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Marcel-Jan

Gouda, Netherlands | Member Since 2010

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  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Q & A (filmed as Slumdog Millionaire)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (104)

    Adapted For The Film Slumdog Millionaire. Eighteen-year-old Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested after answering twelve questions correctly on a TV quiz show to win one billion rupees. The producers have accused him of cheating his way to victory. Twelve extraordinary events in street-kid Ram's life - how he was adopted as a foundling orphan by a priest; came to have three names; fooled a professional hit man; even fell in love - give him the crucial answers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Cry and laugh"
    "Audiobooks at its best"
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    I've never seen the movie, so the sory was new to me. And it's an engaging story. There is so much going on that you actually want to keep listening in your car after you have arrived on your destination. Masterfully narrated too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day We Found the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcia Bartusiak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    From one of our most acclaimed science writers: a dramatic narrative of the discovery of the true nature and startling size of the universe, delving back past the moment of revelation to trace the decades of work--by a select group of scientists--that made it possible.

    Roy says: "Worth the Effort"
    "A history of astronomy I didn't know well"
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    I always thought that Edwin Hubble sort of single handedly discovered that there were other galaxies beside our own, expanding the universe tremendously. But this book has set the story straight. Basically theories have gone back and forth between the idea of island universes and "the milky way is the only universe".

    It's also interesting that the book goes on after Edwin Hubble proved other star systems were far beyond the realm of our galaxy. Because he (and his collegues) also discovered that the galaxies were moving away from us. It's funny to hear that even Hubble thought "that can't be right". But it was. And it let to Lemetre's theory that the universe is expanding. And if you track those movements of the galaxies back in time, you get to a point in history where they all originated from. And the big bang theory.

    One of the better audio books about physics and astronomy. I could easily follow the narration while commuting. The narration can be a little monotome, but it's not that off putting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (752)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "Never heared this side of Google before"
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    This book is a great (audio)book after you've finished the biography of Steve Jobs. It gives the same kind of inside view of one of the most succesful tech companies.

    I never thought Google was such a mess at times. After listening about how employees had to work such long days to install new servers in all the time and reading their mail at 2:00 AM, you'd almost get tired of listening about all those 4-hour nights of sleep.

    This book certainly shows a different side of being in a booming startup like Google in the early 2000's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Fascinating and provocative, Dan Ariely’s The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty is an insightful and brilliantly researched take on cheating, deception, and willpower. The internationally best-selling author pulls no punches when it comes to home truths. His previous titles Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality have become classics in their field, revealing astonishing traits that run through modern humankind. Now acclaimed behavioural economist Dan Ariely delves deeper into psychology.

    Mykl Devlin says: "Typical Dan Ariely"
    "How to prevent the "what the heck" effect"
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    I noticed we've just scraped the surface why we cheat, but this audiobook has some insightful points about that.

    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
    (5304)
    Performance
    (4948)
    Story
    (4942)

    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.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Not so exciting scifi idea, but well performed"
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    Fictional characters that come to life to meet their creator? The idea is not that strong, but the story is nice. It's good that Wil Weaton narrated it. I hope he keeps narrating audiobooks, because he's does this well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3689)
    Performance
    (3181)
    Story
    (3151)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "A new way of looking at introversy"
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    After listening to Quiet you almost definately look at introversy with different eyes. And if you are introvert yourself, you probably feel a lot better about yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3250)
    Performance
    (2879)
    Story
    (2889)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Who knew hacking could be such a thriller?"
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    At first I was interested in this book from a security point of view, but quickly it turned out this book is actually a thriller and a good one at that. As a security specialist myself I enjoyed it, but it seems to be amed at people without that background.

    I hadn't checked the name of the narrator, but I was surprised to see afterwards that it wasn't the author himself. Usually the author himself does a better job than any narrator can do to convey the emotions of the text, but Ray Porter does a very good job.

    All 5 stars I gave here are well deserved.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal: One Man Against Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (358)

    This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. In the world's first "global" conflict, Hannibal Barca marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.

    Karen says: "Fascinating - not to be missed!"
    "I've learned a lot about Hannibal"
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    This audiobook tells what an amazing strategist Hannibal apparently whas. We all know he went over the Alps with elephants. Well, that's only part of the story. He managed to win several battles against stronger armies. He did that not only by reading the landscape, but also by lending his ears to the locals. In the end only, after so many lost Roman battle's, there is only one man who knows how to confront him: Scipio. It's a very interesting story.

    The narrator is pretty good. Never boring. And there are some sound effects in there as well.

    It is probably a good idea to learn the names and locations of some ancient places around the Mediterean before listening in a car: Carthago, the rivers Elbro and Rhone, Cannae, Trebia, Lake Trasimeno, Capua and such.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Build Your Own Space Ship: The Science of Personal Space Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Piers Bizony
    • Narrated By Rupert Holliday Evans
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Private space flight has long been a science fiction dream. Today it is on the verge of realisation. Major entrepreneurs such as the founders of Virgin, Microsoft and Amazon are investing in a new generation of lightweight, efficient spacecraft; start-up companies specialising in space tourism and spaceport development are burgeoning; and NASA and the American aviation authorities are altering decades-old legislation to make private space adventure possible.

    Marcel-Jan says: "Fun to listen to, learned something too"
    "Fun to listen to, learned something too"
    Overall

    This audiobook is actually about how to get a carreer in space. I'm not planning to, but it's fun to listen to this book anyway. It tells you about the challenges of spaceflight and how rockets work. Maybe the book is slightly out of date, as it assumes the Constellation program is still going to the moon. And NASA actually has a budget. But that doesn't hurt the story that much.
    I hope the narrator does more audiobooks, because I've enjoyed his narration.
    Content 4/5, narration: 5/5, "in-car-listenability": 5/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frans de Waal
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    "It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? Primates and Philosophers tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality.In this provocative book, primatologist Frans de Waal argues that modern-day evolutionary biology takes far too dim a view of the natural world, emphasizing our "selfish" genes.

    Douglas says: "Having Just Read..."
    "Found myself in a discussion over semantics"
    Overall

    I was looking for an audio book based on Frans de Waal's works. This audio book is not about explaining about evolutionary biology. In this audio book you get to hear some things Frans de Waal has found out and then get to hear what opponents in his field think about that. I really wonder why they wanted to make that into an audio book.
    Content: 2/5, voice: 3/5, "in-car-listenable": 1/5

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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