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Michael

Physicist

Ithaca, NY, United States

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  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (234)

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "A running book for the rest of us"
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    If you could sum up What I Talk about When I Talk about Running in three words, what would they be?

    Running, Growing Old, Philosophy for Life


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author is definitely a serious long distance runner, but he is also definitely not a professional. I believe many people fall into this category. The author works this type of amateur long distance running into a philosophy for life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The book is repetitive at times and I thought it could use some better editing.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan of Murakami's fiction, but this book would appeal to anybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (2000)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Voice acting tour-de-force"
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    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The voice acting. Katy Kellgren as Mina is fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Van Helsing. He is intelligent and brave. He delivers a plausible mix of the occult and intellectual. Tim Curry does a fine job.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Tim Curry does a fine job here, but does not get much opportunity to shine.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dracula [Audible Edition] and why?

    Van Helsing. I am partial to the intellectual hero of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a detective, horror, adventure story all rolled up into one. Very exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1172)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Patriarchal Hippy SciFi"
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    What did you like best about Stranger in a Strange Land? What did you like least?

    The narration was excellent. The actor handled male and female voices, and accents, well.The story is a strange mix of sexism, racism, hippy liberalism, and advocates patriarchy. Heinlein states "in 9 out of 10 rapes, the women is at least partly at fault" The only non-white western character is an Indian nick-named "Stinky". The female characters in the book are all sassy, submissive housewives. The last half of the book is a tedious exposition on the virtues of a male-dominated free-love hippy commune.


    Has Stranger in a Strange Land turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I will never read another Robert Heinlein novel again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mike is hiding at the bottom of the swimming pool making the cops vanish.


    Was Stranger in a Strange Land worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has helped me understand misogyny better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
    "+1 overall in light of tech company patent wars"
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    If you could sum up Solar in three words, what would they be?

    Science, Patents, Technology


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Made everything clear. Be sure to listen to interview with the author.


    What about Roger Allam and Ian McEwan ’s performance did you like?

    Roger Allam is a native Britian. In the story he throws on an American accent for some characters. The result is interesting and laudible.


    If you could rename Solar, what would you call it?

    Squander


    Any additional comments?

    This story depicts how a technological solution to climate change is squandered by the character flaws of its inventor, the greed of others, and the unfortunate consequences of patent law. This story reminds me of the patent wars between the big tech companies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (310)

    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    Marc-Andr? says: "Detailed, Interesting and Entertaining"
    "Minus 1 star for not including music samples"
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    If you could sum up The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England in three words, what would they be?

    history, medieval, england


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    Description of the elaborate outfits worn by the nobility.


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    His accent fit the theme of the book, but was not overpowering. A peppering of music examples where appropriate would have been a nice touch.


    Any additional comments?

    The producers of this recording should have included a couple examples of the songs and instruments played during the period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5892)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2107)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Riveting prose"
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    Where does Middlesex rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best. The story is interesting and the prose is beautiful. The voice acting is the best I've ever heard.


    What other book might you compare Middlesex to and why?

    The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay. They both tell the story of 20th century America and deal with issues of sexuality.


    Have you listened to any of Kristoffer Tabori’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from Middlesex out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Cal. I would like to see if I could detect anything peculiar about him.


    Any additional comments?

    The author's prose often gallops and adapts well to an audio performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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