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Mark C

Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (313)

    In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

    Richard says: "Good Start - slow end"
    "Entertaining, thought-provoking, but lopsided"
    Overall

    t's an american-centric view of the world, with forecasts based on historical and geopolitical motivations. Very interesting perspectives, to be taken with a pinch of salt. Good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2264)
    Performance
    (1964)
    Story
    (1970)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Absolutely loved this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Android's Dream again? Why?

    A very enjoyable book, and worked brilliantly as an audiobook


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intriguing, unpredictable story with lots of twists and turns.. Loved it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Heinberg
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

    Charles says: "A bit of a con job"
    "Not one of Audible's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The End of Growth better?

    The performance is terrible. I ended up listening to it at 2x speed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Heinberg? Why or why not?

    Probably, but not without listening to the sample


    How could the performance have been better?

    A dead ferret could have done better.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    tess says: "Very typical of Dan Brown. Easy brilliance."
    "An adventure, real fun"
    Overall

    Loved this book. Well read, it stays interesting to the end. If you're a sucker for symbolism and old world mysteries you'll enjoy this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10640)
    Performance
    (7557)
    Story
    (7561)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "An addictive series"
    Overall

    Loved the book - onto my fifth Dresden book. What an engaging series. Word of warning - this gets fairly graphic. Definitely not one to listen to in the car with the kids

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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