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Ken

Belleville, MI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Worthing Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (351)

    It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built.

    Lisa says: "Early Work of a Master"
    ""...and ye shall be as God.""
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    The thing I like about Orson Scott Card's books is that he does more than tell a story. His stories often confront "Big Question" issues about life, death, and relationships. In the Worthing Saga Card deals with man's desire for immortality, our seemingly "inborn" character flaws, and the experiences that define us as "human."

    All of these explorations are wound into a fascinating and detailed journey over centuries through the experiences and memories of the unwitting Man-God, Jason Worthing. The story cuts back and forth between the futuristic planet of Capital and the back-water worlds of the primitive and distant Colonies to explain how Worthing unwittingly helps topple an Empire and unwillingly becomes the father of a new society which holds him in god-like esteem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1663)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Another Satisfied Customer"
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    Orson Scott Card rarely disappoints and this is no exception. The second book in the "Shadow" sub-series follows Bean on a quest to rescue Petra Arcana and stop a power hungry mad-man from plunging human-kind into another World War.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (538)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Apologies of a Weepy Socialist"
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    Even the NY Times doesn't buy this story.

    Under a skeptical eye Perkins is just another wealthy liberal who can't forgive himself for his success. Trained by a mystery woman in the art of doctoring financial reports, Perkins is recruited by a Halliburton-like consulting company and spends the next 20 years jet-setting around the world predicting the results infrastructure improvements. Like any corporate forecaster, he's pressured into exaggerating the benefits of the projects he is assigned to.

    The fact that the governments he consulted for proceeded to take out huge loans for unnecessary public works projects and abuse them for personal gains, and the fact that those loans are contingent upon American firms doing the work, doesn't sit well with Perkins conscience. He feels badly, but not badly enough to stop.

    Looking back on his life Perkins blames himself for encouraging tyrants to abuse their peasantry, for the oil companies not sharing their profits with the world, and for the environmental sins of those oil companies. As a result, he has spent the second half of his life forming/promoting environmental charities and encouraging other Americans not to live the way he did.

    He wants us to shop less, drive less, and fight the man.

    If you already know that the US government, big banks, and corporate development firms are colluding for big profits and "national security" then you can skip this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4328)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1713)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Not a Chick Flick"
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    I was reluctant to read this book after seeing the movie -- however, I'm glad I did.

    The book is nothing like the movie.

    The book is very interesting, stimulating, and full of unexpected turns. The main character is well developed and easy to relate to. The story is about more than just a relationship and more than just time travel. Yes, there's a love story, but it's also a fantastic ride!

    Narration was also excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (553)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Amazon's Best Customer says: "Love this book"
    "It's Not You -- It's Me"
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    This book gives fascinating insight into the three types of adult attachment styles.

    If you've ever wondered why long-term relationships are difficult for you to maintain the answer may be inside. Odds are you fit into one of the three attachment styles and your partner fits into another. The book will provide advice for making your particular styles work together and moving yourself and your significant other toward a more compatible dynamic.

    In terms of writing style the book is a bit clinical. Parts of it read more like a masters thesis than a self-help book. Overall, though, I found this extremely helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Eagleman
    • Narrated By David Eagleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (521)

    In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

    Laura says: "Changed the way I think about how I think..."
    "A fascinating look at the "real you""
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    This fascinating and well-read book reveals that your subconscious mind is really a computing powerhouse capable of solving incredibly complex problems in nanoseconds.

    Eagleman's narration is excellent. I just read a review that said the author "exclaimed" his views instead of reading them from the page. Eagleman certainly reads with enthusiasm but I never had to adjust the volume because of it. I certainly prefer an enthusiastic reading to one that puts the listener to sleep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Cheating

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jessica Jones
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    With tongue-in-cheek wit, debut author Jessica Dorfman Jones delivers proven tactics to help anyone cheat successfully through life. She shows how to creatively enhance a resume and beat a drug or polygraph test. She also reveals how to file fabricated tax and insurance forms. Each of her 32 chapters introduces the scam, reveals its risks and rewards, and describes the time-tested techniques for pulling it off.

    Peter says: "Utter Tripe"
    "How to chat someone out of an Audible Credit..."
    Overall

    First, come up with a catchy title that promises readers some type of knowledge that will help them get the edge in life. I suggest a title like "The Art of Cheating".

    Then write a book. Fill it with advice that any third grader or high school dropout could think of while half stoned. Don't give any specifics, just Google each subject on your list and cut and paste the summary text from the top five results.

    Find someone to publish your book and turn it into an audiobook.

    PRESTO! People will trade their valuable Audible credits for your peice of crap, even though reviews like this one should have warned them off!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (864)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    Excellent book and first class narration. I learned much about both Teddy Roosevelt's unstoppable spirit and about South America. This is a book for anyone who loves adventure and the outdoors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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