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  • Beggars in Spain

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nancy Kress
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

    Rachelle says: "Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Loose no sleep over this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rapidly degenerated into a sea of aimless names (they could not be called characters) bobbing in and out of the story at random - an anonymous photo album - notable for its absolute lack of action - a monolog on the family tree all the way to the droning, sleepy end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34876)
    Performance
    (25952)
    Story
    (26317)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Makes you hunger for more"
    Overall

    Far more sophisticated than it's detractors realize, crafted to do just exactly what it does - engage hold and entertain. All the wonder I felt reading as a child found here again. As simply sumptuous as any I have ever read, ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World of O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Manasi says: "Abysmal quality, superb literature"
    "Simply masterful"
    Overall

    Good, Simple, Fantastic. Sentences like plays, The best case of the short story ever written, even to this very day.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Startide Rising: The Uplift Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (166)

    When Streaker - the first starship designed and crewed by dolphins - discovers a derelict ancient armada with evidence of the first sentient species ever, she sets off a war between dozens of galactic races eager to use the information for their own advancement.

    Andrew says: "Getting Better"
    "Hardly uplifting"
    Overall

    Perhaps I am spoiled, I crave imagery and plot. This has none of the former and precious little of the latter. The reader does what he can to rescue this unconvincing tome, but after all, a short story remains a short story, no matter how much landfill you pump in between the pages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Roberto Escobar
    • Narrated By Ruben Diaz
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In short, this is Pablo Escobar's story in the words of one of his closest confidants, his brother Roberto. It's all here - the brutal violence inside the world of the drug cartel, dealing with American drug forces and the CIA, the problems the Escobars faced when going up against the Colombian mafia, even Pablo's moments of kindness and compassion. As Roberto points out, although many people view Escobar as a monster, thousands still visit his grave every year to mourn him, and revere him as a savior.

    Mike says: "an unfortunate purchase"
    "an unfortunate purchase"
    Overall

    I regret contributing to the authors income. There is very little for the listener here unless it is a clear view of grasping self preoccupation and self delusion. The book is shot through with the same unrepentant rationalizations and finger-pointing recriminations that seem to naturally flow from degenerates and sociopaths throughout history. The author never apologizes, never reflects on his actions except to brag and in the end the accountant never accounts for his own actions.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Natalie Angier
    • Narrated By Nike Doukas
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Buckle up for a joy ride through physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and her own work as an award-winning science writer, Natalie Angier does the impossible: she makes science fascinating and seriously fun, even for those of us who, in Angier's words, "still can't tell the difference between a proton, a photon, and a moron".

    Paul says: "Far too cute"
    "A Breath of Fresh Ear"
    Overall

    The sensuous combination of the narrator, the narrative and the authors shamelessly sunny sWordplay serves up science like Dear Abbey serving a slice of warm apple pie. Gratifying, edifying and yes, absurdly entertaining. The authors Asimovian hand sweeps across the panorama of science, and lingers just long enough to elicit the oohs of fireworks and the ah ha of understanding.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Sirota
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally mismanaged. Ordinary Americans on both the Right and Left have had it with Washington politicians who belong to what David Sirota calls "the Money Party" and are organizing to change the status quo.

    In his new book, Sirota investigates whether this uprising can be transformed into a unified political movement. Irreverent, insightful, and invigorating, The Uprising is an adventure that shows how the governed have stopped consenting and started taking action.

    Mike says: "Tiresome"
    "Tiresome"
    Overall

    So many words, so few thoughts. Yawn inspiring and the narrators colorless reading does not help. Maybe it gets better at some point but I must admit I could not endure the entire 7 hours.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Berserker Fury

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Paul M. Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Before George Lucas's Death Star, before Star Trek's Doomsday Machine, came the Berserkers, intelligent, space-faring killing machines whose sole purpose is to destroy all life. The Berserkers have developed a new trick: Berserker units that can pass for human-created androids. They're gambling on the advantage this gives them and massing for an all-out attack on human-held space.

    Robert says: "Not a typical Berserker book..."
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    Two pages of transparent plot smeared over a mountain of senseless description. A thinly disguised WWII documentary reworked as science fiction. A long long tiring monotonic listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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