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Kirkland

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  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1066)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "Essential Listening!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Man's Search for Meaning to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narration is superb and helps Frankl's story come alive.


    What other book might you compare Man's Search for Meaning to and why?

    None. There is no comparison. This is a singular text.


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

    -


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

    Tight-rope Walking Across the Existential Void


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Murray N. Rothbard
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    In For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Rothbard proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the two major political parties, the ideologies they embrace, and their central plans for using state power against people. Libertarianism is Rothbard's radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral, and ought to be curbed and finally overthrown.

    monte reed says: "I'm a Ron Paul Libertarian but this is a good"
    "Rothbard's Opus"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of For a New Liberty to be better than the print version?

    Sure. I always prefer listening to someone read me a book...


    What other book might you compare For a New Liberty to and why?

    Wes Bertrand's Complete Liberty (the audiobook of which is free at the site which shares the book's name). Rothbard's is a more comprehensive text.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5169)
    Performance
    (1664)
    Story
    (1687)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "My Childhood in a Nutshell"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. There is a child in all of us - and that child will not be able to put this down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golden Compass?

    The image of Lyra walking into the sky. It's as striking and poetic as The Girl on Fire...or any other scene where the character of someone is made manifest in a single, beautiful moment.


    Which character – as performed by Philip Pullman and full cast – was your favorite?

    Lee Scoresby.


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

    Both. You will become emotionally invested in these characters. You have been warned.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1263)
    Story
    (1274)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "A Guilty Pleasure"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Selection the most enjoyable?

    Well-narrated and the characters are enchanting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise. And that is all I can say without spoiling anything.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • That Is All

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (263)

    John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off - specifically, at page 596 - and finally completes Complete World Knowledge, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.

    Mathew says: "Great Highs, Weird Lows"
    "Hodgman Never Disappoints"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's hilarious, bizarre...and, at times, even poignant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of That Is All?

    Just one? Try "Today in Ragnarok."


    What about John Hodgman’s performance did you like?

    The entire cast was amazing. Hodgman almost requires a partner whom he can "educate" on all things falsely historical.


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

    Laugh. Do not listen to this in public. You will randomly burst into giggles and people will think you are insane.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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