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David

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  • The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (557)

    The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

    Bev says: "I am now Zombie Proof"
    "Amusing, but still terrifying"
    Overall


    This is a pretty good book to listen to you if you want some fictional info-tainment on zombies. The content is humorous, but it still inspires a feeling of panic and terror if such a thing were to actually happen. The first hour was lackluster, when it's describing the origins and physiology of zombies. However, it suprisingly gains momentum when it gets to the section on weapons, defense, terrain, etc... Though it's meant to be purely fictional, the ideas presented can still be used in other massive-disaster scenarios. The information is still useful even though it's centered around a zombie outbreak.

    I'd definately recommend this if you enjoyed World War Z. In addition, a good half of the book is similar to World War Z, as it tells the stories of survivors, but not as gripping and with as much detail as said book. It's done in a historical-drama, following zombie outbreaks from the 50,000 BC, ancient Rome, imperial China, all the way to the present, and how people in those time era and places thought of the zombies and how they fought them.

    It's ripe with intelligent, though fictional, tips and strategies. Not anyone could have just written this book. I really enjoyed it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Discovering the Philosopher in You: The Big Questons in Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Colin McGinn
    • Narrated By Colin McGinn
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Everyone has their own inner philosopher - a voice within that asks, oh so insistently, philosophical questions. Everyone wants to know what the ultimate nature of the world is, what the self is, whether we have free will, how our minds relate to our bodies, whether we can really know anything, where ethical truth comes from, what the meaning of life is, and whether or not there is a God.

    Sergio says: "Recommended"
    "Mind Boggling and FUN!"
    Overall

    "Fun" is the last word I would have used to describe philosophy had I'd been asked a few months ago. Other adjectives such as "boring," and "unpractical" seemed to fit the matter, or in the very least "I don't pay attention to that stuff."

    As McGinn says in the introduction, everyone has an inner-philosopher, and in this relatively short book, he introduces the topics we've all asked yourselves at some point in a thoughtful and illustrative manner. I've enjoyed bringing up the experimental questions from this book with my friends and family, and having fun, meaningful discussions about all the things we've always wondered about. Is there a God? What is the meaning of life? What makes something right or wrong? Do we have free-will?

    I wish I had been introduced to philosophy a long time ago, and "The Modern Scholar: Discovering the Philosopher in You" was an incredibly easy way to familiarize myself with the main topics that philosophers have been discussing for thousands of years... questions I've even asked myself without realizing how closely related it was to philosophy. It was like learning about the galaxies for the first time and how wide and expansive the universe of ideas actually is.

    I'll never see the world the same way again. My mind has been opened just a little bit more.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Ender in Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2228)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1143)

    Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

    Joshua says: "A Change of Perspective"
    "almost as dull as star flight itself"
    Overall

    For me, I did not enjoy the teenage-love-story that takes up most of the narrative for the first half of the book. Perhaps younger readers, especially in their teens, would have the opposite reaction and appreciate the subtle romance, but in the end, it turns out that the sexual tension was purely one-way and there nothing tangible to the whole love plot. Like eating a big, fat steak dinner, only there's no steak.

    What I did find interesting were the tid-bits toward the end of the book, that focused on Ender coming to terms with his past and tying up the loose ends with his parents, his brother the Hegemon, Hyrum Graff, and a surprise villain he encounters on the Ganges colony. Ultimately, even that juicy story-thread is cut short and resolved very quickly, leaving this intriquing new villain one-side and lacking any sort of depth or appeal.

    Don't get me wrong. There are some fantastic parts of this book, and a good supplemental read if you're a fan of the series. I wouldn't recommend passing it up, but, just be warned that it isn't as engaging as Enders' Game, or as thoughtful as Speaker for the Dead.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (4669)
    Performance
    (2302)
    Story
    (2305)

    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!"
    "pretty good"
    Overall

    anyone who is or was a student of Psychology would have already been aware of the case-studies this book pulls from. The author puts them in a different context though and makes a very convincing case for his theory. In all, it's fairly short, incredible compact with intelligent ideas, to-the-point, and in the end makes sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9021)
    Performance
    (3248)
    Story
    (3325)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "very monotonous"
    Overall

    I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code... but this follow up was a let down. It felt like a bunch of talking heads lecturing about Masons. Interesting ideas but executed poorly. Very tedious.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II.

    C. McCoy says: "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    "Gripping, Stunning, Intense"
    Overall

    Jeff Shaara takes you into the lives and experiences of many different characters during WWII. It's written in a first-hand account of each man, from Dwight Eisenhower to the common soldier on the ground. It was truely fascinating for me to get a sense of the what life for these many characters were like. The political and military back-room dealings, the banter of soldiers the night before a fight, and the raw intensity of battles. It's read, and written, with sword-stabbing realism, you can feel the anxiety of generals who are making crucial decisions, the fear and bravery of the common soldier on the ground. It's breath taking, and will hit you with a sledge-hammer when you're done.

    I can't recommend this enough. I can't wait to get the other books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    How do you systematically destroy a child with love? It's not something that any parent aspires to do, yet a surprising number come perilously close to achieving it.

    C. F Fulbright says: "Goes Nowhere"
    "a thoughtful backstory to Ender's meanest rival"
    Overall

    I thought this story helped the reader of the Ender's Game story gain empathy for Bonzo Madrid, and ultimately feel sorry for him, knowing what eventually happens to him. I thought it was an intelligently written short story about the meanest character in Ender's Game, how the reader gets to see him in his childhood, who geniuely loved his parents and wanted them to be happy. That is also part of what makes Bonzo so scary, because he isn't a deranged misanthrop, but smart and charming kid who had never had any malice in him.

    Anyway, I personally liked it, and I can't wait to read more of these Ender's Game shorts revealing other characters.

    The length of the story is about the same length as Bean's life in Rotterdam (in Ender's Shadow), so there's a lot of good content to listen to. I wish it were longer and went in more depth with Bonzo's arrival at the Battle School, but I suppose it doesn't really need to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Tim Pratt, and others
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, Emily Janice Card, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Best-selling writer Orson Scott Card founded the online magazine Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2006. It has been a big success, drawing submissions from well-known science fiction and fantasy writers, as well as fostering some amazing new talents. This collection contains some of the best of those stories.

    Timothy says: "Varied collection, but overall enjoyable"
    "it's like a pot of stew..."
    Overall

    The portions written by Card are the meat, while the other stories are the other ingredients. Honestly, I bought it for the stories relating to the Ender's Game universe ("Mazer in Prison," "Cheater," "Pretty Boy," and "Ender's Coming"). "A Young Man with Prospects" didn't quite feel like an Ender story, even though Ender was in it.

    "Cheater" and "Pretty Boy" were my faviorte pieces of this compilation. Each being about different, soon-to-be, Battle School students (Han Tzu and Bonzo Madrid) and what their life was like before school. Each story is about the same length as Bean's story in Ender's Shadow, before being discovered by the I.F.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't get through the other short stories. I listened for a few of them at first, but perhaps I was impatient to get to Ender parts, or I was simply just biased since I've never had the pleasure of reading these other authors before, but I skipped most of them. I suppose that means I just don't have the appreciation for new stories for now, so I'll go back sometime to listen to the rest of them and see what I missed out on.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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