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Ziloni

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  • The Greatest Speeches of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Joan of Arc, Winston Churchill, Susan B. Anthony, and others
    • Narrated By David Birney, Loretta Swit
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    More than 40 speeches - considered among the greatest of all time - comprise this marvelous collection. All the works you'll hear are unabridged, and the most contemporary are live recordings. Included are speeches by Susan B. Anthony, Joan of Arc, Winston Churchill, Jefferson Davis, Amelia Earhart, and John F. Kennedy.

    A User says: "Choices and Reality"
    "Not the greatest, maybe the most historical"
    Overall

    Should have been titled "The most historical speeches". Many of them had great historical significance, but were not very moving as speeches.

    Also many are narrated. Some of the narrators use good delivery - however others read like they are narrating a non fiction book. Much of a speech is the delivery, and the delivery is COMPLETELY lost on many if not most of the narrated ones.

    77 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (526)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Interesting and eye opening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    Really eye opening about the Randy Weaver family. The others were extremists, but even Ronson agrees that the Weavers really weren't that whacko and puts their story in a real context.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Suck at Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (304)

    Fans of the #1 bests eller Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halpern's dad as it crackles through this hysterical new audiobook. The story begins when Justin announces that he's decided to propose to his girlfriend. "You've been dating her for four years," his dad replies. "It ain't like you found a parallel fucking universe."

    Jay says: "Funny but nowhere like the the first book."
    "Didn't find it interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Justin Halpern and/or Sean Schemmel?

    No.


    Would you recommend I Suck at Girls to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I just didnt find it interesting. The narrator was fine and I cant say I was bored to death, but it just didnt seem like anything in there was really worthy of a book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems (Unabridged)

    • NONE (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    The world is a mess. It seems that everywhere listeners turn, there's another problem. What is needed now are solutions. If only there was a man who could simplify things, cut through the rhetoric, and fix everything. Then, if he was just able to put all of that insight into something that people could buy...in a store and online...man, that would great. Wait a minute!

    Sheila says: "Funny & Thought Provoking"
    "Not even close"
    Overall

    A book full of rants based on the authors view, some of which are ill informed, others which are highly personal and only applicable to his situation.

    The Global warming section was downright good, but the rest of the book was not even close.

    Next he jumps to marriage, and thinks every marriage is like his. Then switches to advice for teenagers, as if this is a big book for teenagers. But this brings up another point - He doesnt seem to know who his audience is. The book is full of preaching but without credentials, and he changes who he preaches to. Fathers, Teenagers, Environmentalists.. who is this book written for?

    The description is horribly inaccurate...
    "The world is a mess. It seems that everywhere listeners turn, there's another problem"

    He doesnt discuss the world's problems. Except for the chapter on global warming, all the issues are squarely American issues. Readers outside the US will be left confused, and bored.

    "If only there was a man who could simplify things, cut through the rhetoric, and fix everything."

    Author does none of that. States an American problem, then his opinion on it after he first rants, then preaches.

    Start next chapter, repeat for a different topic and different audience.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast of Champions

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    Breakfast of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.

    Glenn says: "My favorite Vonnegut book"
    "Blabber, blabber"
    Overall

    Im sure Ill be told I just "dont get it", but I dont. I understand what Kurt was saying, but the book was so horribly boring and disconnected. It sounded like the transcript of a heavily sedated crash victim's dream.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3074)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1076)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Worth a read"
    Overall

    Not the Davinci code, but still entertaining

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Communism [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Richard Pipes
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    From the acclaimed Modern Library Chronicles comes an exploration of a promising theory that when put to practice wreaked havoc on the world. An expert on communism, Richard Pipes follows the history of the Soviet Union from the 1917 revolution to the Cold War, and finally, to its deterioration and collapse.

    Edward says: "Right on the Money"
    "Informative"
    Overall

    Quite informative. A bit slow in a few spots, and I felt a bit missing in others.

    But overall it is informative and worth a read.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Breakpoint

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The global village: an intricately intertwined network of technology that binds together the world's economies, governments, and communication systems. So large, so vital, and so fragile. Now a sophisticated group is seeking to "disconnect the globe" by destroying computer grids, communications satellites, Internet cable centers, and biotech firms. Hard to do? If only that were so.

    Edwin says: "Interesting but no cigar"
    "Plot idea good, compsci bad"
    Overall

    I understand the authors intent, and the book had a decent plot line. But much of the speculation around the computer science is very bad and for someone from such a background, it ruins theh book horribly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "Very bad - horrible science, weak characters"
    Overall

    The story was weak. Characters were week, and the science was weak. Books and hollywood often screw up computers and science, but this one was horribly bad regarding computers and science. Anyone who understand science alone will see huge gaping holes in the science aspects.

    Skip this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Blind Mice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    Detective Alex Cross returns in his most harrowing case yet - one that risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most ruthless killers they have ever encountered - and their even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross' most terrifying challenge ever.

    James says: "Another Knock At the Door"
    "Disapoiting, meaningless sex scenes and more"
    Overall

    Very disappointing. Meaningless plot additions, including two descriptive sex scenes and other twist. Many parts of the book could have been completely removed and not changed the story at all. Maybe it was written to be a movie script and not a book?

    All this aside, the book was rather boring as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In-Flight Turkish: Learn Before You Land

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Living Language
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Wondering how to make use of all that spare time on the plane while you're flying to Istanbul or Ankara? Between your in-flight meal and your in-flight movie, try some In-Flight Turkish! This 60-minute program is the simplest way to learn just enough Turkish to get through anything you'll run into, whether you're traveling for business or for pleasure. Short lessons make In-Flight Turkish easy to use.

    Ziloni says: "The worst language book I've ever encountered"
    "The worst language book I've ever encountered"
    Overall

    I have a territory of 85 countries and so I have a lot of language books. I am however based in Turkey but am an expat so I gave this one a try. It is horrible, its almost like someone who knows nothing about language books picked up a few Turkish words and a mircrophone. What makes it so bad? Well for starters they speak in English SLOWER than they do in Turkish. They speak English at a slightly slower than normal speaking pace, but then when the revert to Turkish they speak as fast as they can making it nearly impossible for newbies (I know a bit of Turkish and its difficult for me!) to hear the proper pronounciations. At best you could recognize it again when someone else says it, but after this book there is absolutely no hope of speaking yourself and having anyone understand anything you say. You'll have a better chance speaking English, and English is not widespread in Turkey.

    To make it worse, they don't pause between Turkish words so the listener has no idea what is a phrase and what is a word. The words are not repeated but simply thrown at you.

    Within the first five minutes they have already progressed to full sentences, again with no pausing between words or slowing down. In fact I find in this book the Turkish is spoken at a rate faster than they Turks themselves speak in public!

    Horrible stuff - too bad Pimsler Turkish does not appear to be on audible, the Pimsler language books are excellent.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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