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  • Woken Furies

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,589

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a first

  • By customer on 02-10-08

Worst edition in the series...

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I ran the risk of getting this third volume of the series even though there are so many reviews bemoaning how horrible it is. The reviews are right... Morgan did a horrible job writing it, Dufris did a horrible job narrating it, and the producer did a horrible job with sound effects. I'm not sure if Morgan rushed the writing or was too close to his work... because I think he focused too much on the "trees" and lost sight of the "forest". He was very careful with choosing fantastic words, but lost it when trying to string them together in sentences paragraphs and telling a good STORY. Morgan forgot to tell a good story! There's way too many tangents with info dumps to perhaps make it a fat book, but it tortures the reader and listener. That alone is reason enough to not purchase this edition, but the narrator's performance is also enough to not purchase... how can you mispronounce "Takeshi Kovacs"? Then, to make the listener want to reach through his earbuds and strangle the narrator, some idiot producer decided to add an echo chamber to portray memories or "unspoken" thoughts. Whoever had the idea to add the echo chamber should be forced to pay back every one who buys the edition.

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  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,343

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

More for Robert Jordan fans...

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

Reviewed: 03-18-12

If Tolkien were still alive, I'm not sure if he would consider this work as plagiarism or as the highest form of flattery. At about 20% into the story, the amount of influence that Tolkien had on Jordan became very distracting and annoying. Needless to say, there is little creativity here. There were a few things of which I was already tired, especially the number of times that the title "Aes Sedai" is used... I mean, come on, make up a thesaurus in this world or be more descriptive about what an "Aes Sedai" is or does rather than continually using the title.

I was also tired of the characters not trusting Moiraine and alluding to her as an Aes Sedai and how untrustworthy all Aes Sedai are -how many times does one have to save another person's life before earning a little respect? I think Jordan should have made the Two Rivers folks on the quest a little less dense. It is not that they just lack experience and are naive, they're pretty dumb. By the middle, I felt that they had better wake up soon and realize the gravity of the situation, otherwise I was going to start rooting for their enemy.

In the end... I didn't find any characters worthy of admiration. I found it rather tedious and boring following characters from town to town to town to town to town without any plot or character development. I can't believe that there are eleven more books following this one, but Jordan obviously had a following. Perhaps Brandon Sanderson was able to add something to the ending of the series worth reading...?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Happiness Hypothesis

  • Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,429
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,338

This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy

  • By David on 01-25-07

Happiness is not found here...

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

Reviewed: 02-02-12

Jonathan Haidt is a self professed Jewish, atheist, psychologist. After an existential crisis, he studied philosophy in undergraduate school. Then he went on to study psychology, and then had a hobby of observing morality.

In The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, Haidt attempts to present a series of issues (10) about life from the viewpoint of various religions, philosophies, and psychology. Haidt aims to identify psychological ideas discovered by thinkers of the past - Plato, Buddha, Jesus and others - and to examine them in the light of contemporary psychological research, extracting from them any lessons that still apply to contemporary life. Central to the book are the concepts of virtue, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning. His moral foundations theory looks at the way morality varies between cultures and identifies five fundamental moral values shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals.

Hadit is much better a talking about the brain than religion and philosophy. Unfortunately, he spent more ink on religion and philosophy. He tries to present various religious tenants and philosophical positions, but he does not do a very good job summarizing those views. At times it seems as though Haidt is just presenting a summary of a viewpoint, but too often he offers a criticism or interpretation that misrepresents the viewpoint. He also presents arguments and conclusions that are not logistically sound. Several times he creates self-referential fallacies.

The most annoying thing is that Haidt is very arrogant. He dismisses the notion of God as a delusion and evil as a myth. Several times he wrongly refers to evil as "pure evil", misrepresenting the religious viewpoint. Because of his prejudice, Hadit's presentation on anthropology and human happiness is underdeveloped to inaccurate. The book is not a complete waste of time, though; I did appreciate the sections that were focused on psychology, especially brain physiology. But he too frequently goes outside of his expertise and comes across as an amateur sociologist and philosopher.

17 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • In Retrospect

  • The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
  • By: Robert S. McNamara
  • Narrated by: Robert S. McNamara (preface), Joseph Campanella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

As secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Robert S. McNamara was one of the chief architects of American foreign policy, and particularly of the strategy that propelled the U.S. into the Vietnam War. Though he at first firmly believed that fighting communism in East Asia was worth the loss of American lives, McNamara eventually found himself at odds with other members of the Johnson administration when he came to see the ever-escalating was as unwinnable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a mess things were...

  • By tom on 06-23-10

An interesting hind's sight review.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

An interesting hind's sight review of McNamara's memoir/account as Secretary of Defense during Presidents Kennedy's and Johnson's administrations. Some of the details are a bit obscure, so I am not sure why McNamara needed to put so much minutia in the book, but for the most part I think McNamara comes across as genuine. Maybe he wanted to disclose details that had previously been left untold...? I find it amazing that policymakers and military leaders chose strategies but did not follow through with the logistics and tactics to support the operations. I also find it amazing as to how many decisions were made based on fear of hypothetical scenarios rather than known facts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Daniels
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

The embattled New Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor's secret fortress: clone soldiers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anthony Daniels KILLS it again

  • By Michael on 03-29-12

I was hoping for so much more...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

