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Leander, TX United States | Member Since 2010

  • 9 reviews
  • 78 ratings
  • 313 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

    Gordon Lamb says: "Interesting Content, Irritating Reader"
    "Very disapointing"

    Not only redundant with itself, if you have listened to his other 2 books (which I liked) you will hear a lot of the same info. In this book he seems to have pieced together a vision of the future from a few movies and builds a rationalization to show how it will happen. In some cases the basic premise seems just wrong. For example he thinks telecommuting will never catch on because people only feel comfortable with in person contact. Seriously? Must be why social networking sites are doing so poorly. Not to mention companies are already starting to figure out the economic advantages to having phone and tech workers working from home. So even if employees want to work from an office it might not be the norm much longer. Or the contradiction of maintenance robots will always be too stupid to do repairs unmonitored while at the same time your car drives itself and your AI can be the perfect assistant. We are talking Eureka's S.A.R.A.H. here. I could make many more examples but I think I've made my point.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Andrew Sachs, and others

    Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

    Bradley says: "Amazingly Absurd"
    "If you liked the HHGttG movie ..."
    What disappointed you about Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)?

    In much the same way as the HHGttG movie they pulled in bits from the other Dirk Genty book for no apparent reason. In several places you get the impression you are listening to a video struggling to figure out what a noise is or what they are talking about. In other places characters are given odd bits of dialog to avoid using a narrator.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The original story is a classic must read. Note listening to the lost Doctor Who episode Shada will give you a LOT of back story on the professor. That is what prompted me this, the longest version available here.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    There isn't one. Having one would have helped. Actors were good.

    What character would you cut from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)?

    Miss Pierce who is really from the second book.

    Any additional comments?

    The bits in this version that are not in the abridged versions here seem to bit all pulled from the second book which are mainly lost on anyone that has not already read the second book (Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul). Get the unabridged if it ever comes available but till then stick with the abridged version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "Real world examples of the butterfly effect."
    If you could sum up 1493 in three words, what would they be?

    Everything is connected

    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1493?

    Trying to increase potato harvests was probably the very thing that caused the famine.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When most farmers decided to grow tobacco instead of food.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The day everything changed.

    Any additional comments?

    Basically this book shows how the smallest changes can lead to world altering consequences. As in accidentally bringing Malaria to the Americas lead to slavery of mainly Africans and why only in the south. It also shows that short term solutions are often the worst option in the long run. It shows how actual events in our past have lead to where we are today and some of the challenges they have left us with. No matter your field there is something in this book that touches on it and will make you look outside your field for factors you make have not considered before.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "There is no bad Discworld novel but"

    There is a feeling running through this story of tiding up loose ends that constantly reminds you that this series as well as others by Terry Pratchett are coming to an end. It is fully understandable under the circumstances but it does add a thread of sadness to an otherwise delightful book. If you are considering this as your first Discworld novel I would suggest you at least read/listen to the other witch novels of the series (Equal Rites is first book) first to get the many references to past events / inside jokes. Though I would highly recommend starting with the first book (The Colour of Magic) and if you like it then glide your way through all 38 books of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Thomas says: "Amateur hour in the production booth"
    "Required reading"

    This book should probably be bundled with every school American history text book just to balance things out. It contains all the things left out of the main stream texts. As such you may think it is somewhat biased but the point here is to reveal the left out bits of most history texts than to present a "balanced view". Unlike many other texts the author is quite up front about this. If you think you know American history quite well you will probably find many new things in this volume. Conservatives too can benefit from this book. For example Tea partiers can find out that they really are like our founding fathers in many ways though probably not in the ones they think.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"

    It has almost no relation to the movie but makes some very interesting points in its own right. In some ways I like it even better than the movie. There is a whole subplot in the book about people needing to care for the remaining animals on the planet only alluded to in the movie with the one line asking if the owl is real. In the book people that cannot afford real animals to take of get electric ones to keep face with the neighbors. The commentary on this and how culty people can be might turn some off but I thought it made the story more relevant to the real world.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation and Empire, Book 2, Part 1

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant

    Foundation and Empire, the second in the series, charts the struggles of two mighty forces of civilization who oppose each other in a galactic battle for mastery of the universe. By science and will, the Foundation has so far managed to survive and even gain control of a small federation of planets. However, it has greater enemies to face and finds itself caught between the decaying but still all powerful Empire and the rising forces of the mule - a powerful and talented mutant.

    Narses Barona says: "Very Disappointing and Misleading"
    "This book is damaged plain and simple."

    Part 1 is the first quarter of the book for the first half and then sounds effects for the rest of the file.
    Part 2 is the second quarter of the book for the first half and then sounds effects for the rest of the file.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael York

    Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."

    Thomas says: "Stephen Hawking - what more is there to say?"
    "Too simplistic for most people."

    He does not even get to String theory till the last 30 minutes and never gets to M-theory. If you have even a rough idea of what String theory is this book is too simple for you. You will be happier listening to " Parallel Worlds"

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Colorado Kid: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself.

    Dammschippee says: "Gotcha!"
    "Not a story as such."

    First if you are looking at this because the new TV show Haven says it's based on it then you should know only a couple of characters were LOOSELY based on characters in this book. This book gives you no back story to the show.

    Second this is more of a commentary about the difference between stories and true mysteries. As they often mention in this book, this story has no plot or "through line" as they put it. I would not say the book is bad but if you are looking for a "story" then keep looking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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