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Anthony

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  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l: The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

    joseph says: "Not for the feint of heart"
    "A witty and sardonic tome on the Gulag System"
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    Would you listen to The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l again? Why?

    I have listened to it several times. It's a frightening portrayal of a hypocritical system and a browbeaten society that together were complicit in locking up a vast number of their fellow citizens who did nothing wrong.

    The authors wit in describing the insanity of what he went through often makes me laugh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    On of my favorite parts of the book was where he described the the show trials of the scientists.

    It's like bizzaro world. Engineers are held in scorn. Even the lowliest janitor would think nothing of giving a good smack upside the head of an Engineer. Meanwhile, in the Gulags the hardcore criminals are the kings. They sit around all day joking and playing cards while all the wrongly imprisoned average citizens are forced to do hard labor.

    Imagine if the government randomly grabbed people on their way to work and threw them in the middle of Attica where the guards would curse them and force them into hard labor while all the other inmates stood around and laughed.

    I think Reagan was very precise when he called Russia the Evil Empire.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I like Davidson's work and this is no exception. I doubt I would have listened to this so many times if it were not for Davidson's excellent narration. I think he speaks with a tone that the author would approve of.


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

    It just blows me away. It's hard to come to grips that this is a true story. It sort of reminds me of Orwell and Rand, but in this case it's not fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    "Oh, Bertrand Russell! Oh, Hewlett Johnson! Where, oh where, was your flaming conscience at that time?"
    — Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, Harper & Row, 1974.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1289)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Best of the Best"
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    iWoz is one of my favorite audible books of all time (on par with "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"). Its very inspiring. I wish I could have listened to this 15 years ago while I was taking computer architecture and digital logic in college. Its nice to know about the people actually inventing and really doing the stuff you read about in textbooks.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Michael Hiltzik
    • Narrated By Forrest Sawyer
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    The riveting story of the legendary Xerox PARC, a collection of eccentric young inventors brought together by Xerox Corporation at a facility in Palo Alto, California, during the mind-blowing intellectual ferment of the '70s and '80s.

    Colin says: "the jurassic age of computing"
    "interesting history"
    Overall

    The first hour was a little tedious unless you are interested in hearing about a bunch of guys and the size of their budgets. Once it got in to the technical details of the work being done at PARC it got really good. Note that "iWoz" is a much better listen but I still give this book 4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Shreeve
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life, seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government's Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich.

    Neil says: "DNA/Microbiology 101"
    "An Excellent and Informative book"
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    You learn not only about the science of the human genome but you learn about the competition that went on between the private sector and government funded projects. I found the story of Dr. Venter very interesting. After listening to this audio book I am eager to learn of new discoveries and new drugs that are made possible by the mapping of the human genome. Guess I'll have to get a subscription to Scientific American now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kara Swisher, Lisa Dickey
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In her acclaimed AOL.com, Kara Swisher chronicled the unlikely ascent of a group of underdog entrepreneurs and their influence on American net culture. This book picks up where the previous one left off, investigating AOL's merger with Time Warner and its aftermath. Journalists Swisher and Dickey have an ear for the comic and an appreciation for the larger-than-life personalities that propel the drama. After the merger, a troubled journey lies ahead both for AOL Time Warner and for its competitors.

    Anthony says: "Author interjected herself too much into the book"
    "Author interjected herself too much into the book"
    Overall

    The author was more interested in writing about herself than in telling the story of the AOL/TimeWarner merger. I felt like I was listening to a sorority girl/teaching assistant in the creative writing class at some university.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Den of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart's Den of Thieves tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal of the late 1980s that nearly brought down Wall Street. Stewart reveals how some of the biggest names on Wall Street (Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine) crafted a scheme to grab billions before a band of downtrodden detectives brought them to justice.

    A User says: "Riveting story that will leave you incredulous"
    "One of the best audio books ever"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this audio book. The true story was captivating. I couldn't wait to listen to each CD. The narator was great also. I am sad that its over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "Captivating"
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    I enjoyed this audio book. It exposed me to a time and place that I did know about. Like some of the other reviewers I found the narator a little anoying at first. Sometimes she read very slowly with long pauses in between sentances. It was like she was reading a sentance, then going out for lunch, coming back and then recording another couple of sentances before taking a nap. I bet she couldn't tell you a thing about the book after she was done recording it. She didn't even have a Chinese accent. However, I got used to the narrator and in the end it didn't distract me from the facinating story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4774)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1891)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Best audio book I have ever listened to."
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    This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. I have listened to several fiction and non-fiction books but none of them come close to being as captivating as this one. When I tell my friends about this book I describe it as one of the best historical fiction books ever authored.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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