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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's mazes and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes and the stuff of nightmares.

    A User says: "A Great Classic Come to Life"
    "Amazing style!"
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    Where does Something Wicked This Way Comes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was maybe the best audiobook I've ever listened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Wicked This Way Comes?

    I found this book very intense. The author is tireless in his long, metaphoric descriptions, but with an enjoyable, delightful fluidity. I found his style addicting. His depicting of different ages are archetypal, but he expresses them beautifully.


    What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is great! All the characters' voices are really good. The best ones, in my opinion, are Mr. Dark's subtly sinister voice and Will's Dad's grave voice. They matched perfectly.


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

    Will and his father climbing together the rungs leading to Will's window was really intense. Father and son reconciling and having a deep conversation without saying a single word. Beautiful!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas, and others
    • Narrated By Denice Stradling
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Praised by Newsweek as a "compelling read" and Library Journal as "accessible and down-to-earth", Dale McGowan’s Parenting Beyond Belief offered freethinking parents everywhere a compassionate introduction to raising caring, ethical children without religious guidance. Now, for the more than 40 million people in the United States who identify themselves as nonreligious, Raising Freethinkers offers solutions to the unique challenges secular parents face and provides specific answers to common questions, as well as over 100 activities for both parents and their children.

    Richard Nielsen says: "There has got to be a better way !"
    "Great book, but a bit confusing in audio"
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    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook stresses the importance of knowing the difference between religion knowledge and endoctrination. Atheists, agnostics, deists and even the less strict theists will find good advices on how to bring up a child without religion prejudices, that is, without seeing anything special about any religion, but at the same time respecting the believers as human beings. But as the author points out, respecting other people doesn't mean inconditional respect for their ideas, because ideas must earn one's respect.

    It was a good listen, but I found it confusing sometimes. Since the book has many quotations and comments of other people's thoughts and works, it is difficult to follow who is being cited. The narrator's voice is great, but she might have explored more intonation changes to stress more clearly who is speaking at any given moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (335)

    Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

    Michael says: "Pretty light stuff on Big Data"
    "Good introduction to Big Data"
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    What made the experience of listening to Big Data the most enjoyable?

    The real examples of Big Data application are very interesting. More and more data is being collected on all levels of our daily lives, and the computational power to process it increases consistently. The possibilities in the future are beyond our imagination today.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Data?

    The example of Google managing to foretell epidemics in almost real time based on search terms is awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    As computers get more and more powerful, we will be able to use Big Data techniques to do amazing things, even at personal level. Imagine a personal assistant (like a smartphone) that "knows" what you're doing and anticipates your next moves based on data about your life it collects, privately, in real time. For example, you're talking about a possible trip to your wife and it tells you the best dates based on price, possibility of being away from work or school, weather forecast, availability of someone to take care of your dog, estimated availability of money at the time of the trip, etc. All in real time and without explicitly asking. You just need to say "book it!" at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (913)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Uplifting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Better Angels of Our Nature to be better than the print version?

    A good thing about the print edition is the pictures and charts. But the audio edition is excellent nonetheless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, there aren't exactly characters in this book. But I think Yahweh (God) with his genocidal spree, and Lancelot with his killing spree, deserve to be mentioned.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    His voice is very clear and sober. He sounds like an experienced scholar. It matches the style of the book very well.


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

    I got some: there is no pattern in the temporal distribution of wars; every single form of human killing has systematically decreased (although we can't guarantee that for the future); economic relationships, democracy and information access were fundamental to decrease violence in the past and still are.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is really long, but it is worth every minute! Pinker explores many interesting topics to approach violence. As a scientist, he not only provides the evidence but also criticises his own conclusions. And, to top it all off, he provides great references for further reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (995)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Not exactly science fiction"
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    Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Tim Curry?

    Probably yes.


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

    I would have made the explorer's goals more practical, like exploring some miles into the crust. The way the story goes, a "scientist" is convinced that his expedition could descend thousands of miles into the planet and then come back, on foot and carrying only some pounds of dried meat and crackers as provisions. That's better described as fantasy, not science fiction.


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

    No. The performance was OK. I hope to enjoy it more the next time, with a better story.


    Could you see Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe, but it should be a fantasy story with kids, because the basis is too silly to involve adults, let alone scientists.


    Any additional comments?

    Those who listen to this audiobook expecting a science fiction story will be disappointed. But it is a good fantasy story, specially if you assume that the professor is delusional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (1924)
    Story
    (1913)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Fantastic"
    "Great story, great performance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure! Besides being a beautiful story, it's lots of fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is eternal and fun for all ages.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Anne Hathaway's performance was delightful! She can do many different, convincing voices. Her Scarecrow is really funny!


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

    A memorable passage to me involved the philosophical views of the Tin Man. He explained how he tried to be kind to all living ceatures, since he didn't have a heart to judge when not to be kind. Beautiful!


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook makes a great bedtime story. My 5 year old daughter listened to it twice, 10 minutes a night, and simply loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (248)

    In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

    rebekah says: "Good premise, but reads like a text book"
    "Solid book about the nature of language"
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    If you could sum up The Language Instinct in three words, what would they be?

    Darwin wins again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Steven Pinker explains very clearly the theory of human language as a biological adaptation. And he teaches you a lot of related subjects along the way.

    The way Pinker conveys knowledge to the layperson and the specialist at the same time reminds me of Carl Sagan. Pinker's book is very well written and makes you want to read more and more about the subjects involving human language. In contrast, I was reading one of Terrence Deacon's books about language and got stuck with his tiresome writing.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    About the narrator, this was the second book I listened with Arthur Morey. Like in "The Better Angels of our Nature" his performance was flawless.


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

    Yes, but it's 19 hours of audio!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book for the lovers of linguistics. And an excellent opportunity for those interested in knowing more about this subject without getting bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Pronunciation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Living Language
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Are you looking to improve your English pronunciation or the way that your English sounds to others? No matter what your level of English is - or if you are simply trying to lessen a strong regional accent - this program will help you sound more natural and communicate with greater ease and confidence.

    Ozren Bogovac says: "This is incomplete without reference material"
    "Great for English students"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who needs to improve their listening and articulation in American English.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Easy Pronunciation?

    As a foreigner, it was very instructive to know how the function words are almost neglected and have no stress in spoken American English. It gave me a different perspective on the rhythm of the language.


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

    No.


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

    I don't think this question applies here.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book for intermediate to advanced English students or fluent speakers. They don't provide the corresponding textbook, although they refer to it. I didn't need it, but many students probably would.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    “One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Kafka-esque terrific"
    "Depressing, but good book"
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    Would you listen to The Metamorphosis again? Why?

    Yes, because it is always good to read about human nature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Gregor Samsa. All the others are more disgusting than the creature he becomes.


    Did Ralph Cosham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This was the second book I heard with this narrator. I didn't like him very much. It's a matter of taste, but I didn't like his voice and his interpretations. He sounded rather monotonous.


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

    Well, I felt a bit disgusted throughout the book, and a bit depressed with the end. All in all it was a very good book. It makes you think about life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about a human being who lived among verminous creatures. When he becomes a nasty bug like them, they realize they have to start living like human beings.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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