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Dean

Mackenzie, QLD, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (418)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Like pumping iron for the mind"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of How the Mind Works to be better than the print version?

    Yes, obviously I can't read while driving to work.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Narator


    What does Mel Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads in an interested, engaged and clear to understand manner.


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

    It made me think, think and realize things that have been going on all around my my whole life and I didn't realize.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this one a few more time I think.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall and Rise of China

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Baum
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (296)

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    Yu-Chin says: "Offers excellent objective perspective!"
    "A fantastic journey through history."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fall and Rise of China the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is the author, he speaks directly and his passion for Chinese history is glaringly obvious. The author goes into such detail and uses language so well that you have no difficulty imagining the scenes and events he describes.

    This is multiplied by just how interesting Chinese history is and how well this time period is recorded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the time period of the late 1800's to early 1900's to be very interesting, the dowager empress was such a b***. It was cool to see China has conservative obstructions on both sides of the spectrum just as the west does.
    Then the dramatic transformation with the ending of the empire and the birth of the republic and following civil wars gave birth to a modern entity that is not entirely different to those in the west.


    What about Professor Richard Baum’s performance did you like?

    10/10 enough said.


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

    Definitely some laughs, I felt sorry for many characters, the Lao Beijing most of all during the cultural revolution. The most important thing that this book made me feel is a unity or commonality to a people who used to seem alien to me.

    As someone who has never visited China, I now see that they are just like us at the core.


    Any additional comments?

    Stalin was a bastard, even to Mao.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons (Part Two): Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (252)

    The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age, this recording is unabridged and split into two parts. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies. Now that her whereabouts are known, many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons....

    Matthew says: "Gaining Momentum at Last!"
    "Wow, just..... wow! I NEED the next book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was such a well written story and so well performed by Roy Ditrice, he returned to his A game after some of the middle books.

    I really didn't want this book to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twists and surprises, the characters and language used to illustrate the world were all just amazing.


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

    This one was probably his best, I could not fault it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to spoil it but I will hint to the surprise at the wall near the end left me stunned.


    Any additional comments?

    George R.R Martin, you are amazing. Roy Dotrice is also amazing, this series has just been the best fiction I have ever read (listened to).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    Karen says: "Best of British Political Soap Opera"
    "Wow, what a dude!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Churchill to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I could never sit there and read through 56 hours.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winston Churchill obviously.


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

    No, but he is a fantastic narrator, he does accents and everything.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not that sort of book, the whole thing was a great eye opener into high level politics.


    Any additional comments?

    You certainly get your moneys worth with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (498)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Greg says: "Heavy-handed"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    This was a great story, realistic and sticks it to the system!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Birth of Britain: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (242)

    The English-speaking peoples comprise perhaps the greatest number of human beings sharing a common language in the world today. These people also share a common heritage. For his four-volume work, Sir Winston Churchill took as his subject these great elements in world history. Volume 1 commences in 55BC, when Julius Caesar famously "turned his gaze upon Britain" and concludes with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

    Terryl says: "Birth of Britain"
    "Entertaining but not in modern english"
    Overall

    The history of early england is written well and sounds like a story rather than a history lesson.
    It would be nice if someone re-wrote it in a more modern style,

    Quite good though, Churchill has an impressive historic knowledge

    2 of 26 people found this review helpful

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