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Arthur

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Ringworld Throne: The Ringworld Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (275)

    Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.

    The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors.

    Aerindel says: "Should have stopped at the second book."
    "Continues the "history" of The Ringworld"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ringworld Throne the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy knowing more about the amazing place that Larry Niven created.


    If you’ve listened to books by Larry Niven before, how does this one compare?

    I enjoy his "Known Space" books, and think his works are very entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (343)

    Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Shut up and listen already"
    "Get this book now. You won't regret it."
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    I don't understand why this book is not required reading for everybody in every walk of life. The very simple insights it contains regarding our own behaviors can completely change the way we see and interact with the world, for the better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Talent for War: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Gregory Abbey, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (188)

    Everyone knew the legend of Christopher Sim. Fighter. Leader. An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a ragtag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the back of the alien Ashiyyur. But now, Alex Benedict has found a startling bit of information, long buried in an ancient computer file. If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.

    Brian says: "Very good - but the cover and title are deceptive"
    "An enjoyable future history"
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    I started with Seeker, and knew there had to be great stories preceding it. This one has the same grandeur and richness and was an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (460)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Mesmerizing far-future fiction"
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    Would you listen to Seeker again? Why?

    Yes, and I already have listened to it multiple times. It is a fascinating concept.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the long timeline imagined in this story. The idea that thousands of years in OUR future, our own future (in near centuries) will be ancient history.


    What does Jennifer Van Dyck and Jack McDevitt (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having an understanding about the foundation of the book provided additional perspective as the plot unfolded.


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

    The moment that the protagonists discover what really, finally happened to the lost colonists, is the clear culmination of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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