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Dominic

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (787)

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Doug says: "Compelling pre-history and emergent history"
    "Insanely boring due to no compelling narrative"
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    What would have made Guns, Germs and Steel better?

    A compelling narrative running through the story, holding it together. It just felt like a list of tribes and countries, foods, and animals. I could barely pay attention for longer than a few minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am usually a huge fan of these kind of books. I love History, but I couldn't even bring myself to finish the last bit of this book. It was insanely boring. There was not enough of a compelling narrative running through it, holding it together. It just felt like a list of tribes and countries, foods, and animals. I could barely pay attention for longer than a few minutes.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11672)
    Performance
    (10883)
    Story
    (10892)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Now one of my favorite books!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    Wil Wheaton did such an awesome job! This is my favorite audio book performance so far.


    Any additional comments?

    This books is SO good. I absolutely loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11975)
    Performance
    (10372)
    Story
    (10349)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Highly recommend"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I would enjoy them both.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thoroughly enjoyed learning about how Apple become the Apple we know today. It made me look at all my Apple devices in a different light.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved his readings of the quotes, especially the more heated ones. He brought a little extra "oomph" to some of those swears.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I listened to it in 9 days, but I didn't have any specific goal.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a phenomenal read. Well written, unbelievably interesting, and entertaining. Learning how Apple became the Apple we know today was so fascinating and enlightening. I certainly look at all my Apple products differently. I definitely recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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