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Kapila

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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  • 7 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 204 titles in library
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  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22645)
    Performance
    (14022)
    Story
    (14168)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "6 titles in the series so far"
    Overall

    Ender's Game is one of the best sci-fi books written.
    However, I'm mainly writing this review to make others
    aware that there are actually 6 books (so far) in the
    series:

    Ender's Game
    Speaker for the Dead
    Xenocide
    Children of the Mind

    Ender's Shadow
    Shadow of the Hegemon

    The last two books don't actually feature Ender at all -
    they're about the character of Bean and the story of
    what happened on Earth after Ender's Game.

    All 6 books are fantastic. I've bought them all on
    audiobook, but for some reason I can only seem to
    find 4 of these titles using Audible's search engine
    (and "Shadow of the Hegemon" seems to have been
    renamed for some reason?).

    715 of 749 people found this review helpful
  • Mostly Harmless: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    An insignificant, blue-green planet is the stop in the fifth volume of the Hitchhiker's "triology." The main character is Random, the child of Arthur Dent and Trillian. Her travels to find out the truth about her mother take her to a little planet, a.k.a. "Earth," whose only entry in the Guide reads, "Mostly harmless..."

    Kapila says: "Lots of fun, but a little depressing at the end"
    "Lots of fun, but a little depressing at the end"
    Overall

    I won't say why I find the end a little depressing -
    anyone who's read the book/series will understand.

    However, you've *got* to get this audiobook. I personally
    think the first chapter is the amoungst the best and funniest
    introductions to a book ever written (especially as read by
    Douglas Adams himself). If the rest had been as good I'd be
    giving the book 6 stars.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Men's Health Longevity Program: 12 Week Plan to Bolster Your Health, Boost Brainpower...

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By The Editors of Men's Health Magazine
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    With The Men's Health Longevity Program, you'll notice immediate improvements in your health, your appearance, your energy, and - perhaps most important - your attitude. Ol' Father Time waits for no man...What are you waiting for?

    Scott says: "Tough to listen to all the way through."
    "Interesting, but long winded"
    Overall

    I think an abridged version of this program would have
    been better. The narration is good and the material is
    interesting, but when you get about 10 minutes straight
    on wardrobe buying advice it gets to be a little much.

    Definitely worth a listen though.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The Dilbert Principle

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Scott Adams
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Welcome to the wonderful world of under-evolved bosses, style-of-the-week buzzword management, hapless coworkers, and other worthy fodder. Sound like your company? Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip about a harried but determined '90s antihero, brings you his hilarious take on the bizarre realities of life in corporate America.

    D says: "Dilbert"
    "The master of office humour"
    Overall

    I've bought all of Scott Adams' titles at Audible
    (there are actually 3, but only 2 seem to come
    up on Audible's search engine).

    A lot of the material is repetitive (over the 3 titles),
    but every so often you'll come across an observation
    that makes you laugh out loud, instead of just smiling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Scott Adams
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Now, the secrets of the management world can be yours. Dogbert, Dilbert's wisecracking sidekick, explains how you can pretend to care, pit your employees against each other, and avoid making any decisions...just like your incompetent boss! Take a tip from Dogbert and you'll have the corner office in no time.

    Kapila says: "Funny because it's true"
    "Funny because it's true"
    Overall

    It's a worry that Scott Adams' humourous
    observations seems to be so grounded in
    everyday reality. You have a good laugh,
    but then a terrible sense of dread settles
    over you when you reflect on the state of
    the world - I find it's better not to do
    this and just laugh. :-)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bill Phillips, Michael D'Orso
    • Narrated By Bill Phillips
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Imagine, just 12 weeks from now, having the lean, healthy body you've always wanted and not having to turn your life upside down to get it. Imagine having the energy to be at your peak from dawn to dusk, having the confidence to do all the things you've been putting off, having the certainty to make the right decision at the right time, and knowing that you really do have the power to change, not just your body, but anything in this world you set your mind to.

    Charles says: "The best for 49 year old"
    "Ok, but I found the"
    Overall

    Firstly, I have to admit that I haven't actually
    tried the program myself yet, even though I found
    the book fairly interesting in parts.

    My main problem with it is that a fair bit of it
    feels like advertising - people's personal accounts
    of how their life changed after taking up the program.

    I found this to be annoying and the book seemed to end
    abruptly. In other words, I felt this book would have
    been better as an abridged audiobook (but then it would
    have been too short).

    Overall though, it was worth a listen.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures in a TV Nation

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Moore, Kathleen Glynn
    • Narrated By Michael Moore
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    The creator and host of the Emmy Award-winning TV Nation series recounts the most memorable moments on the show, such as the CEO Challenge - sure they can run huge corporations, but can the CEO of Phillip Morris roll a cigarette; has Baron Hilton ever made a bed; and can the Chairman of Citibank use an ATM? Also included on this audio are some ideas that kissed the cutting room floor.

    Kapila says: "Reminiscing about"
    "Reminiscing about"
    Overall

    This title is mainly Michael Moore reminiscing
    about his TV show "The Awful Truth" (as it was
    called in Australia), but it also includes
    snippets of interesting sidelines e.g. how the
    show came to be on the air in the first place.

    Worth a listen.

    P.S. And if you haven't seen "Hunting for Columbine"
    at the movies yet, you've got to go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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