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Jon

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  • Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (101)

    The Trouble with Physics argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It's time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics. What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities.

    Gary says: "Probably the best Science book I've listened to"
    "Great book, awful narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No - see below


    What did you like best about this story?

    Smolin makes really great books and he knows how to deliver his points. very educational, provocative and relevant as ever. Tries to push our current theories to the next level


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Pratt?

    I am no fan of Sean Pratt. He has a beautiful and almost flawless voice but in my opinion this is where he fails. Wonderful in the first 15 minuets but then he simple becomes too monotone and his constant reuse of the same short melody or telling technique over and over and over... quickly makes in very difficult to really listen and not drift away. No true emotions and no soul. Like the elevator music you do not want to be caught on between two floors.

    Shame for me, as we seem to like the same books. In none fiction literature I think Edward Herrmann or William Roberts stand out, and the difference is simply that I believe they are telling me the story, and a story they themselves believe in... unlike Pratt, he seem like a machine reading a script. Sure he tries, but he never quite leaves the uncanny valley. Sadly, whatever the none-fiction book may be, I cannot recommend it if Pratt narrates.

    (i sound bitter, and I apologize for this but he keeps me from many of my favorite books)


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (500)

    This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent and Worthwhile Book"
    "wonderful topic, creditworthy narration"
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    What didn’t you like about Sean Pratt’s performance?

    Sadly, I did not notice who the narrator was. Sean Pratt has a technically flawless way of delivery, but it soon grows too monotone as it seems he uses the same "melody" over and over again... makes it very hard to keep concentration and interests. Especially when the text requires deeper contemplation. Lacks life and interests, becomes humanless - perhaps he is a machine.

    Shame for me, as we seem to share the same taste in books. I do try to avoid him (unlike those of Edward Herrmann and William Roberts, those guys are a pure pleasure to listen to in none fiction topics)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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