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Jose

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2550)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
    (1900)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "Not this narrator's best work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a challenging listen. It was helpful to know from other reviews that there are fragments of text in the print edition that simply stop without warning. I have loved Scott Brick as a reader in both fiction (mostly thrillers) and nonfiction, especially in his unabridged version of The Devil in the White City. In this book, however, I found myself lost in dialogue between just two characters on a number of occasions, not sure who was saying what. The voicings and inflections he chose were too similar, and the shifts from one character to the other not apparent enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4282)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1997)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Almost perfect"
    Overall

    The author does a great job of describing the mind of a child with autism. I was surprised at how many "elements of thought" I recognized from working with such kids over the last 10 years. The narrator did an excellent job as well, however, I was surprised at the amount of inflection in his voice. I would have expected a little more monotone for a child such as Christopher. I love the idea of learning how emotions come through this child who doesn't seem to immediately identify with them.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Clutter From Stealing Your Life: Discover Why You Clutter and How You Can Stop

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mike Nelson
    • Narrated By David Elias
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Clutter is not just a minor annoyance or an organizational challenge. It can damage self-esteem and relationships, contribute to financial problems, and even lead to unemployment. Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life is written by a recovering clutterer who knows first-hand what clutter can do and how it can be controlled.

    Theresa says: "Not for your everyday clutterer"
    "Misleading Title"
    Overall

    I think of "clutter" as being a little scattered or disorganized. This author uses "clutter" specifically in referring to a mental illness related to OCD. As other reviews have noted, this book has little or no practical advice for most people, and limited advice (outside of anecdotal musings and self-help group listings) for those with the condition. Listening to this book was like listening to your chatty neighbor that just went to the doctor instead of going to the doctor yourself. The second hand help isn't much help at all. Do you REALLY need someone to explain to you how to clean your toilet or sort your laundry?

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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