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Robert

Louisville, KY, USA

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  • The Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. This intimate account is filled with fascination, beauty, and surprise.

    Ethan says: "Superb story of our changing views of the planets"
    "Art mixed with science"
    Overall

    This is a well-narrated piece of pop-science. Hard core science junkies may want to steer clear since the robust storytelling is this audiobooks strong point. If you are not adept at astronomy but want a gentle and entertaining introduction this is the audiobook for you. An enjoyable and breezy experience for those not wanting to get mired in scientific jargon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5955)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (537)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "50/50"
    Overall

    Fifty percent entertainment, fifty percent academic. It is a rare balance never before acheived with such perfection. You will not finish this with an expert view of economics but you will certainly enjoy the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Democracy in America (Excerpts)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexis de Tocqueville
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Michael says: "Democracy in America"
    "Important book, poor recording"
    Overall

    This title requires a complete re-work of the audio. For the price of the audiobook it is a necessity that they do so. The book itself is of paramount importance and should be read by everyone before leaving high school. This is a foundation document that should be preserved with more respect.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Little Pieces

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (143)

    By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

    Robert in Denver says: "Waste of time"
    "Despite the controversy..."
    Overall

    I dislike works of fiction and would not have purchased this had I known this was primarily fiction but enjoyed the book anyway. The events in this book are not far-fetched to anyone who has survived addiction. Though this title has been battered by every media outlet it still has some merit.

    The narrration is very good and the story is gritty.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Seife
    • Narrated By Charles Seife
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Zero - infinity's twin - is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything. Science journalist Charles Seife takes a concise and appealing look at the strangest number in the universe and its continuing role as one of the great paradoxes of human thought.

    Yicheng says: "Fascinating"
    "Solid narration, solid material"
    Overall

    A very interesting audiobook presented in a very professional manner. This was a real pleasure to listen two. The original text is well-crafted and narrated with the same care. If you have no training or academic background in math you can still get a great deal out of this. I've scored, and continued to score, poorly in math classes but loved this recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Economics in One Lesson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry Hazlitt
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (247)

    Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

    Kenrick says: "Truly an amazing work."
    "Important info, bad narration"
    Overall

    My mistake was not listening to a sample of the narration before purchasing. The dryness that the material is delivered overshadows the quality of the content. Please encourage the publisher to perform a do-over.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Designed for non-scientists, Six Easy Pieces is an unparalleled introduction to the world of physics by one of the greatest teachers of all time.

    Matt says: "Unintelligible"
    "Bad audio, good material"
    Overall

    The first hour is inexcusably poor and any $39 audio editing program could fix it. What you lose in that hour is the first layer of the foundation of physics that Feynman lays down. What you get after that first hour is pure magic. Hearing the actual voice of Feynman confirms what many of his peers said about him. His vigor, humor, and genius shine throughout.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    One of the greatest physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the story of his life. What Do You Care What Other People Think? is Feynman's last literary legacy, which he prepared as he struggled with cancer.

    Steve says: "If you like Feynman (as I do) you will love it."
    "Great subject, great narration."
    Overall

    Feynman is a cultural phenom and intellectual giant. This audiobook takes a look inside one of the greatest minds of modern times. The narration is delivered in a strong performance with expert care given to every nuance. Only the exasperating detail of the NASA debacle keeps this from being a five out of five. Too much time was dedicated to the disaster.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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