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ZOLTAN

London, United Kingdom | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 55 titles in library
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  • Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (287)

    All of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection.

    Julia says: "A rare treat."
    "Long and challenging but hearty and entertaining!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's perhaps the best way to get to know Edgar Allan Poe's works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible richness and wit that characterizes EAP! While I was somewhat turned off by the complexity of the first stories, once I got used to the increased stimulus of the intellect (it was about time!) I really enjoyed it!


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

    Bob Thomley's voice, pace and interpretation of various characters and styles are superb! Please forgive him for his french and latin, after all he is an anglophone!


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

    Short adventures by Edgar Allan Poe.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something a bit more challenging than the mainstream, yet not overwhelming, this is it. If rich language and delightful reading appeal to you, this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4911)
    Performance
    (2904)
    Story
    (2911)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "A very profound, thoughtful puede of literacy art!"
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    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Deep thought provoking, stimulating and fun!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Mr Reardon and Mrs Taggart. However, I am what one calls a Reflective Rational, so its easy for me to relate with characters who live true to their principles and values.


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

    Several, particularly when some of the leading characters were being blackmailed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy a stimulating and complex read, then this may be right for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2749)
    Performance
    (1466)
    Story
    (1486)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "A gem! Excellent story and performance!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Fountainhead in three words, what would they be?

    Original, captivating, thought provoking


    What did you like best about this story?

    The originality of the almost "philosophical" plot.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hurt – was your favorite?

    Howard Rourke and Gale Weinand!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughter and anxiety.


    Any additional comments?

    A definite recommendation for those who like a good plot that gives you plenty to think about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (127)

    In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

    Abby says: "One-note"
    "Neither philosphy nor poetry nor transcendental!"
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    What would have made Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged) better?

    Abridged?


    Would you recommend Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged) to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It does not much for you. Neither is it much thought provoking (at a per hour rate), nor very entertaining. I was glad when I was done with it. Nothing left behind stuck in my mind. Waste of time?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A few hos his descriptions of nature.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I had huge expectations of Henry Thoreau. Had read about him, am familiar with some of his thoughts and great frases, however, they aren't many in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police - the vocabulary of George Orwell's classic political satire, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', has passed into the English language, symbolising the horrors of totalitarianism.

    Michael says: "I thought this was fiction"
    "Extraordinary... for a strong stomach!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

    Its clear why this boook by George Orwell is a classic. Narrated by Samuel West it has been even further elevated. Due to the tough nature of the book, the story, its difficult to call the listening experience "enjoyable". However, if you're in the mood for a heavy piece of classic literature, you will not be disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1049)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "An amazing visionary and complicated person!"
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    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the line!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story, insights into this visionary leader, intimate details, rhythm and intonation of the narrators.


    What does Dylan Baker and Walter Isaacson (introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rhythm and pace. On my own I would have probably not read Steve Jobs biography since its too long, detailed, sometimes repetitive and Steve's life/style at some points is a turn-off. Dylan and Walter made it possible for me to learn about Steve Jobs, who will enter the annals of history!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yes, it made me smile, lough and shout out in surprise and amazement.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth listening to if you have interest in the stories behind some of our great business leaders, change agents, visionaries or just in the story behind your lap top, mac, apps, i-tunes or i-phone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck - Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Ten years after the worldwide best seller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another ground-breaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

    Henry says: "Well researched and a timely book for today."
    "You just can't beat Jim Collins by Jim Collins!"
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    If you could sum up Great by Choice in three words, what would they be?

    Passion, facts and discipline lead to greatness in business (9 words!).


    What other book might you compare Great by Choice to and why?

    All of Jim Collins and Tom Peters books!


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

    No, just read them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Perhaps energized is the right word.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're into business and?or leadership books then you should definitely listen to this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Discovering the Philosopher in You: The Big Questons in Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Colin McGinn
    • Narrated By Colin McGinn
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Everyone has their own inner philosopher - a voice within that asks, oh so insistently, philosophical questions. Everyone wants to know what the ultimate nature of the world is, what the self is, whether we have free will, how our minds relate to our bodies, whether we can really know anything, where ethical truth comes from, what the meaning of life is, and whether or not there is a God.

    Sergio says: "Recommended"
    "Too academic, not stimulating!"
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    What disappointed you about The Modern Scholar?

    Too academic, superficial yet longwinded, not stimulating enough. Feels like Colin McGin either just hit the "play button" and sang his song while watching Oprah on TV, or perhaps he was too bored to get into the basics of Philosophy, again?


    Has The Modern Scholar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    If you truly want to be stimulated or be accompanied along the Big Questions in Philosophy, keep looking for another book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (292)

    Looking for a practical guide to the fulfillment of your dreams? Based on natural laws which govern all of creation, this audio shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition. In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra distills the essence of his teachings into 7 simple, yet powerful principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life.

    P. Wouters says: "Concise and powerful"
    "Perfect if you're looking for a bit spiritual!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Regardless of your religious beliefs or lack thereof, we all need to nurture the spirit. Deepak Chopra is just good at that, both with his words and with the tone of his voice (the indian accent to the perfect english just make a perfect "spiritual" mix!)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Which character – as performed by Deepak Chopra – was your favorite?

    NA


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success?

    Seek quietness, don't resist, give in order to receive, choose and discover your purpose in life.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect introduction into spirituality! Not religious, not too esoteric, no mantras, just enough to leave you thinking if you're ready for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Makes an Effective Executive

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Peter F Drucker
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    This concise audiobook is based on Mr. Drucker's summary of The Effective Executive done at the request of Harvard Business Review and is now one of their best selling published works. This article is a perfect way to learn about the subject broadly in a short period of time. Unlike many articles of this kind, summarizing a book's contents, this article was written and crafted by the author himself.

    Ryan says: "One of Drucker's best"
    "Be aware, its 23 minutes concise!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who just wants to know what Peter Ducker wrote or who he is. Not someone who really wants to understand or apply Peter Drucker's wisdom.


    What did you like best about this story?

    If ever I need a 3 minute summary on Peter Drucker's "What Makes and Effective Executive" I know were to find it.


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

    Speed?


    What character would you cut from What Makes an Effective Executive?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Get the complete version, not the "concise" once and beware in the future of "concise" versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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