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Ian Kemp

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  • The Moral Landscape

  • How Science Can Determine Human Values
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478

In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it

  • By Paul on 11-23-10

Interesting to pair it with Christopher Hitchen's book "God is not great"

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

He does however spend a bit too much time on details of the church's abuse scandal. Just reminding us that it happened is enough without pages of graphic details.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,859

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

First half was hilarious...the second half...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

It really needed to end before the final 3 chapters. It had an ending and then for some reason he just kept going. It's like the publisher had a minimum number of words.

  • Doomed

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 418

Madison Spencer, the liveliest, snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the adventures in the afterlife begun in Damned. Having somewhat reluctantly escaped from hell, she now wanders the purgatory that is Earth as a ghostly spirit, seeking her do-gooding celebrity parents, fighting the malign control of Satan, recounting the disgracefully funny encounter with her grandfather in a fetid highway rest stop in upstate New York when she - oh, never mind - and climaxing in a rendezvous with destiny on the new, totally plastic continent in the Pacific called, not at all accidentally, Madlantis.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many mispronounced words

  • By james on 12-16-13

This was a truly awful book.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

It seemed like the author's main goal was to talk about as many dirty disgusting things as he could. It wasn't even funny.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Farnham's Freehold

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 676

Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein of his time...

  • By Lisa on 07-03-11

I have no idea what this book was about

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

Also Heinlein's thing about daughters wanting to sleep with their dads is weird. It's in several of his books. Also a serious time piece of Heinlein being 'progressive' for the time about racism.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Brain That Changes Itself

  • Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science
  • By: Norman Doidge M.D.
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth reading

  • By Jen on 01-12-09

The chapter on sex was disturbing

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

Really really graphic with no need to be. We can understand some people get aroused by things other people would find gross without those acts being described explicitly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ancillary Sword

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would a agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew - a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but the shift in pronunciation was jarring.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-15

Less focussed then the first one

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

Reviewed: 01-17-15

The first book had a straight forward plot this felt more like an episode in a TV show. No main thrust even by the end.

  • The Rise of Superman

  • Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
  • By: Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622

In this groundbreaking audiobook, New York Times best-selling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow”, an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • There is no way some of these reviews are real

  • By Mike on 05-01-15

It's hard to take a book seriously that

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Says things such as, "that was like painting the Mona Lisa upside down and blind folded". Actual quote to describe doing a skateboard jump over the Great Wall of china.

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Circle of Treason

  • CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed
  • By: Sandra V. Grimes, Jeanne Vertefeuille
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

Circle of Treason is the first account written by CIA agents who were key members of the CIA team that conducted the intense "Ames Mole Hunt." Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille were two of the five principals of the CIA team tasked with hunting one of their own and were directly responsible for identifying Ames as the mole, leading to his arrest and conviction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The hunt for a mole

  • By Jean on 01-15-14

"We did everything great"

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

Reviewed: 12-20-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Having someone help you write this because you have no business writing a book. This writers are convinced they made no mistakes in their careers other than 'keeping certain people informed'. They include irrelevant detail after irrelevant detail while telling you nothing about the larger CIA or lessons to be learned. We do not need to know they enjoy watching masterpiece theatre or what kind of alcohol Ames drank or the fact that his wife kept calling people peasants based on what they wore. I have read dozens of books about the CIA this is by far the worst.

  • Order of the Alchemists

  • The Knights of Malta and Cagliostro
  • By: Mr. Philip Gardiner
  • Narrated by: Mr. Philip Gardiner
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 2

Almost everybody is now aware of the infamous history of the Knights Templar. But not everybody realizes that there was another Order from the same time and with the same roots. This Order still exists today and has incredible power. This title reveals the true history of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and in so doing, we discover occult and sinister forces at play.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Book

  • By Ian Kemp on 09-09-09

Not a Book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-09

This is not a book it is 20 minutes of some guy talking coupled with 35 minutes of music. Not only is it not informative it is kind of like a conspiracy theory but with not enough crazy in it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful