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Kurt

Lansing, MI, United States

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  • Behemoth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (561)

    The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

    James says: "More complications. More adventure. Well worth it!"
    "Great sequel."
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    What made the experience of listening to Behemoth the most enjoyable?

    Alan Cumming has really done a great job with this one. All the characters are distinct, and he reads clearly and with emotion. As a sequel Scott Westerfeld has kept it interesting; I guess it is really more of a continuation.


    What other book might you compare Behemoth to and why?

    This is in it's own category; sort of cross-genre alternative historic novel steampunk thriller. So, I don't have a comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chase scene in Istanbul, with the Germans chasing Alec through the streets and he meets his new allies.


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

    It made me laugh when Darren thought to use the spices to attack the hijacker; reminds you to be creative and observant.


    Any additional comments?

    I was worried that the second book in the series would not be as good as the first. But I am enjoying it just as much and looking forward to the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Guillebeau
    • Narrated By Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (586)

    Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

    Elton says: "Just love this book!"
    "For this type of book I was pleasantly surprised."
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    Any additional comments?

    I had asked an entrepreneur some questions about how she made her money really. During the exchange she mentioned that she was reading this book and that she enjoyed it. Having seen it listed on Audible I thought I would give it a try. I was not sorry. I will listen to it again. The reading style is unusual, but did not detract from the information or enjoyment for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9376)
    Performance
    (5420)
    Story
    (5467)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "This series of books was recommended by a friend."
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    Where does The Eye of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up there with my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters became my acquaintances as the story progressed, I got to know them and I cared about them. Although, when I first started listening to the book, I thought "I don't know about this...", it caught me up and I wanted to keep on listening. When it ended I was sad to be done,... ...now I need to get the next one!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (630)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Suprise! Thoroughly Enjoyed."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Influenza to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of The Great Influenza.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace was actually quite fast, and kept it interesting, with much historical interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Some portions of the book seemed overly dramatic; however, this was a huge event that we learn little about. People living now generally have no idea how serious this was. It is the reason that we hear so much concern for the various influenza out-breaks around the world. The book is enjoyable to listen to. I recommend it to anyone interested in historical medicine.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (766)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "Exciting suprise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense to be better than the print version?

    I do not know, did not read print version. Had time to listen though, on the way to and from work.


    What other book might you compare 13 Things That Don't Make Sense to and why?

    Perhaps "The Viral Storm".


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

    Excitement and a conversational quality, a very interesting conversation.


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

    It renewed some scientific passion for me, made me feel excited about science.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't expecting this book to be so interesting to me. The way it was read was excellent and I didn't want to stop listening, and will probably listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (959)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Creative History"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone that likes alternate histories or the steam punk genre.


    What other book might you compare Leviathan to and why?

    Ooh, I don't know that I can compare this book to anything I have read. It is different from what I usually read, but had an intersection of topics I typically read, like history (particularly turn-of-the-past-century and WWI) and science fiction. I have always loved the alternate history or alternate universe or alternate reality concept, like Star Trek's


    Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favorite?

    Of course I like Deryn Sharp, I always like stories about young women struggling to do what they want or become what they want; I have a daughter and I want her to become whatever she wants. I love stories with what my friends call warrior girls, like Dark Angel. But I especially like the boffin Dr. Nora Barlow -- Alan Cumming does her so very well, I smile at the remarks of this confident and intelligent woman.


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

    Don't know, sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't completed listening to this book yet, but love it, and the reading by Alan Cummings is great (although I can tell that it is sometimes a bit difficult to switch accents between Dylan and Alek)! I will want to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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