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Johannes

ASTORIA, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (382)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "Poor narration, important topic"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Like always, Stiglitz is a bit lopsided, but he makes a lot of very valid points. What is really annoying about this audiobook is the narration. Paul Boehmer's voice has the soothing, yet emotionally detached air of a spaceship's articifical intelligence computer, which in some settings might work well, but not in this audiobook which makes a passionate normative appeal for equality.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1005)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Utter nonsense - what a wasted opportunity!"
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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes for this one. The topic is of fundamental importance, and it was about time someone turned it into a thrilling novel. That's why I am all the more disappointed that it was this poor excuse of a novel that made it into the charts! The plot i nonsensical in every way, not a single person in the book behaves like you would a normal person would do. Mae's ignorance of the issues at hands and the impact of her actions is almost laughable, and all critical voices are being presented in such a whiny and unconvincing way that you really think the author didn't follow the debate about privacy at all. The idea that the whole privacy debate and its arguments is not very well known and understood by a convinced 'circlers' is plain stupid, Mae's ignorance and most of her actions doesn't make any sense. And there is no real meaningful discussion going on between the pro and con sides of the debate, all characters just keep talking to without understanding each other. The tech behind and social implications of the different social media innovations is poorly researched, and at some point, is so laugh-out-loud ridiculous that you really think the author doesn't understand his own subject matter. I can bet my life that most of those "inevitable" innovations could never fly in the real world. Anyone who ever tried to get a group of people to use the same social media channel for just one occasion knows how unrealistic it is for some of the described scenarios to unfold.

    This might all be somehow excused though if the author at least managed to tell a compelling, thrilling story with interesting characters. But he fails miserably on this front as well, depicting the lead character in such an obnoxious, ignorant and uninteresting way that I have no stake in her fate whatsoever, nor in any of the other figures.

    It is such a shame. The topic of privacy vs. surveillance in a social media penetrated world is such an important one, and would have deserved so much more. This is author just a poorly conceived and really badly written book, churned out to make some bucks on a hot topic. Please don't buy it, and rather have a discussion with your friends about privacy and surveillance in your lives.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9649)
    Performance
    (5682)
    Story
    (5729)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Had to give up after 30 min, unbearable narration"
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    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance?

    30 min into the book I had to opt out. The narrator of the first chapter did a terrible job, using the same melody for almost every sentence. I don't know about the story, but this audiobook I can't recommend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11561)
    Performance
    (10780)
    Story
    (10788)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Must-read for every computer gaming fan!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    There are not many books that have computer games as their main themes, and among them, this is outright the best!


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wow, Wil Wheaton's performance was flawless, a bulls-eye choice for the setting of this story!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved how the story explored the vulnerability of social nerds who hide their real-life flaws in online interactions, not dismissing the characters seriously, but taking them seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    Like 80s pop-culture? Like computer games? Must read this book!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8484)
    Performance
    (4917)
    Story
    (4973)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Terrible narration, stay away from this audiobook"
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    What didn’t you like about David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance?

    It was a terrible decision of the director to have so many different narrators for this audiobook. It is totally irritating and distracting. What's worse, one of the women's voices is unbearably bad, with her constant soothing, longing, whining tone for everything she says, like everything was a cheesy love letter. I can't understand how any director in his/her right mind can cast a narrator like that.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Narrated By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (216)

    America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

    Jonnie says: "Great book"
    "Over the top"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Interesting in parts, but way over the top. Also, Napolitano is not a professional narrator, his narrating voice lacks in variety, which becomes annoying after a while.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deconstructing God: A Heretic's Case for Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian Bruce Gurvitz
    • Narrated By Ian Bruce Gurvitz
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Deconstructing God makes a case for an understanding of religion that transcends the conventional categories in which one is either a believer, atheist, or agnostic by focusing on mysticism as the experiential core of religion. The book makes the case that this paradigm we've inherited in Western culture has left us stuck in a series of false arguments about the subject of religion: Whether there is or isn't "a God", the religion vs. science "debate", and the faith vs. reason "debate".

    Greg says: "Distracting Background Music"
    "Abysmal amateurish performance, stay away!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    God, I can't believe I wasted one Audible credit on this terrible production.Why don't they have the decency to tell the author that he doesn't have any talent to narrate? He literally recites EVERY sentence of this audiobook with the exact same phrase melody, which makes you want to bang your head against the wall after 10 minutes. I've only made it through one hour of this ordeal, then I gave up. It seems the content is actually not uninteresting, but with the author narrating it itself it is just unbearable. Don't waste your money on this one!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible, terrible, terrible!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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