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  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not without flaws.

  • By Jay on 02-27-14

the title say it. useful lessons from space.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-13

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

great read for all of those who never made it to space and people working in intense situations. useful lessons from "the man" on why he became so successful. resonated with me a lot. book makes you wish you could be stuck beside chris on a plane stuck on tarmac or intense situation. you'll want to listen to this over and over.

What about Chris Hadfield’s performance did you like?

great read. really good voice.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

always be prepared. luck favours the prepared.
enjoy the journey and even if you don't achieve a goal, you had a helluva time getting to where u are.

Any additional comments?

give this book to your kid. very inspiring read.

  • Drive

  • The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This should become required reading

  • By Randall W. on 03-03-12

see the future

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

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

yes. it will shape the future of the planet. Business, family relationships and our success as a species. This book will change the way you interact with your colleages and kids

What did you learn from Drive that you would use in your daily life?

How to get my kids to do chores.

Any additional comments?

Very clear voice and expression that draws you in. One of the most pleasant voices. Extremetly well researched and presented.

  • Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

  • By: Karen Blumenthal
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of 20, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius - his exacting insistence on perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like Cliff's Notes to the Issacson book

  • By Peter on 03-21-12

Unbiased Easy listening

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

What did you love best about Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different?

Great Narrator. Doesn't tell you what to think, just presents the facts. Apple Loves may not like this book as it paints a darker picture of your beloved demigod.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Woz

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

Easy on the ear. 9/10 for narration

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

Somewhat comprehensive overview of Jobs life. I never listened to the famous book by sir whatever, but this book is definately a mind opening view into Steve jobs and Apple and important events in technology that shape our current ecoverse. What a rich whinny tosser Steve jobs was. (Woz) A fortunate set of circumstances and meetings and his drive to get whatever he needed, allowed him to force some of the brightest people on the planet to create a computer so smart, even dumb people can use it.

Any additional comments?

Long live the mighty Droid.

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  • The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices

  • How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives
  • By: Frank Moss
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

If you've ever read a book on an e-reader, unleashed your inner rock star playing Guitar Hero, built a robot with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a vehicle with child-safe air bags, then you've experienced first hand just a few of the astounding innovations that have come out of the Media Lab over the past 25 years. But that’s old hat for today’s researchers, who are creating technologies that will have a much deeper impact on the quality of people’s lives over the next quarter century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like a promotional press release...

  • By Michael on 10-22-11

Makes you love science again

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

If you could sum up The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices in three words, what would they be?

Makes science fun

Any additional comments?

if you like technology, education and multidisciplinary studies and how things may shape up in the future, this book is bought to you by the man on the inside - the Media Lab director. Makes you dream about the future and the greater good for humanity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hobbit (Dramatised)

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman, Anthony Jackson, Heron Carvic
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Old Favourite

  • By barnes on 07-08-10

Terrible sound quality

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or the narrator?

The dramatisation kills this. SO much background noise you can't hear or understand the person talking. Very poorly done by the BBC. I expected much much more.

Would you be willing to try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien? Why or why not?

Yes

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

The dramatisation was terrible. The main problem was the mixing of the background sounds with the foreground speaker. The foreground is a blur. IF you concentrate in a quiet place you might be able to follow it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

I would have hired a competant sound mixer

Any additional comments?

We only got a hour in and couldn't bare to finish it,

  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising

  • Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92

How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to quashing a robot mutiny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Interesting Book

  • By Gurmukh on 09-29-07

The Geeks shall Inherit the Earth

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

What did you love best about How to Survive a Robot Uprising?

This book cleverly weaves real scientfic truth about Robots with common causes for Alarm bred into us by movies such as the Terminator and shows you how in very practical terms how to survive malicious robots, who want to harm you. The book is very comprehensive.

What did you like best about this story?

Its a practical way to engage with your technology loving older children if listening to this book together. I particularly loved the clever suggestions such as how to stall a malicious robot by asking it what the largest prime number is.

What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

The narrators voice is brilliant. Super deep, non emotive and fitting to the story at hand, while never changing tone even during potentially lethal descriptions of killer robots.

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

My son and I laughed for hours to during night drives.

Any additional comments?

There is some heavy technical content in the book whcih I had to explain to my 12 year old, with many references to historical robot related movies and robot stereo types.