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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11345)
    Performance
    (9820)
    Story
    (9792)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Not an Apple Fan, but Steve Jobs is fascinating"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    I grew up with an Apple IIe computer at home and computer labs with Apple and Macintosh systems at my elementary and junior high schools. When PC-compatible computers became more popular, I made the switch to PC's that I could build on my own and tinker with. Since then, I've always looked back on my experiences with Apple fondly, but continued to be a die-hard WinTel fan. When I began working, I found myself battling with various friends and co-workers on the OS wars. Apple users were fanatical.

    I was given an iPod shuffle a few years ago, and thought it was pretty clever and useful, which got me to start using iTunes. Then in 2011, I made my first-ever purchase of an Apple product...an iPhone. I have to say, I love my iPhone :-).

    So, what made this listening experience most enjoyable was knowing my perspective on the products that Steve Jobs was working as I was growing up, and the things that I was experiencing in my life during that time. It was a fond journey, and I found the alternative view most entralling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not believe so. The performance was well read and was pleasant to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think part of it was already made...Pirates of Silicon Valley.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would have struggled through reading the physical book; consuming this book via audible was a great experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9041)
    Performance
    (5105)
    Story
    (5149)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "As good as Tolkein; even better in some respects"
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    What did you love best about The Eye of the World?

    The vivid description of the characters and setting really gives the reader a background of the story. Robert Jordan introduces just enough along the way to set the stage, and then fills in even more over time. I grew to love each character in their own way and can't wait to read the next book.


    What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

    JRR Tolkein's Lord of the Rings series, but also Raymond Feist's Magician; These books have detailed settings and great characters to guide you through the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Trying not to spoil too much, when one of the characters comes to their main challenge in the book, they face it head on. Let's just say that many of the bad guys in the story do not fare well when the obstacle is overcome.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Epic


    Any additional comments?

    I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, but at the same time, I feel satisfied as to where the story concluded in the first book. When will my next credit show up??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (21976)
    Performance
    (8707)
    Story
    (8900)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Nice intro to Audible.com"
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    What did you love best about Your First Listen?

    It was a nice free story with some humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was read by the author.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think the genre has been done on more than one occassion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2360)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1380)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Everything was great..."
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    What did you like best about iWoz? What did you like least?

    Steve Wozniak was an amazing engineer that will be remembered as triggering a technological revolution in the 80's that continues to impact each and every one of us even today. However, the story of how he got there, what he did at Apple, and what he did up to the time of this autobiography, does not translate well to an audio book. Everything that Steve comes across in his life is


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith again?

    Likely not, unless it is a book on engineering and I was taking a class.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    The audio performance actually made me feel like the author was speaking, rather than a vocal artist.


    Did iWoz inspire you to do anything?

    Not particularly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (885)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "George R.R. Martin is a great storyteller"
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    If you could sum up With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story in three words, what would they be?

    Value, Fun, Enticing - I wanted to know more about the setting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story?

    The long term outcome following the climax of the story; there are many conclusions that can be drawn overall regarding our current situation today with environmentalism on the rise.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story was relatively short, so the arc went by quickly. I do not think a single scene is distinguishable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found my imagination having the most vivid focus when talking about the main character's walk about's through the mist forests.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End the Fed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Paul
    • Narrated By Bob Craig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    Over 4,000 students gathered at the University of Michigan to hear Republican Party candidate Ron Paul speak. As he began to address the topics of monetary policy and the coming depression, a chant rose from the crowd, "End the Fed! End the Fed!" As dollar bills were lit on fire and thrown into the night skies, it became clear that the real problem, one that nobody in the media was talking about, was the central bank-an unconstitutional entity and a political, economic, and moral disaster.

    Jonnie says: "Very clear and understandable"
    "Interesting concepts; hard to digest via audiobook"
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    What did you like best about End the Fed? What did you like least?

    End the Fed by Ron Paul, in general, presented a case for ending the Federal Reserve. In this current economy and global political situation, I believe it is an option worth considering. Unfortunately, I would have preferred to consume this content visually and in a more condensed fashion. I was able to retain some of the basic concepts, but trying to now relay what I've heard in this book is going to be a challenge. I enjoy books that present view points that are not commonly accepted in the mainstream, and this book was no exception. It made me want to further examine the topic in greater detail, which I suppose was the goal of the author in the first place.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ron Paul again?

    I would consider it, but I have many more authors on my list that I would like to get to next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part that stood at most was the concept of the gold standard, and how we are supposed to believe that somehow our economics are more stable since leaving the gold standard behind.


    Do you think End the Fed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    End the Fed opens up an idea that needs further explanation; I would say that a follow-up would be worth investigation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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