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James

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (71)
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    (70)

    Brilliantly exploring today's cutting edge brain research, Mind Wide Open allows readers to understand themselves and the people in their lives as never before. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works and how its systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives.

    Chris says: "Fascinating, fascinating... but short"
    "Thinking about thinking..."
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    As someone who'se always been fascinated with the workings of the human race, our selves, I found this book very enlightening. The only draw back was the reader, or narrator, of the story, whose voice seemed a distraction. The guy sounded like he was out of breath. But the book and its contents were truly informative. i I see my brain differently now.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1124)
    Performance
    (793)
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    (807)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Way. Too. Weird."
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    What disappointed you about The End of Eternity?

    This book is extremely hard to get into.
    The premise seems interesting enough. But I feel like I need an instruction manual just to understand what was happening in the first paragraph.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (57)
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    (57)

    Making the Future presents more than 50 concise and persuasively argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011. Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. presidential race; the ascendancy of China; Latin America's leftward turn; the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; Israel's invasion of Gaza and more.

    Susie says: "Fifty-Two Reasons to Listen to Chomsky"
    "A dramatically different view of the world..."
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    If you could sum up Making the Future in three words, what would they be?

    If you want to see the world from a "different perspective", then you must read this book. It will challenge your perceptions. Norm Chomsky may be wrong. But he is also very smart and just sees the world differently.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3172)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2217)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "Never thought a book could be so suspenseful..."
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    Childhood's End was a book that I tore through in a matter of hours. It's incredibly difficult to step away from. The ending was amazing and totally unexpected. Bravo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (354)
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    (351)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "A story that will forever haunt you..."
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    David McCullough's gripping account of the Johnstown Flood is amazing work of journalism, documenting a horrifying event in American history. The stories he tells are incredible - almost too amazing to believe. However, I would not recommend reading this book before bed time. It's very upsetting at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (182)
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    (181)

    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    Diane says: "Revealing "Revelations""
    "Another version of an earlier book..."
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    I loved Elaine Pagel's great work... the "Gnostic Gospels."
    Unfortunately, this is pretty much the same book.
    The book contains some very interesting information about the origin of the Book of Revelations. But the remaining 80 percent of the chapters seemed unnecessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22635)
    Performance
    (14012)
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    (14158)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Hauntingly weird"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story behind Ender's Game was dark, morbid and depressing .... and yet I just kept reading on. You have to give the author credit for writing a story that you just can't turn away from... no matter how dark it was. Truly an imaginative, though sad, work of fiction


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
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    (1844)
    Story
    (1849)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Flashbacks, flash forwards, flash sideways..."
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    What would have made Command Authority better?

    The story was just too hard to follow with too many flashbacks and flash forwards.
    Further complicating all those time shifts, the two main characters - Jack Ryan and Jack Ryan Jr. - have the same name. And, often I found myself just trying to figure out which character the writer was talking about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4909)
    Performance
    (4422)
    Story
    (4507)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Delightful"
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    The Lord of the Rings is one of those books that changes you. And the delivery by this particular narrator is splendid.

    0 of 0 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
    (2554)
    Performance
    (1566)
    Story
    (1570)

    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!"
    "A little "too much""
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    Any additional comments?

    The author of this book is a little too pushy and talks to the listener/reader as though a moron. The content might be worthwhile. But the writers attitude and delivery are such a turn-off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (355)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Evans says: "Very captivating."
    "A fascinating look at a misunderstood legend"
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    Would you listen to Cleopatra again? Why?

    I've read a lot of books about Rome and Greece and the ancient world, and yet this book still held so many surprises for me.

    The author has a keen ability to perceive history through fresh eyes -- those of Cleopatra herself rather than those of the Romans who so despised her.

    A brilliant work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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