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Ariel

harrison, TN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver, Ray Porter
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (156)

    For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

    David says: "Excellent book on tactics and strategy"
    "Not the best version of this classic in my opinion"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The format was hard to follow, bouncing around from topic to topic then back, I would have less out of order commentary.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may listen to another version of this book at a later date to see if I can take in the entire work better.


    Do you think The Art of War [Blackstone Version] needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If this version was better laid out it would stand alone well.


    Any additional comments?

    When you think the book is done it starts back up in a random place then goes back through most of what you already heard but with new commentary. It was confusing and unfocused. In my opinion it did not capture the spirit of the original.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5310)
    Performance
    (4954)
    Story
    (4948)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Great Read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    It was a fun and interesting story, the premise starts like a star trek conversation you might have had with one of your friends in high school. "Hey so what's with always having an expendable crew man"? Then you get to see a story from their perspective that becomesso much more. "I laughed, I cried, it moved me." The banter of the characters in the face of an absurd existence was priceless. Lots of fun all round.


    What other book might you compare Redshirts to and why?

    The only books you can compare to John Scalzi books are John Scalzi books. His writing is fresh and unique. I would compare Red Shirts in fun value to 'Agent to the Stars'.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Will Wheaton has a unique way of giving a character a life and personality of their own without really making voices for them, you just know who is who by how each voice feels. He is perfect in his emotion and presence. You feel the joy, fun, and even pain of each character.


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

    It was a read you won't want to put down till the end, and then only to wipe your eyes in sadness that there is no more story to enjoy.


    Any additional comments?

    John Scalzi is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and with the Will Wheaton team up its going to be a hit each time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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