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  • Dear Life: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (133)

    A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.

    Gabrielle says: "Not Munro's best"
    ""Corrie" was the best storrie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Many of the stories had little plot, but instead pivoted on a small realization.
    I liked "Corrie" much better than the rest of the story because it had plot, excellent characterization, and a pivotal realization.
    However, there was something more - effective use of the Unreliable Narrator (she adopts Howard's POV early on to give the reader information stated as fact, then later adopts Corrie's POV to state contradictory information as fact) to suggest a resolution that was never actually stated.
    ***(SPOILER ALERT)***

    Many reviewers conclude (as Corrie apparently did) that Howard had been pocketing the blackmail money that supposedly was going to Sadie.
    Let's assume that Sadie received that money and donated it to the church to pay for the new steeple, which Howard was then paid to design and build.
    Remember how the parishioners all thought that Sadie was "a rare person", and they all knew who Corrie was, even though she didn't know them?

    The deeper irony is that the new steeple was directly counter to the philosophy and wishes of Corrie's now-deceased father, who had hired the architect in the beginning of the story, which was how Howard the architect and Corrie met.
    Remember how Corrie's father despised modern church buildings, and hired Howard to build a traditional one?
    So, ultimately, the father's money paid for a steeple he would have despised.

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  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6751)
    Performance
    (6260)
    Story
    (6280)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "King still has his magic"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    The characterizations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra- tremendous complexity to her abilities


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Great range of voices and emotional expression


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a rollicking good sequel to "The Shining".
    I enjoyed the story (although I am not a horror fan). It kept my attention throughout. King is very creative with his ideas and very detailed in their development.

    What I didn't like:
    - too much use of causing harm to children as a currency to generate excitement
    - the plot developed over a very long period of years - not a fault in itself; it just didn't seem to forward the action to stretch it out over such a long period
    - Even as the intricate and well-turned strategy to go up against the massively powerful baddies took form, I couldn't help wondering "why not just stay out of their way for a few days and let them all expire from (won't spoil the surprise).
    Of course, the way it happened was much more suspenseful

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  • Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

    Eric says: "Wow!"
    "Great explanation of math evo based on geometry"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Euclid's Window to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Euclid's Window?

    Seeing Einstein's vision of curved space and non-Euclidean geometry based on the evolution of math from the triangle.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Blumenfeld – was your favorite?

    not applicable


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Some great background and stories about how math developed from the Geometry of the Ancient Greeks, through non-Euclidean Geometry of Gauss, Riemann, etc., which set the stage for the math of Relativity and Quantum theories. Fascinating listen on audiobook. Not many charts or graphs, so you wouldn't miss much by listening in the car.
    And you can download the pdf of accompanying illustrations anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collected Fictions

    • HIGHLIGHTS (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

    Darwin8u says: "Highlights of Collected Fictions = Uncollected"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Borges is a master of paradox and magical mysteries. He expresses ideas that are way ahead of his time.
    Occasionally he waxes a bit pedantic, but it doesn't interfere with the genius of his work overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3201)
    Performance
    (2851)
    Story
    (2884)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Still Works"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Some think it is fashionable to say that inner dialog is undesirable in fiction.

    Mitty still brings the inner life to life.

    If you don't know what that means, it's the voice in your head saying
    "What does that mean?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (415)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Mark C Walker says: "Disappointing"
    "cum se-quitor cum sa-wbones (title required)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book contained some high-level ideas, but never drilled down into what was involved in starting and running a business and making it profitable. Mostly it was war stories about Harvard Business School grads in their ventures to hit their numbers, make millions, and feel fulfilled for creating hundreds of jobs. Sometimes those jobs lasted, and paid well; sometimes they did not and made unreasonable demands on the people that worked them.Looking at it one way, Harvard Business School exists to train talented people to go out into the world and make it a better place by creating employment and technological improvements. Looking at it another way, HBS is a cross-section of people who become multimillionaires by working their asses off night and day, making tons of mistakes, burning through capital like paper in a blast furnace, and doing whatever they have to do to make their number!At times, the book seemed like one long advertisement for Harvard Business School.One of the best parts was the interview with the Entrepreneurs themselves at the end. They became more human at that point - not just two-dimensional hoop-jumpers.I found this book useful because it helped show me how to instill motivation in characters when writing a novel. Which is a form of entrepreneurship in itself.
    This is the only reason I am not returning it to Audible for an exchange.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frank Close
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    The second half of the 20th century witnessed a scientific gold rush as physicists raced to chart the inner workings of the atom. The stakes were high, the questions were big, and there were Nobel Prizes and everlasting glory to be won. Many mysteries of the atom came unraveled, but one remained intractable-what Frank Close calls the "Infinity Puzzle."

    Gary says: "Succinct exposition"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Listened to it on audio -very good - starting to understand the whole attempt to join the very large with the very small, including quantum gravity, and the "perturbatively non-renormalizable" (or asymtoptically unsafe) infinities involved.
    I am re-reading it on Kindle, bits at a time, to try to understand and retain it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Machine Stops

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    This story describes a world of the future in which humans all remain in their cubicles while all their needs are met by a supercomputer called, "The Machine". They communicate with each other and attend "online" classes and meetings through the Machine and people seldom meet face to face. A problem arises when one man, Kuno, decides he is not satisfied with staying in his room and decides to explore outside.

    Edward says: "Great Story"
    "Ahead of its time, though not sublime"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Machine Stops? What did you like least?

    Predictions that come true; somewhat wooden vision and execution of story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. M. Forster? Why or why not?

    Read some years ago.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Predictions that come true; somewhat wooden vision and execution of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1843)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Some good stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about METAtropolis? What did you like least?

    I liked Karl Schroeder's story best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    Sure


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

    Being able to listen while commuting.Different voices in narration.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO- it's short stories, not a novel.


    Any additional comments?

    common dystopian theme that dwelled on failure of culture and values was imaginative, but a bit inside the box at times, due to different characters visions, that did not seek to break the box.Nonetheless, a solid set of works, and somewhat ground-breaking.I liked the environmental orientation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relativity: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Russell Stannard
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    If you move at high speed, time slows down, space squashes up and you get heavier. Travel fast enough and you could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, be flattened thinner than a CD without feeling a thing - and live forever! As for the angles of a triangle, they do not always have to add up to 180 degrees. And then, of course, there are black holes.... These are but a few of the extraordinary consequences of Einstein's theory of relativity.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Trains, Flashlights, Rockets, and Twins."
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The first explanation of the distinction between the Special and the General parts of Relativity that started to make sense. Now I have to go back and re-read it so I can remember how to explain what Inertial Frame of Reference is.
    The whole manifold concept of spacetime is fascinating, along with the effect of velocity and gravitational field on the observed rate of time. Can all points in time exist in each point in space?
    Got to go and study "Frame-dragging" more so I can get the significance of that too.

    Lots more to read it for - could be looked as a simple intro to the development of the math involved in Relativity for non-mathematicians.

    Just read it - or better yet, listen to the audio, then read it.

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