At the end of Thrawn Trilogy, I am surprised that these three stories had such an impact on the world of Star Wars publishing. I did not find the stories to be very entertaining or exciting. I think all of the characters are flat, and Zahn essentially depends on everything that Lucas put into the main characters. Some of the ideas that Zahn tried to present aren't too bad, but there were plenty of opportunities to grow the characters and it just doesn't happen. The writing on Leia is the worst, because all of her spunky personality is left out. The next worst job is with Han, and then Leia's and Han's interaction just doesn't have any of the enjoyable banter that every fan came to appreciate. I think that Luke has most of the attention, but even though Luke has most of the focus and action, he is the same from beginning to end. There are so many novels and notelets in the Star Wars' industry that I hope to find some better installments.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2: Dark Force Rising

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Daniels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord, Grand Admiral Thrawn, has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Audio Conversion

  • By George on 04-15-11

I was hoping for so much more...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

At the end of Thrawn Trilogy, I am surprised that these three stories had such an impact on the world of Star Wars publishing. I did not find the stories to be very entertaining or exciting. I think all of the characters are flat, and Zahn essentially depends on everything that Lucas put into the main characters. Some of the ideas that Zahn tried to present aren't too bad, but there were plenty of opportunities to grow the characters and it just doesn't happen. The writing on Leia is the worst, because all of her spunky personality is left out. The next worst job is with Han, and then Leia's and Han's interaction just doesn't have any of the enjoyable banter that every fan came to appreciate. I think that Luke has most of the attention, but even though Luke has most of the focus and action, he is the same from beginning to end. There are so many novels and notelets in the Star Wars' industry that I hope to find some better installments.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pompeii

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 636

All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life

  • By Marty-Seattle on 12-11-03

Worth a read but not Harris' best.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

This was more interesting (earth science) than entertaining, and I think Harris' Imperium and Conspirata were written better on every level. It is still worth a read, but I am betting that the movie will be better than the book, because a lot of the "drama" is more visual than descriptive. I also didn't think that Harris spent enough time developing characters, but the plot moves pretty quickly and I think each act is interesting enough to hold the reader's attention.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,919

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Jt on 10-25-11

I was hoping for so much more...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

At the end of Thrawn Trilogy, I am surprised that these three stories had such an impact on the world of Star Wars publishing. I did not find the stories to be very entertaining or exciting. I think all of the characters are flat, and Zahn essentially depends on everything that Lucas put into the main characters. Some of the ideas that Zahn tried to present aren't too bad, but there were plenty of opportunities to grow the characters and it just doesn't happen. The writing on Leia is the worst, because all of her spunky personality is left out. The next worst job is with Han, and then Leia's and Han's interaction just doesn't have any of the enjoyable banter that every fan came to appreciate. I think that Luke has most of the attention, but even though Luke has most of the focus and action, he is the same from beginning to end. There are so many novels and notelets in the Star Wars' industry that I hope to find some better installments.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 7,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,850

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

How much of this story really happened?

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

Mitnick's story is quite amazing, but it took a little while until it became fascinating. I think it was about a third of the way in, around the point when the FBI steps into his life with undercover operatives, that the story becomes compelling. The writing and storytelling is done well. My biggest concern is about how much detail and how many facts are presented. There are so many occurrences of hacking and "social engineering", and they are all presented as though every detail and fact actually happened. It is hard to believe that someone can remember so many details of exactly what happened, even though Mitnick must have a significant intellect. I don't think he kept a journal along his crime spree path. I guess my concern goes hand-in-hand with the fact that Mitnick is very comfortable with lying in order to attain his own ends that one never really knows when he is telling the truth. I also thought that the "writer" should have come up with alternative terms for "social engineering", like lie, misrepresent, fabricate, impersonate, deceive...etc. I also got tired of hearing him say that "I felt as though someone was watching me" or "I felt that something was going wrong". I wonder what would have happened if the Gov't recognized such talent early on and worked with Mitnick instead of waiting until he became a criminal. What would Mitnick have done if early on the Gov't asked for his help in designing systems or in counter espionage? Let Mitnick loose on hacking our enemies rather than hassling corporations.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fatherland

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping from start to finish

  • By Mike From Mesa on 11-14-10

surprised to be disappointed in a Harris novel

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

I was surprised to be disappointed in a Robert Harris novel. I thought that the premise would make for a fascinating story, but Harris did not carry through with being very creative. Harris does show glimpses of brilliance, and I have enjoyed his writing skills in several other novels, but it took over half the book until the story became interesting. The premise is an alternate outcome to WWII -the Nazis have won Europe and are in a stalemate with Russia in the west. The US still nuked Japan and is in a M.A.D. situation with the Nazis, but supplying their enemies with supplies. So Harris essentially borrows the outcomes of the Cold War -not very creative. However, the story has very little to do with any of the premise. It moves into the idea that the world does not know the truth about the Holocaust, and the main characters discover the truth and want to reveal it. First of all, the truth about the Holocaust was known without the concurring of Germany and even before D-Day. Second, even under the M.A.D. doctrine, the Soviet Union still murdered tens of millions of unwanted people and the rest of the world did nothing about it. Therefore, even if the truth comes out, how would it have changed the diplomatic developments between Hitler or the Nazis and the Joe Kennedy administration of the US in this book? This left me wondering where Harris was going with the plot to reveal it to the world, and thus makes it seem as though the novel is unfinished. Really, though, this book is a love story in the midst of a repressive regime and the lovers try to find a way to freedom, but it could have been so much more interesting and creative if Harris tried to deal with some of the more important issues that could have developed if the Nazis really did triumph. If Harris only wanted to write about a love story in a hostile society, then he could have found some more compelling real stories from the Soviet Union, China, Cuba...etc. So in the end, the story did not have enough of anything that Harris brings up and I was left feeling unsatisfied. If you are a Robert Harris fan, and I am, then I think you should go ahead and read this book. If you have not read a Robert Harris novel, then you should try another one of his novels and come back to this one after a couple of other reads.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful