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  • What the Bleep Do We Know: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Arntz, Betsy Chase, Mark Vicente
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    With the help of 14 leading physicists, scientists, and spiritual thinkers, this book guides listeners on a course from the scientific to the spiritual, and from the universal to the personal. Along the way, it asks such questions as: Are we seeing the world as it really is What is the relationship between our thoughts and our world? How can I create my day every day? What the Bleep answers this question and others through an innovative new approach to self-help and spirituality.

    Henrik says: "Attacking straw men"
    "Fantastic content, terrible reader"
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    What would have made What the Bleep Do We Know better?

    a different reader. The person chosen is totally unsuited to the content of the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What the Bleep Do We Know?

    the experiment of labeling bottles of water then freezing them. Amazing outcome.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    she sounded bored and not very interested in the content which is so exciting. Completely the wrong voice for this book and really spoiled the whole thing


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

    The content is fascinating


    Any additional comments?

    don't get bored, older women to read scientific books

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6084)
    Performance
    (5271)
    Story
    (5263)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "misleading summary"
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    Would you try another book from Jess Walter and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    NO


    What didn’t you like about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

    boring


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    mindnumbingly boring and is nothing like the overview implied. I thought it was a story about a village in Italy. Turns out its about a whole lot of "hasbeens" in the performing arts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (466)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Took me a while to get into the "old English""
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    Would you try another book from George Eliot and/or Juliet Stevenson?

    George Elliot is quite heavy going but once you get into the style, its well written. It was well read. yes I would try another book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    You can't really change it. That is just how they wrote in those days. I kept me entertained for a long time so well worth the cost.


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

    She reads well and keeps one interested.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. I think the scenery and costumes would be wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    its a classic. Shows us a different time in history and a different way of expressing ones self. The prose is quite round about and laborious, but attractive in its own way once you get used to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (50)

    DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans uncovers the truth about how corporations have bought the American electoral and legislative process through the power of lobbyists, campaign contributions, and political action committees. Using historical details, such as the development of the two-party system and the advent of third-party candidates throughout U.S. history, DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans exposes how the two major parties have allowed corporations, businesses, and politically-motivated wealthy individuals to manipulate elections.

    Shaun says: "conspiracy fact"
    "Wow, an eye opener"
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    Where does DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Two wrongs don't make a right but it is great to hear that other countries are also corrupt, and not just South Africa where I live


    What did you like best about this story?

    Behind the scenes information that you don't hear on the news


    Which scene was your favorite?

    non fiction


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

    How governments rip us all off


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the way the author did not take sides as both parties are to blame for the problems that USA seems to have. As an outsider, it seems strange that you can't find better Presidential candidates out of all your Millions of people in USA

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs)
    • By Tony Judt
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (330)

    Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

    History says: "Great book, but not terrific listening"
    "Very interesting"
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    Where does Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very high as the content is a bit dry but very interesting and fills a lot of gaps about how things panned out since the WW2. Certainly worth buying


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    non fiction so no characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    non fiction but interesting about how current Middle East problems developed


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

    Things you thought you knew about Europe since WW2 but didn't


    Any additional comments?

    Very informative and great as a audio since I could never plough through this in book form

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aunts Aren't Gentlemen

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    On doctor's orders, Bertie Wooster retires to sample the bucolic delights of Maiden Eggesford. But his idyll is rudely shattered by Aunt Dahlia who wants him to nobble a racehorse. Similar blots on Bertie's horizon come in the shape of Major Plank, the African explorer, Vanessa Cook, proud beauty and 'moulder of men', and Orlo Porter, who seems to have nothing else to do but to think of sundering Bertie's head from his body.

    Charla says: "Always entertaining! Excellent Narration"
    "Wodehouse at his best"
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    What made the experience of listening to Aunts Aren't Gentlemen the most enjoyable?

    so witty and enjoyable


    What other book might you compare Aunts Aren't Gentlemen to and why?

    other Wodehouse/Jeeves books


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favorite?

    Jeeves and Bertie


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

    yes but I try to strech it out


    Any additional comments?

    I love all the Jeeves books and Jonathan Cecil is the best performer

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carlos Castaneda
    • Narrated By Luis Moreno
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (161)

    For over 40 years, Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan has inspired audiences to expand their world view beyond traditional Western forms. Originally published as Castaneda’s master’s thesis in anthropology, Teachings documents Castaneda’s supposed apprenticeship with a Yaqui Indian sorcerer, don Juan Matus. Dividing the work into two sections, Castaneda begins by describing don Juan’s philosophies, then continues with his own reflections.

    jesus says: "Amazing story"
    "boring and outdated"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    Has The Teachings of Don Juan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luis Moreno’s performances?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    dissapointment


    Any additional comments?

    what was considered a classic is actually outdated and boring. Nothing much to be learned from these "teachings"

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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