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Mark

Methuen, Morocco | Member Since 2000

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  • More Than Human

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Theodore Sturgeon
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched sci fi into literature, a group of remarkable social outcasts band together for survival and discover that their combined powers render them superhuman. Together, they may represent the next step in evolution - or the final chapter in the history of the human race. As they struggle to find whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging.

    Jefferson says: "Bleshing with Superhuman Homo Gestalt"
    "A really fascinating book"
    Overall

    I loved the way this book was written and the narration (by both readers) was excellent. Very thought provoking and well-paced, though I am guessing that some will find the pacing too slow and the book too long for the story it is telling. But the plot is only a very small part of what makes this book good - the writing style and character development, and the gradual way that facts are revealed to the reader, all added to my enjoyment. I'm back on Audible right now looking for my next Sturgeon book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2228)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1170)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Could be better but still a worthy vampire yarn"
    Overall

    Yes, Ron Perlman was not the best choice of narrator, but I've heard much worse. He does not excel at voice characterizations (except he does a good job with the old Romanian vampire hunter), and he speaks in a bit of a monotone (but not completely). For all that, I got used to his performance and was able to enjoy the book. As to the story itself, it's a bit formulaic, but the idea of a plague of vampires in New York City is novel enough to me that I was carried along by it. If you like the vampire and/or zombie genre, give this a try. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1365)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "A brilliant piece of work"
    Overall

    I'll get my one complaint out of the way first: Christopher Hitchens should have had assistance with his narration style. I say this because the speed and somewhat monotonic way in which he reads makes this challenging book unnecessarily more so. I would not go so far as to say that he should not have been the narrator of this work, since I always prefer that a writer read his work if he or she can pull it off, since you know the emphasis you are hearing is the author's and not a fee-per-page professional actor. And really, after one's brain becomes accustomed to Hitchens' cadence, it's not really so bad. In fact, I think he may have improved hour by hour as he went though this eight hour masterwork.
    Having said what I had to say about his narration (and really, what I want to say is, please put the effort in in spite of your feelings about the reading style), what's really important is the content of this important book. Hitchens had a sharp, deep, and powerful intellect, honed by years as a scholar of literature and a far-travelled journalist. His knowledge of culture, history, and religion is quite breathtaking as he weaves together a picture of religion as cultural poison through the ages. Like a top courtroom attorney, he produces a broad scope of evidence damning to the defendent, calling expert- and eye-witnesses from throughout history.
    Not an easy listen, To someone who might quickly find themselves out of their depth here (no shame in it, as Hitchens holds the bar fairly high), I would recommend Richard Dawkins stimulating book "The God Delusion" and Sam Harris' pull-no-punches indictment "The End of Faith."
    Hitchens contribution to this conversation is right on time and I hope it brings new minds to this growing backlash against the rising tide of religious fundamentalism in this and other countries. Bravo to Christoper Hitchens, and may this work help in the very real mortal struggle for and against Civilization that is going on around us.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (745)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "Great adventure"
    Overall

    This is a great book. Well-written, excellent narration. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to hear the next in the series!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (162)

    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    This is an important work from a pioneer in the field of animal welfare. It is very understandable for the lay person, and I would recommend it to anyone interesting in animals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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