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Basu

Calabasas, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1065)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "uninteresting"
    Overall

    uninteresting - no gold nuggets of wisdom found here. No stories that grabs your attention.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1682)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1246)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Very thin skinned author - very poor listen"
    Overall

    The book was highly recommended by a couple of friends. So I bought it. As it turns out this audio version is a new and improved (???) version of the original book. With insertion of rebuttal by author against every little slight inflicted by any and all intellectual experts on the subject over the past 20+ years. The result is horrible. The author interjects in every paragraph refereeing to some slight by someone and tries to rebut the slight. We the poor reader has no clue about the full extent and the context of the slight asa result this might get the ego of the author satisfied, but for a reader it is most irritating and completely takes away from the central point the author was trying to make. After first couple of hours of listening the whole experience was irritating that I stopped listening.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joseph Lelyveld
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments - his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of social justice for the country’s minorities, outcasts, and rural poor.

    R.S. says: "The development of Gandhi's ideals"
    "Horrible narration"
    Overall

    I completely agree with Vikram. The mispronunciation of the names and places were totally inexcusable. The name that kept popping over and over again and butchered all through was the Bengali last name "Bose", pronounced correctly it rhymes with "nose". And it was pronounced as in "Bosay". The book is full of them. What were the producers doing - couldn't they bother to have some one Indian to check the proper pronunciations of the names and places all things Indian? How about having an Indian narrate the book?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of Power: Its Changing Nature and Use in the Twenty-first Century

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joseph Nye
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In the 16th century, control of colonies and gold bullion gave Spain the edge; 17th-century Netherlands profited from trade and finance; 18th-century France gained from its larger population, while 19th-century British power rested on its primacy in the Industrial Revolution and its navy. In the era of Kennedy and Khrushchev, power resources were measured in terms of nuclear missiles, industrial capacity, and numbers of men under arms and tanks lined up ready to cross the plains of Eastern Europe. But the global information age of the 21st century is quickly rendering these traditional markers of power obsolete, remapping power relationships

    Basu says: "No new revelation and boring"
    "No new revelation and boring"
    Overall

    I had a hard time listening to this boring book that hashes over ideas already articulated by a number of authors before him. Very un-compelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (549)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Most remarkable story I have ever read"
    Overall

    I almost accidentally stumbled on to the book on Audible.com. The story is amazing, ispiring, breathtaking, and heart warming all at the same time. The story proves one more time the Power of a single individual. What I am really surprised that I consider myself as very well read person, that I have never read any reference to Greg Mortensen's work before. The man should receive Nobel Prize for peace some day. The story confirms the ineptitutde of the American government at the same time makes us proud of people of America the nation. An icredibly well written story, a must read for one and all.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dinesh D'Souza
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Dinesh D'Souza, the most original and controversial writer on politics and society in the U.S. today, uncovers the links between the spread of American pop culture, leftist ideas, and secular values and the rise of anti-Americanism throughout the world. In The Enemy at Home, D'Souza makes the startling claim that 9/11 and other terrorist acts can be directly traced to the ideas and attitudes perpetrated by America's cultural left.

    Lance says: "Well worth the time"
    "What a piece of trash!"
    Overall

    I have been a D'Souza fan after reading the "What's so great about America" and Illebral Education. Really enjoyed powerful logical case made in both of those books. What a disappointment was to listen this book comletely lacking any cohesive thought in the book. Name calling and conservative demagogary is the central theme (if there is any) of the book. This is a "must not recommend" on my list.

    21 of 52 people found this review helpful

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