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Hansi

Brooklet, Georgia, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Soccernomics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Why does England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn't America play the sport internationally... and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style? Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.

    Anthony G Lazaro says: "Very very good."
    "Interesting but older version of the book"
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    This seems to be a recording of an early edition (entitled "Why England Lose"), so it doesn't include the revisions and additional chapters of more recent versions. Still, it's an interesting book, and the narrator does a great job at imitating foreign accents. Ultimately, the number-crunching may be a bit much for English majors -- those might want to wait for an audiobook version of Franklin Foer's "How Soccer Explains the World."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the High Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Meta before meta was cool"
    "A strange book, an ill-prepared reader"
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    PKD's odd little alternate history reads like a precursor to Pullman's HDM trilogy. Unfortunately, the narrator, in spite of having a German last name, is woefully incompetent at pronouncing even the most obvious words (e.g. "Partei") or names (e.g. Goebbels). The least you could expect from a professional production is for some intern to do five minutes' research to look up the proper pronunciation of a dozen unfamiliar words and names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    With the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away, there is hope for a chosen few to leave the soon-to-be submerged Earth. Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates, having been trained for this purpose since childhood, when the ships Ark One and Ark Three were being built. But as Holle prepares to endure life aboard the Ark, she comes to realize that her attempt at escape may be more dangerous than trying to stay afloat on a drowning planet.

    dunc says: "OK"
    "Hammy narrator works hard to enliven dry hard SF."
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    Chris Patton narrates his heart out in an attempt to breathe some life into Stephen Baxter's mostly dry prose. In consequence, the accents are hilariously over the top -- every Scottish character sounds like Begbie from Trainspotting, and you can practically see Patton wear yellowface when performing the Chinese rocket scientist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Origin of Species

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    One of the most famous and influential books of its (or any) time, The Origin of Species is, surprisingly, little read. True enough, most people know what it says, or think they do, at any rate. The first comprehensive statement of the theory of natural selection, it does, indeed, provide the basic argument and demonstration of what we think of as Darwinism.

    William L says: "I loved it"
    "In Defence of a Glorious Narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Origin of Species the most enjoyable?

    While some of the other reviews show that the narrator is not universally popular, I could listen to David Case (aka Frederick Davidson) read the London phone book. Darwin's prose is notoriously dry, but read by this narrator listening to the Origin of Species is not only intellectually exciting but an aural delight.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Interpreter of Maladies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (201)

    With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

    Jennifer says: "Novel-amazing; Audio-mediocre"
    "Decent reader, disappointing preparation."
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    Any additional comments?

    It's fair to call Lahiri an American writer; therefore there's nothing wrong with having a non-South Asian American as a narrator. However, I do wish Ms. Novak had done a little more research about the pronunciation of Indian words (Dixit, Laxmi, Lucknow, etc.).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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