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Listener Since 2002

  • 21 reviews
  • 159 ratings
  • 255 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Nicholas Vreeland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When His Holiness the Dalai Lama came to New York City in 1999, he spoke simply and powerfully on the everyday Buddhist practice of compassion. An Open Heart lays out this course of meditation, from the simplest to the most challenging, describing the mental training techniques that will enable anyone of any faith to change their minds and open their hearts. Featuring an afterword by Richard Gere.

    Chris says: "I purchased _An Open Heart_,"
    "hard to concentrate"

    Unlike other books writen by its Hollynes or inspired on His writings, I found this one to be hard to concentrate.
    It is also very short ...

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Bad recording"

    Voices can be heard in the background of the audiobook, very distracting, very bad.

    The books is great, but the recording production is poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Jewish Book for Jews: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Really Jewish Jew

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman
    • Narrated By Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman, Yuri Rasovsky, and others

    The Big Jewish Book for Jews brings together Jewish wit, inspiring tales, classic skills, and even pickle recipes, for the instruction and edification of the modern Jew. Readers will learn how to sacrifice a lamb unto the Lord, the rules of Canasta, how to build a pyramid (the Bernie Madoff and the Egyptian kind), and how not to accept the first table you are shown to in a restaurant.

    Alessio says: "Hard to Hear"
    "Hard to Hear"

    This books reads as if it had been written by 3 people who do a poor job at blending the 3 texts. It reads as if one of them was funnyt, one liked making fun of Jews and the other really, really, really like typing.

    The book has many funny moments, but many others are not. Someone once told me a great joke: "A Jew goes to an Orthodox Rabi and asks he put a Mezuzah in his Ferrari, the Rabi asks 'what's a Ferrari?' and when he finds out it is a car he refuses, so the guy goes to a reform Rabi and ask him to put the Mezuzah in the Ferrari and the Rabi says: 'what's a Mezuzah?'. In this book the joke includes 3 Rabi, very slow speech from the narrator, very, very long pauses, and they repeat many, many times the whoe thing. They kill the punch line. They really kill the joke. I only use this as an example, of course.

    Even though the book is not meant as a Hebrew Language Course, they pronounce many of the Hebrew words wrong, which makes no sense if they are trying to suggest ways to "be more Jewish". They say MezUzah instead of MezuzAh, iOmkeeper istead of iom kippUr, and so forth. That, to me, made the whole book "funny".

    At the beginning of the book the volume goes up and down. Then they play music between chapters at what sounds like twice the volume of the one used for speech, so make sure you are ready to turn the volume down on your MP3 or car stereo.

    They book could be good, but they need a second edition, a new editor to leave out the stuff that adds nothing to the book and a new director for the audiobook, someone who will take into account the proper pronunciation of foreign words, speech tempo, pausation, and, of course, an engineer who'd monitor the volume lever properly.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewish Audio Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Chaim Miller (translator)
    • Narrated By Dan Lenard

    The Jewish Audio Bible is a masterful delivery of the Kol Menachem Chumash (Gutnick Edition) - a much loved, best-selling translation of the Five Books of Moses, with readings from the Prophets (Haftarah cycle). The Jewish Audio Bible skillfully weaves classic Rabbinic interpretations into the translation, offering a timeless perception of the sacred text's multiple layers.

    Jacob says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "Guys, this books has advertisment!!!"

    Yes, I am serious.
    Ok, so, for waterer reasons we are used to seeing "in loving memory of..." at hospitals and museums. We got used to hearing "This program is brought to you by the _____ foundation", and that is fine and all but, THE BIBLE? THIS PEOPLE HAVE ADDED ADVERTISEMENTS TO THE BIBLE?

    Sorry, I just could not take it, I deleted it.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Merchant of Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Hugh Griffith, Dorothy Tutin, Harry Andrews, and others

    Donald says: "Great play, acting not bad"
    "Very bad"

    This audiobook is recorded with what the producers must have thought was "real life" background noise, and the characters are not talking to microphones, but, to the air.
    This has a horrible effect on the recorded voices, and leaves the listener constantly trying to hear what the actors are saying, but, tried as I did, I could not.
    Then, there was something else that bothered me, and took me about an hour to figure out what it was.
    The narrators are, of course, either reading the script (book) or they have memorized it. There is nothing wrong with this, except that, as a result, due to poor acting, each phrase that comes out of their mouth is a perfect speech, delivered as if they had, well, memorized it. They never doubt, they never falter, their speech never slows down as they think of a work, or use interjections to fill in “thinking time”, they use the most flourished words available to any writer, and they come out their mouths in a way which clearly shows that the words are just lining up one behind the next in their mouth, with no feeling, no sense of creation, it is just dead, learned words coming out one after the other.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • VocabuLearn: Hebrew, Level 1

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Penton Overseas, Inc.

    VocabuLearn is the only audio language learning system designed to teach the way you learn best, concentrating on vocabulary and helpful expressions. This three-hour program contains over 1,500 commonly-used words and expressions: the building blocks of language. Best of all, no textbook is required!

    Alexander says: "Vocabulearn? Good luck following random words!"
    "not a course"

    guys, trust me. do not buy it. it is random words said once in Hebrew, they in English. there is no method, no repetition, no "connector". just random words.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "We are all one"

    To me, a spiritual book, is anything that, when I finish reading, leaves me with a lingering thought... we are all one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"

    After listening to this book I decided to read all his books, so far I have listened to "In a sunburned country", "A walk in the woods", "notes from a small iland" and I am going to get the rest.
    Incredible writer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Better get abriged"

    Better get abriged version, it was read by professor Bryson, much better narrator. The unaridged version has way too many details.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

    TomD says: "Good starter"

    This is just a very, very sad book wich explains in a step by spet rithm, how to feel the emotional void of your life with money.
    Society had, in the las decadeds, a problem, all people did all day was work to try to have as much credit as posible to buy a larger house and car than you can afford.
    Now, since we have identified this problem, people do the same, but give 10% to charity and save for their childer's college, and then buy the house with the extra 5 rooms and the porche you cannot aford.

    This book tells you how to fill your meaninless life with money, without taking any loans.

    It even tells you to go to court houses and ask people if they want to sell you their houses if they need the money, the writer forgot the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital, he could go and sell blood there.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Almost entirelly unlike tea"

    Douglas is one of the very, very, very few people to have not one, but, many original ideas.
    His jokes are for the brain what chocolate is for the mouth.
    He is just amazing.
    God bless him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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