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  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

    Amazon Customer says: "Good premise, but reads like a text book"
    "Irritating recording distracts from the content"

    I'm not sure if the fault lay with the recording or the narrator, but in any case the audio is very sibilant. The slurred or hissed S's distract from the content, and sometimes have even caused me to go back and relisten to a word in order to make it out.

    Nonetheless, the content is interesting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Fascinating Blend of Science and Story"

    The characters were engaging. I think they had enough depth for a story in this genre.

    The story was fast paced enough that I found myself pausing the story or carrying around my iPad, so I wouldn't miss a word. That's extremely unusual for me.

    I found the blend of genetics, evolution, etc. absolutely fascinating. I think the author did a great job of interweaving them with the overall story.

    The narration was good. No annoying tics or poor sound quality to distract me from the story.

    Overall, this is definitely one of my better audiobook purchases. I liked it enough to immediately download the sequel after finishing it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Adnan says: "Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!"
    What did you love best about Rise of Empire?

    Great writing and terrific narration.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The author does a wonderful job of keeping you interested in the story and the characters. But, it's little things that I admire most about his writing. I once had a professor tell me that the mark of a good novel is that all the loose ends are tied, that every detail somehow advances the story, and no word is wasted. I think the author has nailed all of that perfectly, and it adds a richness to the writing that sets it a part from a lot of otherwise perfectly enjoyable fantasy books.

    Add to that fact that I find myself searching for quotes from this series because some of the observations are just so...wise...

    There are a lot of good books that you read and forget about. I get the feeling though that this series is one that will stick with me.

    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the various characters to life -- and there are a lot of them. The voices are unique without being overdone. His timing is perfect on the quips and dramatic bits. Just overall excellent narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Hunger: Mark of the Vampire Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Laura Wright
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Alexander Roman wants nothing to do with the controlling rulers of his vampire breed or the family he escaped from a hundred years ago. But as a new threat to the pureblood vampires emerges, Alexander's ties to the past are forced upon him again, and without warning, he finds himself - disoriented, terrified, and near death - at the door of a stranger. Dr. Sara Donahue is dedicated to removing the traumatic memories of her patients - like those of the stranger at her front door.

    Lisa says: "Saucy, Sexy & Steamy!!"
    "Unpleasant Narration"
    What would have made Eternal Hunger better?

    Better narration.

    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Her reading of the male characters was almost a caricature of a woman imitating a man's voice in a high school play. It was over-the-top and incredibly grating. It made it so difficult to focus on the story that I couldn't bring myself to even finish the last half of the book. I'm extremely disappointed that she seems to read for some of my favorite authors, as I can't see myself purchasing their audiobooks due to her narration.

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

    I'm sure it did, but for me they were completely eclipsed by the terrible narration. I do feel that I probably would have finished the book if the narration was better or if I was reading it rather than listening to it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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