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Paul levy

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  • The Denial of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ernest Becker
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.

    Michael says: "Symbology is central to all human behavior"
    "Factual but long"
    Overall

    If you like listening to a text book (which I do), you are halfway there. The ideas are somewhat dated. Strong Freudian themes and explanations, but in audio format it is a long listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Juggler of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (112)

    Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and imaginary, and all foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

    But Sigmund may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.

    John says: "boring rewrite"
    "Bloody Marvellous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just Fantastic. Larry Niven needs to get off his butt and write more like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3563)
    Performance
    (2052)
    Story
    (2076)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Beautifully Clever"
    Overall

    This is a beautifully clever book. It is a worthwile spend of your time, but to avoid disappointment do not be too impatient at the outset.

    I find Larry Niven slow going at first. I even get irritated by the care with which he sets the foundations of his proes, but then it hots up and you are transported to his world. A well thought out, clever, insightful and exciting place that is just around the corner. The world could be, or would be as he describes if we were only able to develop the technology to travel from star to star.

    This is an excellent book. I recommend it strongly but prescribe you give the start a chance, you will be richly rewarded.

    His book Ringworld is similar. It starts out slow and thereafter the only disappointment is that it ends.

    Rgds

    Paul Levy

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (413)

    Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

    For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

    Jacqueline D. White says: "Very Disappointed"
    "Long, long, long"
    Overall

    I tried. I listened. The plot reveals itself desperately slowly.
    If you want to stretch time, listen to this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19874)
    Performance
    (11477)
    Story
    (11592)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Addictively brilliant"
    Overall

    There should be warning on the cover of the Enderverse series stating that once started life will take a backseat until its done.
    Doesn't get better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "See from another side"
    Overall

    The narrator is good.
    This book stayed with me long after the listening was over. it's gift is viewing the world from the other side of the table.
    Good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tooth and Nail: Inspector Rebus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    They call him the Wolfman, because he takes a bite out of his victims and because they found the first victim in the East End's lonely Wolf Street. Scotland Yard is anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help, thanks to his supposed expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers.

    Ruth says: "an excellent book"
    "Keeps the promise"
    Overall

    Well written, well narrated, is what it is.
    Worth it, wonderful.
    Enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Visits from the Drowned Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Tower jockey Benny Poteat has seen a lot of things. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out bulbs, secured by nothing but a leather harness and carabiners, he's witnessed baptisms, outdoor weddings, dogfights, glorious sunsets, topless sunbathers, fierce storms, raging fires, and plenty more. Not much he sees surprises him, until the day he watches a woman die.

    Clint says: "Interesting & worth a listen!"
    "Beautifully dense"
    Overall

    A magnificent book. The language is beautifully rich. The author does a wonderful thing, he describes the world of a simple person in a refreshingly intricate way.

    Listening is bliss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jews! The Other White People

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Un-Cabaret
    • Narrated By Stephen Glass, Rob Cohen, Alan Zweibel, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This very special Un-Cabaret collection includes four deeply funny stories about Jews and Jewishness: "The Day I Got Caught Playing with Myself in Hebrew School", "Hitler's Willing Executioner, Me?", "The Ish Factor", and "Bar Mitzvah Boy".

    Paul levy says: "Desperately Poor"
    "Desperately Poor"
    Overall

    I cannot believe the paucity of the humour in this Un-cabaret un-comedy.

    If it were better, it would be mediocre. It sounds like the "comedians" are reading their scripts to a canned audience.
    South Africans would describe this book as "kak".




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2553)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1281)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "For the uninitiated - I envy you"
    Overall

    I am extraordinarily pleased that I had not heard of Larry Niven, else I would have sampled his genius and the beauty of his discriptions and ideas sooner.

    To all you out there that have not yet tasted what is simply a sublime peice of story telling and idea generation. I envy you. You have something wonderful in your future.

    Enjoy

    Paul Levy

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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