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Wayne

Temecula, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Buddhism for Busy People

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Michie
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (301)

    In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

    Annie M. says: "Dipping your toe into meditation? Buy this..."
    "What I got out of this book"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. I learned that we are all dependent arisings - like water in a wave. Karma is a result of what we think, feel, act, cause & affect. Do good things, they come back to you. Buddhists believe it moves from life time to life time. As a Christian I'm not so sure about that. But I do believe that you can meditate on mindfulness and think about how to cultivate compassion and generosity to make yourself a better person and help others in the process.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (809)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Entrepreneurial Murder turns me off"
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't buy into the author's attempt to have his main character justify murder as an "entrepreneurial" advancement mechanism. It totally turned me off and I had a hard time listening to the character's attempts at justifying it.


    What could Aravind Adiga have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have had the brother of the boy who was killed by the main character's taxi service put a bullet in his head. That would have been nice karma.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    John Lee is always decent, but just ok in this doing the Indian accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The White Tiger?

    I would not have published this book. If I was an editor I would have told the author to look elsewhere.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

    Eric says: "Wow!"
    "Keeping it real"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Euclid's Window?

    I liked the way the author covers the history of discoveries in physics and mathematics from Pythagoras and Euclid to Einstein and beyond. I'm just a layman and I actually got the gist of most of the math and physics. I now understand how the leap to hyperbolic geometry helped Einstein and others to describe relativity and how the universe works. The author explains how math and physics evolved through the efforts of many great thinkers leading up to Einstein. And he finishes with the current state of string theory.


    What other book might you compare Euclid's Window to and why?

    I also liked About Time and The Clockwork Universe because they give you a historical perspective of our understanding of the universe and our place in it.


    What about Robert Blumenfeld’s performance did you like?

    He read very well.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    Newland Archer, Wharton's protagonist, is charming, tactful, enlightened - a thorough product of this society. He accepts its standards and abides by its rules, but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska.

    Darwin8u says: "Masterpiece of literary construction"
    "Man remorses over marriage, doesn't leave wife"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Edith Wharton and/or Laural Merlington?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Edith Wharton’s story?

    It needed serious editing. Three hours into it I wanted to stop. I was gagging on all the extraneous, unnecessary babbling. Just because you use big words doesn't mean you are saying anything.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

    No. She is too robotic.


    What character would you cut from The Age of Innocence?

    All the extraneous characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book to the end to see if it had any redeeming qualities. When the author sticks to the relationships between Archer, Ellen, and May and the immediate family you can follow along and understand the story and their internal struggles. So I did get something from the book. But I cannot recommend this book. I don't care for the author's writing style, nor for the narrator's reading of it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5232)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1456)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Women's Rights"
    Overall

    I pray no Muslim cleric puts a jihad on this author. He took a big risk in portraying the culture of Islam and how these men in the Middle East operate. It is a caveman culture of male domination over women. The more I listened to this book the more I hated Rasheed and this culture. I pray that Sharia law never takes hold in America. I don't see how it could. That is what these a-holes fear, that they can't keep their power because their women become educated and westernized. Since we in America have a technoligical advantage and a history of women's rights I can't see Sharia law taking hold in America. America will not tolerate it. But the fact remains that this mentality exists in these Middle Eastern countries. And frankly, it makes me sick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Hole War: My Battle to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Leonard Susskind
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed that it did - and in doing so, put at risk everything we know about the fundamental laws of the universe. Leonard Susskind and Gerard 't Hooft realized the threat and responded with a counterattack that changed the course of physics.

    Matthew says: "Good, but has its flaws"
    "Even the layman can follow this book."
    Overall

    I listened to this after reading Stephen Hawking's Brief History of Time. Hawking's book was good but lost me at the end. What I liked about Susskind's book was that he gives a very good history of many aspects of physics and makes it all easy to follow and understand. He finally leads you to the conclusion that information entering a black hole is not lost, which is contrary to what Hawking thought. I like the theoretical, imagine if you will, examples that physicists use to figure things out. Pretty cool.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10998)
    Performance
    (6191)
    Story
    (6240)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Survival of Pi"
    Overall

    I think this book would be more aptly named the Survival of Pi because it is, essentially, about his survival. He writes in a light hearted, matter of fact manner with regard to his ordeal at sea with the other animals on board. So he takes man's basest survival personality and makes it pallitable. In the end you are left to wonder if the others on board were really animals, or people? And who really was the tiger Richard Parker? Thought provoking.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (390)

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    mjshuff says: "River God review"
    "You just have to get used to his writing style"
    Overall

    It's definitely a bit shocking in the first 6 hours of the book where Taita gets his nuts cut off and an actor in the play for Pharoah gets hacked to pieces by his Master's henchman. But when I got past all that - I liked listening to the narrator telling the story from Taita's slightly pompous and sometimes humorous viewpoint with good character development and suspenseful action. It's a decent, though graphically written, epic novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets: How to Keep Your Portfolio Up

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In the wake of falling stock and real estate prices, the American economy is poised for a decade-long bear market, so says Peter Schiff. After he accurately predicted the current market turmoil, savvy investors should pay attention - and start protecting their assets now, before the markets take their toll. The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets shows investors how to stay safe and stay liquid during economic downturns.

    morton says: "Excellent and Timely"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    The name of this book implies he will explain how to detect bull moves in a bear market. All he does is predict inflation, a decline in the US dollar, and a need to invest abroad in commodities like gold, etc. What else is new?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Globalization

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jagdish Bhagwati
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the passionate debate that currently rages over globalization, critics have been heard blaming it for a host of ills afflicting poorer nations, everything from child labor to environmental degradation and cultural homogenization. Now Jagdish Bhagwati, the internationally renowned economist, takes on the critics, revealing that globalization, when properly governed, is in fact the most powerful force for social good in the world today.

    anonymous says: "thoughtful book marred by a sub-standard reading"
    "A 13 hour run on sentence."
    Overall

    This was the worst audio book I've ever listened to. Maybe if you are a Professor used to reading PHD dissertations you will enjoy this. If not, then you will find it difficult to follow and boring. Make sure you listen to the sample audio before you waste your credit. I wish I could get mine back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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