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Vigen

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (611)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "Excellent book"
    Overall

    An excellent book describing the facts of evolution. The narration was excellent. I will listen to this one more time to let it sync better. All religious fanatics should read this book and learn about facts of life and reality of nature.

    Being an astrophysics and theoretical physics fan, this book answered my questions of where we come from and for what purpose we are here, it's an answer that an individual has to find it for him/herself. I found mine.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (493)

    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
    "Great scientific reality check"
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    Would you listen to The Singularity Is Near again? Why?

    I would listen to it again but only the selective parts, since the narrator is bad. After first 15min I thought the narrator is going to die, the way he spoke was like a 95 year old man with no energy and mono-tone sound. It was a rough listening. But loved the story and the information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As an engineer I loved the technical information and sequence of story/documentary.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George K. Wilson’s performances?

    Probably I would, if narrator is a younger more energetic sounding person.


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

    Tag line would be Reality Check. Discovery Channel should buy the rights to make a mini-series from this book. it will be awesome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2476)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1503)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Jason says: "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    "Great book"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) again? Why?

    A must read for anyone working or unemployed. It teaches self discipline, tricks of the trade to manage whatever business you have. I'm considering to buy the paperback, to get easy access to the web links and phone numbers.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pallbearers: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Scully was reared in an orphanage, Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was the father none of them ever had. That was 30 years ago. Now, Shane is forced to revisit these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast.

    Paul says: "Cannell's best (so far)"
    "Very good story"
    Overall

    It was an engaging story, the narration was excellent. The pace was a little fast, but to the point. Any murder mystery lover will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Peril: Dark Series, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (327)

    Dominic, of the Dragonseeker lineage - one of the most powerful of the Carpathian lines - is desperate to go to the very heart of the enemy camp and learn their plans. There’s only one way to do so: ingest the parasitic blood of a vampire. Solange Sangria is one of the last of the jaguar people, a royal pureblood, a dying species that cannot recover from bad decisions made over hundreds of years. Now, at the end of their time, they find each other - an obstacle neither saw coming, and which neither can hope to ignore.

    Scottie in TX says: "Dark Peril Satisfies!"
    "Interesting romance"
    Overall

    This was an interesting novel. I was surprised with the twist of the romance story. I wonder if all vampire stories are love/romantic stories. The two narrator concept was excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18061)
    Performance
    (8247)
    Story
    (8277)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    It's an excellent trilogy, this being the third book. I truly enjoyed the story.
    I just saw the movie of the first book "The girl with Dragon Tattoo" it was in Swedish with English subtitle. The Lisbeth character was excellently portrayed, but a lot of details we naturally missing. Hope they make movies of the 2-nd and 3-rd (this book). To follow the story must start read the books in sequence.
    Narrator was excellent too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ronald L. Mallett
    • Narrated By Dion Graham, Ronald L. Mallett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Combining elements of Rocket Boys and Elegant Universe, Time Traveler follows Mallett's discovery of Einstein's work on space-time, his study of Godel's work on a solution of Einstein's equation that might allow for time travel, and his own research in theoretical physics spanning 30 years that culminated in his recent discovery of the effects of circulating laser light and its application to time travel.

    Kathleen Taylor says: "One of the best books I've listened to"
    "A great story"
    Overall

    If you are a light minded science fiction fan, then this book is not for you. This is a true story of real science mixed with biography of the author.

    I enjoyed it very much and was touched by the strong motivation gained by personal tragedy. That is a big price to pay. I wish my kids had such a focused motivation, but without paying a big price. This was a very enlightening book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7112)
    Performance
    (4134)
    Story
    (4165)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Excellent geek story"
    Overall

    As a geek and technical person I enjoyed the story very much. As my friend says; I popped a nut listening to this.

    For none geek or techies you'll still enjoy the action packed story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10158)
    Performance
    (5069)
    Story
    (5103)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Slowwww"
    Overall

    This was my first and last book I read from Stephen King. The first 8 hours was extremely slow paste and very little to do with the Dome phenomenon, luckily I fast forward my iPod, before pulling the plug on this story. There is so much deviation from the main theme of the story, specially when introducing a new character.
    But on 2-nd 8 hours the story picked up in slow paste. At the end there were a few loose ends, but I think Stephen King did that on purpose and left it to the readers imagination, which makes the story less entertaining to my opinion.

    This story is for people that have very little to do and will not get bored with slow paste stories.

    I was hoping for more adventure or suspense, but the plot lacked it. However the narrator was excellent.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2460)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1174)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Classic Victorian time story"
    Overall

    I don't know why I picked this book but I'm glad I did. It was a great story, cross between Count of Montecristo and War & Peace.

    This was a pleasant reading/listening, the narrator was great. If you are into 18 or 19 century type stories, I strongly recommend this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (570)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Excellent book"
    Overall

    As a fan of astrophysics and theoretical physics, I loved this book, since it explains everything in simple English. It answered several of my questions about universe.

    I strongly recommend this book to science fans.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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