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Richard

Sudbury, MA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Starfire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Gary Dikeos
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    AD 2053. Earth has barely recovered from a supernova that destroyed much of its infrastructure, and now a deadly particle storm is racing toward it. An international effort has been launched out of the Sky City space colony to save the planet, but the plan to build a giant protective shield is falling dangerously behind schedule. A series of murders has disrupted the workforce, so a brilliant but monstrous criminal has been enlisted to track down the killer. Then more startling news arises.

    G. House Sr. says: "Very Enjoyable Sequal"
    "Good story. Hard to listen to narrator."
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Gary Dikeos’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    First of all, I am a *big* Charles Sheffield fan. I love his work so I was looking forward to listening to this book. That lasted right up until the first female character was voiced. The narrator uses variations on a 1930's Brooklyn housewife accent for his women. The president of the United States, astronauts, financial executives, high powered company directors, all have the same early 20th century New York working class accent. It doesn't work as well as you might think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Soaked and Contagious

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Crawford
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    I am not going to complain to you about my life. We’ve got zombies. They are not the brainless, rotting creatures we’d been led to expect. Unfortunately for us, they’re just as smart as they were before they died, very fast, much stronger than you or me, and possess no internal editor at all. Claws. Did I mention claws? I kill them for a living, but it’s as much a vocation as a freelance career choice. It helps me, helps my neighborhood, and the people I consider to be my family of choice. What’s more?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Zombie Fallout Fans Rejoice"
    "Molly Harper meets David Drake."
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    Story

    Zombies, nanobots, snarky conversation, entertaining, hot babes, manly men, plot twists, good vs. evil. What's not to like?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 36 Big Ideas

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Professor Daniel W. Drezner, Professor David Sadava, and others
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The Great Courses has produced thousands of lectures that have introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest and most fascinating ideas that humans have ever thought. Now, enjoy 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get an interesting learning experience across a wide range of disciplines.

    sharad maheshwari says: "Collection of random lectures"
    "Should have been titled "36 Not So Big Ideas""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book would have been better if its contents had agreed with its title.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book was actually an advertising avenue to expose people to 'The Great Courses' product line. It would have been enjoyable if it had actually been a book about 36 great ideas that had significant impact on the lives of all people. Instead it was a book mostly about a variety of things that are of great interest to a very small select audience.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This was a reproduction of a single lecture from 36 different individuals, all of whom did a credible job of speaking before an academic audience.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The contents of this book included very little that corresponding to the grand title or of interest to me at all but even then the subject matter was dumbed down to the point where it was useless and uninformative.


    Any additional comments?

    I regret having purchased the book and expended my time on it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (603)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Grace says: "Great book. Very illustrative."
    "Meaningless psycho-babble"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'd purchased this in the hopes of gaining an understanding of the various mechanisms involved in the process that results in a happy pair bonding. Instead, I got a completely useless collection of meaningless platitudes with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.


    Has Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Normally I avoid books of this genre since they are often the result of a publisher's desire to make money off the desperation of unhappy people who are trying to better themselves with little or no regard for the quality of material presented.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was actually well chosen given the content presented.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (479)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Greg says: "Heavy-handed"
    "Not terrible but not very good"
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    What would have made Stark's War better?

    Understand, that I like Jack Campell's writing a lot but the Stark series is not to my taste. The writing is well executed but the subject matter itself is the sort of thing one would expect from a person working out a psychological problem rather than spinning a good yarn. Basically, this is a story about how management is full of people who are not very smart, not very nice and only interested in furthering their own interests. This is a theme that gets hammered over and over. And over. While there are certainly a lot of things that can be said about micro management after a while it gets a bit boring.


    Has Stark's War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well written. The theme itself was simply not interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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