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George Walford

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Seattle Area, Washington | Member Since 2004

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  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9579)
    Performance
    (4272)
    Story
    (4257)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "I should have read this years ago!"
    Overall

    If you don't need this book, then chances are you don't talk to people. You do talk to people right? This book is well worth your time, if you don't learn anything from it then you probably have people skills to rival those of Charles Schwab or Abe Lincon.

    I had heard about this book for years in various circles, in fact, I was even amused when it was referenced in the game "Baldurs Gate". I knew about it, yet I never took the time to read it. Well, I have now listened to it twice, and it will certanly get a third listening. I can't believe that I got this far in life and was unaware of some of the simple people skills presented in this work. Fortunately, I have done some of them naturally, and some have developed over time as I have grown up - still, had I had this book 20 years ago my life would have been a whole lot easier.

    This book is not filled with "tricks" to get people to like you, rather, it is how to develop your own character so that people like you naturally, and you like them naturally as well. No "tricks" involved, but it certanly gives you better insight into the nature of people, and I can testify that it works incredibly well.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses, Volume 1: Episodes 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, 16 June 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Timothy says: "This book shouldn't be"
    "Incredible Narration and Presentation"
    Overall

    This is incredibly well made, and the voice acting is excellent.

    You should be aware that this is only the first 3 chapters from Ulysses, and therefore it is a "sampler" for the work as a whole. You will have to purchase the other two sets to have the full and unabridged reading of Ulysses, which I currently listening to. In fact, I found that this presentation is easier to follow than the book itself. The strange "free flowing thought" that Joyce uses lends itself exceptionally well to narration and voice acting. Perhaps moreso than any other audiobook I have yet listened to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey of Homer (Dramatization)

    • NONE (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Yuri Rasovsky
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    When this groundbreaking serialized dramatization premiered on 320 U.S. radio stations, critics were unanimous in their praise. It won numerous honors including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasting. Never before or since has such an ambitious undertaking been attempted in public radio, and it was accomplished, not by a major network, but by a small nonprofit independent producer in Chicago. That was in 1981. It has been sitting on the shelf ever since.

    Michael says: "Lack of Editing Makes Listening Tedious"
    "Needs editing."
    Overall

    While I like it as a "lite" version of the Oddyssey, and the voice acting in the story itself is good - the commercials and interruptions are incredibly annoying - and take up much of the total time of the listen.

    This audiobook is a direct translation from the ratio - without the removal of commercials, or, the intro and outro segments of each session. I would guess that at least 10 min of each of the seven segments is wasted time - that is about 70 min of audio that is totally useless to the modern listener.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6847)
    Performance
    (2658)
    Story
    (2667)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Fascinating and entertaining."
    Overall

    I am listening to this book for the second time. It is highly informative, and incredibly entertaining. Bryson's journey through a brief history of science is both funny and enlightening. He manages to take normally dry subject matter, and make it both comprehensable and fun to listen to. He not only discusses the subject matter of the scientists, but the personalities of the scientists themselves, and some of them were quite the characters.

    Do yourself a favour, and get this version - the unabridged one. If you get the abridged version, you will probably regret that you did not get the unabridged version.

    The clarity of the audio is also excellent, and the narration is extremely professional as well.

    I cannot reccomend this title highly enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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