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Robert

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  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (280)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "Vivid World but a bit of a bore"
    "Slow Moving but Entertaining"
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    Where does 2312 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2312 ranks below average among the audiobooks I have listened to so far. Robinson spends to much time describing the scenery and not enough time developing the plot and the characters.


    Would you recommend 2312 to your friends? Why or why not?

    I probably would recommend other audio books before recommending this one, but I would add that the descriptions of the locations off-world were vivid and captivating.


    What about Sarah Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

    Zimmerman worked relatively well with the dialogue but became somewhat monotonous with the rambling descriptions.


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

    I became bored at times and had to fight the temptation to skip ahead.


    Any additional comments?

    The story failed to deliver what the promotion promised.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2961)
    Performance
    (2523)
    Story
    (2532)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "An entertaining read"
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    Entertaining read but about half way through I could anticipate the twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (715)

    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    Steven says: "Outstanding introduction"
    "Meditation made easy"
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    No matter what your religion, there's something for everyone. I Will listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2365)
    Performance
    (2081)
    Story
    (2071)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "Balanced Buddha for normal people"
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    Dan Harris provided a balanced review of Buddhism and meditation that included a healthy amount of skepticism. His conversational style, mixed with humor and insight, made this book an easy read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2343)
    Performance
    (1701)
    Story
    (1715)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Calculating Intelligent Design"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening time was well-spent, although I it was like sitting in church or a lecture at a Christian philosophy class.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert J. Sawyer again?

    I have already been tempted to download another of Sawyer's books.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the son, Ricky, as the most believable.


    Was Calculating God worth the listening time?

    Calculating God was definitely worth the listen, but it is in danger of insulting both atheists (or agnostics) and fundamental, young-earth Creationists.


    Any additional comments?

    Sawyer's characters have a small view of the divine, where God is simply as a transcended created being(s) from an earlier universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shipstar

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Zach Villa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.

    Rob S. says: "I loved it, Great hard science fiction,"
    "Should have been titled "Falling Star""
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    What did you like best about Shipstar? What did you like least?

    Poor descriptions of action and inadequate character development made it difficult for me to maintain an interest in the storyline.


    Has Shipstar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Shipstar did not turn me off to this genre, nor did it turn me off to Larry Niven or Gregory Benford. Not every story can be a homerun, but this story had a difficulty making it to first base.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last chapter, where the human crew were deciding who would stay and who would go on the mission.


    Was Shipstar worth the listening time?

    I probably would not have listened to Shipstar had I known how poor the quality; I was ready to move on to another book after 2 hours.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1174)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Anthony says: "Best Dean Koontz book yet"
    "Beauty and the Beast"
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    Where does Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you like his "Odd Thomas" series, then Innocence will rank among the best of Dean Koontz for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters, and Koontz's portrayal of innocence, along with the twist at the end when the faces are uncovered, made this book one of my favorites.


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

    I was able to listen to the whole novel is just a day and a half.


    Any additional comments?

    One slight week point was Koontz's use of dogs in the story. I appreciate Koontz's love for our canine friends but the insertion was slightly forced.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29954)
    Performance
    (23492)
    Story
    (23713)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Failed to Deliver"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only if the friend had read the other two books. Someone who had not read the first two books does not need to waste their time jumping into the third book.


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    What a disappointment after the first two books. Suzanne Collins must have been racing the meet a deadline with this last book, because she could have improved the story line more by resolving the tension between Gale and Catniss; instead, she just sends Gale to a distant District.


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

    Through inflection and pauses, McCormick breathes life into a story line that was constantly on the edge of going stale.


    Do you think Mockingjay needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A follow-up book that ties up all the loose ends would help, but it needs to follow a better plot line accompanied by better developed sub-plots and character interaction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Problem of Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    For centuries Christians have been tormented by one question above all, "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?"

    David says: "An Extraordinary Little Book"
    "The Problem with Pain a Delight"
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    Where does The Problem of Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Problem of Pain ranks in the Top ten percent of non-fiction


    What other book might you compare The Problem of Pain to and why?

    C.S. Lewis's book, Miracles, is similar in scope and dimension to the Problem of Pain.


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

    While I was listening, Vance did so well I often thought I was listening to Lewis.


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

    The Problem with Pain no Problem


    Any additional comments?

    Christians will appreciate Lewis's apologetic approach the most.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2939)
    Performance
    (1894)
    Story
    (1892)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "That Explains A Lot"
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    If you could sum up The Sociopath Next Door in three words, what would they be?

    Rude Awakening and Eye-Opening


    What other book might you compare The Sociopath Next Door to and why?

    The Sociopath Next Door reminds me of Dealing with Difficult People because it provided such a clear glimpse into the hearts of people who initially appear so enigmatic to me.


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

    Unfortunately, I had not listened to Shelly Frasier before, but she did an excellent job of breathing additional life into an enlightening text.


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

    The most enlightening and encouraging portion of the book was found in the concluding chapter that discussed whether sociopaths, who are free from guilt and remorse, have an unfair advantage over those who possess a conscience.


    Any additional comments?

    The Sociopath Next Door and The Rocks Don't Lie are the two non-fiction books I have read this year that have changed my perception of life more than any other books than the Bible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12810)
    Performance
    (11638)
    Story
    (11664)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Non-stop Suspense - Awesome Beginning to Crazy End"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Peter Clines's novel, 14, kept me on the edge of my seat. I can recommend it to anyone who would enjoy the combination of James Dashner (Maze Runner) and H. P. Lovecraft's cosmic horror.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    A "most memorable moment" occurs at the decidedly weird turn when the building and occupants enter an alternate reality.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    A great narrator is one whom the listener forgets is there. I became engrossed in the story because of Ray Porter's excellent use of voice inflection, pauses, and the change of tone and accents between characters.


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

    I experienced the special element of surprise at the end when a main character receives a job offer. (I don't want to spoil it for the perspective reader).


    Any additional comments?

    The last few chapters go a little too far and over-the-top, but Cline reels it back in for a satisfying conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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