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Scott Karren

Kingston, WA USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea.

    Christopher says: ""See America First", and often..."
    "Terrible. Preachy sermon read in breathless awe."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I like history and outdoors. Figured this would be a great read. No such luck. Narrated as if every sentence ended with an exclamation point. Written as if each sentence was the best natural vista ever witnessed.


    Has The National Parks turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I still like well written histories.


    What character would you cut from The National Parks?

    The whole book. Could not get in more than 30 minutes even though stranded on an intercontinental flight.


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5970)
    Performance
    (5574)
    Story
    (5592)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Blech! Last Sanderson I will ever read"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I used to listed to a few sanderson novels. While they require substantial suspension of disbelief, this one was too much. Worse were the constant bad metaphors like cats ... (I was going to make a terrible metaphor, but decided to leave it to the master.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    No. It would be great if we could get Amazon not to include Sanderson in my recommendations anymore. Audible needs a thumbs down button so it can make better suggestions. Spotify and Pandora can do it, why can't Amazon.


    0 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
    (980)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (736)

    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."
    "Weak Bio of Newton with Sanctimonious Narration."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Are you kidding? People with no desire for a real bio. The book was not about the Royal Society. It was a Newton essay with a few unrelated extra bits thrown in.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Dolnick again?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Alan Sklar’s performance?

    The book was a weak, high school essay level biography with tangents on the plague and those silly medieval people who believed in God. The narration was even worse. I could hear the disdain and picture the sanctimonious eye rolling throughout the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17340)
    Performance
    (15406)
    Story
    (15358)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Average time travel story"
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    What did you like best about 11-22-63? What did you like least?

    The narrator did a great job with the story. I really enjoyed his pace and vocalizations. Some of the side stories were more interesting than the main story. King's descriptions are vivid and really are the best part of the book.


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

    The end was clearly telegraphed. No surprises here.


    Do you think 11-22-63 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the whole book and thought most of it was well told. This was the first King book i have read in a long time and while it was better than some of his other newer work, it is not as good as the old classic King prior to the two towers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "Nothing to learn here"
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    What would have made Why Nations Fail better?

    Same old poly sci stuff. Same old concepts repackaged without any genuine insight. Could not force myself to finish it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson again?

    No


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10620)
    Performance
    (9640)
    Story
    (9660)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Story falls apart about 2/3rds in"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    Not by Clines. Porter, perhaps.


    Has 14 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I still enjoy sci-fi and fantasy. But it needs to hold together.


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s performance?

    Tried his best


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

    Fun and creepy for the first part.


    Any additional comments?

    Even trapped on an international flight with little to do, this book was almost to stupid to finish.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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