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Jens

v?xj?Sweden | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 427 titles in library
  • 45 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
    (991)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (788)

    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"
    "Good listen, good basic, good in-depth"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns, Germs and Steel to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say. I have read the book and remember that I keept going back and forth in the book to check facts and to compare when the author referenced to earlier wrtitings in the book. That is a tad harder/cumbersum to do with the audiobook. Having read the book for three years ago I didnät feel the need to go back and forth though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are several scenes when Jarrod puts our world in perspective using different naturetribes ho been working with as examples.


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

    This book didn't touch my heart, it did touch my brain though.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it to get a firmer ground to stand in both the evolution and history of mankind.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (954)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Heavy action, thin story"
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    Where does Shattered Hourglass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good zombiebook, no doubt about it. But, it's not as good as the first two books in the series and I don't fell content with the ending.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. L. Bourne before, how does this one compare?

    Not his best. His synopsis for the book is excellent but I don't feel he executes it to the fullest possible exstent.


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

    With this book I did something I don't usually do, I jumped to other books and then forced me to go back. Not a bad book though.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2051)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (639)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Could they suck that much?"
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    If you could sum up Legacy of Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    CIA is a messy place. A messy place whos trackrecord is just one line (with few exeptions) of failure after failure. The book feels well researched but I cant shake the thought that we donät get all of the picture. If the CIA really has performed so increddibly bad during its years it ought to have been closed by the adminsitration.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good listen and it gives the listener a thourough rundown of the worlds history from the 1940s up to date, at least regarding all the instances where the CIA has been involved, and that seems to be... everywhere!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (974)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Don't read if you don't want to change your diet.."
    Overall
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    Where does Salt Sugar Fat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good book. Seems to be well researched and with several insider sources from the food industry on how they work to get us hooked on their product. And on how they neglect the healthimplications for the the general consumer.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick: What can you say... excellent.


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

    This is a book stuffed with facts, some of them a bit alarming for the general consumer, inspite of that I really wanted to listen to it one stretch.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it and stop buying those super sized meals...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (713)

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    Keith says: "Just For Pleasure"
    "New take"
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    Where does The Beginning of the End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good zombiebook and it feels refresehing that the story is taking place i Spain, europe in contrast to all the american zombiebooks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beginning of the End?


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

    Nick Podehl is a great narrator and always delivers and helps the listener in to the different scenes


    Any additional comments?

    Good buy, will go on the next book in the series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    The murder has been solved. But has justice been done? Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: The young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict. The police don’t want him back....Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own.

    Andre says: "A masterpiece of a crime novel !"
    "Not his best"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Phantom? What did you like least?

    The author keeps connecting the threads from the earlier books but this is not the best bool in the series. À must read if you have followed Harry (the hero).


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

    It is sometimes à bit to encredible...


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

    He delivers as usauall!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (309)

    A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

    Jennifer says: "A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers"
    "Wished I could be reborn in the past"
    Overall

    I want to be an adventurer! During the listening to The lost CIty of Z I several times damned the satellites surrounding our earth, griding out every inch of it and making all explorations so easy.

    I recommend it firmly to those of you who want an insight in the world of explorers i the lats 19th and early 20th century. Well written.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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