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Paul

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  • Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joel Best
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Does the number of children gunned down double each year? Does anorexia kill 150,000 young women annually? Do white males account for only a sixth of new workers? Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues. But all too often, these numbers are wrong. This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers. Damned Lies and Statistics is essential listening for everyone who reads or listens to the news....

    Robbie says: "No Lie, I Loved It"
    "Brilliant"
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    Well performed by the narrator, and the subject made extremely interesting. Had me laughing out loud at time with some fantastic turns of phrase. Very informative, and an aid to critical thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malory Towers Collection of 6 Stories

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Enid Blyton
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    There are plenty of adventures to be had in Darrell's first term at boarding school. Life at Malory Towers is full of excitement - if only she can keep her terrible temper under control! Darrell's back at boarding school and her classmates are full of surprises. Just who does new girl Daphne think she is? And is there really a thief at Malory Towers? Two new girls have arrived at Malory Towers - and they couldn't be more different!

    Paul says: "Classic Enid Bylton"
    "Classic Enid Bylton"
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    The story is full of pleasant English imagery and language. It's dated, though quaint might be a better word. Lovely to listen to, though not as good as nostalgia lead me to believe.

    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
    (9654)
    Performance
    (5689)
    Story
    (5736)

    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"
    "Excellent long fantasy saga"
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    The start of a huge fantasy saga, full of description, meta plots and characters. Although I found the middle books of the series laborious to get through, it's well worth it, in particular the first three.
    The narrator took me a few hours to get used to his accent, but then felt smooth, and overall flowed well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (406)

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is the telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds.

    Frederick says: "Content Wonderful - Audio Product Dubious"
    "This is the book when Heinlein jumped the shark"
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    There are some wonderful stories, anda couple of the best quote sections in a novel contained in the rambling story. If you are a Heinlien fan it's worth the listen, but if you are new to him, try a different novel first imo, like Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Methuselah's children, Stranger in a dark land. There's some things that I felt just icky listening.

    The pause and differeing the narrator for Lazarus drove me bonkers. By the long over due time the narrator finally stop was the later part of the novel, on the bits I liked the least.
    The preview sound shows you the pauses inherent in the narration, but it's the not the voice used for Lazarus.

    It is astounding value, 25 hours for 1 credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2370)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1384)

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    Andrew says: "A nice continuation"
    "Enjoyable listen & true to novel"
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    I very much enjoyed listening to this audio book. I felt it captured the tone of the novel well with it's narration.
    Messiah is a much slower less action based sequeal to Dune, but totally engaging concepts and depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Hounds of Artemis

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By Matt Smith, Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    Matt Smith and Clare Corbett read this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, with original music and sound design. When Lord Woolcroft and his team break open the fabled Tomb of Artemis, sealed for thousands of years, they are astonished by what they find inside... The Doctor and Amy have come to Smyrna in 1929 to investigate a mystery.

    flying says: "As a Whovian, it's hard to criticise Dr Who, but…."
    "Average, could of been so much better"
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    I did enjoy the classic feeling story, though short, the plotline was interesting. I was left feeling irriated at the narration choices. It had Matt Smith in it; it should of nailed the performance of the Doctor, and indeed when Matt was speaking as the Doctor, it was good. But large chunks of the narrative were performed by Clare Corbett, including some of the Doctor's dialouge! It felt like two seperate recordings merged into one, Matt and Clare take turns rather than speak together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10183)
    Performance
    (5825)
    Story
    (5906)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Fantastic Rendition"
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    I was extremely impressed by this word perfect reading/performance of Dune.
    The various voices, the slight use of sound effects, tone etc made this a great book to listen too.
    Amazing value for a credit - It's a huge book which makes for many hours of enjoyable listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Many-Colored Land: Volume 1 of the Saga of Pliocene Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julian May
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth - with a liberal dash of hard science fiction. When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years....

    Jon says: "About time - I hope we get the rest of Julian May"
    "Love the book"
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    I have loved this series for a long time, and was excited to be able to listen to it as an audio book.
    I think it would of been much harder to get into if I hadn't already known the story, there's a lot of detail.
    I enjoyed it a lot, though had a couple of issues with the narration. As mentioned by another reviewer, the constant mistake of metapsychic instead of metaphysic seemed amateurish, and the forced 'crackles' in the voice of older characters downright annoying. The natural voice of narrator would of been better.
    I'm really hoping the other books get turned into audio books, and even with the niggles, thoroughly enjoyed listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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