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Robert Solomon

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Great Neck, NY USA | Member Since 2001

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  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1664)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (652)

    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"
    "Pleasure to listen to"
    Overall

    I had never read any of Asimov's books, despite having heard him as my college commencement speaker in the 70's. This book is really a collection of great short stories that is no less current now than when it was written. THis really is a pleasure to listent to. I wholeheartly agree with the other glowing reviews here.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18721)
    Performance
    (16669)
    Story
    (16631)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Does the date ring any bells?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Time travel stories are popular, I think, because we all have something we would go back and change if we could.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    I enjoyed the scenes with the protagonist and his girlfriend the most. It's the connections we make with others that is the most important part of our own lives.


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

    I have not listened to any of Craig Wasson's other performances, but I might now. His performance was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (753)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "Must read for anyone dealing w/ autistic children"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Reason I Jump the most enjoyable?

    I am the parent of an autistic boy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What he is experiencing in his own words. These words don't always answer the question, but it is how he is thinking about it. I am very glad this was finally translated into english and made an audiobook. The subject of the book was born in 1992, and wrote this when he was 13.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Senior
    • Narrated By Jennifer Senior
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

    Cynthia says: "The Joy of Parenting"
    "All Joy and All Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about All Joy and No Fun?

    The book is well researched, interesting and timely. I don't have any criticisms.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is non-fiction, so this question does not apply.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Senior – was your favorite?

    This is non-fiction, so this question does not apply.


    What did you learn from All Joy and No Fun that you would use in your daily life?

    The fundamental premise of the book, which is the effect that children have on their parents, is very well explored and documented. Mid-way she makes an observation regarding teenage children. A mother says that "My children are driving me crazy." This summarizes the sentiment well because the children are fine; it's the parent that needs to chill.


    0 of 0 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
    (845)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (631)

    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.

    michael says: "I was constantly frustrated by family! No longer."
    "Very useful"
    Overall
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    Where does Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I have found the concepts described in this book to be very practical and immediately useful. It includes checklists that make the ideas very concrete and directly applicable to individual situations. Essentially, it picks up where books like "He's Just Not That Into You" leave off. It gives the why.

    You won't regret listening to this if you are even a little bit interested in this topic.


    What other book might you compare Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love to and why?

    Both practical and backed up by studies.


    What about Walter Dixon???s performance did you like?

    Highlight of the book are the immediately useful checklists.


    What???s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The narrator is very good. The only minor quibble I have is that the book is slightly repetitious.


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
    • Narrated By Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    He's Just Not That Into You, based on the popular episode of Sex and the City, educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

    Jenny says: "A good basic message."
    "too repetitive"
    Overall

    I liked the intro. But after about 20 min into the first chapter I found the book very repetitive. I skipped to the last bookmark and listened for the last hour or so. I got enough out of this. The last 20 min summary was worth listening to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "Really wanted to like it"
    Overall

    I loved "Atlas Shrugged" so it was w/ great interest that I started this book. I just could not get into the protagonist, Rourke. To me he sounded autistic. He was too rigid in his ideals, and his ideals seemed arbitrary and absurd to me. He is essentially imposing his own sense of asthetic beauty on everyone else around him; it does not work for me. I could not continue listening after finishng the first part of 4.

    However, I do plan to get "In The Living" and see if I like that as much as "Atlas Shrugged."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (750)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Mixed bag"
    Overall

    I had trouble with the main premise of this book. Without spoiling it, Mr. Brown fails to distinguish basic computing principles when he constructed the central premise. This left me flat. Just as he did in "Angels And Demons," Mr. Brown stretches credulity too much for me to really enjoy this book. So far, he is a one hit wonder.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • See No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    In his explosive New York Times best seller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

    Ryan & Alexandra says: "Interesting perspective"
    "Knowledge is Power"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book.

    I used to believe that we have always done our best as a country to protect ourselves; then I hear a clear, detailed, well narrated and consistent book like this one, and it makes me want to believe the book must be wrong. I mean, we're the good guys, right? The book may make one exclaim, "Say it ain't so!" But it is so.

    The book discusses in detail how we dropped the ball and invited disaster by closing our eyes so we "See No Evil." It also lays out just how evil Iran-Contra was and how it facilitated the 9/11 attacks. But there is plenty of blame to go around and the book is very harsh on Clinton as well.

    This book covers similar material as another from the same author "Sleeping with the Devil." Both lay out the true price we pay for oil.

    If you as a reader do NOT want to know how we are our own worst enemy, do not read this book; you won't believe it anyway. For the rest of us who want to know more about what is being kept secret from us "for our own good," this is a must read.

    And then listen to "Sleeping with the Enemy."

    If you dare.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7787)
    Performance
    (2494)
    Story
    (2490)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "wonderful"
    Overall

    I really liked this book. It's purpose is to make the listener aware of many things that we do automatically. He characterizes what we do that works and what doesn't. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8513)
    Performance
    (4943)
    Story
    (5000)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    This book does a good job of continuing the Ender story. But it does not deliver the psychological insights as powerfully as Ender's Game does. The multi-narrator performance is better done than in Ender's Game. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, you will not be sorry if you want to hear all 4 of the Ender books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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