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Christopher

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  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (479)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "Narrator is TERRIBLE"
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    The information in the book is interesting. Great stuff, especially for an expectant parent. But the narrator is so painfully bad that I'm having difficulty finishing the book. To illustrate its points the book is filled with quotes from new parents, and when reading these the narrator over-emotes like a ham actor. It's so uncomfortable to listen to that I have to stop. I keep coming back because the information is interesting, but I can't listen to more than a few minutes at a time. My advice is to avoid this audio book. Either read the written work or choose one if the many other audio books on child development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5618)
    Performance
    (2918)
    Story
    (2978)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "A Sci-Fi Classic, Somewhat Annoying Narration"
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    The book is a widely acknowledged classic. It's full of great scenes, engaging characters and interesting future-technology. However, I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5 because because the central premise is weak. What's worse is that there's a LOT of exposition, especially in the second 1/2 of the book, attempting to support the implausible central premise, and it really slows things down. Nevertheless it's a great book and a must-read for sci-fi fans.

    It may just be my personal taste, but I found the narrator annoying to the point that it made it hard for me to appreciate the book itself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (516)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "Bad Book, Annoying Narrator"
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    I've read all of Tom Clancy's previous novels up to Rainbow Six and really enjoyed them. For me the great thing about the books was the plausible political situations combined with realistic descriptions of high-tech military hardware and tactics. This book fails at every level. The premise is not only implausible, but it's so politically extreme and immoral that even a fairly conservative reader such as myself couldn't really root for the supposed heroes. The only high-tech in the book is an assassination weapon that 1) isn't really that high-tech 2) would almost certainly not work as described 3) seems like the kind of cheesy gimmick you would expect in an old James Bond movie. Finally, although others may feel differently, I found the narrator mildly annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3391)
    Performance
    (3104)
    Story
    (3129)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Best Narration I've Heard"
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    The story is an acknowledged classic of American literature. The surprise for me was Jake Gyllenhaal. He does a really great job. He stands out for me as the best narrator of the 50 or so audiobooks I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Weinberg
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel prize-winning physicist explains to general readers what happened when the Universe began, and how we know.

    Gregory says: "Strong and Compelling Story"
    "The Narrator Mispronounces Words!"
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    The narrator mispronounces the words 'tritium' and 'spectroscopy'. What if you didn't recognize this? After taking the time to enrich yourself by listening to this book, if you ever tried to speak about what you'd heard you'd sound like an idiot! There's no excuse for this.

    As for the book itself, I found it interesting, but despite having a B.S. in biology I found some of the concepts difficult to follow. On the flip side the author can be annoyingly condescending. For instance, he won't call any number larger than a million by its' proper name. Is it really simpler to say 'a thousand, thousand million' than to say a trillion?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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