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James

Kirkland, WA, USA

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  • 146 titles in library
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  • The Funny Thing Is...

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ellen Degeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen Degeneres
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (164)

    Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 best selling My Point...and I Do Have One, way back in 1996. Not one to rest on her laurels, the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book. That book is this audiobook.

    Heidi says: "Ellen's latest book- The Funny Thing Is..."
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall

    I loved this from start to finish, the only problem being my tendency to laugh out loud often while listening. I attracted stares in the library and had to stop listening in the office, people were beginning to guess my attention was not completely on work. If you like Ellen Degeneres's humor, this book is a delight!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Library of Congress Series on Digital Future: Lecture Four (01/31/05)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Brian Cantwell Smith
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The featured speaker is Brian Cantwell Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. His topic is: "Is There Really A Digital Revolution?" Smith defines his concept of "digitality", and discusses its impact on our notions of technology and the world around us. A panel discussion follows the presentation. This is the fourth lecture in the Library of Congress Digital Future series.

    James says: "Interesting, but not gripping"
    "Interesting, but not gripping"
    Overall

    I learned some interesting things from Prof Smith, who is witty and convincing. But his thesis, that despite the underlying technology most computer topics are more analog than digital, is easily proven and not particularly important. There are a lot of other interesting points in the talk if you have the patience to sift through the content.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Library of Congress Series on Digital Future: Lecture Three (01/24/05)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Juan Pablo Paz
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Juan Pablo Paz, a quantum physicist from Buenos Aires currently working at Los Alamos, discusses how quantum computing, now in its development stages, will eventually change again the way we collect, store, and distribute information. A panel discussion follows the presentation. This is the third lecture in the Library of Congress Digital Future series.

    A. Hile says: "Not worth the time"
    "Quantum computing revealed"
    Overall

    At last I understand what quantum computing is about, though judging from the post-lecture questions the audience did not grasp the concept. The subject matter is tricky and the lecturer works hard to convey the concept in an entertaining and understandable manner. He succeeds only after much difficulty.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Library of Congress Series on Digital Future: Lecture Five, Scrolling Forward (02/14/05)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By David Levy
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    The featured speaker is David Levy, author of Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age. He discusses the shift of reading from the fixed page to movable electrons and the effect that has had on language. Levy holds degrees in both computer science and calligraphy. A panel discussion follows the presentation. This is the fifth lecture in the Library of Congress Digital Future series.

    James says: "Levy puts it in context"
    "Levy puts it in context"
    Overall

    Prof Levy, an expert in computer science, information, calligraphy, arts & crafts, unites the world of computers and libraries in an entertaining and informative discussion. Lots of aha's for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Translated, Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Hopkins
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    We all possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. Now, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and best selling author helps you begin the path to enlightenment in this easy-access reference for daily practice.

    Bryan says: "This is a great book!"
    "Narrator problems"
    Overall

    I loved the Dalai Lama's Art of Happiness and Karen Armstrong's Buddha, but have been disappointed in this one. The narrator speaks in a monotone and rarely shows enthusiasm for the material. While this has given me an opportunity to demonstrate compassion for a first time narrator, I also want to spare new listeners and recommend another of the Dalai Lama's works.

    46 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle, Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Stina Nielsen
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    Don says: "Abridged, damme it"
    "Engaging story transports"
    Overall

    Stephenson's engaging characters move in a world with Leibnitz, Franklin, Louis XIV, Newton, and the whole world of the verge of the enlightenment. While not as fast moving as his other books, he weaves an intricate tapestry of plot and character development into the 17th century, bringing that world to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chaos: Making a New Science

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A New York Times best seller and one of the best selling science books ever written, Chaos looks at the birth of a new science - one involving physicists, biologists, astronomers, and economists seeking a way to understand the growth of the complexity in nature.

    James says: "Nice overview"
    "Nice overview"
    Overall

    Compelling, well written and well narrated overview of the science of chaos: its history and applications. It stays away from mathematics, a disappointment for me, but probably a benefit for the majority of readers. In the end I was entertained and educated, fulfilling my goal.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3627)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (562)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Wacky fun"
    Overall

    Like the Daily Show, this is a wacky look at American politics. Like the medeival court jester, the jokes are often all too true. If you have kids or are offended by sexual or toilet references, there are a fair number. Some of the jokes fall flat (or I am just easily offended), but 85% work, making this a delight to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Gilder
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    George Gilder is one of the great technological visionaries, and "the man who put the 's' in telecosm" according to Telephony magazine. His long-awaited Telecosm is a bible of the new age of communications. Equal parts science story, business history, social analysis, and prediction, it is the one book you need to make sense of the titanic changes underway in our lives.

    James says: "Learn about broadband and wireless"
    "Learn about broadband and wireless"
    Overall

    Gilder was a bet selling economic writer who became a famous technology writer and stock picker in the 90s. His stock picking has fallen down, but his technology writing is still excellent: he explains the physics and economics of the bandwidth revolution we are in the middle of, and does it in a compelling and understandable way.
    Add 5 years (sometimes more) to his predictions and realize that the companies that developed the great technology don't always benefit from it.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Mansfield
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield, drawing on his experience as a journalist and a historian, explores two centuries of history in the Middle East. He forms a picture of the historical, political, and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient, from Bonaparte's marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions.

    Colin says: "am i the only one who liked this?"
    "In Depth, Even Handed Treatment"
    Overall

    The narrator's accent took a few minutes to get used to, and the sound quality was merely adequate, but the content was excellent, and for me, quite enlightening. While covering the whole sweep of history, this book focuses on the last 200 years, giving a crystal clear perspective on how the breakup of the Ottoman Empire resulted in the particular nations that constitute the Middle East.
    The stories are well told, I was entertained and informed, what more can I ask?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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