite good and only on one occasion was distracted by his reading (and that, intentional; a joke you will know when you come to it.)

    Overall, lived up to the hype.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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