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Marc Wilhelm

Professional Game Designer | Professor | Creative | I alternate between reading for knowledge and pleasure.

New England | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 106 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to Them: Adventures with Extremists again? Why?

    Yes, it is very entertaining and at times disturbing.

    What other book might you compare Them: Adventures with Extremists to and why?

    Jon Ronson's other works.

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

    He's always good, same here.

    If you could give Them: Adventures with Extremists a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The truth and fiction behind the worst imaginings of paranoid thinkers

    Any additional comments?

    I laughed, I cried, I was terrified. This book runs the gamut of emotions and changed my outlook on the construct of our existence forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."

    Joe Sparks says: "Bought the instant I saw it."
    "A 'must read' for ALL creatives & their biz partners"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I'd recommend this book to most people. The book covers so much fascinating and useful information. Contains great examples and anecdotes about the creative process and the process as it pertains to the business of entertainment. If you or someone you love wants to or is making a living by creating, this book is essential.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Creativity, Inc.?

    Catmull points out that the creative process is messy. So messy that even seasoned and brilliant pros like those at Pixar, start out with an initial pass at something that almost always completely "sucks." It is through careful discussion and partnering with the objective members of an close-knit and candid "Brain Trust" that they are able to turn that initial pass into something brilliant that ignites the spirit of millions and wins awards.

    Which character – as performed by Peter Altschuler – was your favorite?

    Steve Jobs. There is a great deal of material regarding Jobs that is, candid yet graceful and fair to the man. Those interested in Jobs have heard mounds and mounds of information about his launch, fall, rebirth and growth as a leader as it pertains to Apple and NEXT, but not so much in terms of his close and healthy relationship with the team at Pixar. It is great to hear him remembered so fairly and positively through Catmull's anecdotes.

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

    How technology and the human spirit combined to change animation forever and create the most memorable works of storytelling, the world has felt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Good story- gender roles & accents are a bit dated"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    Yes, I like the story and love the familiar old protagonists. The voice acting is a bit distracting, but when it is at it's worst it is hilariously so, good for a laugh at least.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Original Trilogy characters taking off pretty much where Return of the Jedi left off. If you are a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy and want to see an imagining of where the characters went from there, this is a good read.

    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, I applaud him for his efforts to mimic the original actors from the original trilogy, which is ambitious...but almost every character quote is read with the the similar manner that he interprets that character to have. This gets a bit repetitive and the character becomes more like a card-board cutout caricatured impression because of it: The reader's soft lilting falsetto when reading Leah's lines are distracting and her strength of character is diminished by the performance. She sounds even more air-headed the the book imagine;s her. It is bad enough the the author has her getting man-splained to repeatedly by just about every male around her. If she is the badass that most fan's of the original trilogy prefer to interpret her character to be, she wouldn't put up with such nonsense and as a groomed princess and ambassador, she should know as much if not more than the men.Which brings me to Han and Lando. The performance of Han sounds more like Joe from Family guy and almost every line reads like John Wayne more than Harrison Ford.Lando is the most distractingly hilarious depiction; sounding like the performance of the character Kirk Lazarus from the 2008 comedy "Tropic Thunder" portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. He seems to have unintentionally gone "full-'Colt 45'-SNL-sketch" with his Billy D. Williams impression.

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

    Original Star Wars trilogy continues where it left off - revisit your favorite characters.

    Any additional comments?

    I loved the return to Degobah also and the new young characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of the national best seller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that "not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science." (The New York Times).

    david says: "My Hero!"
    "Ok, that's the last straw...Dess Carts?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, in print or by a different narrator.

    What other book might you compare Genius to and why?

    This is a fantastic biography of a great scientist and human, ruined by bad narration.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator reads everything like a Sunday-school teacher reading out of a children's bible. He mispronounces scientific words and historical figures incessantly! This narration is a bad joke.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    In a heartbeat.

    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure the narrator is a nice guy, but this book did not suit him. The audio director also needs to wake up!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Marketing in the Moment: The Practical Guide to Using Web 3.0 Marketing to Reach Your Customers First

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Tasner
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Top Web marketing consultant Michael Tasner has written the definitive practical guide to driving maximum value from next-generation Web, online, mobile, and social marketing. Drawing from his innovative marketing techniques, Tasner has written the first book on Web 3.0 marketing. He helps marketers, entrepreneurs, and managers move beyond hype and high-level strategy to proven tactics and successful ground-level execution.

    Dan says: "Great Book - A Must Read!"
    "Good key points and how-tos. Some info outdated."
    If you could sum up Marketing in the Moment in three words, what would they be?

    This book is a crash course in online marketing. The sentiment of the book is that it is easy and effective to utilize as many key online social mediums as possible to get customers.

    What could Michael Tasner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some of it's emphasis seems misplaced and perhaps a bit

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No, the narration was slow and his voice sounded more like a 50 something business manager rather than a young 26 year old marketing guru.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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