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Richard Nielsen

Merritt Island, FL United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 520 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas, and others
    • Narrated By Denice Stradling
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Praised by Newsweek as a "compelling read" and Library Journal as "accessible and down-to-earth", Dale McGowan’s Parenting Beyond Belief offered freethinking parents everywhere a compassionate introduction to raising caring, ethical children without religious guidance. Now, for the more than 40 million people in the United States who identify themselves as nonreligious, Raising Freethinkers offers solutions to the unique challenges secular parents face and provides specific answers to common questions, as well as over 100 activities for both parents and their children.

    Richard Nielsen says: "There has got to be a better way !"
    "There has got to be a better way !"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would NOT read off 100 different web sites. I would have them all as links in a pdf that was issued as auxiliary material to the audiobook, and then just have them referenced in that pdf. Instead of: "Eych Tee Tee Pee colon foward slash, forward slash, stupid dot org, forward slash, annoying, forward slash, got underscore, to, underscore, be, underscore, a, underscore, better, underscore, way, underscore, dot Eych Tee, Em, El.",

    Instead it would just be: "Web Link number 16 in your pdf" and the flow of the reading would not come to a screeching halt.


    Any additional comments?

    Good subject, and good recommendations. Buy it in another format. I bet the Kindle version has active links.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2044)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1889)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "The delivery of a professional stand-up comedian."
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I've never burst out laughing at an audiobook before this one. I've smiled before. Never burst out laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely wonderful. Don't make it into a drinking game as suggested in the final section. Don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2214)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1537)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "But the horse wasn't white....it was black...."
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    Couldn't finish it. This was one of the worst books that I have tried to read in a long time. She tells you something, and then tells you it again, and again, and then she has the character tell another character, and you hear it again....then that character tells someone one else and you hear it again. I've listened to 10 hours of this audiobook, and this is what I've learned....she is sick. It may be the plague, but she doesn't have any of the symptoms of the plague. She was on a white horse, but the man's horse is black so it couldn't have been white. She might have the plague, though. But she doesn't have any of the symptoms of the plague. She knows that from when she fell off the white horse. But there wasn't any white horse. Why isn't her translator working? She may have the plague. If she had the plague though, her fever would not have broken... and it did, so she must not have had the plague. But she may have had the plague when she was on the white horse. But there wasn't any white horse. And there is no swelling in her armpits, so she couldn't have the plague. But maybe she caught the plague. But no; she was inoculated against the plague so she couldn't have the plague. But she was so sick when she was on the white horse. But no; there wasn't a white horse because she was so feverish with the plague. And why wasn't her translator working; but it was working, cause it translated the Latin, but it wasn't working, because she couldn't understand them. But I understand them just fine, but they don't understand me. So the translator must be broken. But it wasn't broken, because the priest understood my Latin. But they are asking me yes and no questions, but all I can do is ask then questions in response. I don't want to nod my fricken head or shake my fricken head to let them know that I understand them. No. Instead I'm going to answer their questions with questions of my own, like "where is the man with the white horse?", but no. The horse was black.

    There. I've summed up the first 10 hours of the book. Spend your credits somewhere else.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Lessig
    • Narrated By Lawrence Lessig
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (242)

    In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost.Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course....

    Richard Nielsen says: "Periods. Where there. Should. Not. Be. Periods."
    "Periods. Where there. Should. Not. Be. Periods."
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    I am going to write this review. Like the reader. Read. It. Throughout. He would start each sentence with a normal flow. And then. At the end. He. Would. Add. Pauses. This has the effect of making the sentences sound. Like. They had. Periods. Where there were. No. Periods. It would not have been so annoying. If. He only. Did. It. For. Emphasis. But instead, he did it on just about. Every. Single. Sentence.

    I almost could. Not. Make it. Through. The. Book.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • New American Standard Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (89 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Foundation Publications
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced as "the most literally accurate English translation" from the original languages. Millions of people, students, scholars, pastors, missionaries, and laypersons alike, trust the NASB, learning from it and applying it to the challenges of their daily lives. Discover what the original text says, word for word.

    Ricardo says: "Good to Have Bible on Audio"
    "no comment about content"
    Overall

    The reader is ok, but his cadence gets to you after about 60 hrs of it. It is his short staccato delivery that grates on one's nerves. When.... he.... talks.... in.... short.... lit.... tle.... bursts.... emph..... a...... siz..... ing..... each..... in..... di..... vid..... u..... al..... syl..... a..... ble, all you can think of after 50 or 60 hrs is that you could have been done by now had it been read more smoothly. I don't think it is a computer, but just an older man. I wish I could post process the file and cut the space inbetween sounds in half. It would probably cut it from 87 hrs down to 50ish.

    I have no comment on the content of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (749)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "On writing brilliant characters…"
    Overall

    As usual, reviews of Audible books are broken into two categories…the writing, and the narration. First the narration. Excellent. In my opinion, the best narrators are the ones that are so seamless that you don’t even notice them and can immerse yourself in the book, and Paul Michael is like that.

    Now the book: Dan Brown makes, in my opinion, two large mistakes in this book (large enough where they break through the suspension of disbelief). First he writes a “brilliant” person, and then makes her the dumbest person in the room. She continually has to have things explained to her, often in a painstakingly step-by-step manner. I’m talking about things so simple and obvious that even this reader has figured them out.

    The second big mistake is that if the government made some crypto device so wonderful as to be able to break any codes, the very first thing they would do is build another one….no matter how much it costs (oh, and he keeps referring to the 2 Billion dollar price take like it is some huge price tag).

    That all being said, I think this book warrants at least a couple of stars. The romance portion of the book was well done. One extra star for the excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3080)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1082)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "NASA is not a Launch Service Provider for the NRO"
    Overall

    I liked the book. It was fast moving, and the characters were well developed for the most part. I don’t quite understand everybody’s complaints about the reader…do you all not have controls on your audio equipment? Simple adjustments in volume, bass, treble and such will make those little mouth noises go away. This is a spoken word media…..you don’t need to hear every little nuance, do you?

    Now for my complaint. The NRO does not launch their satellites on “NASA launch vehicles”, they and the other government agencies interested in putting things in space (Air Force, etc.) buy their launch services from the Launch Service Providers such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Orbital Sciences. The only vehicle that could be considered to be a NASA launch vehicle, or that is “launched” by NASA is the Shuttle. So if (just as an example) a Titan IV launch vehicle built by Lockheed Martin, launched by Lockheed Martin, with Air Force and Aerospace Corporation oversight blows up on the pad and destroys a billion dollar NRO payload…..how is that NASA’s fault? And since when does commercial satellite companies fly their payloads on “NASA Launch Vehicles"? The idea that NASA provides launch services “at a loss” to keep down the Beals and Kistlers of the world I find humorous. When the Kistlers of the world show that they can launch something with low risk, I’m sure DirectTV will be right there buying their services...NASA too.

    I understand that these errors might have been needed for the plot, but I think that Dan Brown just didn’t do his homework. The errors made the plot a little unbelievable to me, but I am probably in the minority (I work in the space launch business). These errors have not prevented me from getting another Dan Brown book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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