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Robert A. Lime

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  • Why People Believe Weird Things

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    UFO abductions, television psychics, paranormal phenomena, skeptics and believers alike, find themselves debating truths and lies in the strange web of pseudoscience and the occult. Now, director of the Skeptics Society Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons why we find other worldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

    Leilah says: "Smart"
    "Great but maybe not what you think"
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    Nice, short read/listen, although the book is not exactly what I thought it would be. Perhaps a more appropriate title would be "Weird Things People Believe" as it was more or less an exploration of common fallacious beliefs, not a theory or explanation as to why people believe them. I guess I expected more of a Chris Mooney approach - an exploration into the psychology of why people believe weird things. Nonetheless, I don't feel that 1 second was wasted in reading/listening to this book and I would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V for Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Moore
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (553)

    Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

    John says: "Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?"
    "INCREDIBLE"
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    Where does V for Vendetta rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tops among contemporary fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax.

    SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!

    The people conquer the tyrannical government with very little (mass) violence. What a powerful idea that is counter to most "revolution" plots.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Fans of the movie - the source material is a must. INCREDIBLE performance. Absolutely perfect.

    Better than the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (912)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "READ THIS BOOK."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Like me, you may be thinking: "I have the movie memorized, should I really check out the source material?" And the answer is: "ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY." There is not much I can say that hasn't been said:

    - Incredible performance
    - An absolute MUST for fans of the film (the book clarifies some plot holes that always bothered me)

    Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones: A Matt Scudder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (246)

    Private detective Matt Scudder investigates a series of kidnappings that always end in brutal murder. Best-selling author Lawrence Block takes us into the seedier back alleys and side-streets of New York City, rendering his subject with a gritty realism.

    PerryMartinBookReviews says: "Movie to be out Sept 19, 2014"
    "Excellent book - awful performance!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Walk Among the Tombstones to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Real characters, no cheap gimmicks.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Hammer’s performances?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    What a great work. Character driven - doesn't rely on cheap actions or plot twists. After watching the movie and deciding to check out the source material, I now realize how much of a disgrace the movie is.

    However, this particular performance is agonizingly slow. His interpretation of some characters is dumbfounding. Often times during well written dialogue I wanted to scream "GET ON WITH IT!" The book is read in a maddeningly slow tempo which really detracts from certain scenes. Read/listen to the book but try to find another edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Success and the Self-Image

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    The world's foremost producer of personal development and motivational audio programs now presents a newly-expanded revision of a true self-help classic. No one is better qualified to show you the secrets to developing a successful self-image than Zig Ziglar, a man who has overcome his own share of diversity to become one of the world's most popular and successful motivators.

    ashely castillo says: "I loved it"
    "Maybe I'm being petty..."
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    Maybe I'm being petty but once you make an anti-science comment, DONE! Ziglar ridiculed evolution to make an analogy and I have no tolerance for that nonsense. Also the book was just to much piss and vinegar enthusiasm instead of real substance. If you can ever get your hands on his material, check out David Sandler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Herbert West - Reanimator

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Herbert West-Reanimator is an outstanding horror story by H. P. Lovecraft that was first serialized in February through July 1922 in the amateur publication Home Brew. The story was the basis of the 1985 horror film Re-Animator and its sequels, in addition to numerous other adaptations in various media. You want zombies? Real zombies? Listen to this because Lovecraft was one of the very first and he got zombies right: Scary, evil, implacable and most definitely out to get you.

    Robert A. Lime says: "Great for fans of SciFi and the Movie"
    "Great for fans of SciFi and the Movie"
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    I often times like to read the source material for my favorite movies - especially shorts and novellas. Although this short is to be taken seriously (unlike the campy movie), it and the movie are great companions. If you are a fan of the movie, or just Lovecraft, check this one out. Definitely worth the 90 minutes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5052)
    Performance
    (3897)
    Story
    (3922)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Surprisingly Underwhelmed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe - depending on what you are expecting out of science fiction...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Great story with good imagination. However it suffers from poor execution. The characters were incredibly shallow. None of them longed for anything. You couldn't empathize with any of them. No emotional involvement is compelled. The dialogue was very mediocre and there wasn't much conflict. WORST OF ALL - the door is WIDE OPEN for some social commentary on war, whether the stance was going to be one of bleeding heart liberalism or of a Bush sympathizer. If you think you're going to get some thematic content regarding war - you're wrong. All of the known intelligent life in the universe is killing each other instead of learning from each other and, meh, no big deal. Not worth talking about.


    What aspect of William Dufris’s performance would you have changed?

    The attempts of humor in the dialogue were pretty futile, and the performance made them worse.


    Could you see Old Man's War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. It's shortfalls as a novel actually lend themselves to the story being reborn as a mega-budget action movie directed by Michael Bay (since his movies have no characters and awful story-telling). The alien races and action sequences would do nicely on the big screen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a classic sci-fi person, leave this book alone. You'll be severely disappointed. The story is entertaining, but it's not about much. But if you're into pop fantasy, you'll probably like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (899)

    They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

    Herb says: "Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor"
    "So Good It Makes You Hate the Movie"
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    Incredible book. One of my favorite non-fiction / Sci-Fi stories. The only downside is that it I'm now sickened of the motion picture's interpretation of the source material. I once thought that it was a decent movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 'All You Zombies': Five Classic Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    This collection from grand master Robert A. Heinlein includes five short stories sure to please science fiction fans everywhere. The title story tells the tale of a young man who meets a time-traveling bartender whose origins - and relation to the young man - are more complex and stranger than the Ouroboros ring on the barkeep's finger.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Disappointing For Heinlein"
    "Nice Variety"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Heinlein collection I've read/listened to, but it seems to be a great variety of entertaining stories with provocative thematic material.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Second Variety

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A short story by Philip K. Dick, first published in Space Science Fiction Magazine, in May 1953. A nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the West has reduced much of the world to a barren wasteland. The war continues, however, among the scattered remains of humanity. The Western forces have recently developed "claws", which are autonomous self-replicating robots, to fight on their side. It is one of Dick's many stories in which nuclear war has rendered the Earth's surface uninhabitable.

    Aaron says: "Not Bad. Not bad at all."
    "Classic Philip K Dick"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Second Variety?

    Nice surprise ending


    Any additional comments?

    Better than most PKD short stories. Another well done vision of a dystopiac, post-nuclear holocaust world. The ending was slightly predictable, but good nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt, Media Matters for America
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    The Fox Effect follows the career of Ailes from his early work as a television producer and media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. Consequently, when he was hired in 1996 as the president of Rupert Murdoch’s flagship conservative cable news network, Ailes had little journalism experience, but brought to the job the mindset of a political operative. As Brock and Rabin-Havt demonstrate through numerous examples, Ailes used his extraordinary power and influence to spread a partisan political agenda....

    Robert A. Lime says: "Pretty good - just a liberal confirmation bias boo"
    "Pretty good - just a liberal confirmation bias boo"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    If you're listening to this book, you're probably already a Fox News loathing liberal. This book satisfies the craving for confirmation bias, but isn't much more than that. Worth a read. I picked up some "golden nuggets."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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