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Noah

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3111)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1822)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Excellent and Timeless Story"
    Overall

    Though this book was written over 60 years ago, the story and underlying message hold up well. Despite its length, I found myself engaged throughout. I have read both this and Atlas Shrugged and even though there are many similarities between the two, I preferred this. The underlying message is more subtle than in Atlas Shrugged. I'd recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind thinking while they read.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Thrice Upon a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    It's amazing enough when Murdoch Ross's brilliant grandfather invents a machine that can send messages to itself in the past or the future. But when signals begin to arrive without being sent, Murdoch realizes that every action he takes changes the future that would have been...and that the world he lives in has already been altered! Then a new message arrives from the future: The world is doomed!

    Gary says: "Sciene based time travel"
    "Great intellectual debate on time travel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    At times I found that the book went into to too much superfluous detail, however overall, I really enjoyed the book and found its approach to time travel unique and fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1777)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1107)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Overrated but interesting nonetheless"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I think the author does a decent job at focusing on the evidence for why "calories in equals calories out" does not apply. However, he spends too much time disproving existing theories instead of proving his own theories and, in the end, I don't think he makes any practical recommendations.
    Don't eat carbs is a little too generic for me.I follow a diet called the Glycemic Index diet which uses a lot of the same principles but does a much better job at describing a more practical balanced diet.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7906)
    Performance
    (7518)
    Story
    (7527)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Original, suspenseful and an all around great read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    Despite being sci-fi it came across as incredibly believable with the obvious exception that we can't yet fly to Mars


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    His voice was perfect for the main character


    Any additional comments?

    There are parts of the book that can quite technical, even if, like me, you don't understand some of it, push through it because all in all it's a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (568)

    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
    "Very mixed feelings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There were some great stories, some good stories and some boring stories. I would remove all the long boring stories.


    Was One More Thing worth the listening time?

    At least half the stories were worth listening to and many were not.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a laugh out loud book, look elsewhere. This does indeed have a few great funny stories, some solid interesting and insightful stories but I found myself needing to fast forward a few of the longer, completely unfunny/non-insightful ones.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Architect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Belfoure
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

    Ellen says: "Grows on you"
    "Fantastic Book -- Worth the listen"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Paris Architect?

    Great all around story and character development. Also enjoyed the historical fiction aspect to it.


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

    It took a little time to get into it but once I was into it, I was hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly disagree with previous comments knocking the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8546)
    Performance
    (6670)
    Story
    (6699)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Objectively it's better than 3 stars but..."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I like my fiction to be somewhat uplifting. That isn't to say that I can't read a book that takes place in a dark time (e.g. the holocaust) but the story itself can still have an uplifting feel to it. I found this book to be too depressing for my liking.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It made me sad and kind of depressed.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was fantastic and despite my not liking the depressing tone to the novel, I can't deny that Markus Zusak is a talented writer and Allan Corduner is a great narrator.


    Was The Book Thief worth the listening time?

    yes and no. I really enjoyed the writing, I just wish there was more of a mix of positive and negative outcomes and not quite so much of the latter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard L. Brandt
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (154)

    Amazon’s business model is deceptively simple: make online shopping so easy and convenient that customers won’t think twice. It can almost be summed up by the button on every page: Buy now with one click. Why has Amazon been so successful? Much of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder, whose business strategy and unique combination of character traits have driven Amazon to the top of the online retail world. Originally a computer nerd rather than a businessman, he had the vision to capitalize on the untapped online marketplace for bookselling....

    Michael Cavacini says: "A Nice Overview of a Retail Giant"
    "A short informative history of Amazon"
    Overall
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    Where does One Click rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you set your expectations for a 5 hour short informative and somewhat entertaining history of Amazon, you won't be disappointed. At 5 hours, don't expect a ton of detail but there's enough to give you a decent idea of how the company evolved.

    I found it easy listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insights into Bezos. I would love to read a full biography on him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The descriptions of what a small company Amazon started out as even after they were getting a decent amount of business.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2545)
    Performance
    (2108)
    Story
    (2115)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Love the Series, AWFUL narrator for this one"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator, the narrator and the narrator. He is so bad especially compared to the George Guidall.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan’s performances?

    Not a chance in hell


    Any additional comments?

    Mitch Rapp's next mission should be to kill the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough"
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    Where does Gang Leader for a Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book, one of my handful of favourites so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    While being a true story with incredible insight into "living in the projects", the story is captivating and as good or better than fiction.


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

    There are some reviews that criticize the narrator. I disagree. I thought the narrator did a good job at bringing out some of the different personalities and characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book especially if you like to get a little education while reading something enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6613)
    Performance
    (5849)
    Story
    (5902)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Stephen King classic stands the test of time"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Stand again? Why?

    While this book is one of his older ones, i'd heard it was a good one and the reviews didn't lie. It's great story telling!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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