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Kristopher

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • 27 reviews
  • 189 ratings
  • 344 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2018
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  • The March of the Ten Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Xenophon
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (267)

    Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

    Benedict says: "An intelligent leader"
    "Great book once you get going"
    Overall

    This is a translation of the original work, and as such it takes a while to get used to the differences in literary style between ancient Athenian and modern texts. The first 30 minutes are the toughest with line after line of unknown places and names. After that however, the book really begins to pull you in. Xenophon, the writer is a classic example of inspiring leadership and character. The text gives you a great insight into the daily lives of the Greek mercenaries and the role of the Greek warriors in ancient times. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165417)
    Performance
    (154671)
    Story
    (154351)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "The kind of book you don't want to end."
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    Absolutely amazing book. I looked forward to every commute, even hoping the drive would be slower than usual.
    The story was original and fun and the narration was excellent.
    So made 80s references made it especially fun for someone who grew up then. It would be great even for those who weren't familiar with that decade though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Omega Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joshua Dalzelle
    • Narrated By Paul Heitsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2314)
    Performance
    (2165)
    Story
    (2166)

    Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

    James says: "Good Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi -- For a Change"
    "Simple and Predictable"
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    The Author's black fleet trilogy was so good I thought I'd try this series.
    Unfortunately, with shallow and simple characters and a plot line that was completely predictable, it didn't live up to the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3250)
    Performance
    (2857)
    Story
    (2849)

    Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

    Misty says: "struggled"
    "Leadership fable"
    Overall
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    Story

    When authors choose to tell a fictional story to illustrate their ideas it's usually because the ideas are pretty thin.
    That's the case in this book as well. The central idea is to treat others the way you know you should. Good idea but it could have been presented in a pamphlet.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warship: Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joshua Dalzelle
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5778)
    Performance
    (5401)
    Story
    (5370)

    In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

    Elliot says: "A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera"
    "Rip-roaring Ride!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No augmented humans, no shields on ships - just warp drives and big guns on battleships in space. The story is great with interesting characters and a fast-moving plot. Things make sense and there's little disbelief that you'll have to suspend. Mark Boyett does a great job with the performance as well, differentiating voices and putting the emotion into the dialogue.

    It was a great listen and I'm downloading the sequel immediately. The third of the series doesn't appear to be on audible however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Bill Nye
    • Narrated By Bill Nye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1971)
    Story
    (1958)

    Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future. In Unstoppable, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless.

    Mark says: "The End is Nye"
    "Bye is always great"
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    Nye is always an engaging author and speaker. Very well written and persuasive book. Would recommend to anyone interested in science and/or the environment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chimes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6709)
    Performance
    (6023)
    Story
    (6019)

    A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

    Gillian says: "Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!"
    "Richard Armitage is awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Richard Armitage does an incredible job with narrating this story, differentiating the voices and adding emotion throughout.
    The story itself requires attention to follow and is more of a morality tale than a drama. Interesting though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8704)
    Performance
    (8047)
    Story
    (8059)

    This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

    Pi says: "Among the drow, all trust is foolish."
    "Amazing narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When you look forward to your commute each day, you know you've picked up a great audiobook. I listened to this trilogy over the span of two weeks and found the characters interesting and the story engaging.

    The writing is a bit simplistic at times but the narration by Victor Bevine is great.

    Thoroughly enjoyable and I've moved on to the next series of Drizzt books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1657)
    Story
    (1646)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Neuron says: "Statistics is like a high caliber gun, very useful"
    "Solid and digestable summary of statistics"
    Overall
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    Very well written - engaging and interesting. It's a stats class that woudl have been fun to take in school. Covers basic stats from mean and median up to regression analysis and things to watch for when interpreting these statistics.

    Due to the content, it's sometimes difficult to follow in the audio version and a visual would have been helpful but otherwise, a useful and worthwhile discussion of important understandings of the use of statistics in the real world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (12902)
    Performance
    (11310)
    Story
    (11307)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Good but not the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Gladwell is a gifted writer and an exceptional narrator. He brings these talents to bear on his newest book and deliveres a great performance as usual. Unfortunately, the content isn't as strong as a couple of his previous books. The connections between the stories and his overall premise is a bit stretched at times and occasionally difficult to see how they relate.

    Still a good buy however with some solid takeaways and as usual, a new perspective on the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sandel
    • Narrated By Michael J. Sandel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (244)

    Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities? Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

    Charles says: "Challenging"
    "Great introduction to the world of ethics"
    Overall
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    Well written and read by one of Harvard's most engaging professors, this book is a great introduction to ethical ideas and their application to everyday questions. Sandel is well known for his Harvard lecture series 'Justice' which is freely available on the web. He has a knack for using examples, both common and obscure, to illustrate ethical principles and decision-making processes that help learners better understand how ethical decisions can be reached.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it made me stop and think about ideas that had never occured to me in relation to commercialism, insurance, advertising and inequality.

    Strongly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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