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Let's Be Reasonable

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Greensboro, NC | Member Since 2004

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  • John Lennon: The Life

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Philip Norman
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Philip Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the definitive portrait of John Lennon. This biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into almost a secular saint.

    Let's Be Reasonable says: "Really Bad Abridgement Job (slash job)"
    "Really Bad Abridgement Job (slash job)"
    Overall

    I always go for unabridged if available because I prefer to decide for myself which passages (if any) to skim. But the abridgements I've read in the past have at least provided decent transitions and for the most part not chopped out essential passages. Not so with this butcher job. Suddenly John leaps from one school to another without transition. The formation of his first band is left out, so you are dumped immediately in the middle of his Quarrymen period. At that point, I gave up on the audiobook and bought the real book. I was, and remain, totally puzzled how this abridgement was permitted to be sold to us. It's really, really, awful. Insensitive, thoughtless, bizarre.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Holt
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway best seller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers.

    Gary says: "Excellent survey of philosophy book"
    "Fatal Reader Flaw"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Why Does the World Exist? the most enjoyable?

    Interesting topic and coverage


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    None


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Menasche’s performances?

    No. This reader is fine with one fatal exception: Every few sentences he will suddenly lower his voice to near silence and consequently you miss a word or phrase during this "quiet period" in his dynamics. You can turn up the volume, but then most of the text is unpleasantly loud. And even with the volume up high, if you're driving or there's other ambient noise--you just cannot hear some words. It's extremely annoying. Sometimes, to hear a crucial word, I've rewound 30 seconds and really blasted the volume! This guy reads well otherwise, but these "dramatic" whispers are terrible. Audible needs to run his reading through a compressor or something to even out the dynamics.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Brian Greene
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (435)

    There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

    C. Schmidt says: "Engrossing"
    "Just Fine--Narration & Text"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book brings you up-to-date on the latest in cosmology theory. The author is clear enough for the non-scientist to follow most of what he's saying, without watering down the
    complexities. Also, unless you have some kind of prejudice against people who accentuate the letter "s," you'll have no problem enjoying the author's narration of this book. I think most people will enjoy his reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Winner of the 2001 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

    Jack says: "Jewels!"
    "Great stories, tedious"
    Overall

    Marred by some producer or director who thought that adding jungle sound effects and music improves the book. They don't.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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