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Harry

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  • Your Mac Life, 12-Month Subscription

    • NONE (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shawn King
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

    Jeffrey says: "Great Show"
    "Comes up short: Try 1 month instead ..."
    Overall

    I regret going against the grain here, since the Mac community should be well served by a show such as Your Mac Life -- but I have paid for a year's subscription and now wish that I had not. For the amount of information they contain the shows I've listened to are too long and are sometimes painfully drawn out and linked with humour that is often less than funny. Hey, I'm all for a bit of fun when it works and when it's spontaneous -- but not as a laborious device to fill in for obvious programming shortfalls. The brief sample (all of 4 minutes and 59 seconds out of a two-and-a-half hour show) you can hear before making your purchase is way too short for you to know this. You'll then have the dilemma of paying $44.95 for the whole year or $9.95 for just a month. Seems to me the cost/risk benefits weigh in for taking the year -- which I did. But if you have any doubts after listening to the sample, I'd suggest you try this show for just one month instead. Shawn & Co. either need to condense the current show into an under an hour or substantially bulk up the factual content.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Wells
    • Narrated By Brendan Littlefield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    You've probably heard of a few of God's killings. Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, David and Goliath, maybe. But there are over 150 others that are unknown to pretty much everyone, believer and nonbeliever alike.

    Harry says: "More die at the hand of God than by Satan"
    "More die at the hand of God than by Satan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Drunk with Blood?

    Steve Wells' "Drunk with Blood - God's Killings in the Bible" is a less than positive take on the Bible, not for the feint of heart faithful. When last did you read your Bible with an open mind? The capricious violence is staggering (not to mention the slavery, misogyny debauchery and homophobia) . Whereas the number of people God kills adds into the millions, Satan comes in with a pitiful score, barely breaking into two digits.

    Along the way you learn that all the attributable evil spirits in the Bible are released by God, none bySatan. Really? They didn't teach me that at Sunday School.

    The audio book is well narrated but I suspect I'll also want a digital copy that I can thumb through and to copy-paste from.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings

    • ORIGINAL (31 mins)
    • By The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Narrated By Philippe de Montebello
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This Antenna Audio tour covers the first major U.S. exhibition of drawings by Vincent van Gogh. Narrated by Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it includes drawings from collections around the world.

    Harry says: "Not a great guide to the Met's exhibit"
    "Not a great guide to the Met's exhibit"
    Overall

    Regretfully I would NOT recommend this as a walking tour guide of the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York -- which I think it is intended to be. For one the exhibit is crowded and you have little chance of walking the route the narrator is talking, the stops/milestones are also not clear and the clockwise route around the room means you see the art before you read the label. On the other hand, if you read it as an introduction to the exhibit is is somehwat shallow and short. If you buy it anyway, listen to it before you get to the exhibit (like waiting in the 30 minute queue) just in case your experience turns out to be as bad as ours. The exhibit itself is excellent. In addition to many drawings there are even some Van Gogh oils.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    If you thought you knew the stories of some of the most popular fairy tales, think again. Here are six of the best known tales retold with more than a twist or two, by that master of the comic and the bloodcurdling, Roald Dahl.

    Robert says: "Fantastic!"
    "Cruel classics can be funny too!"
    Overall

    If you've ever REALLY listened to classic fairy tales you'll know that they're full of blood, gore, envy, jealousy, adultery, canibalism, corpoal punishment and, well, they're often just plainly evil and rather unsuitable for today's politically correct young audiences -- unless, of course, you put tongue firmly in cheek and make it obvious that they're over the top. When seen from this exaggerated extreme you can revel in the humour of the artful retelling of horrible, horrible stories -- which My Dahl does so well, better than Geoffrey Chaucer could ever have done with the same material. Hopefully in time these hysterically updated versions will replace the seriously cruel classics of yore. My daughter was brought up on Dahl and finds the originals either boring or just plain sad. I would highly recommend this material for children of all ages unless you own up to being a prude.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James Earl Jones Reads The Bible: The New Testament, King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Topics Entertainment
    • Narrated By James Earl Jones
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (108)

    In a voice as rich as it is recognized, James Earl Jones lends his narrative talents to the King James Version of the New Testament. In over 19 hours enhanced with a complete musical score, James Earl Jones interprets the most enduring book of our time utilizing the acclaimed actor's superb storytelling and skilled characterizations. Hailed as the greatest spoken-word Bible version ever, and with almost half a million copies sold, this exquisite audio treasury is certain to enthuse and inspire.

