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David

Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.

PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2947)
    Performance
    (2118)
    Story
    (2126)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "I want to quit my job and work for Google"
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    What made the experience of listening to In the Plex the most enjoyable?

    The story s complex, and the timelines of different chapters overlap, but Levy stayed on topic while keeping the story in order. We get insight into the people, machines, ideas, and principles that make for a one of a kind complex organization.


    What other book might you compare In the Plex to and why?

    Outliers. The whole company is an extrodinary example of what exceptional people can do when they work hard and get lucky.


    Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

    He does no characters, just reads the story. But he does a great job at that.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter on China. The company prided itself on is morals which up that point were pretty easy to follow. They had to change from "Don't be evil" to pickiing the most beneficial choice. As the chapter unfolds this balancing act get more and more complicated.


    Any additional comments?

    If anyone at Google reads this and wants to hire a trauma surgeon, please call...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (557)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "Good story, great storyteller"
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    What did you love best about Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    The narrator. David Hyde Pierce tells a crazy story in a most believable fashion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a funny outsiders view of the foibles of our own societies. Few books can pull this off in fiction.


    Have you listened to any of David Hyde Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sorry, this is the first I've listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conclusion when the narrator gets home to England and reflects on all his journeys and how he sees his journeys differently than his countrymen would.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a classic story and David Hyde Pierce tells it masterfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1221)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "It is a classic and part of American literature"
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    If you could sum up Roots in three words, what would they be?

    Summing up a 30 hour book in 3 words: comprehensive, classic, epic.


    What other book might you compare Roots to and why?

    Uncle Tom's Cabin. Same setting, but more background and complete.


    Which character – as performed by Avery Brooks – was your favorite?

    Kunta. The opening chapters set up a singular character who sets the tone of the story to come.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Haley's trip to Africa to hear the confirmation and retelling of the tale that his family has passed down in its own line. This bring the story fully into reality and makes one accept the gravity of what he has heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure it's long, but it does not slow down or linger. Don't rely on the TV version to know the whole story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1152)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Not all toilet humor, but not all encompassing"
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    Would you listen to Gulp again? Why?

    No. Plenty of funny anecdotes, but nothing life changing here.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was amazed at how many people have died of constipation. Wow!
    We seem to skip from upper tract straight to lower while skipping the small intestines, the longest part, completely.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Woo Zeller – was your favorite?

    Was unaware there were characters other than the author.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I giggled or chortled a bit. Nothing stomach turning though.


    Any additional comments?

    A decent buy for a book on sale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (959)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Nancy says: "Only if you don't listen to the podcast....."
    "Good, but short."
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    Where does Think Like a Freak rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is on par with the other Freakonomics books. Different slant, but still as good. Data oriented and insightful.


    What other book might you compare Think Like a Freak to and why?

    It is on par with the other Freakonomics books. Different slant, but still as good. Data oriented and insightful.


    What about Stephen J. Dubner’s performance did you like?

    It's his maerial, so he goes through it well.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Don't try to convince people who don't want to be convinced.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is pretty short. The last few chapter are actually old podcas episodes, some of which I've already heard, so it was a let down to finish so early.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (146)

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "I am not encouraged"
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    What did you like best about Idiot America? What did you like least?

    We actually get a historical look at the dumbing down of America. How certain trends started and grew way out of control.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charles P. Pierce before, how does this one compare?

    Have not read any others.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard any of his other performances, but this wwas nice. Just the right amount of sarcasm and condescension.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This is the prequel to Idiocracy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1665)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "More elaborate and interesting than the movie"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of John Dies at the End to be better than the print version?

    I don't know about the print version, but compared to the movie it was better and worse in some ways. The movie contains about half the plot line, but it's more dramatic. IF you liked the movie you won't be disappointed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Dies at the End?

    It wasn't John dying at the end.


    What does Stephen R. Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings some tempo and suspence. He narrates from one character's point of view and does that charater's impression of the other people. Nice.


    If you could rename John Dies at the End, what would you call it?

    How can you rename the book? Otherwise you won't be expecting John to die at the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (405)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Robert says: "A stats audio that I could finish"
    "Statistics: not stripped down, but made simple"
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    Would you try another book from Charles Wheelan and/or Jonathan Davis?

    No. This book was too remedial. If he covered a topic that I had NO basis for understanding I might consider it.


    Has Naked Statistics turned you off from other books in this genre?

    On the contrary, I love books about statistics, math, social economics. This book summarized my old high school statists lectures, nothing more.
    If someone has NO understanding of basic statistics this wold be a great place to start, but if you are already a fan of he genre it seems redundant.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any other performances by this narrator, so no comparision possible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I was hoping for eithre more advanced statistics made simple or applied statistics. There was too mch basic math.


    Any additional comments?

    If someone has NO understanding of basic statistics this wold be a great place to start, but if you are already a fan of he genre it seems redundant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2981)
    Performance
    (2693)
    Story
    (2684)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Lacking in substance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is an anecdotal retelling of the experiences of an outstanding soldier. Despite his military accomplishments and unique standing he offers little insight or introspection regarding his singular actions.


    What could Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was dissapointed that someone with such a career has most of it boiled down to "God bless America!"


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    Chris Kyle is from rural Texas, and this is how it was narrated. Accurate, but did not make it sound any more intellectual.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Chris has some interesting stories from his time in Iraq.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a military biography, I recommend Inside Delta Force well above this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (154)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "This wasn't the movie, it's political propoganda."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. this is classic American literature about a different time and different ideas.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Too much political stuff. still, it's a classic, but no wonder Hollywood left out all the socialism in the movie.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well picked voice for this book


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see it. The movie is only loosely based on the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the Jungle instead

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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