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ratings
4
REVIEWS
4
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
3

  • The Web of the Chozen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Nobody beats Bar Holliday. He was paid to find the Terraformable worlds, new planets for his corporation to plunder. Up until the day he came upon Peace Victory, an abandoned generation ship hovering ominously above a definitely habitable planet, he believed nobody ever could. Nobody beats Bar Holliday....because he was never satisfied with anything lower than first place, because he was always the oddball, in charge of his own welfare, his own destiny...a man determined to make his mark in the world and win games at any cost.

    Bookman says: "Weird, Weird Story that is all over the place"
    "Weird, Weird Story that is all over the place"
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    Would you listen to The Web of the Chozen again? Why?

    The basic premise of this book, 'man creates machine, machine knows what is best, machine takes over, man fights back' has been done before--much better. The sex scenes are just downright uber weird.

    That said, I have to give credit to the narrator that made the most of a weak book. I am convinced that listening was better then reading... he really did his best to 'sell' me the content.


    What was most disappointing about Jack L. Chalker’s story?

    Story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In a world far, far away


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Holt
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway best seller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers.

    Gary says: "Excellent survey of philosophy book"
    "Deep, deep, DEEP listen..."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Why Does the World Exist? in three words, what would they be?

    I am now depressed.


    What other book might you compare Why Does the World Exist? to and why?

    Don't know.


    What about Steven Menasche’s performance did you like?

    Made very difficult topics sound easy. It is a long book and his voice carries it nicely. Nice tone (not too serious)


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Nothing exists!


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to re-listen to chapters as this stuff is heady.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Getting to Commitment: Overcoming the 8 Greatest Obstacles to Lasting Connection (And Finding the Courage to Love)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Julia Sokol, Steven Carter
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Getting to Commitment offers understanding, inspiration, and a concrete plan of action for any woman, man, or couple who is ready to tackle the eight most destructive demons that make people run from loving relationships.

    Danny Derby says: "Simply put - a great book!"
    "Interesting take on Relationships"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are experiencing issues with your partner, this book can help...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is 'real'.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Menasche – was your favorite?

    All. Fantastic, compassionate voice. Made the repetitive nature of this book work. I would listen to other books by this narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Relationships take work!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Range

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    It is the 21st century and humans have finally conquered the sea. Professionals now harvest plankton to feed the world. However, the sea has not given up all its secrets...and men like Walter Franklin are determined to find them out.

    Darryl says: "nice Clarke at sea this time"
    "Weird, Unbelievable Story"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Interesting take on the future of the ocean, a bit unrealistic--. but given the publish date...


    What could Arthur C. Clarke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More details.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Menasche – was your favorite?

    All are fine


    Do you think The Deep Range needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am not in love with the book, but I do like the narration. Kind of soothing. I think at times a bit dramatic, but it works for me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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