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Francois

South Africa | Member Since 2018

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  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    Author Ben Goldacre exposes the epidemic of pseudoscience and gives listeners the tools they need to distinguish good science from nonsense.

    Shawn says: "Learn who is scamming people, and how."
    "Important topic; poor audio delivery"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is monotonous and makes it a slog


    How could the performance have been better?

    A more lively and varied inflection. Every sentence follows the same predictable monotonous voice pattern. Such a shame, as Ben Goldacre himself is a wonderfully lively presenter.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

    Muzzaffar says: "The book is great but the narrative is incomplete"
    "The best and most relevant book I have read in years"
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    This book is absolutely breathtaking in its clarity and vision and audacity. If any book can be required reading for us living in the 21st century, this is it. Spellbinding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stop Procrastination & Get More Done in Less Time!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Graham Bianco
    • Narrated By Christian Erickson
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (341)

    An international best-seller, How to Stop Procrastination & Get More Done in Less Time! will give you the tools, advice, and easy-to-follow steps to end procrastination and achieve more of your goals. Find out how bestselling author and speaker Graham Bianco has helped people around the world by breaking down the steps to enable you to quickly eradicate procrastination from your life, forever.

    Connor Pole says: "Fantastic book, helped me so much!"
    "Great advice; poorly narrated"
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    The book is short and to the point, giving very useful advice. The voice delivery is unfortunately annoying, with offputting cadence and repetitive inflection.
    All in all: recommended for its content.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Franklin’s Autobiography, one of the most regarded works in early American literature, began as a private collection of anecdotes for his son, but was soon transformed from reflective personal journaling into a work of national history. Filled with the inimitable nuances & wit of the inventor, philosopher, scientist and statesman, this engaging narration of Benjamin Franklin’s classic is as certain to delight modern readers as it did with his original audience.

    Dreamsmith says: "Wisely written and mesmerizingly read"
    "Important piece of history"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not sure... How much one learns from this book (except for the vivid snapshot of history) is debatable. Benjamin Franklin himself is a bit tedious and vain.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As a autobiography the only character that strongly features is Ben Franklin himself.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8552)
    Performance
    (4383)
    Story
    (4403)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    heyitsmepatg says: "AWESOME!"
    "A powerful story, well read"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Splendid Suns the most enjoyable?

    The way it transported me to Afghanistan in all its historical richness.


    What about Atossa Leoni’s performance did you like?

    The fact that Atossa Leoni speeks Farsi, and could properly pronounce names and places, lends this narration with a unique power.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Joseph Powers
    Overall
    (1774)
    Performance
    (1562)
    Story
    (1558)

    In Art of Seduction, Greene returns with a new instruction audiobook on the most subtle, elusive, and effective form of power because seduction isn't really about sex. It's about manipulating other people's greatest weakness: their desire for pleasure.

    Jonathan says: "I have been seduced"
    "Probably the most cynical books I've yet read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Art of Seduction to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no. Apparently the print version has a lot of stylistic printing art, which is lost. However, the narrator of the audio book is very good.


    Would you recommend Art of Seduction to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes... But only if they have a prior interest.


    What about Joseph Powers’s performance did you like?

    The deep timbre of his lively voice, and the cynical sarcasm by which he reads certain passages.


    What did you learn from Art of Seduction that you would use in your daily life?

    Hmmm.... ;)


    Any additional comments?

    The historical fragments were extremely interseting. I learnt a lot about French royal society, Catherine the Great, Cleopatra and several other historical figures.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Our Discontent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (675)

    In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American."

    Sam D. says: "Memorable characters, great narration, POOR AUDIO"
    "Brilliant book; brilliant narrator!"
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    Worth every second. And wow, this narrator so far surpasses every other I've heard to date.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3195)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (2962)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    C. Telfair says: "Something Rotten in Denmark..."
    "A powerful and creative interpretation."
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    The intelligence with which this play was interpreted, and the way it kept me spellbound, really surprised me. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1501)
    Performance
    (1352)
    Story
    (1345)

    Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.

    History says: "Surprisingly honest autobiography."
    "Powerfully told and very human"
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    If you could sum up Long Walk to Freedom in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, brave, true


    What other book might you compare Long Walk to Freedom to and why?

    The Shawshank Redemption, except that this story is true, and so much more powerful.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

    Nelson Mandela


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The long walk to Freedom


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame that Michael Boatman didn't take the effort to learn the correct pronounciation of, especially, Afrikaans-language names. His pronounciation of these is often incomprehensible. On the other hand, his emotional inflection is brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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