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Noam

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  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (634)

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Doug says: "Compelling pre-history and emergent history"
    "Excellent read (er, listening...)"
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    Where does Guns, Germs and Steel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first audio book I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare Guns, Germs and Steel to and why?

    Not relevant, this was the first audio book I've listened to.


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

    Not relevant, this was the first audio book I've listened to.


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

    No, I listened to it in while driving, over a period of several days.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (451)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    A User says: "Gonzo Lives!"
    "Wonderful narration for a great book"
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    Where does Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the list


    What other book might you compare Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to and why?

    Catch-22, the overall tone.


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

    I have not, but am sure to look for some in the near future - wonderful narration!


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

    It most certainly did.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gulag: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anne Applebaum
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    The Gulag - a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners - was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost.

    E. R. Rothenberg says: "Riveting story, flawed performance"
    "Comprehensive but rather tedious"
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    Would you try another book from Anne Applebaum and/or Laural Merlington?

    I don't think so


    Would you recommend Gulag to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think that a less dramatic style of narration could have improved the overall quality of the book.


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

    Maybe


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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