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James

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  • A Briefer History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe.

    David says: "Stick with the original: A brief history of time"
    "Too Brief"
    Overall

    I read the original and was hoping for an update and good explanation of the theories of the original. It turned out to be a synopsis of the original. Get the original and skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (2431)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (484)

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Ronald says: "Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker"
    "The book is a yawner"
    Overall

    His speeches during the campaign could be compared to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s. And he is the answer to King's dream - he was judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. And I voted for him and have high hopes for his presidency. I bought the book Looking for a greater understanding of the man who was described as "the brightest law student I ever had" by the head of Harvard Law School's Constitutional Law Department. It was read by Obama and the narration and content put me to sleep. Oh well, maybe a boring, steady guy is what we need right now as president. He could have used help by his speech writers in creating this book.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2464)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (496)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "The best courtroom drama"
    Overall

    This book is extremely well written. Archer tells an interviewer at the end of the recording that she is holding the 17th draft. Meticulous and intelligent. You love the heros and hate the villains. Every turn and twist in the plot is clever. I took an extra walk to listen to the last hour a second time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (1249)
    Story
    (1268)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Worth Rereading"
    Overall

    I read it 40+ years ago. Now I grok it. Smith, raised on Mars in a selfless culture, is an individual who didn't have to shed the baggage of our ego burdened society. He is used by Heinlein, in Socratic- style dialog with Jubal, a wise earthling, to illustrate the insanity of our current society. When this Buddha/Christ figure engages our world, the result is both humorous and hopeful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems (Unabridged)

    • NONE (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    The world is a mess. It seems that everywhere listeners turn, there's another problem. What is needed now are solutions. If only there was a man who could simplify things, cut through the rhetoric, and fix everything. Then, if he was just able to put all of that insight into something that people could buy...in a store and online...man, that would great. Wait a minute!

    Sheila says: "Funny & Thought Provoking"
    "More entertaining than Rush"
    Overall

    This book consists of a collection of rants some of which are very informative and entertaining and some are just funny. The author's use of silly voices gets a little old toward the end. The politics are unabashedly conservative but his opinions are well supported and seem reasonable - particularly regarding global warming.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way: Live Lecture

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    In Dr. Wayne Dyer's newest public television special, taped live in front of 1,000 fans in Boston's historic theater district, he transforms conventional thinking about making things happen in our lives into a profound understanding of how each person possesses the infinite potential and power to co-create the life he or she desires.

    Hyacintha says: "Inspiring!!!"
    "Lot's of absorbed wisdom"
    Overall

    Wayne Dyer has absorbed and distilled most of the motivational, inspirational and spiritual writings that I've heard of. He has tried to live these ideas as well as teach them. I am particularly impressed that he focuses on service and stresses that when you feel you are unconnected to the "source" you are living out of your ego. His writing shows how he has evolved over the years. Good stuff.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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