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Scott

Nasu, Japan | Member Since 2007

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  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (439)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "A gripping account of a forgotten US disaster"
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    Egan's book, though non-fiction, is constructed like a great Hollywood movie: introducing the characters and getting us to care about them before dropping them into the unfolding disaster. I knew little about America from the years between the Civil War and World War I, but the many colorful anecdotes about Teddy Roosevelt alone have got me searching for a great biography on that president.

    I found this to be a real "page-turner" for me; I was making time to listen, and listening in situations I usually don't because I was so caught up in the narrative, particularly the detailed accounts of human bravery and tragedy on those fateful days of August 20th and 21st, 1910. Egan researched this material thoroughly, and it shows. Robertson Dean's narration, in his magnificent baritone, is classy.

    I've now consumed 50 books on Audible, and this is probably my second favorite, after Shadow Divers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Universe in a Nutshell

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    With characteristic exuberance, Stephen Hawking invites us to be fellow travelers on this extraordinary voyage through spacetime, as he seeks "to combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe."

    Adam says: "Educational and yet fun."
    "Sorry, Stephen, I still don't get it"
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    Maybe the printed version of this book has a lot of great diagrams that explain some of the really mind (and space?) bending concepts in this book, but unfortunately most of it was completely unfathomable to me in audiobook format. While I did pick up a few tidbits, I can't recommend this audiobook. If you're a Hawking/astrophysics fan, go for the printed version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4360)
    Performance
    (4022)
    Story
    (4035)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "Gaiman's great self-narration drives this home!"
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    While many pro narrators (i.e. the phenomenal Simon Vance) do character voices much better than Neil does, there's a special sense of authenticity when the author does his own work. You know you're getting exactly what he wanted! Neil's narration is extremely good, particular his sense of pacing, and the soft character of his voice. The story is also pure Gaiman, and fun blend of the quaint, and the mysterious. A very enjoyable, if not too deep, five hours or so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7706)
    Performance
    (4215)
    Story
    (4268)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Is that really Ender?"
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    Orson Scott Card, now infamous as a Mormon zealot and anti-marriage equality bigot, seems to be simply borrowing the Ender "branding" for this novel, which has little or nothing to do with Ender's Game. Incredibly slow-paced and filled with preposterous stuff about religious missionaries running colonies on alien worlds, it manages to pull out a bit in the last quarter with admittedly interesting relevations about the "piggies." I've read plenty of far more interesting science-fiction, including from Mr. Card himself.

    The narration strategy is absolutely crazy, with something like seven or eight different talents chiming in at various points. For the most part they're all quite good, but I completely fail to see the point of having so many people involved in the work, especially if you're not going to assign them to specific characters. So three stars for the performances, but only one star for the production of the audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thomas Maier
    • Narrated By Dorie Barton
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Masters and Johnson began their secret studies in a small Midwest laboratory working with prostitutes and volunteers who performed more than 10,000 sexual acts in the name of science. They soon became the top experts on sex for more than 40 years, explaining the untold mysteries of orgasm, emotional fulfillment, and sexual dysfunction to millions of Americans. Masters and Johnson were America's ideal couple, but they divorced after 20 years amid a clash of ambitions, betrayal, and jealousies.

    Steve says: "Incredibly Bad Narration"
    "A passable book on a fascinating subject"
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    Like Kinsey before them, Masters and Johnson were truly groundbreaking, and took enormous professional (and personal) risks to move their work forward. But the book, while extolling the virtues of opening up the country's thinking about sex, succumbs to good ol' tabloid-esque sex expose writing in the latter third as it strives to show off Masters' personal-life failings. It's still worth a read, if you're interested in their revolutionary work.

