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Rebekah

Science, philosophy, theology, cats.

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Snark

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By David Denby
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Denby has fun snarking the snarkers, expelling the bums and promoting the true wits, but he is also making a serious point: the Internet has put snark on steroids. In politics, snark means the lowest, most insinuating and insulting side can win. For the young, a savage piece of gossip could ruin a reputation and possibly a future career. And for all of us, snark just sucks the humor out of life. Denby defends the right of any of us to be cruel but shows us how the real pros pull it off. Snark, he says, is for the amateurs.

    John says: "Important Book, but must endure poor narrator"
    "Everyone should read this book."
    Overall

    This book is essential reading for anyone interested in popular culture, journalism, politics, comedy etc. The narrator is likely the worst possible choice the publisher could have made and I sincerely hope they re-record it, but it is still far more than worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1080)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "A Work of Shattering Beauty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tragic, hilarious, desperately dark, and devastatingly beautiful, Lolita is a work of incomparable genius. Nabokov's love of language and mastery of the craft flow through every facet of the text. In his written world, wordplay is a deadly game, and the Old Russian plays with words like a predator with its prey, drawing blood with each deft stroke of the pen. I have read Lolita every year or so for many years, and each reading reveals new joys and sorrows awaiting discovery in the narrative like hidden gems.

    I was a bit apprehensive about hearing the book I love so dearly read aloud by someone else, but Jeremy Irons' superbly adept reading is an asset rather than a liability. His narration does not encumber Nabokov's brilliant narrative, but allows the words to leap from the page to shimmer and dance the way they were meant to. It is not often that I would recommend an audio version of a book as highly as the written one, but in this case I most wholeheartedly will. Everyone should read Lolita, or at the very least, have Jeremy Irons read it to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1055)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Excellent for General Audiences"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Though a tad light on the hard science, Dawkins' exemplary intelligence and passion make this a compelling read. Accessible to laymen and interesting enough to keep the attention of those who may not find biological textbooks to be utterly captivating beach reading material.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (866)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Necessary reading for all humans."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Objective, intelligent, scientific, and human. With a cool and steady narrative hand, Pinker accomplishes what Dawkins, whose fire is often his flaw, cannot. Necessary reading for all humans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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