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Shawn

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    Author Ben Goldacre exposes the epidemic of pseudoscience and gives listeners the tools they need to distinguish good science from nonsense.

    aaron says: "The Brits Pull No Punches On Fake Medicine!!"
    "Learn who is scamming people, and how."
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    It's important to be informed that the "Detox Foot Baths" and Pads, and Ear Candles, Homeopathy and many other things in the Alternative Medicine industry are scams, but it's even better to learn *how* they are scamming people.

    Maybe you wouldn't have fallen for these things yourself anyway, but this book can help you explain to others who may be more inclined to try them exactly what they do and why they don't work.

    I already knew that most of these were useless or even intentional scams, but I didn't know the details of all of them, and despite having a previous interest in the subject, some of these quacks and hacks were new to me.

    I found it very enjoyable to listen to, and would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject matter - as long as they're okay with a British perspective and narrator. It's always a good idea to listen to a sample before buying just in case!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, Jason Lee, and others
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    It's the literary equivalent of buried treasure! The audiobook edition features a cast of celebrity narrators who will bring these stories to life. In an introduction to the collection, Cohen explains the significance these seven stories have, not only as lost treasures, but as transitional stories in Dr. Seuss's career. With a color palette that has been enhanced beyond the limitations of the original magazines in which they appeared, this is a collection of stories that no Seuss fan (whether scholar or second-grader) will want to miss!

    Kirsten M. Crippen says: "Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?"
    "So hard to read is The Bippolo Seed"
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    For the most part the reading is very good, but there are a number of times where the intended cadence is broken due to the odd mid-sentence changes in what was intended. These changes, to me, are one of the unusual and interesting features of Dr. Seuss's writing, so I was disappointed to hear them missed at times.

    It may not bother most people though, and despite that issue I still give it a high overall performance score.

    ...a PDF of the images from the book would be nice though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5265)
    Performance
    (4458)
    Story
    (4454)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Narration was better than expected"
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    As many others, I was very disappointed that Marsters didn't read this book, and the fact that they would let a scheduling conflict lead to changing the reader for the 14th (counting Side Jobs) book in a series makes me really question whether or not to start a nes series from the same publisher.

    I also agree that the New Jersey sounding voices for some characters seemed a bit odd, and of course not hearing the same voices for all of the characters that had been there throughout the series was annoying, but honestly by the end of the book I was overall pretty happy with the new narrator.

    I hope that Marsters comes back for any future books in the series, and I would like to hear a re-recording of this one by him (although I think the chances are very slim), but if he doesn't come back then I hope that they keep the same narrator and at least let us get used to one new person instead of a string of new voices for each book.

    I'm sure some of you will prefer to just read this volume for yourselves, but if you're afraid that this audiobook is as unlistenable as all of those 1 star reviews would suggest, take them with a grain of salt. John Glover isn't James Marsters, but he hasn't done much to earn such enmity either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Annoyed, but trying to be objective."
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    I, like most reviewers, am disappointed that Marsters didn't read this book. I think that it will significantly detract from my enjoyment of the content simply because he has been the voice for all 13 previous books (including "Side Jobs"), and even if it meant waiting for a later audio release, I would have been happy for them to resolve the scheduling conflicts and keep the original narrator.

    I don't know if the people making these decisions know (or even care) that to many of us changing the reader in the middle of a series is almost like changing in the middle of a book, or even changing authors. It's not enough to make me give up on a good series, but it is enough to make me question starting another one from the same publishers.

    However, I also think that many reviewers are being too hard on the new narrator. From the first chapter he doesn't sound as good as Marsters has in recent books, but he DOES sound better overall than Marsters did when he read the first book in the series.

    So for fans of the series who want a more calm and objective view, I would say that while it is reasonable to not buy this book or delay your purchase in protest (although given its current #1 spot on Audible it may not make a difference), the performance does not seem to be a compelling reason to completely pass this book over.

    The best thing to do if you dislike the narrator change though is to express your displeasure to the publisher, making it clear that it is not the new narrator who is at fault (unless you honestly think he did a bad job), but the fact that they changed narrators mid-series, and perhaps they will be less likely to let "scheduling conflicts" cause similar problems in the future.

    It's possible though that Marsters is gone for good if the real reason for his absence is more than just scheduling conflicts, so we should at least give the new guy a chance, and the publisher should be discouraged from changing narrators again if they can't get Marsters back.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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