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Brian Tristam Williams

A decade of listening.

Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2003


  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Ben Tibber

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth.

    Brian Tristam Williams says: "Great Book, Curious Narration"
    "Great Book, Curious Narration"

    The book is great. The story well done. The narration? Not so much. Quality is good, but somewhere between the printed word and the audio, someone just didn't "get it." I suspect the author would be quite upset at the cringeworthy slip-ups in his story. For example, the main character, who lives with some sort of autistic spectrum disorder, says that he counts powers of two in his head to calm himself, and "got up to 33,554,432, which is two hundred and twenty-five." That was allowed, despite making no sense to either the narrator or the producer. What was no doubt written was "two to the power of twenty-five." Also, the chapters are all meant to be prime-numbered. How on Earth is there a Chapter 176 in the audio version, then? Another case of not "getting" it. If you want to hear a good story, but this lack of attention to detail would irritate you, just hold your breath and count to 32,768, which is 215.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Sci Fi Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Edward Page Mitchell, Robert Duncan Milne, and others
    • Narrated By Nicky Henson

    Science fiction at its literate best with every story a little gem. Authors include Jack London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    Brian Tristam Williams says: "Couldn't Finish It"
    "Couldn't Finish It"

    I know that this doesn't bug everyone, but the lazy-sounding, tongue-knotted attempt at American accents by English narrator Nicky Henson were an enormous turn-off. Why not just read the book and not try to act it, especially if you don't have the acting chops to pull off the common accent you're trying for? If the publisher really needed an American accent, they should have gone with an American narrator.

    I found the narration highly annoying and can't go back to this (unfinished) book.

    The stories themselves held much promise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry D. Rosen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    iDisorder: changes to your brain's ability to process information and your ability to relate to the world due to your daily use of media and technology, resulting in signs and symptoms of psychological disorders, such as stress, sleeplessness, and a compulsive need to check in with all of your technology. Based on decades of research and expertise in the "psychology of technology," Dr. Larry Rosen offers clear, down-to-earth explanations for why many of us are suffering from an "iDisorder" - and what to do about it.

    Brian Tristam Williams says: "Web Therapy in the Wrong Modality"
    "Web Therapy in the Wrong Modality"
    What could Larry D. Rosen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Dr. Rosen could have understood the technology better.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It doesn't take any longer to say "Facebook" than it does "FB." Written abbreviations need not always be duplicated on the audio representation. Avoid redundancy. "If you downloaded this audiobook digitally..." Well, I could hardly download it analogically.

    Any additional comments?

    As a technology geek who sometimes feels overwhelmed by it all, I was attracted to this book because it appeared to be handled from the perspective of a kindred spirit - someone who gets the technology and has analyses and ideas on how to take a more relaxed approach to dealing with the constant barrage of notification and information.

    Instead, my anxiety is heightened by the author's constant misuse of terminology and misunderstanding of the technology and services involved. His forte is clearly psychology, and, in his endeavours to talk about digital devices and social networking, comes across as an old-timer trying to appear hip while brow-beating this newfangled computer stuff. If you're happy to "check your Twitter page," spend time "texting" on your "Facebook page," using a an "SNS" ("Social Networking System") and blocking a narcissist's comments from "your Facebook page" when they're commenting on a friend's status (or "page") update, and analysing someone's personality type based on the "20 main photographs" on their "page," then this may be for you.

    The pop psychology "science" itself is weak at best. For example, a large number of respondents to a survey said they intended to take a "portable electronic device" with them on vacation. Does that include listening to music on your iPod to unwind? How about reading this very book on your Kindle? Is it okay if it's an ordinary paperback? Add to that sloppy grammar and poppy invented terms (WMD - "wireless mobile devices" - really?) and I am less than impressed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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