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Neil

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  • Darwin's Radio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up.

    Paul Krasner says: "Really good science fiction"
    "for the sci fi type"
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    Where does Darwin's Radio rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ask me later.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Greg Bear is methodical, this is my third of his books, and I can say that he is reliable in his logic, and his writing. My favorite thing about all of his fiction is his ability to use very real human characteristics to bring realism to his plots. His people act like people.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, sometimes plodding. Maybe one or two goofy edits out of 17 hours of recording.


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

    Not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This is evolution in science fiction. The conflict stems from the human capacity for stubborn denial. If you are in actual denial about actual evolution stay away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1230)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Judy says: "Creepy in a bad way"
    "rubbish"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe somebody who liked the TV series would appreciate this, but you could just as easily distract them with a kazoo, or a propeller hat. It reminded me of fan fiction, not just any fan fiction, specifically fan fiction based around an original work that was not good in the first place. "Jar Jar Cleans His Sweatflaps" by that one nose-pickety kid that loves Jar Jar.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything to clear the palate, tax code, C-span, poetry slam..


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

    He had to read it all the way through and therefore earns 4 stars.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It could be useful as a siege tactic. Blast it at the compound over loudspeakers for a day or so and the cult leader will either surrender or drool to death.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (2811)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2545)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "BIG UPS!"
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    Where does Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is a series of short pieces, not so much a story.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

    David Sedaris plays himself perfectly. Nobody else could.


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

    Yes, but I drive a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing missing is an album length impersonation of Billy Holiday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

    Philip says: "Best Wodehouse narrator"
    "pleasantly fluffy"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    What I like best, about any of the Jeeves and Wooster books, is the formula. Young wealthy people with no real problems and no common sense, toddle about in mansions, or steam-liners, or gentleman's clubs in lust, greed, or general confusion. Then Jeeves fixes everything. It is all fluff.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Robots of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (580)

    Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice.

    Yvonne says: "Refreshing"
    "go directly to time space and other things"
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    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or William Dufris?

    Yes. In fact, it is my experience with Asimov's non-fiction that brought me to this title.


    Has The Robots of Dawn turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    This is my first William Dufri performance. I think he did fine.


    Did The Robots of Dawn inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it inspired me to write a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was clunky science fiction, with completely objectified and undeveloped women. I half expected that, based on the age of the work. What I did not expect was a book concerned almost entirely with what is, or is not, acceptable sexual behavior on different planets. I loved Asimov's "Time Space and Other Things" and I just assumed that his fiction would carry the same kind of tightly bound, concise intelligence, and rigid logic. I was very disappointed, I wonder if he even wrote it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Narrated By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (236)

    Parenting is not about kids, it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics.

    Crystal says: "CALLING ALL PARENTS: MUST READ!"
    "either you need to hear this or..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of ScreamFree Parenting to be better than the print version?

    Yes, if you need help with parenting get it fast.


    What other book might you compare ScreamFree Parenting to and why?

    I don't know, I am not a big consumer of self help books.


    Have you listened to any of Hal Edward Runkel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As my son gets older, the challenges of his life become more complex, starting with gas and proceeding to, most recently, organization and grades. As the complexity of his problems increases, so does the anxiety of parenting. Runkel's book will not shock or amaze good parents, only point out what is really happening when we use volume as a motivational tool. If you ever raise your voice to your children, get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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