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Mr

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1404)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Stevan says: "Stevan"
    "An autobiography of a rather unlikable Athiest..."
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    This isn't really a book about Atheism, or 'signs that you might already be an Atheist' (that could have been interesting). Instead, it's the story of a rather annoying man, who just happens to be an Atheist.

    In fact, it's really just Penn Jillete's autobiography, loosely tied together with an Atheists' version of the 10 commandments. I say loosely, though the 'commandments' don't actually link in any meaningful way to the chapters that follow them, and are a bit pointlessly obvious.

    If you like Penn Jillette, and want to listen to him talk about himself (at length), then you may very well enjoy this book. I don't think he's a very likable person, and I'm even more sure of that fact after listening to this audiobook. I didn't enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6787)
    Performance
    (6460)
    Story
    (6473)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Outstanding - 'Castaway' meets 'Apollo 13'"
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    Hard Science Fiction doesn't get much better than this - it's carefully researched, scientifically plausible, and utterly compelling.

    It's also got a gripping storyline, and somewhat unusually for this genre a likeable, engaging cast of characters. There are no inexplicable secrets, hidden conspiracies, or dark technologies (the standard staples of near future sci-fi) - just one man using his wit, scientific knowledge and duct tape to stay alive on another planet.

    Well narrated and very enjoyable - highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (915)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Very interesting, but spoiled by the writing style"
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    This book is actually quite fascinating, and obviously well researched. Teams of very intelligent people have dedicated years of their lives to solving problems I didn't even know existed, and the author does a great job of explaining them. Unfortunately, she also comes across as REALLY annoying, both in terms of writing style, and in some of the personal research anecdotes. The narrator also has a slightly petulant voice, which doesn't help either.

    If you can get past the irritating style, it's a good book on space medicine and NASA history, if that's a subject that interests you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inspiring Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Perks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Perks
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    What qualities do you need to become a good leader? Jonathan Perks has had 30 years of leadership experience at all levels, in the British Army and global business. He combines this with wide research and has identified eight qualities that are evident in all successful leaders. The message of hope in this book is that the inspiring leadership qualities that Jonathan describes can be developed by almost anyone. Using the author's compass model, you will be able to identify your own "true north".

    Mr says: "Uninspiring"
    "Uninspiring"
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    Rather self indulgent, and not nearly as ground-breaking as the description and introduction would have you believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 7th Sigma

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    The bugs showed up about 50 years ago - self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don't like water, though, so they've stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.

    Ken says: "What if you couldn't use metal ever again?"
    "Unexpectedly excellent"
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    This book could have easily turned into a Michael Chrichton-esque piece of sci-fi silliness. Instead, it's surprisingly human, engaging adventure story. More a spy story set in the American Old West than a techno-thriller.

    Great listen for anyone who enjoys a good adventure and interesting characters, not just sci-fi fans (the blurb and cover art really don't do it justice).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Massimo Pigliucci
    • Narrated By Jay Russell
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Why do people believe bunk? And what causes them to embrace such pseudoscientific beliefs and practices? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and - borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham - the nonsense on stilts.

    thunder road says: "Thought provoking and relevant"
    "Too academic and rambling for it's own good"
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    I'm not necessarily a fan of 'dumbed down' science books, which simply try to be as accessible as possible. But from the title and description of this book, I expected a light hearted and interesting discussion of how to tell good science and bad science apart.

    What I actually got was a rather heavy and at times rambling discussion into the philosophy and history of science. Interesting in parts, but not very coherent, and pretty hard work.

    I'd recommend Ben Goldacre's 'Bad Science' far more than this one - it's narrower in scope, but a MUCH better listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    In the 1890s, New York City was America’s financial, manufacturing, and entertainment capital, and also its preferred destination for sin, teeming with forty thousand prostitutes, glittery casinos, and all-night dives. Police cap­tains took hefty bribes to see nothing while reformers writhed in frustration. With cameos by Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, and a horde of very angry cops, Island of Vice is an unforgettable snap­shot of turn-of-the-century New York in all its seedy glory and a brilliant miniature of one of America’s most colorful presidents.

    James says: "Interesting and informative"
    "Interesting but dry"
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    I had high hopes for this book, but it didn't really deliver for me. It comes across as a rather dry, stale retelling of the events that took place - like a history textbook - when it could have been so much more.
    It's an interesting slice of American history, and the narrator does a good job, but I wasn't that engaged with the story, and never really cared about any of the characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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