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Edward

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  • 10 titles in library
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  • The Machine Stops

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    This story describes a world of the future in which humans all remain in their cubicles while all their needs are met by a supercomputer called, "The Machine". They communicate with each other and attend "online" classes and meetings through the Machine and people seldom meet face to face. A problem arises when one man, Kuno, decides he is not satisfied with staying in his room and decides to explore outside.

    Edward says: "Great Story"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    Great Story. Well Read. Who would have thought that E.M. Forster could right something like this?
    Unfortunately, this seems to be his only Sci-Fi story.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Colors of Space

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    In The Colors of Space, young Bart Steele, Space Academy graduate, is waiting in a spaceport for a ship to take him home when something happens that suddenly thrusts him into the center of a quest for the secret of interstellar travel. The method of faster than light travel, called "warp drive" in later Sci-Fi stories, is a tightly kept secret of alien race known as the "Lhari."

    Edward says: "Good stuff"
    "Good stuff"
    Overall

    I am a great fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, having read The Mists of Avalon and the entire Darkover series.
    Like those, this story is well written, fast paced and has a lot of food for thought. In some ways it
    reminds me of the movie, Avatar. In both, the hero learns that just because aliens are different, it does
    not maker them inferior, bad, or the enemy. In both stories there are good and bad aliens and good and bad men.
    A word about the reader... I think he did a fine job. However, as a former reader for the blind, I know
    that recording books is a pain-staking and time consuming job and that it is really easy to make a mistake
    without knowing it. There are a couple of small goofs in this book but I don't blame the reader.
    It's the job of the "checker" or, I would guess, the "sound editor" in the professional world to catch such mistakes.
    That person missed a couple in this case... So five stars to the book, five to the reader and three to the checker.
    I see that The Door Through Space is also available. Looking forward to that next.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Dubliners

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    This collection of 15 stories was first published in 1914. James wrote them as descriptions of middle class life in Ireland but in each story one or more characters has an "epiphany," - a moment where the character has a speical moment of illumination. Many of the characters in these stories later appear in his novel, Ulysses.

    Edward says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Wonderful stories. Narrator "lapses" into American pronunciations once in a while but overall reading is very good.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Arnold Bennett was an English novelist and author. Among his most popular novels are The Grand Babylon Hotel and Anna of the Five Towns. However, none of his novels approached the popularity of his little book, "How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day." It caused a sensation when first printed and continues to be printed and widely read today. In it, he offers practical advice on how one might live (as opposed to just existing ) within the confines of 24 hours a day.

    Edward says: "A bit dated but still....."
    "A bit dated but still....."
    Overall

    Many of the examples in this book are dated but the ideas and overall theme are excellent. This could be a life changing book.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Getting Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Wallace D. Wattles
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (146)

    Wallace D. Wattles was an American "New Thought" writer who wrote this amazing little book in 1910. It caused a sensation then, and continues to be popular today. In fact, Rhonda Byrne said that part of her inspriation for her best-selling book and film The Secret came from this book.

    Edward says: "good with a few grains"
    "good with a few grains"
    Overall

    This has some really excellent advice but the style takes getting used to. Some will probably love it and some may hate it. As I said, it took some getting used to but I'm glad I did. Much food for thought.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (136)

    This is the complete text of The Art of War, one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. It has also been applied to business and managerial strategies. The tranaslaton, by Lionel Giles is considered one of the best available. This unabridged editon of The Art of War includes only the most essential translator's notes so that the words and thoughts of Sun Tzu may be easily understood.

    Sandinic says: "Good Version"
    "Relevant as ever"
    Overall

    Amazing that a book written so many years ago go could still give so much practical advice for today - not just for war but for business. Very short listen with much good advice.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Day Time Stopped Moving

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Bradner Buckner
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    All Dave Miller wanted to do was commit suicide in peace. He tried, but the things that happened after he'd pulled the trigger were all wrong. Like everyone standing around like statues. No St. Peter, no pearly gate, no pitchforks or halos. He might just as well have saved the bullet!

    Edward says: "Good story"
    "Good story"
    Overall

    Good "twilight zone" sort of story. In fact I think an episode of that series may have been based on this. Reading was good, too.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Kevin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote many wonderful romantic and realistic short stories and a few incredible "on the edge" fantasy and supernatural stories. Although the story of "Benjamin Button" is quite different than the 2009 movie, the premise is the same - a man is born old and lives his life backwards! Fizgerald says he got the idea from Mark Twain's remark that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.

    Edward says: "Great story"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    Well done reading of this story. Concept takes a lot of "suspension of disbelief" but it's certainly an imaginative story.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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