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Oded

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  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (969)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "get the first chapter"
    Overall

    and enjoy it.
    afterwards, it gets slower and tend to repeat itself.
    I listened to the first chapter maybe 4 times: definitely tops the rest.

    Overall, a fun experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23235)
    Performance
    (9858)
    Story
    (9929)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Left me with hunger for more"
    Overall

    Little slow in the start, but it gets much more interesting and even fascinating on the second half of the book.
    The character of the girl and its development along the story makes you want to know more about her.
    The story within the story is disgusting, or at least the thought that such things may actually take place even in these moments. Actually, come to think of it, there were a few stories here in the states and in Europe as well that were published in newspapers with atrocities going long for so many years, but this one could really come out from a very creative / sick mind.
    I loved it .
    Going to buy the other 2 books in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (848)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Do Not Touch - unless you must"
    Overall

    for a University essay or something.
    Very slow, the point is understood after chapter one, and one could deliver the message in half the time.

    On the up side, I had a couple of very good naps with this one..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Body

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.

    Richard Delman says: "An immensely talented author"
    "Looooooong and slow"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to read this book after the great adventures of Stephan King in The Eyes of the Dragon.
    However this one is in slow-mo, with break outs to other unrelated sub-stories.
    The narrator is doing a decent job, however you wait for something to happen - but nothing ever does, except in the last couple of chapters, and even then there is not much meat there.
    Maybe, if you grew up in the south during the 60's - 70's you will relate more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pure Drivel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of the New Yorker already know: that Martin is also a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces feature Martin at his finest.

    Beth says: "Really? Only 2 hours and 14 minutes?"
    "This should be a stage act - not an audiobook"
    Overall

    Even though I LOVE Steve Martin, one of the best comedians ever and creative as one can possibly be, this is a mix of short stories or pieces with no connecting line of which some are nice however most are boring. I think my opinion may have been different if I was seeing it as a stage act.

    My first non-finished audio-book.. Sorry Steve, you are great but this one is not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (662)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "Combination of great story and a talented narrator"
    Overall

    Bronson Pinchot makes all the difference between a good story and a great listening.
    My subway rides became quality time with this audio-book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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