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Joe

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  • The Modern Scholar: World War l: The Great War and the World It Made

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ramsden
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (142)

    "The Great War", as it was known at the time, was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war and peace would be conducted throughout the remainder of the 20th century and even to the present.

    IRP says: "Excellent & Interesting Course"
    "Great lectures, easy to listen to"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a history nerd but i was curious about the events surrounding WWI since it is a much less widely publicized story than the Second World War. This lecture set offered the exact level of detail i was looking for. The narration was easy to listen to. It provided just enough information without drowning the listener in boring details. I would recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22927)
    Performance
    (9571)
    Story
    (9645)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good stuff"
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    This was a very good story with just above average performance. I had a hard time deciding between 4 and 5 starts for this title, but i drew the line at 4 because as good as it was, i will probably not listen to it again. Many titles i listen to over and over.

    The story follows two main characters as they unravel a 40 year old mystery. The plot is quite good, with several side stories of equal interest going on throughout. Some of the detective work is quite clever. Perhaps my one criticism is that certain things seem too 'easy' for the main character, or appear so contrived as to make me roll my eyes.

    I have seen the European film, which i enjoyed. It follows the book closer than a lot of other movie/book combos. Main story is mostly the same, the book just adds some more detail and sidestory information. Have not seen the American film to comment on it.

    The book is rather long and somewhat slow at times, but i definitely think it's worth a listen if you enjoy a bit of mystery and some drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang – Extended Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (310)

    Oliver Wyman reads The Speakeasy Guide and captures the rich atmosphere and enduring cultural influence of the roaring ‘20s. While the anecdote about Audible staffers stumbling out of an anonymous casino might be in doubt, one thing’s for sure – this fun listen is the bee’s knees.

    Kristi says: "It's the cat's pajamas!"
    "Not much value.. even for free"
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    I enjoy the Boardwalk Empire TV series, but I didn't see much value in this listen... some quirky oldschool terms explained briefly. I did not recognize too many of them from the series. It didn't enhance my viewing experience or anything. If you're obsessed with that epoch, perhaps you'll be entertained, otherwise you'll likely be bored with the corny jargon of the era. Glad it was free - still a waste of time tho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Millennium Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    Two years have passed since Jason Solo, seduced by the dark side and re-anointed as the brutal Sith Lord Darth Cadeus, died at the hands of his twin sister, Jaina, Sword of the Jedi. For a grieving Han and Leia, the shadow of their son's tragic downfall still looms large. But Jacen's own bright and loving daughter, Allana, offers a ray of hope for the future as she thrives in her grandparents' care.

    Mark says: "Thank you - finally - for unabridged versions"
    "Great performance of a relatively boring story"
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    What did you like best about Star Wars? What did you like least?

    Great voice acting and performance - story was forgettable and did not keep me interested


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a hardcore Star Wars nerd, this is probably worth the listen for the performance value. As a casual fan, i would skip it. Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition had the same great performance with a much more interesting story for a Star Wars novice - a better bet in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interface

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (365)

    In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage - an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers.

    reena says: "Interface"
    "Should have been much shorter"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George and/or Oliver Wyman?

    I like much of Stephenson's work. His style tends to be long and overly bogged down in details at times. The imaginative plot often makes up for it, but this was too much. There was an interesting story buried in a seemingly endless sea of tedium. I would try other Stephenson titles based on my previous reads (Anathem, Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon were great). I'm not familiar with Frederick George... i would possibly consider giving another of his works a shot.Wyman's narration was good. Good voice acting for different characters even if his regular reading voice is not the most inviting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The underlaying story about technology and a deep conspiracy were great. There was just sooooooo much detail given in the most trivial passages that it was torture to get through at times. An Abridged version might be great. I was also disappointed with the ending but others may disagree.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think this title could make a decent movie.... it wouldn't get me out to the theatre (few movies do) but i would definitely watch it on bluray.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the least satisfying Stephenson titles i've listened to... second only to Diamond Age and perhaps some parts of the Baroque Cycle. If you enjoy tech and sci-fi, his better offerings include (as listed above) : Anathem, Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon. Don't know anything about J. Frederick George

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Odalisque: Book Three of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (302)

    The trials of Dr. Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one-hundred fold in an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities - as the beautiful and ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy kings.

    Evelyn says: "Great book"
    "End of the cycle for me..."
    Overall

    I'm a Stephenson fan, having thoroughly enjoyed Anathem, Crypotnomicon and Snow Crash (could not get through Diamond Age).

    Starting the Baroque Cycle, I thought Quicksilver was great, with a lot of focus on math, science and some religion and politics in a historical storytelling style. The second book, King of the Vagabonds disappointed me somewhat because it was a complete departure from the first - but still entertaining on a different level as an adventure story. The Confusion and Odalisque sort of bored me and i couldn't get through Odalisque. I agree with another reviewer about the female narrator being a bit melodramatic with the voice acting to the point where I couldn't stand the sections she read.

    I don't think i'll be continuing on the Baroque Cycle path unfortunately... it all got a bit too tedious for me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    This classic chiller, when adapted for radio in 1938 by Orson Welles, was realistic enough to cause widespread panic throughout the United States.

    W says: "Awesome Audio"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    Great narration of a great story. In short, this book chronicles the experiences of a man (and to some extent his brother) witnessing the arrival of hostile visitors from mars in the England of 100yrs ago. It's very entertaining to follow the main character around as he watches things go from bad to worse for mankind.
    It is a crime that the somewhat-recent Tom Cruz movie was allowed the same title. The movie and book share little. The complications of antique technology give the book's story an extra feeling of suspense and helplessness that is lost in a modern day translation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver, Ray Porter
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (157)

    For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

    David says: "Excellent book on tactics and strategy"
    "So disappointing"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this work. I got little out of it. I expected timeless truths and wisdom. I got things like : Don't attack when your men are tired, Don't camp with a river behind you....
    That is brilliant advice i suppose but nothing earth shattering.

    Perhaps it was the layout and delivery of the content. Tedious 'so-and-so from here-and-such translates what so-and-so says....' was too much for me after a while. Maybe in written form this is worth looking at but i don't feel it's worth a listen in audio format.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (442)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "excellent though depressing"
    Overall

    Great story. Very engaging to listen to the misdeeds of the main character and the consequences of his actions. But so depressing if you take it to heart - regardless of the final chapter which plops a cherry of hope on the steaming pile of dung that is human nature.

    Great narration. And an encore of a small piece of the book at the end - i believe by the writer? Ironically my copy of this audio book had a 'get kids into reading' message on it. I sincerely hope no young children get ahold of this piece.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Presence

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (102)

    In The Art of Presence, Eckhart guides you through seven hours of transformational insights that allow "presence to naturally arise" in you. With his one-of-a-kind instruction, you will learn how to ground yourself in the vibrancy of your "inner body" while simultaneously breaking free from the illusion of separation from the outside world.

    Lawrence says: "A Mature Piece"
    "complete nonsense"
    Overall

    I tried to be open minded, but everything this guy says sounds like nonsense to me. I did not learn how to relax or improve my sense of being or anything like that. However, i must admit his voice and speaking style is very relaxing and this book has helped me fall asleep - which is often tough for me. Perhaps a listen before bed may help you unwind but i doubt you will learn anything useful from this book.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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