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Anthony

Seabrook, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2685)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1902)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Fascinating history of a Tech Giant"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up In the Plex in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, intriguing, enlightening


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of how Google began, the transition from being a start-up to the huge corporation they are today


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Chinese struggle, the story of Android


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

    Neither, but it was very intersting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (590)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Those Nutty Scientologists"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up Beyond Belief in three words, what would they be?

    Harrowing. Fascinating. Trying.


    What about Sandy Rustin’s performance did you like?

    Well, spoken, read with interest and understanding of the subject matter.


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

    Nope, too long. It did hold my attention for the duration though. I am personally very interested in the subject matter (cults, weird religions, brain-washing etc.)


    Any additional comments?

    Worth checking out by anyone who is curious about the "non-glamorous" (i.e. no celebrities involved) side of Scientology, the author gives a detailed first person account of being born into the ludicrous 'religion' of Scientology - basically a new-age cult formed by a science fiction writer - and becoming one of it's foot soldiers.... the oppressive, fascistic 'Sea Org' - a militaresque order of the most dogmatic members of the religion. The levels of psychological torture, brain-washing and child abuse boggle the mind. No wonder this cult is so secretive, defensive....and litigious!

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  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (993)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "A Fascinating History"
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    What did you love best about A History of the World in 6 Glasses?

    Very interesting concept, well researched and written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail of the subject matter; it was concise yet thorough.


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

    No, but he certainly reads well and I would be pleased to hear him read again.


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

    I found the history of beer to be particularly engaging, as I had no idea it was one of the earliest beverages ever made.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended to any history buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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