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Johnnie57

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  • To The Stars: The Autobiography of Star Trek's Mr. Sulu

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By George Takei
    • Narrated By George Takei
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise and Captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek, the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.

    Johnnie57 says: "Easy Listen"
    "Easy Listen"
    Overall

    This was certainly a good listen. The story was very well written and the narration by Takei was excellent. However I felt that the abridging process made the flow of the book less enjoyable and you get the feeling that there is so much left out from the full version. It keeps you wondering what you have missed. I generally make it a point not to buy abridged books but in this case I had no choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (904)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Just couldn't get through it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I tried on two separate occasions. The first time I only got a couple of hours into it. Then a few months later, I thought that since I really liked the idea of the book, I should really give it a better try. This time I got about 3/4 of the way through it and I reallized that I would not buy the rest of the series.. so that was it. I found the story too slow and it hopped around too much and I just kept drifting off.

    Who knows maybe I will try again some time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (483)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "Fun Story - Very Unique - Great narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It is very easy to get interested in series or books with very similar styles and themes. But I love it when I find a good book that is (at least for me) completely unique and original. This is what this book was for me. The story was good and very original. The presentation was different and the narration was excellent. As a matter of fact Simon Vance is one of the reasons that I decided to take a chance on this book and I was not disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11162)
    Performance
    (9651)
    Story
    (9621)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Everyone should listen or read this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent book. With Apple being such a large part of our daily lives, everyone should read this book. If you are in product development of some kind, it is an absolute must. If you are like me, you will find yourself quoting the book and reciting anecdotes everyday, until eventually people will tell you that they plan on reading the book. Isaacson does a fabulous job of giving you a glimpse of this highly eccentric genius whose strength of will has changed our world. In time I will read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8662)
    Performance
    (3112)
    Story
    (3140)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Another solid Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare World Without End to and why?

    It is very much in the same style as Pillars of the Earth. Generally I felt that it was not quite as good, but still one the best audio books I have heard. Initially it was difficult to keep track of the characters but after the initial portions I was able to get engrossed in the story.


    What about John Lee???s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is easily in my top 3 narrators. Have picked books just because he is the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the adventure. I have considered listening to it a second time, even though it is a large investment in time. This is something I almost never do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (382)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "Taipan - a classic"
    Overall

    I had picked this book up in paperback years ago and have tried reading it two or three times, never making it past the first few chapters. So I decided to try it on audible. I had the same issue, I was starting too lose focus after the first hou or so. The first part is tough to get through because he is introducing many characters and going into explanations on most of them all the while giving some background info. It causes the first section of this saga to have very little flow, and feels like it is dragging on.
    However, if you stick with it you will be rewarded this turns out to be a great novel. The first thought I had after finishing it was how long before I listen to it again. And I never listen to a book twice.
    John Lee is amazing again. His various British accents are incredible (at least to my Canadian ears) and he is so well suited to these epic novels. I could (and did) listen to him for hours on end.

    --J --

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (324)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Good book - worth the read"
    Overall

    Book is well written and well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is some overlap with Dawkins but since I am fascinated by this topic and what the research has been uncovering, I can't get enough. Would certainly read more from this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8825)
    Performance
    (3055)
    Story
    (3130)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "No Da Vinci Code but it was good."
    Overall

    Unfortunately Brown will always be measured against the Da Vinci Code and for that you will see a few negative reviews on this book. I thought it was generally pretty good and not the disappointment that some may have you believe. The story is well thought out and he manages to keep throwing unexpected developments your way and most importantly it keeps you coming back to listen to more. I always judge a book by how long it takes me to listen to it. This one went by pretty quickly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Thornton says: "execrable"
    "Paid version may be worth it."
    Overall

    I got this for free for being a Blackberry app user. I had 2 problems with this book. 1) I had not read any of the other books from the series and 2) This version is abridged. I generally do not like abridged books books you tend to lose all of the character development, and background info. Combine this with the fact that this book was part of a series and I found myself, not really understand the characters, what their purpose for being was and missing some background facts that you would have known had you read the prequels.
    I would not recommend this book, unless free is your number 1 criteria.
    In the context of the series and in unabridged format, I can certainly imagine that it may be worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5964)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (544)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Sometimes predicatble - other times a discovery"
    Overall

    Generally a good listen and very easy to stay with. As the author himself describes it, there is no overall theme running through the book. Some of the observations brought out were surprising and well thought out where as some other were a little more predictable but all in all the work was well researched, well presented and nicely developed. I will be buying the next one Super Freakonomics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6799)
    Performance
    (3845)
    Story
    (3871)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Very Interesting and well written"
    Overall

    I loved the technology spin on this book. Unlike the vast majority of Hollywood material, this is solidly grounded with real terminology and technology. You do have to approach with the idea that this is still sci-fi, but as someone who works in the technology industry, I kept thinking to myself "This could possibly happen". All in all it was a good listen and I will be listening to the sequel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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