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Jonathan

Ner York, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (694)

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "Evolution made clear"
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    If you could sum up The Blind Watchmaker in three words, what would they be?

    susinict, thoughtful, and comprehensive


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all due respect to Prof. Dawkins, Lalla is one of the best voice performers I've heard since I started using audible.


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning (definition bit) is slow and requires your attention but the rest is great and makes every point clear and if not "easy" at least logical to understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Do Whales Get the Bends?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tony Rice
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
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    Using a question-and-answer format, this entertaining book addresses over 100 general interest questions about the sea, sea life, seabirds and man s relationship with the sea. Why is the sea salty? Does anything eat jellyfish? Why do whales sing? How do flying fish fly? Who owns the oceans? Inspired by questions raised while the author was a guest lecturer on cruise ships, this fascinating and informative book is a lighthearted, surprising, and entertaining read for anyone interested in the sea in its many forms.

    Jonathan says: "Interesting in short bites"
    "Interesting in short bites"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, the information is interesting but it has no narrative


    If you’ve listened to books by Tony Rice before, how does this one compare?

    First


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

    First


    Was Do Whales Get the Bends? worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    good if you listen in 15 minute chunks

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (1001)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Humor + Intelligence"
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    Where does Year Zero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10, great performance and great writing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure they're all pretty great character's but not so much great 'people"


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

    yes and he always kills it


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper: Destiny of the Doctor 9

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Cavan Scott, Mark Wright
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    New Vegas, 23rd Century - a sprawling city huddling inside an artificial atmospheric bubble on a distant moon. Pleasure seekers flock there from every corner of the galaxy, to take in the shows and play the tables in the huge casinos. But beneath the glitz and the glitter, organised crime rules the streets. Whilst Rose Tyler works as a waitress in the Full Moon nightclub, Jack Harkness poses as a reporter for the Daily Galaxy. Meanwhile the Doctor is helping the police department with their investigation into The Whisper, a strange vigilante who has been terrorising the city's underworld.

    Jonathan says: "Strong performance with a good story"
    "Strong performance with a good story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not really, there are a lot of really good Doctor Who titles unless you're running low or just really into the 9th this isn't a "must read"


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

    Make it a bit longer and add some more depth to the characters and world (well moon)


    What about Nicholas Briggs’s performance did you like?

    He's got Eccleston nailed, and has good inflection


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Buckley
    • Narrated By Jon Cross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    From the Bahamas to Heathrow airport, to the rain soaked streets of London the dead have ceased dying. This is inconvenient for a number of reasons but what's the real reason behind the chaos? In London we find Nigel Reinhardt, a disgraced, confused, and gifted London police constable who owns a prophetic goldfish. In Ireland the Angel of Death questions the value and position of his current employment. At Majestic Technologies Celina McMannis works diligently on a top secret project.

    Kimberly says: "My Advice, Read the Book"
    "Gripping and endlessly funny"
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    Would you listen to Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish again? Why?

    Yes and I have. It's a great book and perfectly performed. Reminds me of Douglas Adams, Doctor Who, or a Guy Richie flick. Quirky and hysterical


    If you could take any character from Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Death seems like a fun guy but wouldn't let him get drunk


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (202)

    The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Robert says: "Like uncovering a lost treasure"
    "Great in the line of Doctor Who"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shada to be better than the print version?

    I've read reviews of people who were not happy with this because it wasn't Hitchhiker enough but if you like Adam's style and Doctor Who characters I think you'll enjoy this book


    2 of 2 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
    (6882)
    Performance
    (2692)
    Story
    (2701)

    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"
    "Simply Brilliant"
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    If you could sum up A Short History of Nearly Everything in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, thorough, humorous


    What other book might you compare A Short History of Nearly Everything to and why?

    None that I know of.


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

    This is my first Richard Matthews performance and he nailed it


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

    In theory it would interesting but 15 hours does require a break or two.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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