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Alexander T. McMahon

Sandy McMahon

Silicon Valley, CA | Member Since 2008

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  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1604)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    Overall

    Asimov is superb, particularly when one considers that he started writing this series in the early 1950s. As a result it reads and sounds like the period. For all that, this is a great classic and Scott Brick is an excellent reader. The story and cast of characters is much more complex than the average novel. I found that a 2nd listen not only made everything clearer, but was even more enjoyable than the first.

    A few reviewers comment on dropped sentences. It helps to have access to the printed version. Chapters are frequently introduced with excerpts of the fictitious Encyclopedia Galactica, and these excerpts are - in both the print and Audible version - often dropped mid-sentence. This is Asimov.

    Highly recommended for any SciFi fan.

    36 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6638)
    Performance
    (5032)
    Story
    (5112)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Fanciful reinterpretation of American history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to be better than the print version?

    Can't say, haven't read the print edition


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very entertaining retelling of US history with vampires playing a major role in a number of unsolved events like the Lost Colony


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (232)

    Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed. Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

    Roger Smith says: "Collins is always right"
    "Like attending one of Collins's classes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good analysis of the critical reasons that once great companies fall. Very rich analysis and analogies to demonstrate key points.


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

    There have been several comments panning the drama that Collins uses in his vocal presentation. I disagree. He speaks as though was making a passionate point in one of his classes. It's a performance!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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