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JimsPenName

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Eagan, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • China, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted C. Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

    Dave Larson says: "China status update"
    "I just want to give a star rating. If you force me"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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    What three words best describe Alan Sklar’s performance?

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

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    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4610)
    Performance
    (2587)
    Story
    (2617)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "The narrator are awesome"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Shadow the most enjoyable?

    This is the fifth Card book I've listened to. The narrators have basically been the same for all five. They really add to the experience. I've also read a few of his books and I didn't enjoy them as much. They were good, just not as good. I have over 300 audio books in my library and I've enjoyed most of them. I can honestly say, however, that no other narrator(s) has brought as much of the team that reads the Card books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Shadow?

    The end was highly emotional.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    All of the narrators were assume.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters: An Introduction to Chemistry

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Professor Deborah G. Sauder
    • Narrated By Professor Deborah G. Sauder
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In "Elemental Matters", Professor Deborah Sauder leads a comprehensive overview of chemistry, a subject that influences every aspect of daily life. Kicking off the lecture series with a revealing look at one of the planet’s most vital chemicals—water—Sauder then delves into the basics of molecular structure and chemical reactions. The course concludes with an eye-opening glimpse of 21st-century applications, such as nanotechnology and energy alternatives."

    Michael says: "From Basic To Complicated With No In Between"
    "Not structured for audio"
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    What would have made The Modern Scholar: Elemental Matters better?

    The content was too disjointed to work well via audio. It may have worked in a written form, or on video. The explanations weren't linear enough to grasp while listening. I would lose track of what she was trying to explain before she got there. Lest you think it's short attention by your's truly, I have listened to courses on biology and genetics and didn't have the same problem.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Professor Deborah G. Sauder again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was fine


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    In Naked Economics, journalist Charles Wheelan does “the impossible”—he makes economic principles relevant, interesting and fun. Brimming with scores of down-to-earth examples and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, this comprehensive overview will keep listeners smiling and wide awake.

    anonymous says: "Some useful info but a lot more dogma do-do"
    "Basic Refresher"
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    What made the experience of listening to Naked Economics the most enjoyable?

    This book is well written, but it is important the recognize the target audience. It is targeted at people that have either never studied economics, or have not looked at it is some time. It is not putting anything new forward, but it is explaining basic economics in a simple way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (466)

    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
    "Redundant"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm torn on this book. The ideas are interesting. Unfortunately, the author spends way too much time repeating himself and bashing the people that have dared disagree with him.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Russian Revolution: From Tsarism to Bolshevism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan D. Smele
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a key turning point in the history of modern Europe and the world. For much of the 20th century, politics were defined by attitudes to what had taken place in Russia in 1917. To understand the Russian Revolution, then, is to understand a key building block of modern history and the contemporary world.

    Matthew says: "greta"
    "I just want to give a star rating. If you force me"
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan D. Smele and/or the narrator?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan D. Smele? Why or why not?

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    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

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    Could you see The Modern Scholar being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    This all-encompassing investigation of a highly influential time period includes the major events of the era and informative discussion of empire, papacy, the Crusades, and the fall of Constantinople. During the course of these lectures, Professor Madden also addresses the rise of Islam, reform movements, and schisms in the church. In so doing, Professor Madden underscores the significance and grand scale of an age that continues to hold an undeniable fascination for people today.

    Chi-Hung says: "Another good course from a master"
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    Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

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    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Platt
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the 1850s, this is the story of a cultural movement characterized by intriguing personages such as influential military strategist Zeng Guofan and brilliant Taiping leader Hong Rengan.

    Adam says: "InTOLerable Reader"
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    Where does Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom?

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    Which character – as performed by Angela Lin – was your favorite?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (639)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
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    Would you listen to Civilization again? Why?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Civilization?

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

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    William Penny says: "What an age we live in"
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    Would you listen to The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1 again? Why?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    What did you like best about this story?

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    What about Bernard Mayes’s performance did you like?

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

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    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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