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  • Downtown Owl

  • A Novel
  • By: Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by: Phillip Baker Hall, Lily Rabe, Wiley Wiggins, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn't there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don't have cable. They don't really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that's not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it's perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By Harry on 02-21-09

Downtown Owl - goodnight

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Chuck Klosterman captures North Dakota like a getaway man asleep behind the wheel. Hands up. Gotcha.

  • Euclid's Window

  • The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
  • By: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Eric on 08-13-10

A nonstop geometry thrill ride

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

I paid for my whole seat but found out quickly that I would only use the edge or approximately one third of the area.

  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,844

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for tech fans

  • By Mikeyxote on 06-01-12

Enjoyed.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

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

Listened to the entire presentation in the two days after downloading, the most important metric (actually only) criteria I use to judge audiobooks. Found it interesting and enjoyable.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The most compelling aspect was the lack of non-compelling aspects.

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

I tend to mistrust the voice of the mind when reading paperback books given as a gift.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

No additional comments.

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,348

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Brian on 03-28-08

Scott Brick taps into Wilson - masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 09-28-11

Great books deserve a great delivery, it is seldom when the authors words, your imagination, and a narrator create such a wonderful thing. The best compliment to any audio book describing the experience,
"It was as if I read it myself,"
or in this case,
"better than if I had read it myself."

  • Misquoting Jesus

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,630

When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding

  • By P. J. Benyei on 01-11-12

So informative listened twice, great job.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-11

As a historical reference it opens the the discourse to the lay man, as a starting point, a great listen, and the non-biased look at who may and how possibly the shape of the bible has come to us.

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  • The Drunkard's Walk

  • How Randomness Rules Our Lives
  • By: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,848
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,575

In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interested in statistics? This is the book.

  • By Robert on 02-21-14

Informative

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

Reviewed: 09-22-11

Easy listen, enjoyable narration, salient information presented as such, not too bad for a saw buck!