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James

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  • That Is All

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (218)

    John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off - specifically, at page 596 - and finally completes Complete World Knowledge, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.

    S. Potter says: "His best yet"
    "Great start, slow middle, bloody long finish..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first part of this story was brilliant. The references were funny but.... towards the middle where it jumps into a short story not associated with the actual story, the enjoyment factor started to plummet...

    I would certainly listen to the first half but maybe skip the second.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Made the second half more like the first...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4854)
    Performance
    (4072)
    Story
    (4071)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Changing narrator so far into the series is crazy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 the most enjoyable?

    The story made for an interesting rebirth of a series I thought dead after the last book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Totally. After 12 books with the same narrator who embodied all of the characters, changing it for this book was jarring and nearly killed my interest in finishing the book. It is not the the narrator was bad per se, but it wasn't Dresden. Thought seriously about returning the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Please make more of an effort to keep the same narrator throughout the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3700)
    Performance
    (3429)
    Story
    (3437)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Amazing story. Chilling and warm. Credit worthy"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Mystical Childhood Journey


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    As a father, Neil's description of the argument between the father and son was difficult to listen to, and yet, was so smoothly told, it was like a calming hug after a nightmare.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The foot worm


    Any additional comments?

    It is read by Neil Gaiman.... seriously... you should need no other reason to lilsten to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1591)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Unchanging foolish desires of man"
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    Where does Brave New World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow... just finished listening to this book, penned over 75yrs ago, and am amazed to think how little the desires of men have changed, nor what we are willing to give up to obtain said desires. In the journey for happiness, stability and pleasure, what would you be willing to give up?

    Science? It delivers us new possibilities, solutions to existing problems and the tools with which we can redesign our world and our place in it. But with this ability is destabilises societies between the haves and the have nots. It bends and breaks the ability of those enforcing and defining the process of our socialisation.

    High art? It enables radical redefinition of our views of this world. The creativity seeks to push the boundaries of our preconceived notions, while opening us up to the potential and promise of imagined futures. With these promises, can we continue to be happy with what we have, or will will be willing to throw it all away for the promise of something better?

    Religion? With faith people are giving an inner power of self belief. Their position is solidified within their society, and their approach on life becomes justified thanks to their connection to the historical links within their religion. And yet, divisive beliefs set upon the foundations of faith result in immovable forces constantly clashing, with all views seeking domination, validation, and acceptance. From these basic desires comes some of the ugliest destruction of humanity and simultaneously, the most beautiful creations of high art.

    So in this journey of life where happiness, stability and pleasure is what we seek, perhaps we should hope that we never find it. Instead, let us enjoy the roller coaster that life brings with all the colour, light and shade of the experiences we gain. Let us laugh and cry, dream and discover, destroy and create.

    While we may never truly obtain happiness, stability nor pleasure, the whispers of them we do find will make life worthwhile, and the journey worth pursuing...

    Looks like it is time for me to get another coffee... :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7497)
    Performance
    (6757)
    Story
    (6853)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Of course it was brilliant"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    When it comes to actually getting someone to sing the song of the dwarfs and the elves, it is something that simply cant be done in your head when reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A great journey, and a brilliant story.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Very steady, very rich timber in his voice. Perfect for dwarfs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3039)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2808)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Fantastic story, but far too short..."
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    Where does Legion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the character development and the rapid fire pace that the story generated, but the experience was over far too soon. Would have loved another 10 hrs+ (or few books) regarding this character. Perhaps the author could write a prequel... :-)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Creative use of the mind.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • War of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (523)

    No one wanted another war. Thomas Theisman didn't. Not after risking his life to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution. Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. No one was shooting anyone else at the moment, and his government could continue to milk all those "hostilities only" tax measures for their own partisan projects.

    Aaron Sher says: "Oh my God, it's slow!"
    "Politics might be required, but maybe a bit much"
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    Would you listen to War of Honor again? Why?

    It is an integral part of the entire series, and like a stock that is simmered for hours on bones and simple veg, I am sure it will provide a rich flavour for the rest of the series...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War of Honor?

    Expansion of the tree cat role in the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3804)
    Performance
    (3372)
    Story
    (3391)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Took me 10yrs to find but worth the effort"
    Overall

    While going through the reviews on this book I found out that this was a "classic" that had to be read. While most things these days that are 10yrs old (tech wise) can be pretty out dated, I found this book (and the reading) to be bloody fantastic!!

    If you have never heard of this book (like me a week ago) or have never heard of Neil Gaiman (like me until his Dr. Who episode), this is a must read! Hell, this is a must read for anyone interested in social influence, as the creative journey taken in this book highlights the complex web of historical influence (not just in America, but worldwide).

    I am really glad I found this book, and as a full cast edition..... brilliant!

    48 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10692)
    Performance
    (6149)
    Story
    (6040)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    FanB14 says: "Hilarious"
    "So damm good!"
    Overall

    This its the perfect voice for the best parent book ever. Of course it did not hurt that the book was free...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (801)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "Enjoyed the thought process"
    Overall

    Really worth while read. Seems very short, but I did listen to it all in one go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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