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  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,322

Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and, most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks, who keep the ship running; and Ashby, their noble captain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing happens

  • By Leticia Porche on 06-27-17

Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

There's no science here. There's no conflict. No shoot 'em up. No dramatic love triangles. No adventurous exploration against the universe or nature. 2/3rds of the book in and I'm tapped out. Only read this if you really enjoy 'world building' and 'scenery gazing' cause that's all there seems to be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Head Strong

  • The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster - in Just Two Weeks
  • By: Dave Asprey
  • Narrated by: Dave Asprey, Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for making humans perform better - a process known as "biohacking". In his first book, The Bulletproof Diet, he shared his biohacking tips for taking control of your own biology. Now, in Head Strong, Asprey shows listeners how to biohack their way to sharper, smarter, faster, more resilient brains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST BOOK I'VE READ FOR MAXIMIZING PERFORMANCE

  • By CAD on 08-12-17

Hoodoo

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

There's a lot of bad information in this book. Do your research about any assertions he makes. Especially in regards to products he sells or any claim that he hasv perfected a thing others have been doing for millennia.. such as his assertion that he perfected meditation. It's a real pity that he believes or needs to assert the woowoo into this, since it sabotages a lot of solid messages like reducing sugar intake and trying to focus on good diet. He cites a lot of science incorrectly and makes a lot of leaps in assumption, but most people won't check it out (and he knows this).

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162,588

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

One for the 30-somethings

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Wil Wheaten's voice acting is charming and engaging. The story is a classic trope of hope and youth against cynicism and greed. Fundamentally this is Star Wars with a ton of fun, geeky references to 80's pop tropes designed to please people in their 30's and early 40's with nostalgia laden winks.If nostalgia and geeky reminiscence are not your cup of tea then you should look elsewhere. However, if those things excite you then you are in for a pretty great ride through a pulpy future.

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

He is charming and engaging with all the right energy for this story.

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

Not really.

  • The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

A widening gulf between performance and accountability has caused history to be kinder to the American generals of World War II than to those of later wars. In The Generals we meet leaders from World War II to the present who rose to the occasion - and those who failed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Provocative

  • By Jean on 04-30-15

Excellent but disturbing critique of US military

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-13

Would you listen to The Generals again? Why?

Yes. There is a great deal of condensed military history that is easy to forget but deserving remembering.

What did you like best about this story?

An inside look at a culture most of us never consider even existing: The US military.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are no scenes.Once the author passes World War 2 he reveals a lot of history and politics that are rarely thought of or discussed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not applicable.

Any additional comments?

Concise, prepared and backed with as much evidence as you are likely to find. The author seriously critiques the strengths and weaknesses of military culture while taking us along its development for the last 60 years. He supplements solid fact with anecdote and information that we know about human sociology in general to form a compelling tapestry explaining political and military struggles from the 60's onward.

  • Tigana

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tigana

  • By Hope on 04-22-12

A strong piece of a intelligent fantasy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-12

What did you love best about Tigana?

The story features a classic scenario of outcast heroes on their way to free their society from tyranny. However, this story is not the point of the book. The book is about memories, self and identity. What composes these things? Choices and how the effect the world around us.

What other book might you compare Tigana to and why?

There are some similarities to the Game of Thrones series in style, but Guy Gavriel Kay writes in a unique manner that I haven't seen reproduced by any other author. There are a dozen similar plot lines, but few go beyond the swashbuckling aspect like Kay chooses to. The closest similar series I can recall are Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

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

No.

  • Luther

  • The Calling
  • By: Neil Cross
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective with an extraordinary case clearance rate. He’s obsessive, instinctive, and intense. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumors that Luther is bad - not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. He seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t - things well beyond the limits of the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scapegoat

  • By David on 02-10-13

As good as the show

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-12

What did you love best about Luther?

The tone and atmosphere of the book is a perfect match for dark, unpleasant subject. You live inside the tragic, claustrophobic mind of Luther during his chapters, creating an unbearable tension similar to what Luther himself must feel.

What other book might you compare Luther to and why?

It is similar to the Millennium series by Stieg Larsen. Both are crime series and both feature bleak worlds, both feature smart and iconoclastic protagonists.

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

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There is little to laugh about in this book. There is a lot to cry about if a person is given to it.

Any additional comments?

This book is based on the British show of the same title, written by the man who created the drama originally. It is just as good as the excellent program whose namesake it shares.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,545

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Workman-like and not really related to the title

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-12

What did you like best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World? What did you like least?

A thorough, easy to understand biography of one of the most important figures in history. Not really very much information on the 'Making of the modern world' part. The ideals the author credits Temujin and his successors with are abstractions that come from a very idealized view of the culture.While the Mongols have an excessive reputation for brutality, they were not the noble and fair-minded people the author would have you believe either.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Weatherford? Why or why not?

No. The writing is drab and he shows incredible bias in his opinions.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ?

No.

What else would you have wanted to know about Jack Weatherford’s life?

Nothing.

Any additional comments?

The biography is very lop-sided and presents an incredibly biased view of all the positive things about the Mongol culture. It ignores or minimizes many of the negative aspects of their way of life.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Civilization

  • The West and the Rest
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Niall Ferguson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396

The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful analysis of the ascendancy of the West.

  • By Patrick on 05-25-13

The usual inciteful and challenging Ferguson

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-12

Where does Civilization rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the better overall studies of history.

What did you like best about this story?

Challenging thoughts and theories that support his conclusions and play to my personal bias in many areas.

What about Niall Ferguson’s performance did you like?

Perhaps a better narrator than he is an author. In reading his own work we know that the tone is perfect.

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well imagined, absorbing

  • By Josh on 11-10-08

Unreptenantly Intellectual

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-12

What made the experience of listening to Anathem the most enjoyable?

The story is one of the deepest and most engrossing pieces I have ever read. It has tremendous power throughout with exquisite character, carefully studied academics and sharp timing. His 2nd best work in a line of excellent work.

What did you like best about this story?

The intelligence.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Quality voice acting and proper sense of emotion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Jad near the end, in the space station.

  • The World Is Flat

  • Further Updated and Expanded
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

With the "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? Now in a third edition with a new preface, Friedman's account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth the listen

  • By Paul W. Johnson on 01-14-08

Insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-12

What made the experience of listening to The World Is Flat the most enjoyable?

The author presents a smart, insightful look at the challenges of an integrated world. The writing is not dry or bland, but engaging and human.

What did you like best about this story?

There is no story.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

Steady and stable.

If you could give The World Is Flat a new subtitle, what would it be?

The challenges we are facing today in an integrated world.