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Christopher

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 103 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    "Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales continue to exert the same pull over the imagination and emotions as they did when he first read them to his children in the 1880s. Written with inspired poetic intensity and sudden flowerings of the matchless wit for which he is so well remembered, the stories combine the wisdom of parables with the impact of drama."

    Jennifer says: "Unexpected"
    "An excellent listen"
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    It's always special to listen to Stephen Fry read. It's extra special when he reads something that he himself loves and he loves Oscar Wilde.

    This is a collection of very entertaining children stories. I'm not sure if we would consider these 'children stories' today but like Grimm's fairy tales they were at least intended to be for children when they were written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (638)

    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "OWWWW!"
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    This book made brain hurt more bad!!

    This is a very interesting book, I've listened to it twice and got so much more out of it the second time but I know that there's just a bucket load that I still missed. Someday soon I'll give it a third listen.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (296)

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "Not his finest work but ..."
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    I'm a bonafide Douglas Adams fan. I've read everything I could find that he wrote, I've listened to all the dramatizations that the BBC did for H2G2 and I played his computer game and watched his talks on Youtube.

    That being said I'm sad to have to write that this book "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" was not his finest effort. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, just not up to his snuff. Normally he ties up all the loose ends quite neatly and quite imaginatively but here I felt that there was a bit that wasn't quite finished. If I was to guess I would say that he was rushed to finish the book and just didn't have the time to polish it to his usual high luster.

    Douglas reads this and he reads it wonderfully. His tone, inflections and rhythm makes the story so wonderful to listen to that I found myself sitting in my car lost to where I was and just listening to him read. Quite wonderfully hypnotic.

    If you a Douglas Adams fan you'll HAVE to listen to this because ... well ... you know why, but if you're new to Douglas' work then you might want to skip this and listen to either "The Hitchhikers Guide ... " or "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By James Frain
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention - a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole... as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society. More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this is a perfect classic novel,

    Tad Davis says: "Anthony Bonner!!"
    "Written for those with scientific minds"
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    I've heard so often how Jules Verne's writing inspired so many people to go into science and engineering and I now know why I've always hated science and engineering.

    I found this book to be so tedious that I couldn't finish listening to it. Every single time a new discovery is made he goes on for pages describing the family, genus, sub-genus, related genus, genus that have no relation but are similarly spelled and so on and so on and so on. Ugh!

    The characters are so two dimensional as to almost make one think that Verne must have written it like that was on purpose. Nemo never reacts any other way than cold, distant and unfazed.

    The best word to describe this book is 'monotonous'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (724)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "It's official, I'm an idiot"
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    I think it's safe to say that I found myself park in my car, sitting with the door ajar, still listening to this book more than any other book I've listened to. The format is very simple and it's conveyed in such a way that laypeople like me can feel smart for understanding it's complexity. [cute play on words huh?]

    It's an amazing book of self deprecation, of laughing at yourself as you drive because you do the exact same thing the book is describing, word for word and you did it just this morning and you thought you were so clever when you did it. The man who reads it does a superb job and is just as effective as hooking you as the book itself.

    It's also a real and serious help if you at all interested in working on yourself in a way that isn't something touchy feely and an even better way to understand and gain empathy about all of us and why we do the stupid s**t we do.

    You can listen to this book in the same way you watch "How do They Make That" documentaries on the Science Channel and get some great information out of it and/or as a book that can help you identify deeper thought issues you might have.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2926)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Fun listen"
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    It's not Faulkner or Hemingway, but it's very very entertaining and worth the credit. It's funny to think that it's read by Wesley Crusher. He does a great job BTW

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nina W. Brown
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child's growth and development. But what happens when this isn't the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder.

    sarah says: "content good"
    "Good info but ..."
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    This book could have been so much better if the woman who read it didn't read like. Every. Word. Is. It's. Own. Sentence. And. Over. Enunciate. Every. Single. Syllable. And. Inflection.

    Her reading is so annoying that I could only listen to this book in small doses. However, there is good information within ... just buy the print version.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1052)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Meh"
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    Not my favorite Christopher More book, it was just a little too slap stick and a bit too silly for my taste.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1443)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Spectacular!"
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    What an incredible listen. Everything I could say about this book has already been said and the only negative I have to say is that Christopher's voice is just low enough to be difficult to hear over the traffic so take the bass down on your stereo to compensate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott Belsky
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community.

    Amy says: "Great book. Great plan. Needs more Belsky."
    "Absolutely awful"
    Overall

    I actually can't write a review of the actual contents of this book because the computer reading it was so f***ing annoying that I just couldn't take it. I listen for at least 2 hours and got nothing out of it because the inflections, emphasis and lilt of the voice is just wrong enough that I found myself trying to interpret what it was trying to say and once you start concentrating on the details like this, the message is lost. It droned in my ear in a tone akin to fingernails on a black board and I found myself repeating a new manta ... 'you gotta be kidding me! you gotta be kidding me!'

    All kidding aside, this reading is bad, really bad. So much so that I honestly believe it verges on fraudulent. There should be a warning somewhere stating "THIS BOOK IS NOT READ BY A HUMAN". This was the first, and last book I'll buy from Audible until I see warnings like that because I don't want to take a chance and waste my money on another book as horrible as this one.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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