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  • The Design of Everyday Things

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald A. Norman
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    (148)
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    (118)
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    (113)

    First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came science. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how - and why - some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

    Sean says: "Badly needs updating"
    "A necessary evil."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have had this book on my short list of books to read for almost 10 years. I saw that audible had it and figured this would be the fastest way for me to finally consume this book - it kept getting bumped down on the list of my exciting fiction.

    I work as a software engineer and it seems that every conference or class I have attended has recommended this book, and for good reason. Design as a whole is a very tough job. Non-designers are having to wear designer hats all the time and failing to understand what that means. This book sets out to explain why things go wrong and what sort of questions should be investigated. This book does that but with WAY to much background - it could (and should) have been written as a few page pamphlet and would probably have had wider acceptance and functions has a reference piece.

    This book does not spend a lit of time describing the design of everyday things. There are few (when compared to how much material is in the book) actual case studies, or examples of good or bad design. I found the material very interesting but it failed to live up to what I wanted or needed - a guide to one of the most difficult task in any engineers job, interface design.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it really interesting how a book from 1988 is not horribly out of time. There are a few points where you can tell (like when discussing the modern type writer) but the logic and points of interest apply to today as much (if not more so) then they did in the 80s and 90s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1777)
    Story
    (1768)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "A great treatment for a classic."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's just fun. Anne Hathaway really gets into the voices, with lots of enthusiasm..


    Any additional comments?

    Wow, the book is so much different then the movie - in a good way. Hollywood butchered books even back then.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9621)
    Performance
    (8578)
    Story
    (8554)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "A great listen!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend these books. The dialog was very smart, very real. Either the author did his homework or he's great at making up history - either way, the detail was outstanding.


    What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

    The obvious choice is The Dresden Files; they are both written in the first person perspective, they both are urban fantasies, they both stare a witty and sarcastic magic user, etc. But how they are different is important too. The tone of this book was lighter...more of a high urban fantasy where Dresden is a dark urban fantasy, if you will. I am sure many will call this book derivative but I wouldn't. There is enough freshness here to warrant reading them. The familiarity only increases their accessibility.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Great with voices. The engineer screwed up a some point because the recording changed drastically for about the halfway mark to the three quarters mark. It almost sounded like it was recorded in a different studio - but I suspect the mic levels were changed and not corrected until later. It doesn't affect you ability to listen/hear, it is just odd when the transition occurs.


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

    I laughed a lot with this book. That surprised me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of the Dwarven Depths: The Lost Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (167)
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    (168)

    The companions believe they have slain the evil Dragon Highlord Verminaard. They have rescued the refugees from Pax Tharkas and taken them to a valley in the Kharolis mountains.

    Momo11 says: "I just love these characters!"
    "Above average."
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    What about Sandra Burr’s performance did you like?

    Very strong. Not the best voice actor I've heard but close to the top.


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

    Book had a lot of ups and downs as far as my interest went. Some times it was a choir to pay attention other it had my fully.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read any other books by Weis & Hickman, but I have read books by them individually. Overall, this was a great story that suffered at times from a little ADD. Also, the attempt as 3rd person omniscient was a failure - which is what I blame for more of the slow spots.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2493)
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    (1777)
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    (1779)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "today's review is brought to you by the letter H"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    I strongly disliked the pretentious pronunciation of the reader. For example, the way he says nauseous, pronouncing every vowel. Or how he over emphasizes the letter H in words like who or where. Very annoying. It's atrocious speech IMO, and it routinely pulled me from the story. His accents were not great (though not bad either) and he seemed to half-try different voices for the various characters, and only succeeded a few times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
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    (541)
    Story
    (549)

    Karigan G’ladheon, running away from school, is traveling through a deep forest when a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the magical messengers of the King. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, and gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office.

    crystal says: "an enjoyable read"
    "almost good"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book, but I also wouldn't suggest avoiding it. It is what is it, and it is an immature novel. Immature in that it lacks a good amount polish. Inconsistent tone of the story, even withing the same scene. Wording just seems childish to me at times - not bad, just very un-complex.


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

    Her performance was strong. She did different voices for the characters and seems to do accents well. However, I did not give her the fifth star because her narration voice is a bit monotone and I did not care for all of voices she chose (which I blame more on the writing then the reading). This didn't affect my rating, but near the end there are a few chapters were you can tell she has a stuffed nosed - it was kind of amusing.


    Do you think Green Rider needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No sequel is needed, but knowing there are some, I doubt I'll read or listen to them unless I am desperate for more material. The story was engaging but the author just wasn't up to what I'm used to from fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts off feeling like a (very-)young adult novel but certain subject matters change my opinion of its indented reader. Now I just think it a book written without an audience in mind and you can tell.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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