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Aaron

Chesapeake, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (4738)
    Performance
    (2588)
    Story
    (2613)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "Why Broken Chinese Accents?"
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    First, I must say this is a beautiful story, however Card's view of chinese culture is unrefined. His view seems filtered through the lens of old kung fu movies and western culture.

    I believe Card's view could be overlooked, but the accents placed on the chinese characters is horrible. If Chinese are speaking chinese to eachother, why did they sound like horrible imitations speaking english. Great book if you are not offended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (561)

    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
    "A Tragic account to the likes of Shakespeare"
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    You will find yourselves calling the characters idiots and asking yourself why.... but isn't that what a tragedy is about. Good story telling makes you care and curse the tragic protagonist .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jane Pauley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in the early 1920s, the American Dream was already on the skids. Originally based on the idea that the pursuit of happiness involves not only material success but moral and spiritual growth, the dream had by Fitzgerald's time become increasingly focused on money and pleasure - a phenomenon the high-living writer was only too familiar with.

    PHIL says: "Enjoyed this version mightily"
    "Why is this the great American novel?"
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    Decided to check it out because of its status in American literature. However, it was a bit underwhelming and anti-climatic. No excitement... There was tension but no one I cared about... If you like gossip and rich folks acting like gossipy rich folks then check it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (329)

    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
    "Great Must Read... though the voice is a bit..."
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    The bible of Strategy and Tactics. A must read for anyone who approach to games business and life is strategy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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