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beth and chris

Beth reads books. She holds them in her hand and she turns the pages and reads the words. I download, plug in, and listen.

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  • The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon: The Story Behind the Craze that Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Steven Kent
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    The Ultimate History of Video Games reveals everything you ever wanted to know and more about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them, and the fanatics who played them. From the arcade to television and from the PC to the handheld device, video games have entraced kids at heart for nearly 30 years. And author and gaming historian Steven L. Kent has been there to record the craze from the very beginning.

    Sean says: "Repetitive but interesting"
    "love this history"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    not sure when the book should have ended. maybe it should keep going. I really enjoyed the first and second parts but got really bogged down in the court battle stuff of the third. kinda with i could have come out of that feeling good or not gone there at all.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (500)

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "my brain hurts in a good way"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Information to be better than the print version?

    yes. i don't think i could turn all the pages.


    What other book might you compare The Information to and why?

    Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software


    What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

    i never noticed him


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

    couldn't've


    Any additional comments?

    i'll buy this book now and keep it on my shelf. i am sure i will want to be reminded of the things inside it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Frank J. Pietrucha
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In our increasingly complicated and data-driven world, many new developments are so complex that only experts comprehend their nuances. But what they don't grasp is how to tell the world about them. Communicating technical content to nontechnical listeners has fast become a critical 21st-century skill. Explaining what you do and why it's important drives funding, policy decisions, media exposure, public awareness, and customer adoption.

    Todd Algren says: "Painful pacing and out of date."
    "about to start a masters in communication program"
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    Would you listen to Supercommunicator again? Why?

    already listened twice. and yes - ill listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    provides a great history of how things were done so you can get some insights into why people are still doing things they used to do. it also gives some ideas how we can maybe stop people from continuing to approach communications in that old fashioned out dated wrong way. The book is nice enough to explain things in a way that maybe everyone can understand

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Narrated By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In 10 chapters, composed of 10 "commands", Rushkoff provides cyber enthusiasts and technophobes alike with the guidelines to navigate the digital new universe. In this spirited, accessible poetics of new media, Rushkoff picks up where Marshall McLuhan left off, helping listeners to recognize programming as the new literacy of the digital age - and as a template through which to see beyond social conventions and power structures that have vexed us for centuries.

    beth and chris says: "i thought everyone could program"
    "i thought everyone could program"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. rushkoff is so much fun to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    me. cause the book didn't really have characters in it.


    Any additional comments?

    the book is not a story. its about cultural change, it is about the past, it is about right now, it is about the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (433)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "the only rock we eat"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    this was great to listen to while commuting I don't think anyone should sit and listen to it all at once. there is just too much to hear and so much to google outside of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2295)
    Performance
    (1838)
    Story
    (1837)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "I didn't expect this"
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    Where does The Psychopath Test rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    usually i speed up a book towards the end, but not with this book. maybe it was the way he read it. maybe it was just the right length. maybe it was just that interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know much about this book and never heard of jon ronson or the staring at goats story. and while listening i kept wondering if this was fiction or non-fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Byrne
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

    Daniel says: ""David Byrne is a Human" by a Talking Heads fan"
    "Everything I wanted to know"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've recommended this audiobook to friends who play music. Some of them would be more likely to read it themselves and that is cool too. As long as the ideas are passed on. The wisdom in this book is overflowing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    music makes cents


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that David Byrne didn't do the reading for this recording. but after a chapter or two I forgot that I cared who was reading it. Honestly the words are so Byrne that by the end of the book I thought Garman was Byrne.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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