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tlnpdx

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  • The Mark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jason Pinter
    • Narrated By Noah Plener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (32)

    "I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am, Henry Parker, 24 years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger-pull from ending my life."

    Malle says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Stilted beginning"
    Overall

    Not a 'great' story. The first hour had me thinking, 'Puhleese!' and get off the cliches. The main character doesn't do things that one might think obvious, but you find out later that it was written this way to make the story go the way of the writers objective. I gave it one more hour and it got better.
    I was very disappointed in the narrator. He can apparently do only two voices; American and Hispanic. All Americans sound the same (male or female) and all Hispanics sound the same (male or female), so it is difficult to follow conversations between characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (387)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    Sara says: "A Fantastic Biography For The Patient Listener"
    "A Very Detailed Account"
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    This is a very detailed account of Alan Turing, his work, and his times. Be aware that it includes detailed math, engineering, and science concepts, and I wouldn't consider it light reading. If you have a background or interest in these subjects you would probably enjoy the book. If you are mainly interested in an overview of Turing and his work you might find this book too detailed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5453)
    Performance
    (3224)
    Story
    (3256)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "cerebral"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Where much of Ender's Game was action this was cerebral, speculating the nature of existence, life, intelligence, and freewill. Not a light read or something to undertake if you are going to be distracted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2240)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1351)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Good story poor ending."
    Overall
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    It was an interesting story, but ended up leaving you hanging. Even if there were a sequel I would have liked a more satisfying end to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sy Montgomery
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. It wasn’t until years later that she was diagnosed with autism, a brain disorder that makes communication difficult. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her career has revolutionized the livestock industry - each year, half the cattle in the United States are handled in cruelty-free facilities she designed. She is also a passionate advocate for autism, using her experience to prove that people with this disorder can have “normal” lives.

    tlnpdx says: "Insightful and educational"
    "Insightful and educational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Watching the movie about Temple inspired me to listen to this book. I felt the book was excellent for giving a person insight into autism if you know of someone that has autism. It helped me to better understand why they do what they do. If we can understand their perspective on things, we can work together to accomplish any task, rather than being frustrated that they don't communicate 'my way'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Commander of the Exodus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Yoram Kaniuk
    • Narrated By William Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most inventive, brilliant novelists in the Western world," internationally renowned Israeli writer Yoram Kaniuk turns his hand to nonfiction to bring us his most important work yet. Commander of the Exodus animates the story of Yossi Harel, a modern-day Moses who defied the blockade of the British Mandate to deliver more than 24,000 displaced Holocaust survivors to Palestine while the rest of the world (including the United States) closed its doors.

    tlnpdx says: "Interesting account of history"
    "Interesting account of history"
    Overall

    I was very interested to see a historical account of the coming-of-age, so to speak, of the nation of Israel. I gave this book a 3 because of the dryness of the writing. This story is like reading a history book; even the exciting battle scenes are stated matter-of-fact. I liked that the author brought in other current events of the time; other things that gave hints as to the mindset of the rest of the world. I enjoyed that the reader is an older gentleman. It gives the sound that the author, in his 80's, is narrating.
    All in all, I found the content interesting, but the delivery very dry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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