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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (926)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "One of those classics you've got to read/ hear"
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    If you could sum up Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry in three words, what would they be?

    Tim does a wonderful job portraying this epic story.


    What other book might you compare Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to and why?

    Other science fiction classics from the time period.


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

    A wonderful performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, 10/e

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James M. Henslin
    • Narrated By Mina Sands
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    James Henslin shares the excitement of sociology, with his acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach and personal writing style that highlight the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, he shares with readers his passion for sociology.

    Lari says: "Basics were great"
    "A nightmare to try and manage"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This audiobook downloaded in a disconnected bunch of 1(ish) hour segments. Some segments began at the start of chapters, others did not. Further, Audible didn't automatically parse them together as per usual. Each segment was treated as its own audiobook. Finally, I couldn't find a beginning segment. I've used Audible a lot, and in this presentation, Audible seriously let me down.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James Hall
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Everyone has to think in order to function in the world, but what is the best way to reason effectively in your pursuit of reliable beliefs and useful knowledge? What is the best way to prove a case, create a rule, solve a problem, justify an idea, invent a hypothesis, or evaluate an argument? In short, what is the best way to think? Professor Hall helps you cut through deception and faulty reasoning in these 24 humorous, clear, and interesting lectures, offering a friendly but intellectually rigorous approach to the problem of thinking. Among the topics you'll learn about are:. Deduction: This form of reasoning reaches a conclusion based on a set of premises; if the premises are true, then the conclusion necessarily follows.. Induction: Less ironclad than deduction, this approach surveys the evidence and then generalizes an explanation to account for it; the conclusion may be probable, but it is not certain.. Syllogism: This simple but powerful deductive argument offers two premises and a conclusion. An example: "All Greeks are mortals. All Athenians are Greeks. Therefore, all Athenians are mortals.". Dialectic: A question-and-answer dialogue, called dialectic, is valuable for uncovering first principles.. Venn diagrams: This technique uses overlapping circles to represent different classes of objects or ideas in order to clarify a syllogism.Some of the greatest philosophers who ever lived have used these tools to separate ideas that make sense from those that don't. Now you, too, can think more clearly, making better lives for ourselves and for those to come.

    Douglas says: "Wow!"
    "It's great, but not for audio-only"
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor James Hall?

    I have tried some of "The Great Courses," even before they appeared on audible. One each on Math, Art, Public Speaking, Meditation, and now his Logic course. "The Great Courses" could be more aptly named "The Hit or Miss Courses" simply because the quality of the Professors, their presentations, and their actual relation to the subject matter varies intensely. Of the courses I have tried, three (math, art, and public speaking) weren't worthwhile for various reasons. The public speaking course was so poor in every way that the professor wasn't even associated with his university's communications program, and was one of the worst presenters I've ever encountered. On the other hand the meditation course was honestly fantastic, and this course, too, would be fantastic. Yet, logic, even a basic and abridged introduction (or recap, depending on your life experiences so far) is complex. You're not going to retain (or even be able to imagine) everything Dr. Hall is discussing, and that's a problem. Apparently it is possible to go to "The Great Courses" website to purchase a hard copy of the workbook/ guide (yet, not the electronic version) without repurchasing the course. Audible should be providing the electronic version of the supplemental material, or it should be available, and heavily discountable, through Amazon with a clearly associated link. Until such an option is available I'd save your money or your credit for use on what you subscribed to this service for, an audio book. There are so many good reads waiting for you!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dr. James Hall is clearly an "expert," that word being used as a compliment with the intended meaning being that the professor defines in the course (someone who has spent a long, long time thinking over a set of problems and thus really knows their stuff)!


    What does Professor James Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There isn't a book to read, and that's a problem, unless you have an obscenely perfect memory... Which may be its own sort of problem?


    What character would you cut from Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason?

    There aren't any characters


    Any additional comments?

    From here on out I'm sticking to audio books.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • James Earl Jones Reads The Bible: The New Testament, King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Topics Entertainment
    • Narrated By James Earl Jones
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (104)

    In a voice as rich as it is recognized, James Earl Jones lends his narrative talents to the King James Version of the New Testament. In over 19 hours enhanced with a complete musical score, James Earl Jones interprets the most enduring book of our time utilizing the acclaimed actor's superb storytelling and skilled characterizations. Hailed as the greatest spoken-word Bible version ever, and with almost half a million copies sold, this exquisite audio treasury is certain to enthuse and inspire.

    Mark says: "Jones good, music bad"
    "Thank god for James Earl Jones!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The fact that people take it literally.


    What was most disappointing about Topics Entertainment’s story?

    The story shouldn't be seen as disappointing, the thing was cobbled together by the 400s CE, that's a long time ago. Still, not necessarily one of the world's greater literary achievements.


    Which character – as performed by James Earl Jones – was your favorite?

    James Earl Jones has one of the best voices ever, so I'm going to go with "god." If there were deities, I'd want the chief male one to sound as awesome as James.


    Do you think James Earl Jones Reads The Bible needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, there is the "Quran," and the "Book of Mormon," lol.


    Any additional comments?

    Ultimately this work is a study in incorrect hypotheses about the nature of the universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond. Totally gripping history!

    Wolfpacker says: "Great Vignettes, Good Overall Story"
    "A fun and interestingly detailed listen"
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    What did you love best about Heaven's Command?

    This is one fact-filled tome!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's writing vividly brings to life the many worlds conveyed within.


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

    A clear and connected reading, with a wonderful cadence.


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

    Some of the unfortunate atrocities committed both against and by the British were moving, but ultimately the story is so well balanced that one may recall just as easily the favorable expedition of gentlemen adventurers in pursuit of the source of the Nile, or a war that almost began over a dead pig but thankfully fizzled out with British and American officers enjoying one another's company on a remote, 10 mile long island instead of fighting one another.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for those seriously interested in history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Thomas Paine was one of the greatest political propagandists in history. The Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burke's attack on the uprising of the French people, Paine's text is a passionate defense of the rights of man. Paine argued against monarchy and outlined the elements of a successful republic, including public education, pensions, and relief of the poor and unemployed, all financed by income tax.

    Mimi says: "Exciting July Fourth Listening! Wow!"
    "Entertaining and Informative"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thomas Paine's Rights of Man to be better than the print version?

    If you want the freedom of "reading" (listening) while, say, driving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Paine's Rights of Man?

    Christopher Hitchen's lucid writing style.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He was clearly prepared and made the material audibly digestible.


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

    Yes, and it's rather short so this may be a distinct possibility for many.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10957)
    Performance
    (6974)
    Story
    (7006)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Hillenbrand's writing + Hermann's acting = win"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    Yes, thanks to Edward Hermann's narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    How could it not be Louis?


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    He was certainly articulate and knew what emotions to express, and when.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8397)
    Performance
    (7548)
    Story
    (7667)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "In the beginning..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    Thanks to Rob Inglis's performance, yes.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    The "Lord of the Ring" books...


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

    His amazing voice acting style.


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

    Of course! It's Tolkien!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (223)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "An unforgettable classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fahrenheit 451 the most enjoyable?

    Ray does the narration.


    What about Ray Bradbury’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The interview at the end is terrific. Ray has indeed succeeded in achieving immortality, forever living on in his books on shelves in the good company of Shakespeare and others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (590)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    RealTruth says: "good start, book runs out of sustenace"
    "An exposé on the computer programs in our lives"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have, it's well done.


    What other book might you compare Automate This to and why?

    Perhaps, "In the Plex," but I haven't had time to listen to / read that one yet; "In the Plex" is about Google's rise.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    His narration is convincing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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