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James

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  • Audible Technology Review, 1-Month Subscription

    • HIGHLIGHTS (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Technology Review
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Technology Review, the award winning magazine from MIT, is the only publication you need to keep up with what's happening in every area of emerging technology. Audible Technology Review incorporates key feature stories from the magazine and is published ten times each year. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    James says: "In-depth and well-rounded"
    "In-depth and well-rounded"
    Overall

    I started with the weekly Sci Reivew after looking at reviews for Sci Amer and MIT Tech Review (I record Sci Fri off the radio). Listened to 4 editions for l month. It's ok for what's there, but I expected more quantity. Have tried one issue of MIT Tech and while it covers fewer topics, say 4 or 5 versus 10 or 12, the variety is good and I prefer the greater depth. Sci Amer probably has the depth and variety, too, but I agree with one reviewer who said that SA relies a lot on graphic aids which you won't see. I'm going to post these comments in the Science Review section, too.

    55 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4949)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1861)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Insightful, profound and insidiously spellbinding"
    Overall

    All the previous reviewers are correct. At first I was impatient with the speaker's slow pace, but the story is just excellent and by the end I kept hoping it would go on and on. I listened while walking in the countryside each day, a pace and setting that suits the male speaker's slower rhythm. The speaker is an excellent performer, but I was impatient with the slower rate; then realized the impatience may be due to a faster life style, the sound bite age.... The quality of the writing and its content are worth enduring the slower pace. I tried downloading part of the file as an MP3 and running it on Windows Media 10 with its variable speed control to see if speeding it up would help, but the file is not compatible with that program. If you've read or heard other works by this author, you'll find American Gods is equal to those efforts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine: Joe Haldeman and Others

    • HIGHLIGHTS (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman, John Morressy, Gene Wolfe, and others
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Cynthia Belliveau, Jeff Paul
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    This audio presentation of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is a super-duper triple issue, comprising ten key selections (most of the contents, actually) of FSF's September issue and the forthcoming double October/November issue.

    Robert Fisher says: "A bountiful selection of scifi and fantasy."
    "All good; one narrator too hammy on 1 story."
    Overall

    The craftsmanship, wordsmithing and dialog in the last story was most excellent and the reader was just great, too. The story was also fun.
    The other stories were all good scifi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in a Good Book: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (129)

    Inventive and uniquely original novelist Jasper Fforde sends his literary sleuth on another wildly imaginative journey through time and literature. Thursday Next faces a sinister global multinational corporation represented by Mr. Schitt-Hawse, beats the magistrate from Kafka's The Trial at his own game, and trains for her next assignment by apprenticing herself to Miss Havisham. Thursday then accepts the ultimate challenge: capture Acheron Hades, the murderer of characters from the classics.

    Anna says: "a zany action packed romp through lit."
    "Just like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe"
    Overall

    If you like the Hitchiker's Guide, you'll like this, too. Same zany, thought provoking, perspective shifting writing, and extremely well presented by the reader. It's Britain oriented but that's no more off putting than Monty Python was. It should appeal to sci-fi and sci-fantasy readers. Very enjoyable. Makes me want to listen to other books by the same author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Science News, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr)
    • By Science Service
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. Since its debut in 1922, the publication has been known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Science News is committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman will find interesting and easy to digest.

    Science News is available in audio exclusively at Audible.

    A User says: "Right level of detail"
    "Good and short"
    Overall

    I started with this after looking at reviews for Sci Amer and MIT Tech Review (I record Sci Fri off the radio). Listened to 4 editions for l month. It's ok for what's there, but I expected more quantity. Have tried one issue of MIT Tech and while it covers fewer topics, say 4 or 5 versus 10 or 12, the variety is good and I prefer the greater depth. Sci Amer probably has the depth and variety, too, but I agree with one reviewer who said that SA relies a lot on graphic aids which you won't see. I'm going to put a copy of these comments in the Tech Review section, too.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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