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Bill Maney

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34071)
    Performance
    (25242)
    Story
    (25585)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "great book except suicide is not a good idea"
    Overall

    I loved this book and would recommend it to my 11 year old son, except that suicide is treated as a reasonable thing to do at one point in the narrative. That rubs my morals the wrong way.
    The story is gripping and the setting believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Noah Charney
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Three apparently unrelated art thefts in three separate cities have more in common than anyone imagines. As a renowned art investigator, a police inspector, and a Scotland Yard inspector take up their separate investigations, a trail of bizarre clues and intellectual puzzles reveals forgeries, over-paintings, and double-crosses in an ever-deepening conspiracy.

    Bill Maney says: "lots of fun, and fun characters"
    "lots of fun, and fun characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While this book is not high art by any stretch, I enjoyed it from cover to cover. There were parts that were a bit weak or pedantic, but for the most part, it was quite enjoyable. I laughed quite a few times and there are wonderful turns-of-phrase throughout. The characters are characters in more than one sense of the word.
    Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (891)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "You like reading about masturbation, urine, vomit?"
    Overall

    I don't think I can finish this book. I'm about 1/3 of the way through it and I've read about astronaut masturbation, urine, vomit, space sickness, mental instability. These are not the topics that intrigue me about the space program. The interesting facts are too far apart in this book.
    Her attempts at being funny (listing two relevent items and then one that's completely irrelevent) fall flat most of the time. I did laugh once.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. This intimate account is filled with fascination, beauty, and surprise.

    Ethan says: "Superb story of our changing views of the planets"
    "I'm into astronomy: Couldn't read it"
    Overall

    This book was agony. I was so looking forward to it. I read Longitude and loved it. I couldn't listen to this at all. I only got about 1/3 of the way through before I gave up. It was all fluff and not much science. Nothing I found interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dinosaurs Never Say Please and Other Stories

    • ORIGINAL (41 mins)
    • By Bill Harley
    • Narrated By Bill Harley
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    If you were big and ugly, had a ton of sharp teeth, and a truly enormous appetite, you wouldn't need the "magic word" either! These stories for kids, from acclaimed storytelling songster Bill Harley, center around the theme of being small.

    Dan says: "Mrs Jones 1st grade class loved it!"
    "not as good as Town Around the Bend"
    Overall

    There are some funny parts to this but it's not nearly as good as Town around the bend.
    I did not like the language: phrases like "I hate your song" and "It's stupid", and the implication that the boy eats his parents was disturbing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Science Friday, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (2 hrs)
    • By Ira Flatow
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The first national call-in program to broadcast live over the Internet, Science Friday rarely misses an opportunity to present science news and information in an inventive way. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Bruce says: "A reason to join Audible"
    "interesting but poor sound quality"
    Overall

    I like the content. It is usually thought provoking.

    But as an audio engineer, I am amazed at what Audible considers passable sound quality. One wonders if anyone has listened to it. All of the NPR shows sound like this, like they've been compressed with two different algorhithms that are interacting. They sound this way regardless of the selected quality level.
    Audible books sound fine, so I'm left wondering who dropped the ball.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Journalist Susan Casey was in her living room when she first glimpsed this strange place and its resident sharks, their dark fins swirling around a tiny boat in a documentary. These great whites were the alphas among alphas, the narrator said, some of them topping 18 feet in length, and each fall they congregated here off the northern California coast.

    Brian says: "Romance novel + diary + shark?"
    "a bit overblown"
    Overall

    The biology was really interesting. But the multiple mistakes describing optics (It was halos not spectre of the brocken) make me wonder how accurate the rest of it was.
    She tends to put down suburban life a lot, but then compares the natural world to suburban objects. Very annoying.
    And she exagerates her hardships. If she really thinks that the farallons has the worst weather in the world, she should spend February in Greenland.
    But I'm glad I read it for the sharks and descriptions.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Town Around the Bend: Bedtime Stories and Songs

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Bill Harley
    • Narrated By Bill Harley
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Bill Harley's 2003 recording is a very special collection of songs and stories for bedtime about a wonderful and wacky imaginary place, The Town Around the Bend. Harley's long-established humor, meaning, and music are toned down for the quiet time right before the eyes close and the world rests.

    Kimberly says: "Nighty Noodles..."
    "very fun stories"
    Overall

    My 4 year old son loves this book. This guy's very clever and fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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