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Kevin

Scientist, Atheist, Humanist, and Historian. I don't know everything, but I know enough to know if you're full of it!

Wyoming, Michigan, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Jule's Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction classic. Volcanic tubes bring intrepid travelers toward the center of the Earth, where they encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals.

    Kevin says: "Great story but poor narration."
    "Great story but poor narration."
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    Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Peter Batchelor?

    I have read and enjoyed many books by Jules Verne and I would love to read more of his writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was captivating and I enjoyed the main character's uncle.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice was difficult hear and understand, further there were some moments when I could hear the narrator cough.


    Do you think A Journey to the Center of the Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would be nice if the author was not dead... and in the center of the earth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Silverman
    • Narrated By Sarah Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (690)

    From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah’s television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too Fat to Fish, you’ll love The Bedwetter.

    Teddy says: "Adequate but not great..."
    "Slightly Foxy"
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    Would you try another book from Sarah Silverman and/or Sarah Silverman?

    I would always try something at least once.


    Has The Bedwetter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nah, I love this stuff. It was just difficult to follow.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I was undressing her with my ears, so that was a plus. In terms of dislike... It was difficult to tell what was a joke and what was supposed to be serious.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Sarah Silverman’s life?

    I can't think of anything off the top of my head.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Simon Pegg
    • Narrated By Simon Pegg
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek. Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times.

    Diana says: "WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE ABRIDGED?!"
    ""Don't Cross The Streams!""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Nerd Do Well to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, though I imagine that the audio version blows the print version out of the water!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Canterbury the metro-sexual android was my favorite character simply because who wouldn't like a robot with tits painted on its chest plate?!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Pegg's description of the making of Shawn of the Dead.


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

    Not particularly, but I don't think it was supposed to be a moving book.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon needs to stop being a twat and write another book! I would love to read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Stole the American Dream?

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hedrick Smith
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    In his best-selling The Russians, Hedrick Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.

    jane says: "He ties it all together"
    "Depressing in More Ways Than One."
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    What would have made Who Stole the American Dream? better?

    I was reading this book for a class. So had I actually chosen it to read for myself, I suppose it would have been better.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Shapiro?

    Lewis Black


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Well, the premise of the book sucked because who wants to find out they have been getting screwed?! Nobody!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Drink for a Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Cross
    • Narrated By David Cross
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (226)

    After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show with Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy.

    Aaron says: "Oh, David"
    "A Perfect For Assembling a Bunk Bed."
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    What made the experience of listening to I Drink for a Reason the most enjoyable?

    David expresses the his thoughts so effortlessly that it saves me the time of using expletives myself!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David was fantastic!


    What does David Cross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David has other, hilarious, contributors to the reading of the book that one would totally miss if they were to read a paper copy.


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

    This can't be right?!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (917)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (738)

    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"
    "Dawkins Explains it All"
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    Would you listen to The Blind Watchmaker again? Why?

    I have listened to The Blind Watchmaker six times and find something to take away each time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blind Watchmaker?

    "Have you ever seen a Frelephant?"


    What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

    I thought the switching back and forth worked really well.


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

    I have found myself quoting this book numerous times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David G. McAfee
    • Narrated By David Smalley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    This essential guide to coming out as a non-believer has been written to make it easier for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and non-believers of all ages and backgrounds to be open about their non-religiosity while minimizing the negative interactions in familial, social, and professional circles. As a survival guide for non-believers who wish to come out, this book provides advice and resources for those interested in publically rejecting religious dogma as well as real stories from non-believers who have experienced coming out.

    Kevin says: "The Best "Self Help" Book I've Ever Read"
    "The Best "Self Help" Book I've Ever Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist to be better than the print version?

    I had not read the print version but I assume it is just as fantastic as the audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    "An atheist activist with an ax to grind"


    What about David Smalley’s performance did you like?

    I guess I did not actually realize the book was read by someone beside the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3400)
    Performance
    (3112)
    Story
    (3138)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "An okay story"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    It was a good book, just not my cup of tea.


    If you’ve listened to books by F. Scott Fitzgerald before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of his other books.


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

    I have not.


    Do you think The Great Gatsby needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1018)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Alice says: "I felt totally swept up in this world"
    "An Epic Book"
    Overall
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    Where does Moby-Dick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up near the top of my list, I would read it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the depth and complexity of the story.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, he reads it to you which is always a plus!


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

    No laughing or crying, just got swept away by the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (210)

    A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

    John S says: "A classic that everyone should read."
    "A Deep Adventure in More Ways Than One"
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    What made the experience of listening to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea the most enjoyable?

    The story captivated me and I drifted further into the story than I could have possibly imagined.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt like I was another crew member and part of the story.


    What does Peter Husmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter reads the story dramatically and makes listening to the book fun!


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

    Actually I think I did, It was a very long day at work, haha!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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