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Noah

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  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown, Ben Bova, Frank Herbert, and others
    • Narrated By Ben Hurst, Emmett Casey, Ran Allan Ricard, and others
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    The second collection of science-fiction tales by Jimcin includes 31 stories.

    Noah says: "Great stories, great narrators"
    "Great stories, great narrators"
    Overall

    Of all the anthologies of classic science fiction stories available on Audible as of when I'm writing this review, this collection has the most consistently entertaining stories and the most listenable narrators. It's just great!

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Lowenstein
    • Narrated By Roger Lowenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

    Pankaj says: "Informative and interesting, full of suspense"
    "A real-life Icarus story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are a few histories of Wall Street that really stand out. The others are mostly written by Michael Lewis. So that puts this book in rarified company.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanization of the two protagonists, John Meriwether and Larry Hillebrand.


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

    The final defeat of Hillebrand, when he's forced to finally open his books for the world to see, was moving. He's not a likable character, but you really feel sympathy for him in that moment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Platt
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the 1850s, this is the story of a cultural movement characterized by intriguing personages such as influential military strategist Zeng Guofan and brilliant Taiping leader Hong Rengan.

    Adam says: "InTOLerable Reader"
    "A real-life story of the apocalypse"
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    What did you love best about Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom?

    The humanization of the characters, the apocalyptic visions of the last days of the Chinese empire, and the feeling of immersion and immediacy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene, where the British gunboats break into the Chinese river, and the Chinese peasants bow down to them and worship them. That set the tone for the whole book.


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

    The end of the rebellion is extremely sad.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a few really apocalyptic wars that humans have managed to document - the World Wars, the Thirty Years War, the Russian and Chinese Civil Wars...and the Taiping Rebellion. If you want to read about cataclysmic, world-shattering wars, include this book in your reading series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Edward Luce
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    In Time to Start Thinking, Edward Luce offers an incisive and highly engaging account of America’s economic and geopolitical decline. The Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times for the last four years, Luce has traveled the country interviewing public officials like Lawrence Summers and Senator Don Riegle, business leaders including Jeff Immelt and Bill Gates, as well as teachers, health care workers, and scientists.

    Chris Reich says: "Painful"
    "A wake-up call"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    American institutions are getting old and clunky and ossified and outdated. This book is sounding the alarm. If you're an American, you should listen to it. It will give you a sense of urgency about reforming the way we do things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1179)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "A Hollywood blockbuster movie in book form"
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    What made the experience of listening to Leviathan Wakes the most enjoyable?

    The action never stops, the sci-fi never cuts corners, the authors never run out of surprises, and the characters never get flat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amos.


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

    I still don't get why Audible thinks every audiobook reviewer is also good at coming up with movie taglines.


    Any additional comments?

    The best space opera to come along in years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Forest says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "Dark."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Steel Remains the most enjoyable?

    The story itself has an atmosphere of constant brooding tension and incipient horror.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The alien-ness and magical creepiness of the antagonists was a refreshing change from standard fantasy fare, and the protagonists - weary, drug-addicted 30-somethings - were fresh as well.


    Did Simon Vance do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He does great voices.


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

    The part with the heads on the trees was incredibly creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    The problem most people will have with this book (and with Morgan's other books) is the frequency of explicit, extended sex scenes. In the audio version, it's difficult to skip these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (509)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Drunk lonely expats"
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    If you could sum up The Sun Also Rises in three words, what would they be?

    Drunk lonely expats


    What other book might you compare The Sun Also Rises to and why?

    Oddly, the best comparison I can think of is Speed Tribes, by Karl Taro Greenfeld, since that book is also infused with the expat experience.


    What about William Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


    Any additional comments?

    Hemingway is awesome. This book is less about war and destruction and manliness than some of his others, and shows that Hemingway has range and depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (677)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "Fun, but less amazing than the original."
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    What did you love best about Caliban's War?

    The fast-paced, non-stop action that is James S.A. Corey's stock in trade.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caliban's War?

    The fight at the beginning.


    What about Jefferson Mays’s performance did you like?

    He does good voices for the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not as much as the last one.


    Any additional comments?

    Here we have a case of "sequel-itis". Don't expect it to be as good as the first one. But then again, few books are as good as "Leviathan Wakes"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inventing Japan [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ian Buruma
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    LA Times Book Award winner and expert on the past and present Japan, Ian Buruma examines the transformation of a country. Following Japan's history from its opening to the West in 1853 to its hosting of the 1964 Olympics, Buruma focuses on how figures such as Commodore Matthew Perry, Douglas MacArthur, and Emperor Mitsushito helped shape this complex country.

    John says: "Excellent Primer on Modern Japan"
    "The epic story of Imperial era Japan"
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    If you could sum up Inventing Japan [Modern Library Chronicles] in three words, what would they be?

    Japan is cool.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is one of those histories that reads like a story. Eminently listenable.


    What aspect of Nelson Runger’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator simply did not know how to pronounce Japanese words correctly.


    Any additional comments?

    For people looking for a quick introduction to modern Japanese history, look no further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1494)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1231)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "A scientific approach to starting a company"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lean Startup the most enjoyable?

    I really resonated with the way the rational, scientific way that the author thinks. Everything he said made sense. That's a rare occurrence, at least for this listener.


    Any additional comments?

    Most people don't realize how much they don't know. When starting a company, as in many areas of life, it seems good to have a systematic way of figuring out what you don't know, and then knowing it. The scientific method has a proven track record of turning unknown unknowns into known unknowns, and then into knowns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amnesia Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Jonathan Lethem's wryly funny second novel, we meet a young man named Chaos, who's living in a movie theater in post-apocalyptic Wyoming, drinking alcohol, and eating food out of cans. It's an unusual and at times unbearable existence, but Chaos soon discovers that his post-nuclear reality may have no connection to the truth. So he takes to the road with a girl named Melinda in order to find answers.

    Jason says: "Enjoy the Ride..."
    "Trippiest mindf*** ever"
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    Would you listen to Amnesia Moon again? Why?

    This book is without a doubt the trippiest, weirdest, most mind-bending book I've read.


    What other book might you compare Amnesia Moon to and why?

    Only Philip K. Dick's UBIK is this confusing and ambiguous and weird and far-out.


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

    I have not.


    Who was the most memorable character of Amnesia Moon and why?

    The most memorable character was the bad guy. You'll see why. I can't describe it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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