    The narration is solidly second-rate. While the narrator's overall style and voice characteristics are fine, she tragically mispronounces a number of words, which is as much the fault of the director as her. There are segments where she also seems fatigued, and doesn't put as much care into her reading as the earlier bits. That Ms Barton has no other reading credits on Audible is telling.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit, Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (227)

    Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance! Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

    James says: "Good Story, But Why Split it into Two Purchases?"
    "Capitalism run amok"
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    Tokien and the Hobbit are wonderful, and there's nothing I can say that hasn't already been written. However, Audible.com deserves scorn for the blatant money-grab move of splitting this into two parts just prior to the release of the new movie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (297)

    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

    William says: "Amazing. I want you to listen to this."
    "A great read, but it starts slowly"
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    Rothfuss narrative style takes a little getting used to, but once you latch onto it, you'll be treated well. The dual timeline narrative, structured as characters in the present recalling the past, seems gimmicky and the author himself almost drops it completely about halfway through the novel. But the actual story itself is unique and compelling and I look forward to reading the second book.

    Degas' narration is astounding! I can think of no narrator who comes even close to him for raw skill with character voices. Sometimes I had trouble believing it was the same man doing the reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3608)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1583)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "The Perfect Biography"
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    Now I know why Steve Jobs asked Walter Isaacson to write his biography! I had always wanted to learn more about Einstein, and I don't think you could do a better job of putting a face and heart on the man who changed science than this work. Couple this with Edward Herrmann -- easily one of the best non-fiction narrators alive -- and you have a classic work highly recommendable to anybody who wants to round out their knowledge of one of history's most important figures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Itself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Ebert
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (301)

    Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer.

    loix says: "mixed feelings"
    "Fast Forward to Chapter 20"
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    If you're a fan of Roger Ebert -- and I most certainly am one -- you may wish to start your reading of this book at chapter 20. All the previous essays (that's how this book is structured; not as a timeline narrative of his life, but a collection of essays on topics from his life) focus on his family life and youth, and offer nothing of much relevance to understanding Roger the man, or why he became such a great critic. I found it a chore to power through and get to the far meatier second half. Of course, if information about his relatives' cooking skills, or that people he lived with in South Africa had a cute dog and other such personal minutiae are your thing, then by all means dive in.

    The task is made easier by Edward Herrmann, the narrator, who is simply superb; probably some of the best work I've enjoyed on Audible outside of Simon Vance's accomplishments.

    Even in the second half of the book, I was left wanting for more. We learn that Roger never desired to be a movie critic, that the job was just handed to him. But he offers no insight into how he thought and worked to turn himself into one of America's finest despite having no initial lust for the task. His discussion of Gene Siskel, too, is unfortunately shallow despite that partner being perhaps the one human being we most closely associate with Roger.

    We do get entertaining chapters about his associations with several different Hollywood stars, e.g., John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and more, but this is basically classy gossip, and reveals nothing about Roger Ebert, except that he's met some famous people.

    Perhaps the most revealing and touching sections were the two poignant chapters about his wife, Chaz, who was a complete enigma to me prior to reading this.

    So Roger, please go back and tell us what it was like to be a movie critic!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (640)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Douglas says: "The Movie Makes More Sense Now"
    "Better than the movie!"
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    You're certainly not going to want to attempt this if you're not a science-fiction fan, but you must do it if you are. I'm not sure why Kubrick felt he had to make the final 15 minutes of the movie so muddled and inaccessible; Clarke's vision for what took place is clear and easy to understand as presented here. I almost wish somebody would remake the film, or at least the last 15 mins.

    Dick Hill -- who I'd only heard previously once doing Easy Riders, Raging Bulls -- does a great job with this material, displaying a depth I didn't know he had.

    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
    (3732)
    Performance
    (2195)
    Story
    (2223)

    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!"
    "Story is aging gracefully, but a mediocre narrator"
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    Science-Fiction is cluttered with "first contact" stories and this is one of the better ones, exploring man's interaction with a species very, very different from man (but ultimately frustratingly similar in some ways). The cultural norms seen in the humans in this book are quaintly dated from the late 1960s it would seem (the relatively non-equality of women), but it's easy to look over. The book has a few great action sequences, but the end is a bit quiet.

    Mr. Ganser's performance is only passable. I've become jaded by the great narrators like Simon Vance who can do a number of character voices making it easy to keep track of who is doing the talking, but that's not the case here, unfortunately.

    Recommended for established sci-fi fans. Newcomers to the genre will probably not have a lot of fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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