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  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (127)

    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects.

    Blue Ridge Book Lover says: "loved it much more than expected!"
    "Great Narrator, Classic Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's skill and representing the dozens of distinct characters in this book was admirable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was captivating, keeping my interest until the last few pages.


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

    This was my first Simon Vance audiobook.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, given its astronomical length! It was very engaging, though.


    Any additional comments?

    Dickens is an interesting writer. This was my first Dickens book, and I noticed that he makes choices that would be frowned upon today (repeating words frequently, using adverbs after quotes). His storytelling, however, is very good, and it is easy to see why he is counted among the great novelists of his time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (706)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "Interesting, but Not Entirely Novel"
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    Where does You Are Not So Smart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a strong entry


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The content


    Which character – as performed by Don Hagen – was your favorite?

    There was only one character - the narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in this sort of thing and/or listen to podcasts, some of the stories in this book will not be new to you. The Stanford marshmallow and prison experiments were both topics I was well aware of before this book came along. However, I did still learn quite a bit, so it wasn't a waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3428)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1181)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Food For Thought"
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    Where does The Omnivore's Dilemma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    The exposé on the bulk organic industry was eye-opening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the end, where Pollon serves a meal made entirely of hunted and gathered foods, was memorable - and made me hungry.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I watched Food Inc. and Fresh and read a few articles on food before I picked up this book. This one was the nail in the coffin for me. I can no longer enjoy fast food, or even stomach it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (665)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "Distracting Audio"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main narrator for this book did a great job. My problem was with the random guy who filled in as everyone who was quoted in the book. He acted as historical figures from all over Europe, Africa, and even Asia, all the while using the same Germanic-sounding accent and very distinct, wispy voice. This did not translate well at all and at times sounded like a caricature, particularly when he tried to adopt a fake Italian accent. When it came to Japanese, he didn't even try to modify his accent, which was probably for the better.

    This book would have been stronger if 1) the main narrater just read everything or 2) there were different voice actors for each country.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1559)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1312)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Cried in the Car"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The woman who described sneaking into the United States really touched me.


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

    I listened to this audiobook in the car and I sure hope the drivers around me couldn't see me because I was sobbing the whole time! This was a very touching audiobook. Actors are all well and good, but real stories from the people who experienced them are another thing entirely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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