    Robert says: "Background music"
    "I wanted the voice, I couldn't handle the music!"
    Overall

    A wonderful voice is drowned out by commercial grade muzak! If music is required at all -- and James Earl Jones' voice alone is music enough for my ears -- something of quality on a par with the narrartor's voice and more subtly and appropraitely integrated is called for. Not a B play list from Macy's 8-track archives of elevator music! Definitely hear the sample BEFORE you buy this one.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Soundwalk: Lower East Side, New York

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By uncredited
    • Narrated By Catherine McNelis
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    This urban tour of New York City's Lower East Side brings you to the intimate and intriguing spots of the neighborhood that no tourist atop a double-decker bus would ever see. For curious New Yorkers and bold visitors alike, this is the best way to really feel, know, and understand the Lower East Side. Guided by a local personality, packed full of interviews, insights, recollections, and cinematic sound effects, Soundwalk Lower East Side, New York is a living documentary.

    Harry says: "R-Rated & Bohemian in character"
    "R-Rated & Bohemian in character"
    Overall

    If your kids aren't old enough to know about vibrators and butt plugs (or if you're not ready to answer the inevitable questions) don't take them on this walk -- it definitely should be R-rated! In the same vein it's an offbeat, Bohemian tour of a seedy part of New York which is what makes it so interesting. Not for the feint hearted, nor a trip to take in the dark. You may even want to keep your iPod concealed from the occasional menacing local. We started off our walk by taking the 6 to Astor Place from Grand Central, enjoyed the Saturday flea market, walked East along St Marks Place, ate seasoned fries from Pomme Frite, phenomenal deep fried, bacon wrapped dogs at Crifs, strolled through Tompkins Park and then straight down past a wonderful community garden to the SoundWalk starting point. Towards the end of the walk do stop off at Katz Delicatessen for a meaty sandwich. The iconic deli is frankly quite shabby but the plebeian eating hall's legend is about as large as the sandwiches still are. You'll enjoy this one if the usual tourist traps are not to your liking.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2319)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (406)

    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!"
    "Food for the curious mind!"
    Overall

    The author Bill Bryson also narrates, but he does an excellent job of it! When I got to the end I immediately started over -- it's riveting stuff. Conceptually heavy material made lighter and more digestible by Bryson's intellect. The subject matter spans from the "big bang" (assuming it ever happened) through evolution, cellular biology into DNA ... and much more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Seife
    • Narrated By Charles Seife
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Zero - infinity's twin - is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything. Science journalist Charles Seife takes a concise and appealing look at the strangest number in the universe and its continuing role as one of the great paradoxes of human thought.

    Yicheng says: "Fascinating"
    "The fascinating history about absolutely nothing!"
    Overall

    The history of zero is, not surprisingly, pretty interesting -- and this author manages to cover it rather well. My low rate on this audiobook relates to issues I'm having with the narration, something to do with diction and often to do with the speed (faster than you're able to keep up with when you're trying to think through the numerical arguments). This may have suited me better on paper. I'm stuggling to finish the book

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise of Sleep

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William C. Dement
    • Narrated By Jeff McCarthy
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    Healthful sleep has been proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep - and the price of sleep deprivation. Dr. Dement takes us on a fascinating tour of the sleeping body and mind in this eye-opening program.

    Kelly says: "Great things to know"
    "Pay up your sleep debt: The final notice ..."
    Overall

    If you already understand the concept of "sleep debt" then there isn't much more to be had from this book if you're an insomniac looking for solutions -- although it does end on a sleep camp that readers may want to try out (I wasn't sold on it by the end).

    Nevertheless the book is fairly entertaining about one long career in the study of sleep disorders. One might do better setting the book aside and taking a nap but the book itself, thankfully, isn't borning enough to induce a bout of narcolepsy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To the Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (464)

    Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way...and she always gets her man. Her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an illegal immigrant. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas Strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.

    Maxine says: "hilarious"
    "Laugh out loud funny ..."
    Overall

    The characters are larger than life, the story fast moving, always entertaining and sometimes even laugh out load funny! Let's not pretend that this is anything but light and fast reading -- you're not going to improve your knowledge nor expand your vocabulary, unless you've seldom heard people swear!

    Adult content, language and situations make this unsuitable for your younger reader -- but for all the same reasons it helps to spice it up for the adult consumer.

    Perfectly narrated by Lorelei King -- she has a real talent for these oversized Jersey characters -- which makes this a very enjoyable listen.

    Highly recommended, just for the fun of it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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