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Michael Kaufman

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  • 698 titles in library
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  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (447)

    Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

    Marc Worley says: "Yes, he curses"
    "One of the best Audiobooks I have ever listened to"
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    In terms of content, this is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. In terms of quality of narration, its is far and away the best. Some autobiographies can be narrated by anyone, but this one was so much better because Penn was reading his own work.

    I liked this book so much that about half way into it, I purchased Penn's other book to listen to next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6031)
    Performance
    (2832)
    Story
    (2848)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Great performance of a great book"
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    Performance
    Story

    There is something special about an author reading his own book. He understands the work, he feels it's emotions, and (if he has the reading talent) he can sometimes present it better then a third part ever could.

    This is one of those cases.

    Its a great book. Well worth reading. Even better as an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (191)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "A great book that's just painful to listen to."
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    This is a really good book that I have read several times. The performance of Mr Wiener is annoying enough that I have to listen to this book at 1.5 speed just to keep myself from quitting. For some reason, the reader felt that it would be appropriate to treat every comma and period as an excuse for an unreasonably long pause. Between sections some of the pauses are so long that you might suspect the book has stopped. Listening at 1.5 speed improves the experience, but its still quite annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4801)
    Performance
    (4486)
    Story
    (4480)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Great book slightly let down by Codas"
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    As always, John Scalzi delivers a great book and Wil Wheaton reads it very well.

    I would say that the the last two Codas are a bit of an anti-climax, somewhat long-winded and don't really add to the book. I still consider this to be a five-star book, but it you get to the codas and feel like skipping them, you won't miss anything important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (489)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Too Many Words"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would like to recommend this book. Its obviously a classic for a reason. The problems is that as you are reading it, it's pretty clear that Victor Hugo was being paid by the word. No one is ever just happy. They are always "happy and joyful". Similarly, no one is sad, but instead "sad and miserable". Despite that, I was loving the book. And then I wasn't. The problem was the Hugo sometimes stops the action of the story to add in some digression that is - at best - peripherally related to the story.For example, there are two hundred pages on the Battle of Bordino that are completely unrelated to the story. Finally, after 196 pages of French history, the character of Th??nardier is introduced. I got through about three quarters of the book, but after the third or fourth very very long digression, I just gave up.I love a long novel (The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite), but this book needs a lot of trimming.


    If you???ve listened to books by Victor Hugo before, how does this one compare?

    About the same. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame contains long pointless descriptions of Parisian architecture that do nothing but pad the book's word count.


    What about Frederick Davidson???s performance did you like?

    Mr Davidson is fantastic as always.


    Was Les Miserables worth the listening time?

    Not really. This might actually be better listened to in abridged form.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Callahan Chronicals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (210)

    This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.

    Charles says: "Great listen"
    "A bit too sickly sweet for me"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed these books when they first came out, but that was a long time ago. I tried to listen to them now, and I gave up after an hour or two. Everybody loves everybody, and everyone takes care of everyone. The author never lets a real storyline get in the way of the general lovefest. I finally stopped listening, because I was afraid I was going to get diabetes from all of the sugar.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    Andrea says: "Amazing Story."
    "Great Reading of a great book"
    Overall

    This is one of the greatest novels of all time. I have read it at least once a year for the last twenty years. I liked it so much that I gave my son the middle name "Dantes".

    I purchased this book a couple of years ago, and I have listened to it several times. The reading is very powerful and complements the material very well.

    Get it, you will not be sorry.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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