Yes. If I were audible, I'd remaster the original audio to clean out the dull sound quality. Nigel Planer is too good a narrator to waste on poor audio quality.
Yes, but I seldom get them because so many have the same audio problem.
Planer *is* the characters he portrays. (I was pleased to see that the BBC cast him in their adaptations of Pratchett's books. I hope it was because of his role in helping create the feeling of Pratchett's Discworld.)
Scullin wrecked this audiobook. Plait is an engaging author and speaker, but you have to know his voice and down to earth style to narrate his writing effectively. Scullin not only doesn't know Plait's voice, he doesn't seem to understand the material. Scullin misses important emphases, shows discomfort pronouncing basic terms, and overplays Plait's various puns. Early in the introductory paragraphs of the book, Plait makes his key point about the need to turn around our nation's attitude about basic scientific literacy by recounting a story of several national newscasters admitting one air that they did not understand a NASA-related news story they had just read. The irony was painful.
Cummings gives exactly the right voice for Stephenson's prose. He gets the inflections right, and makes Stephonson's deep-dive geeking fun and entertaining.
I found this book shed light on a lot of the questions I ponder when reading Stephenson's various works. Questions like, "how did he ever come up with this?" If you have not read Stephenson, don't start with this. If you enjoyed books like Cryptonomicon, Anathem, and the Baroque Cycle, this is for you.
The narrator manages to convey perfectly the exquisite, whiny moralizing of this book's tone. Listening to it, I couldn't help but think I was hearing the same ungrounded Los Angeles mindset that has celebrities promoting anti-vaccination FUD.
Compassion is an essential element to living with and relating to any domestic animal. But there are more scientific (and common sense) ways to approach dog training.
From the outset, the author makes several outdated claims. After claiming chimpanzees to be more similar to gorillas than humans--a statement that would require the author to ignore altogether what was known in 2006 from genetic and cladistic study--I gave up in fear that I might not catch other egregious inaccuracies.
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