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Manalapan, NJ, United States | Member Since 2002

  • 11 reviews
  • 314 ratings
  • 423 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lawrence E. Joseph
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Don't look up. It won't help. You can't get out of the way; you can't dig a hole deep enough to hide. The end is coming, and there's nothing you can do about it. So why listen to this audiobook? Because you can't cover your ears when it's not just the religious fanatics who are saying we're all going to be destroyed, but the scientists are in on the act, too.

    Thomas W. Smith says: "Overpriced"
    "Not reasonable tale..."

    There is an old joke about reasoning, logic and facts:

    The bartender asks the guy if he knows what logic is?
    The guy says - "no".
    So, he asks him if he got matches in his pocket?
    The guy says - "yes".
    "Well," explains bartender - "If you have matches, then maybe you are a smoker, and if you are a smoker, then maybe some times you go to the bar, and if you go out regularly then maybe some day you'll meet a nice girl, and you'll marry her, and you'll have kids...Got it?"
    Guy walks to his friend, and asks him if he got matches?
    "No" - answers a friend.
    "That means you'll never have kids!" - says the guy.

    The point of this joke here, is that the author uses same "logic" in this book.
    I'm not a "fact hunter", but books like this one MUST present the correct information.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Code: Ending Fashion Anarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Eve Michaels
    • Narrated By Eve Michaels

    Move past your excuses of no time and money and become your own American success story. Do you crave more confidence, respect and power? Want to earn more money? Not moving up in your career, life and relationships? Have you stopped being passionate about yourself? Do you like who you see in the mirror? Now is the time to listen to Dress Code and turn your life around. Find out how image connects to success. Be fresh and modern at any age! Learn how to do your very own makeover!

    Max says: "The second worst book in my library (400+ titles)"
    "The second worst book in my library (400+ titles)"
    What disappointed you about Dress Code?

    The "facts" presented in this book, are fictitious to say the least. The author wrote about things she think she knows, but doesn't. It is like hearing what other people say about other countries they've never been in. And then combine all this "knowledge" into a book.Mix it with "Oh, I'm So Important", then sprinkle it with "Only I know what's best for you", and you'll have the idea of what this book is all about.

    Has Dress Code turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not. I like fashion. Fashion is fun, and anyone, at some point in life, has to find his or hers style (or suffer the consequences :-). I would absolutely love to listen to a GOOD book in this genre.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The author wynes about her hard life and her childhood for a good first half of this book. I mean at some point she actually starts sobbing... The only option for me to "get out" of this sobbing was to skip to the next chapter, or turn it off completely.You however, have a third option - Do Not purchase this book!

    Any additional comments?

    The only purpose, I believe, this book was written for - is an advertisement of the author services. There are many books of this sort have been written lately. Few of them I've read. A good book is a very good advertisement indeed. But a poorly written one will fire back. I think it is a common knowledge, that any person, who thinks of him/herself as a writer should posses.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Christopher Hadnagy, Paul Wilson (foreword)
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password than to exert the effort of hacking.

    Doug says: "Social Engineering Savvy"
    "Very nice introduction to social engineering"
    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I wanted an introductory book into social engineering, and this book does this job perfectly. There is an explanation of all the sides of the art, and direction for further info if you're interested to dive deeper into anything in particular.
    Many examples / real stories makes this listen even easier to follow. Would recommend this audio to anyone.
    Additionally, I've discovered that like most people, I was stupid enough to have the same password / user-name on many sites. And how easy it is for anyone (unfriendly, or just bored) to mess up my life. Well, not anymore... or at least not that easy. That alone definitely worth a "credit".

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    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? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Great surprise, and very good listen!"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    must-have-education (for any age), but especially for young adults.

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

    First the narration is great. Second, my drive to work, and then back takes roughly an hour. And it was most pleasurable 2 hours a day, that I've had for some time now.

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

    Yes, in a sense of how interesting the story is. And: no, because, (apart from the book length) it takes time to absorb all the philosophical ideas presented in this book.Also, there is nothing new, but a common sense, and a great story. :-)

    Any additional comments?

