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Gohar

I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it

Issaquah, WA | Member Since 2008

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  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1602)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1017)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "The man who wants to be GOD"
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    The author does an excellent job telling the tales of her protagonists wrapped in the totalitarian govt. The most shocking part of the book is when you hear about the measures that this imbecile leader takes to prove that he is GOD when he is not even human.

    The things that people around the world take for granted are shown as luxuries in N Korea and sometimes unachievable for a regular citizen. At times, this book can be depressing but it is very informative and educational. The history of Koreas and the past, present of N Korea is very well described in this book.

    The narrator was a little annoying at first with her breathing right in the mic. But I got used to it few hours in the book. This book is just too good so I didn't realize after a while how bad the narrator was. But Audible should really audition narrators before they are hired for the job.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7866)
    Performance
    (7482)
    Story
    (7491)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "What Would Mark Whatney Do?"
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    Excellent and original screenplay. Very well written. Andy Weir's humor in the book is top notch. I never find comedy books funny but Andy did a great job in giving chuckles here and there. This book is a great story of resourcefulness in the worst of times. Also shows what real knowledge is unlike the dependency on google for everything. Story does seem unreal at times with the protagonist being super relaxed with death in his face. But, there are people like that and most of them are astronauts.

    Great plot, great story line, good writing, good humor. The narrator does a great job putting the humor through. Highly highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (906)

    Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

    Tango says: "Meanders, then races to a satisfying conclusion"
    "Not a great ending to an excellent IP"
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    The ending was very anti-climactic. I was expecting a very explosive ending and very entertaining. It build up a lot of anticipation through-out the second book and first half of the third.

    Still worth reading the entire series. Very entertaining and original scifi series in a while,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1153)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "Downhill and slow from the first book"
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    Story

    Wool was excellent and in a silo. Shift tells you how it all began. Hugh howey does a lot of back and forth in time for his story-telling. Hugh Howey is trying to tell an implausible unrealistic story. Shoot yourself before someone else shoots you.

    Its not as good as a prequel to what is expected after Wool. Writing is mediocre, narration is alright. But the story is worth continuing.

    Still good series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1476)
    Story
    (1491)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Excellent series to read"
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    Writing this review after reading all the 3 books in the series. Hugh Howey has a really good IP here. He did a great job developing the characters and built the story. The book's quality goes down from book 1. Wool is definitely the best book out of the 3.

    Although the story and characters are original, Hugh's writing is mediocre. The narration is mediocre as well but not horrible.

    Definitely worth reading the series and one of the good original scifi books in along time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Glenn Gers
    • Narrated By Damian Lewis
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (536)

    Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

    elise says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "Damian Lewis is not an ideal narrator"
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    Even in the show, its hard to understand what he's saying from all the mumbling dialogues. And now he speaks in this audiobook.

    Good content, slow 30 minutes but sounded it will have a good story going forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (394)

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "This should be called....Everything is Lies"
    Overall
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    Story

    Theres a lot of good points the author brings in with his research and "hate". I agree with most of the stuff in this book mostly from the early chapters starting from Columbus to the part in the early 20th century. After that it felt like I'm reading some conspiracy theory.

    Anyways, its a good read for the first half. Other half is just rambling.

    Narrator seems to understand the tone of this book and sounds pissed too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6956)
    Performance
    (2761)
    Story
    (2771)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Information......information....so much of it"
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    If you like to learn things and understand how things work in the areas off cosmology, archaeology, biology, physics, chemistry, geology, then read this. Great stuff. Obviously a lot of names and information that you would ever remember. But some important bits stick and you learn more. This is how books should be where they teach you in a fun way. Bryson's way of moving from one area to other is so seamless that you dont even realize that you moved from cosmology to geology in the same chapter.

    Very well narrated as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4524)
    Performance
    (3995)
    Story
    (4018)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Pamela says: "Another new perspective on life"
    "As always; excellent perspective on lot of things"
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    Loved reading (or listening to) this book. Malcolm Gladwell does it again with his gladwellian style of juxtaposing things in a different light. Gladwell does a great job of putting the stories in a proper sequence and the book flows nicely. With such boring topics, Gladwell knows how to make things shiny.

    I have read all his books and this and Outliers are one of his best. Go for it. And Gladwell narration is one of the best too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On a Pale Horse: Incarnations of Immortality, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (524)

    In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

    Jake says: "Full Series Review: 5 Stars"
    "lot of religious overtones & un-interesting story"
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    I picked this one from a friend's recommendation and it didnt hold to the standards. I was really excited to follow a series after GoT and WoT. Piers Anthony just dribbles over religious beliefs either sarcastically or not but it took over a good portion of the book. I really really tried to like this one but not for me.

    The narrator on the other hand did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8173)
    Performance
    (4636)
    Story
    (4691)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Good read for mature audiences"
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    This is not in the same pace as Enders game was. People who loved the first book in this series for its war games and teen rivalries might find this one slow and boring at times. I enjoyed both the books. First one was definitely a fun read and this one has its moments but it starts slow. The author did a great job writing this book in '86 when there was not much of internet fancies we have now. The philosophical part of the book is also way heavier than the first book and one which takes a while to settle. Very interesting read. I wish the names chosen for the lead characters were more nuanced and easy to remember. They are Portuguese names but sometimes even foreign names are easier to remember.

    Narrators did a great job switching between characters. The female narrator was sometimes spoke so low (almost to a whisper) which made it difficult to hear when driving. Overall a good read. I highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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