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Jacob

Driver Edmonton to Ft Mac...lots of listening time...

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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10052)
    Performance
    (5706)
    Story
    (5784)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Masterful"
    Overall

    I've re read the Dune series several times and listened to the recent Dune download. Can hardly wait for more Audible productions of the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Industrial Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    From electric lights to automobiles to the appliances that make our lives easier at work and at home, we owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. In this course, The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian - one of the world's most storied and exceptional educational institutions - to examine the extraordinary events of this period and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible revolution.

    SJS says: "Fascinating and very well presented"
    "Gain appreciation for modern niceties"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Industrial Revolution in three words, what would they be?

    There was a lot of ground work done to get where we are today...some of the canal works and the affects on commerce were very interesting...it's funny but this section asks for three words but requires a minimum of 15 words...perhaps there is a machine to scrunch them down...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olympos

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative. But that was before 21st-century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy, Hector, and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators; before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race began massing in the millions, to exterminate rather than serve.

    Genghis Bob says: "Everything but the kitchen sink"
    "A truly mind boggling enjoyable listen!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Olympos again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice already and will again...the interweaving of historical fiction with scifi is just so tasty to have only one helping...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics.

    C. Hartmann says: "Intersection of the Void and Commonwealth - Super"
    "Another amazing story"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Abyss Beyond Dreams the most enjoyable?

    Having read his previous commonwealth series I experienced the more lengthy character development in this series as a kind of jazz quartet improvising on some familiar history from the commonwealth series but with a brand new problem to solve


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8534)
    Performance
    (5210)
    Story
    (5201)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Epic tale great characters"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...I tend to like epic sci fi books like Time enough for love by Heinlein...this book/series has a similar scope but weaving through a narrower time period


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (360)

    In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum's own best-selling novels, his best-selling works to this day. Now, with the major motion picture adaptation of Ludlum's The Bourne Supremacy, the Ludlum estate has finally acceded to the demands of readers around the world, turning to best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader to create a brand new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Legacy.

    Linda says: "It sure reads like a Ludlum book!"
    "Action Packed with twists"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bourne Legacy to be better than the print version?

    Just listened...


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Carries the story well


    Any additional comments?

    Reading or listening to the book one can imagaine Jason Bourne as still being Matt Damon...in the movie of course one could not..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3563)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1959)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Starts off gradually and winds up to a great end"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Windup Girl?

    The narration is good, the cast of characters vivid and believable; a plausible world situation...


    What other book might you compare The Windup Girl to and why?

    Nueromancer , Blade Runner...because the worlds are affected by corporate motivations and interests foremost and the rest of the populations live in reflex to this environment


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

    Yes Genghis Kan and the making of the modern world, Count Zero and Snow Crash...Enjoyable voice in all.


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

    When the Windup girl overcomes her conditioning...


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Janson Directive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (236)

    Peter Novak, one of the world's greatest men, has been kidnapped! Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to Paul Janson, legendary covert operative and assassin. Janson is retired, and nothing could lure him back - nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life. "Ludlum's best since The Bourne Identity," raves Kirkus Reviews.

    A Grady Williams says: "Captivated me from the beginning"
    "Bourne Dilution"
    Overall

    A weaker version of the Bourne series. A few good twists and turns but not as much gritty detail as other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Scanner Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Paul Giamatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

    Lew says: "Brillant Novel, Read to Perfection!"
    "Dark Humour"
    Overall

    A sad tale: but only sad as an after thought. While the characters are victims of the drug culture and seem funny at the time their tragic endings makes this a tragic comedy.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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