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Amy

San Mateo, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Then We Came to the End

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the Chicago ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best. The characters in Then We Came to an End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.

    Steve says: "Abridged Reading"
    "Hilarious in book form, not so much for audio..."
    Overall

    I wondered what all the hoopla was about after I had finished listening to the audiobook version of this. I don't have anything against the reader---she was OK. But the book content is a real slice-and-dice job of the original book. This abridged version cuts out a lot of the fun, quirky stuff and you don't get a sense of how funny the book really is. My advice: don't get this version.
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    Audible: please try to request an unabridged version!



    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (880)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Charles says: "Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader."
    "Probably the best book I've read in a long time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! in three words, what would they be?

    Unbelievable brilliant tomfoolery


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's true


    Which character – as performed by Raymond Todd – was your favorite?

    Mr. Feynman of course


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    A crazy fun read full of oh-no-he-didn't moments. Definitely worth a re-listen/reread. What strikes me most is that, as he says in the book, interesting stuff doesn't happen to him all of the time, but he makes sure to pay attention when interesting things do happen. I think that's just a generally good rule for living: you have to stay put sometimes to notice the little things that happen that are out of the ordinary. It also helps to be a good storyteller like Mr. Feynman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (719)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "Yawn. But I felt I had to read it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Atlas Shrugged better?

    About 15 hours less audio. Obviously not the performer's fault the book is so long.


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

    OMG. Really. You employed that plot device?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The rediscovery of the Twentieth Century Motor Company.


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

    Maybe one or two ideas: work hard and reap the benefits, slackers are evil.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been waiting a long time to read this book mainly because I heard it was onerous, but I hate sound bites and so I felt I had to undertake the journey myself. And a journey it was. Overall, I don't think it was necessarily poor writing because the story itself is about as complex as any work of fiction, though I feel the last bit of it relied on a true cop-out---Rand preaches the power of the mind and yet it is not that which the characters use to save the day. My biggest criticism of the work is the overwrought pedanticness of the author's viewpoint and how it is so narrowly focused that it excludes all manner of actual reality. We do not live in a world where the innovators and captains of industry are beyond brilliant, and that the antithesis is a mass of mooching animals. You can't dichotomize society that way. And yet the book ignores class and race differences, the impact of war and famine, disease and natural disasters. Rand's world has an endless supply of natural resources, unlimited capacity for pollution, and only two types of personalities: the smarties with endless motivation and the thoughtless pigs. Oh, did I mention it's endlessly too long punctuated by repetitive sermons?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (855)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "Great old-timey fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bourne Identity to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jason Bourne, of course


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Jason Bourne, probably. Honestly, they were all kinda so-so.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It was just for fun.


    Any additional comments?

    The Bourne Identity is a fast-paced, intriguing story, but only if you suspend modern technology. The entirety of the story works because of the delay of communication, whether it be sending a telegraph or having to find a payphone. There are no iPhones, email, or other instantaneous social networks. Still, it's a fun romp that uses time and stealth as weapons to great effect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12427)
    Performance
    (7774)
    Story
    (7662)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Samuel L. Jackson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Samuel L. Jackson


    What did you like best about this story?

    Samuel L. Jackson


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not really.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Samuel L. Jackson. :) No, seriously, Mr. Jackson is the reason for listening to this book. Clearly a gimmick, but a good one. Awwww yeah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6475)
    Performance
    (6026)
    Story
    (6028)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Thankfully, it does get better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere between good to pretty good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    The three codas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I've gone through a number of Scalzi books and they generally have been fun but more of what you would consider light reading. On that scale, Redshirts begins at the level of a comic book. If you like a lot of he said, then she said, then he said, then she asked, then he said, the she said... You get the point. If you survive that then the story does in fact get a lot better, and a little more complex, to something a little bit deeper. Not too deep, mind, you, but still refreshing that this short book doesn't just rely on the joke that people are avoiding the Narrative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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