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  • Logically Fallacious

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Bo Bennett
    • Narrated By Dean Wendt
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    This is a crash course in effective reasoning, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this audiobook is on logical fallacies, which, loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With every minute you listen, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions.

    Christopher Brown says: "the reader is too fast for my taste"
    "Dictionary or Yellow Pages more exciting"
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    Launched into dictionary-like definition, with dictionary-like examples.
    Could be enormously more useful with some kind of context, themes and WRITING to aid comprehension and learning... as opposed to merely listing. I can't imagine retaining any of this material, any more than I can imagine retaining a useful amount of information by reading the first two hundred pages of a dictionary. Sorry Mr. Bennett -- I can't even begin to see the point of "writing" a book in this manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days Gone Bad: Vesik, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Eric Asher
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I've faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and... damn, I need a vacation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Phenomenal Start to an AMAZING series!"
    "Effusive reviews not deserved"
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    Just don't get it. People VERY enthusiastic about this book (which is why I bought it). I found it uninteresting and banal. Not clever. Not funny. Not exciting. Not......

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rhesus Chart

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundry - the clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threats - Bob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on things best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to do - especially when those shadows hide an occult parasite spreading a deadly virus. Traders employed by a merchant bank in London are showing signs of infection.

    Ethan M. says: "The Laundry series returns to excellent form"
    "Hooray! Back to The Laundry!"
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    Yes, I can understand why some people said they didn't like it as much as the first one, and so on. But it's still a good yarn. And Gideon Emery is great. Sounds more like it IS Bob Howard, rather than a narrator. I used to be a science fiction fiend when I was young. These days, I have great difficulty finding a worthwhile story and am considering just giving up on the genre. From that disappointed background, I have enjoyed this series, and hope there will be more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Schild's Ladder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Greg Egan
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Age of Death ended countless millennia ago. No longer burdened by limited lifespans, the immortal humans who populate inhabited space now have the luxury to travel vast distances effortlessly and to tinker with the intricate mechanics of space time. But one such experiment in quantum physics has had a catastrophic and unanticipated result, creating an enormous, rapidly expanding vacuum - a region of new physics - with the frightening potential to devour countless inhabited solar systems.

    Michael says: "Prerequisite: PHYS 201"
    "Hard science fiction - no kiddin'"
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    Greg Eagan is a programmer, but he sure could fool me into thinking he's a theoretical physicist. Really enjoyed the science.

    Was looking forward to listening to more of his books. The ones I'm especially interested in are narrated by Adam Epstein. Mr. Epstein has received some very negative reviews. But I REALLY wanted to listed to those books. I thought, "Well he may not be great, but it can't be so bad that I'd not enjoy the book." Listened to samples. He was WORSE than the reviews. (Sorry, Mr. Epstein.) I couldn't even get through the sample, never mind a book! Terrible. I simply cannot buy those other books. I strongly suggest you don't, either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Incrementalists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Brust, Skyler White
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Almost Speechless"
    "Harlequin Romance"
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    Barbara wrote in her review, "... maybe I'm showing my ignorance, but I just didn't get it at all."
    I don't think so Barbara. I think you didn't get it because there's nothing to get. This is a case of the Emperor's new clothes.

    I've never read a Harlequin Romance, but I think it's a pretty widespread cliché. Well, this, to me, is like that image I have of a Harlequin Romance... pretty empty, melodramatic emotions for (apparently) no good reason, all set on a somewhat science fiction background that never is well developed. And for people whose personalities have been around for hundreds or thousands of years, they are an amazingly banal bunch.

    Kept hoping it would get better. Never did. Finally just stopped listening.

    The narrators were acceptable. Not astounding, but decent. Wouldn't avoid a book read by either. Will avoid books by both authors.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1520)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Sound quality is terrible"
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    Todd McLaren is fine as a narrator. The sound QUALITY is poor -- like he was recorded in someone's kitchen. There is a background noise not heard on the sample, like some kind of cheap recorder is being used. Sound cuts and starts with each short section. Quite distracting and irritating. I only listened for about ten minutes. Will be returning for credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Dylan says: "Avoid the abridged version"
    "Excellent - for an abridged version"
    Overall

    Fascinating summary of the topic. I would like to have bought the unabridged version, but (sorry, Mr. Pritchard) I agree that the narrator's voice is more than reminiscent of a 1950s educational documentary or newsreel. This is a worthwhile alternative.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6854)
    Performance
    (2665)
    Story
    (2674)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Fantastic Overview"
    Overall

    ... But not shallow. If you could remember the whole book, you'd have material for many, many dinner party conversations to come! But seriously; fascinating and. absorbing. From the wide view of the development of the universe and how it works to recent individual experiments in cosmology, geology, biology, chemistry and more. It really is a short history of nearly everything scientific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ophiuchi Hotline

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Varley
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    The invaders came in 2050...they did not kill anyone outright. They said they came on behalf of the intelligent species of Earth - dolphins and whales. The invaders quietly destroyed every evidence of technology, then peacefully departed, leaving behind plowed ground and sprouting seeds. In the next two years, 10 billion humans starved to death.

    Nigel says: "My Favorite Science Fiction Author"
    "Listened for nearly half an hour"
    Overall

    ...and couldn't take any more. The narrator seems to being taking inspiration from the rhythms and intonations of Laurie Anderson's performance-art spoken songs --- pitch rising in abnormal places for no linguistic reason. Great when it's performance art: irritating and overbearing when imposed on a novel. Any other book by this narrator is an automatic "No" for me.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Al Ries, Jack Trout
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (64)

    The first book to deal with the problems of communicating to a skeptical, media-blitzed public, Positioning describes a revolutionary approach to creating a "position" in a prospective customer's mind, one that reflects a company's own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of its competitors.

    Joseph says: "Great stuff ... if it was 1975"
    "SO disappointed!"
    Overall

    I expected great things from the famous Ries and Trout. Yes, the concept of positioning is profound and centrally important. Thanks guys. But the book is very disappointing. Much talk about big corporations... "You've got to be first in your sector and you must capture #1. Or if you are #2, here's how to position yourself in relation to #1." The stories were interesting at first, but I got a bit tired of listening to the triumphs and sorrows of the Fortune 100. Not very applicable to our business or our clients.

    One might think maybe there's nothing to say once the concept is articulated, but I don't believe it. I am sure many profound lessons for small and medium business could be given. It is sad they aren't.

    Or one might propose the examples of the Fortune 100 apply to everyone. But they don't. If you can't be national on international #1 or 2, there are going to be many differences in how one thinks about and uses positioning. Who better to get those lessons from?

    So, sirs, got time for an updated version? Positioning from 2009 on, and for all the businesses that can't be #1 or 2?






    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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