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Edmund W. Cheung

Playa Del Rey, CA USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3592)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1341)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Cynical but Cute - Better than reading the book."
    Overall

    A friend recommended this book to read. It is even better on audiobook read by the author. I would not say that it made me laugh but there are some really well written and cute stories that will keep you interested.

    38 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Rip-Off!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (356)

    In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

    carmen says: "not just for sci-fi fans"
    "Some Great, some good, some to skip"
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    Would you listen to Rip-Off! again? Why?

    Yes just for the few great stories. you can tell which ones after the first 3 minutes of listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    John Scalzi as always. Although Short, this has to be one of his best stories every.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (766)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Nancy says: "Only if you don't listen to the podcast....."
    "Great Nuggets of Wisdom - take from podcasts?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Think Like a Freak the most enjoyable?

    Love the Authors' unconventional thinking. Love their podcast. However, if you have followed and heard all their Freakanomic's Podcasts, then you have heard about 2/3 of this book.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen J. Dubner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    if you have followed and heard all their Freakanomic's Podcasts, then you have heard about 2/3 of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (319)

    Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

    Michael says: "Pretty light stuff on Big Data"
    "Decent & Interesting but Story Flow OFF."
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    Where does Big Data rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have been Audible member since 1998 with overt 600 audiobooks. This one ranks about 400 overall. Among non fiction and computer genres, it ranks probably 20 out of 75 that I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Big Data to and why?

    Extracts parts from Power of Habit and Malcom Gladwell type boods


    What three words best describe Jonathan Hogan’s voice?

    Sonorous and clear but perhaps a bit dry


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

    not really a movie type book


    Any additional comments?

    Overall good ideas and interesting, but the flow of the story is off. hard to settle into the story and the first chapter seems to be redundant. Some really interesting ideas but they are scattered throughout and are difficult to piece together. Probably would be better as short chapters or short stories by themselves. I am curious if they got an actor instead of a narrator to read the book if it would have flowed a little better or been more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (762)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "WOW what a great story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wry and Wonderful performance to an absolute fabulous story. Reminds me of Across the Nightingale Floor by Liam Hearn which is also one of my favorite series.
    I have been an Audible Member since 1998 and have listened to over 1000 stories and novels and books. This one absolutely ranks in the top 10.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (717)

    It's a sad and eerie harbinger of our times that the Oprah-watching, crystal-rubbing, Whole Foods-shopping moms and their whipped attorney husbands have taken the ability to reason away from the poor schlub who makes the Bloody Marys. What we used to settle with common sense or a fist, we now settle with hand sanitizer and lawyers. Adam Carolla has had enough of this insanity and he's here to help us get our collective balls back.

    Brett says: "Hilarious Book"
    "Don't like my review...well too !#%$!#% bad."
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    What would have made In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks... better?

    My title summaries what I think of this book and his rant. Tried to listen but shut the book down half way and deleted it. Was NOT funny except for small bits scattered. Too much needless !#$%!#$^ swearing. Perhaps if I grew up in the south and was a "good ole boy" I would have enjoyed it. OH WAIT, I did grow up in Missoura and Alabama.... still did not like the book. There are a few funny parts and I completely agree that America has turned soft.


    Has In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks... turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes. will avoid the rants


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adam Carolla?

    no one. he is fine and has his own character and style. I do respect that.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    few funny parts and I completely agree that America has turned soft.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Below, Sky Above: The Human Division, Episode 13

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (411)

    At last, the Earth and the Colonial Union have begun formal discussions about their relationship in the future - a chance for the divisions in humanity to be repaired. The diplomats and crew of the Clarke are on hand to help with the process, including Ambassador Ode Abumwe and CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson, both of whom were born on Earth. But not everyone wants the human division to be repaired.... And they will go to great lengths to make sure it isn’t....

    Joshua says: "Thrilling Yet Open-Ended Conclusion"
    "Best of Scalzi Yet."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely without a doubt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wit and engaging story that do stand alone with each chapter.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great Narration and voice. Funny.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3723)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2707)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    M. Spencer says: "Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi"
    "My favorite Scalzi Novel of them all"
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    Would you listen to Old Man's War again? Why?

    I have listened and chortled and smiled through almost all of John Scalzi twisted and wry novels, but this one has out done the others. Not so much funny as touching. Wonderful adventure. EXCELLENT narration. Can not wait to hear the rest of the series. I loved this book so much I probably will by a paper or electronic copy to keep.

    I have been an Audible member since 1998 and have listened to over 400 books. This ranks as one of my top 10 favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    John Perry


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    multiple moments though out the bood.


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1932)
    Story
    (1932)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Loved all the Other ODD Thomas... this one not so"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have loved all the other Odd Thomas novels and have listened to them twice. This one sort of gets old after the first 2 hours. I am not too sure if it is the verbal mental diarrhea that I get tiring or the story like is not quite as innovate / quirky as the other novels. The performance and reading is excellent, but perhaps the story line is getting old? If you have run out of everything else to read or listen to and have absolutely nothing else, then I would recommend trying this book out. Otherwise, I am sure are there are many other books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (4744)
    Performance
    (4008)
    Story
    (3978)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Excellent Learning Book.Last Chapter muddles bit."
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    I loved all the stories in this book. Excellent book with superb examples. All Corporate Executives should definitely listen to the 4th chapter on Alcoa and its Transformation from habit change. Would have given it 5 stars but the ending last chapter is a bit muddled and does not quite flow well with the rest of the book. Last section seems like a thrown together college dissertation in argument for then suddenly against addictions.

    Overall, absolutely a must listen for the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (708)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Beautifully narrated "Slice of Life" book."
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    This is one of those books that are much better hear over being read. The narration is perfectly paced and read. He captures the essence of the entire story with the single "Urrrrr" of the Minotaur. What I love most about the book is how the author captures the simple essences of life with wonderful prose and descriptions.

    I actually had my daughter listen to many parts of this book to show her examples of how a great author can turn simple, mundane actions (e.g. cooking or driving or eating) can be turned into concepts and wonderful flourishing narratives without being overbearing or too "flowery."

    Just a wonderful listen. Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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