    Do not place this book in your "Wish List". Download it now. Listen to it. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Tea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kazuko Okakura
    • Narrated By Nicholas Tekoski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is a minor classic of the Orient. It is perhaps the most entertaining, most charming explanation and interpretation of traditional Japanese culture in terms of the tea ceremony. First published in 1906, it traces the custom from its roots in Taoism to its role as a Zen meditative discipline.

    taylor storey says: "The History of the East's Aesthetic"
    "This book is like soul with no body..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This book is not about tea, nor Japanese tea ceremony, or anything else physically linked to tea as a drink. But this book may begin to teach you about a mindset required, in order to begin to understand Japanese tea ceremony. Sounds complicated? It's not. Read the book, you'll know what I mean. :-)

    Would you be willing to try another book from Kazuko Okakura and E. F. Bleiler (introduction) ? Why or why not?

    Probably not.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sort of... but personally I didn't liked the narration very much.

    Could you see The Book of Tea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not applicable.

    Any additional comments?

    Misleading title.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Empire of Tea: The Remarkable History of the Plant that Took Over the World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alan Macfarlane, Iris Macfarlane
    • Narrated By James Adams, Kelly Birch

    From Darjeeling to Lapsang Souchon, from India to Japan-a fresh, concise, world-encompassing exploration of the way tea has shaped politics, culture, and the environment throughout history. From the fourth century BC in China, where it was used as an aid in Buddhist meditation, to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, to its present-day role as the most consumed substance on the planet, the humble Camellia plant has had profound effects on civilization.

    Paul Z. says: "Good Book"
    "Not what the title says..."
    What did you like best about The Empire of Tea? What did you like least?

    Liked the narration. Didn't like the title (it is misleading).

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This book is NOT about planting, growing, preparing or drinking tea. Furthermore it is VERY brief history of tea.This book is a colorful description and history of suffering and humiliation of Indian natives, caused by English West-India Company in Assam province of India.

    What about James Adams and Kelly Birch ’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed James Adams performance very much. If it wasn't for him I'd probably wouldn't listen to the rest of the book.

    Could you see The Empire of Tea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, but it may be a good background for another story.

    Any additional comments?

    If your interested in tea production, culture, methods of preparation, or a complete history of this plant - this is NOT a book for you.But if you just need to waste your credit on something, or you are interested in history of Assam province in India - buy the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What You Need to Know About: Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By George Buckley, Sumeet Desai
    • Narrated By Colin Mace

    Economics matters. But with confusing things like GDP and interest rates, it’s often hard to get you head around. So What do you really need to know about economics?

    Max says: "Exactly what the title says!"
    "Exactly what the title says!"

    I was expecting a dry and boring book, instead I've enjoyed every minute of it. Excellent listen! Gives you a complete understanding of the key principles of economics, and what is happening in the world right now. Packed with information, so in order to absorb everything, I've had to re-listen some parts over. But that's probably because I was driving at the moment. And last, but not least the narration is superb! Would definitely recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "Liked it very much!"

    After reading other reviews I thought that to buy this particular version of the book is a bad idea. But I bought it anyway, because I've read good reviews about it on the other websites. And I'm NOT sorry at all...

    The narration is good. I've had no problems listening or understanding ANY part of this book.

    The book itself is Excellent! Considering that it was written more then half a century ago, it still presents the idea that is valid and useful today.

    The well marketed book "The Secret" is nothing more then a newer and much shorter version of this same book. The only difference is that "The Secret" presents you information openly (because it published today), and "Think and Grow Rich" pushes you toward the same idea without naming it (because it was published "back then", and the author probably didn't liked the idea of spending the rest of his life in mental institution).

    Would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take control of his/her life. Listen to it it'll do you good (or in the worst case - nothing at all).

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Excellent listen!"

    Excellent listen for anyone who wants to "unwind" his/her brain a little. Enjoyed very much the story AND the narration.
    This is the first book after many, that I've listened to beyond the point of arrival home, and then in bed, and then with the morning cup of coffee.
    Would recommend it to anyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Natalie Angier
    • Narrated By Nike Doukas

    Buckle up for a joy ride through physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and her own work as an award-winning science writer, Natalie Angier does the impossible: she makes science fascinating and seriously fun, even for those of us who, in Angier's words, "still can't tell the difference between a proton, a photon, and a moron".

    Paul says: "Far too cute"
    "do NOT buy this one..."

    Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" - is SO much better! She's not covering half of the things Bill Bryson does. And IF you'll make yourself to listen to it once, you will not be able to make yourself listen to it second time. On the positive side you'll be more concentrated on the road.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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