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David

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  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (405)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Feels like the shallow end of the Hawking pool."
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    ... Which is a good thing.
    Clear and helpful explanations and interesting arguments, but way too many Armageddon-could-really-spoil-your-weekend-plans jokes. Even with the British accent, they get stale quickly.
    The narrator comes off as more of a correspondence reader, certainly not a teacher whose passion for the subject would have been helpful.

    1 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
    (1783)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1202)

    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"
    "Bursting bubbles with aliens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The great thing about puppets and cartoon characters is that they can get away with doing and saying things that should be done and said.

    So in that way, having aliens do and say things that fundamentalist atheists and blinkered religionists alike (and they are all too alike) have prejudiced themselves against is refreshing.

    Good story, good questions, good sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (412)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "An anarchist's story with an actor's passion"
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    I'm not sure why I skirted this icon for so long. Probably some university trauma. But I thought the 50th anniversary made it the right time to try this one on.
    And I'm glad I did.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and especially the engaging narration, though I find the protagonist, Dean, and his amoral hyperactivity eventually fatiguing -- as did Sal, the first-person character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2809)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1510)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Better to have a "Rendezvous With Rama""
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    Obviously inspired by Arthur C. Clarke's 'Rendezvous With Rama', with a dash of stock Babylon-Star-Trek-Wars alien characters.
    Some interesting concepts folded in, such as luck, and some obligatory Robert Heinlein casual sex, but the story ultimately amounts to a proverbial fly-over.
    So much description, so little significance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr g: A Novel about the Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alan Lightman
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    “As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.” So begins Alan Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr. g, the story of Creation as narrated by God. Bored with living in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, Mr. g creates time, space, and matter - then moves on to stars, planets, consciousness, and finally intelligent beings with moral dilemmas.

    Diane says: "The Universe: A Fable"
    "Loved this -- myth meets quantum"
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    Congratulations to the Alan Lightman for venturing out onto such thin ice.
    For those of us who love to learn about science and theory but still have a sense of humour, or enjoy the immersion of meaning and myth but appreciate grounding in fact and telling details, this is great fun.
    The ending gets a bit soft, but headed in the right direction in terms of bringing all the speculation (scientific and spiritual) to the level of everyday human experience. Perhaps there would be a way to draw full circle with more intensity and interaction between the realms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land Across

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he is in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained. It becomes evident that there are supernatural agencies at work.

    Tango says: "Give the man a (dead) hand"
    "Okay, but not great, Wolfe"
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    This was an okay pastime.
    But in the light of futuristic series (Executioner, et al), pretty thin.
    The narration passable in the beginning because the main character goes in naive, but should be hardened and cynical by the end. And given that this is the character's recounting, that irony and grit should be apparent.
    As it is, he comes off like a wannabe in chinos.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2350)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1394)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Jason says: "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    "Frustrating"
    Overall
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    Probably not the fault of the author or Audible, but definitely the fault of the publisher.
    After listening for an hour I'm guessing there are exercises or charts or graphics or fill-in-the-blanks that the narration speaks to and makes listening a futile and frustrating experience.
    Think I'll just buy the physical edition.
    And the publisher should reconsider this disservice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1093)
    Story
    (1092)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed"
    Overall
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    Story

    Getting lost in this audio play made painting a whole lot more fun. I was in my own (or O.S. Card's) little world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17188)
    Performance
    (13077)
    Story
    (13019)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny. Probably even funnier in print"
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    No doubt a comic genius. Self-deprecating all the way.
    Loved the autobiographical perspective and all the cultural references.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1698)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Enjoyed, but not knocked out"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not enough grit in the main character's narration. Could've done with less sermonizing about the social structure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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