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Peter

asheville, NC, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3645)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1615)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Warmed Up to It"
    Overall

    It took me quite a while to be engaged by this book. I almost quit it a number of times but kept plodding thru it until it finally captured my interest. The problem is the first 1/3 of the book is primarily the text of letters written to and by Einstein. I did not find there to be much insight into Einstein's life or any deduction by the author as to why or why not Einstein made certain choices in his science or personal life. However, once the book reaches the "miracle year" and more science is involved I found the book much more interesting. I also enjoyed the last part of the book immensely when Einstein's science is not as prevelant but his celebrity and social ideals become a major part of his character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Byron says: "Pompous drone"
    "Bad Narration & Character Development"
    Overall

    I have to agree with most of the reviews here. I love fantasy and audiobooks and in the two years I have suscribed to Audible, this book is the first big turnoff for me. What I really like about Fantasy is the created mythology of the characters, races, and cultures and most authors spend some time giving the reader this background so that they can better understand what is going on. In "Reaches" the author from page one delves right into the middle of at least 3 vastly different characters stories without telling me if they are men, elves, nomes or what.
    The fact the the reader is so fast does not help me to absorb what is going on. For example, in any given "chapter" there will be at least 2 or 3 different character plots that are told. I am sure that if I read the book, I would see a large space in between when one plot ends and another begins. The reader however just continues as if one sentence is ending and another beginning, with little or no indicating pause. It is not until about a minute in that I figure out that another plot has begun. Also, as someone else wrote, I just do not find his voice inviting. I am now listening to the book only to finish it, and think I'll listen to a biography next just to get away from fantasy for a while.
    I think "Reaches" is a better read than listen. It is very dense, and I think it would be easier to reread passages, rather than rewind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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