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Nikolas Braren Blanchet

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  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4952)
    Performance
    (2538)
    Story
    (2541)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Fodder for Thought, but Lacking Cohesion"
    Overall

    The narration is excellent and the audio quality is wonderful. The subject matter of the book is interesting, but it seems artificially pretty. It's overly simplistic, but doesn't make itself out to be. It was interesting, but not mind-blowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10195)
    Performance
    (5836)
    Story
    (5918)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Inconsistant Performance"
    Overall

    The book gets 5 stars. The audiobook gets 3.

    When listing instead of reading, a good, clear narration is absolutely key to enjoying a book. The actors here were all quite clear, but the roles kept changing. It started off with a full cast, then it went to narrator only. Then partial cast, then narrator only, then full cast, then partial cast. (I may have missed some.) It was like they set out to do a full-cast audiobook, then ran out of money abruptly.

    All in all, in a story with a zillion characters and clever plots and strange alliances, easily understanding who is saying what is imperative. Unlike some books, Dunes characters are independent of the story. They are not merely plot devices invented to push the story forward. Not knowing who they are was extremely annoying.

    Bonus: cool wind special effects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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