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  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,622

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

A Masterful piece full of suspense!!

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Reviewed: 08-02-17

What did you love best about Invisible Man?

The suspense, the free flowing and vivid descriptions of the protagonist's viewpoint. I found myself afraid at what might happen at each turn while still laughing at various points.

What did you like best about this story?

The author uses beautiful words that are so vividly descriptive such that as I read I felt I was a part of the consciousness of the protagonist, at times even urging the protagonist to follow an alternate path to one that was unfolding (or that he was taking).

I just loved being immersed in this tale but most importantly I found its frankness of race relations in the US as well as the legacy of slavery which in a way is similar to the legacy of colonialism (with a sauce of beatings, lynchings, hangings, etc) in the way myths, self-beliefs and identities were completely manipulated to ensure one race felt inferior to another, all in the interest of economics but with increased racial overtones that eventually spiraled out of control to the myths that some people hold true today, about other races.

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

The most powerful narration of an Audible book that I have heard to date. He not only totally owned the voice of protagonist but thoroughly he delivered on all the other voices. I can't wait to hear more of Joe Morton's work on another audio book.

If you could rename Invisible Man, what would you call it?

I would leave it as is, it's perfectly fitting as a title

Any additional comments?

My first novel in ages and I couldn't stop listening....very entertaining!!

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,063

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing book

  • By Bradley Janse van Rensburg on 06-13-17

A must read!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-17

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

Absolutely!! It is extremely well written and narrated. This book summarizes the answers to how we (Sapiens) have arrived at this point in time, ability and culture and goes beyond by asking the questions of where we are headed to, whether by our own devices or through circumstance. I definitely recommend spending a minimum of 15 hours of your time to read every bit of this book, I know I'll be scheduling another 15 to 20 hours for another read (more synoptic) to get into the guts of the matter and read alongside other such works

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sapiens?

There were so many great moments but I'll mention a few:

- The realization that we are probably not as special (when compared to other species) as we might want to believe.
- The realization that while we generally view ourselves as the one and only true humans, there have been other types of humans with their own strengths and quirks
- Our future and the implications of advancements we are making (such as AI, etc)
- A reinforcement of the realization that many things we consciously believe as real are either figments of our imagination or simply our own perspectives based on our beliefs, norms and values as well as the accuracy of our individual & collective apparatus i.e. eyes, ears, nostrils, etc.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

A solid performance by Derek Perkins. His narration style was perfect for the content and while I reading I thought he was the author (I think it reminded me of Neil degrasse Tyson's narration of his own book, Astrophysics for people in a hurry, where you could tell that he was more than a master of the content in the book)....his delivery was awesome!

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

I was left with many questions with one powerful question being whether the point to life was for the well-being of the individual or for the well-being of the species over time or maybe it's not a zero-sum game but that leads to even more questions than answers

Any additional comments?

Two very minor observations and/or corrections for the author:

- Akhenaten and his adoption of monotheism: I thought the date was more around 1350BC rather than 350BC as narrated in the book (which is rather quite late)

- The insinuation that Ghana (and by extension implying that African states) select dictators as leaders: there is a common misconception that all African states are run by despots. It is true that the systems of government in most African countries are worse than those in Northern and Central Europe (and maybe there is more corruption but I would probably qualify that statement by stating there is more "blantant" corruption in several African states whereas there is more sophisticated corruption in the west and obviously Trump, with his ethical dilemmas, is an exception to this) but many countries like Botswana, Zambia and Ghana have been voting for their leaders in peaceful elections for decades. Unfortunately, the general view presented of Africa is that of the deeply troubled states such as Somalia and Sudan and the success stories are completely ignored. I'm not trying to criticize you (the author) as you are likely just as much a victim of how information about Africa is presented by the media (a mix of fake and real news) but rather that if people like yourself can start to use a different tone and send a different message when talking about Africa, that this could change the attitude of many (including many Africans themselves who are exposed to some of the same fake news) about Africa and its people and facilitate greater cooperation across all sapiens and not just some sapiens.

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  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,103

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Neil deGrasse Tyson is simply amazing!!

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Reviewed: 07-05-17

Absolutely loved every bit!! Neil deGrasse Tyson imparts tons of knowledge in a most exciting way such that at the end you are left yearning for more. He simplifies complex topics in a way that makes you feel right at home with some of the most difficult subject areas known to man. I'm definitely going to continue on my journey to learn more about Cosmology and Astrophysics!

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,120

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By MaeC on 01-31-18

Loved it!!

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Reviewed: 12-03-16

This book brings out the beauty of Computer Science and how it's fundamentally woven into the fabric of the everyday problems we are faced with. Definitely a must read/listen!! I plan to buy the hard copy as well so I can read it myself and then have another listen....yes, it is that good!!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Motivational Speaker ever!!

  • By Kumoyo on 06-04-16

Best Motivational Speaker ever!!

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Reviewed: 06-04-16

Les Brown speaks from his heart right to your heart, mind and soul. Previously, I listened to Les Brown "tapes" to lift me up when I was feeling down and low but as I listen ever more closely to his words as well as practicing how to get things done and find my life's purpose, I have began to experience the practical aspects that he and others have articulated. Highly recommend it - super stuff (this is actually the second time I'm listening to this audio and it definitely won't be the last). Thanks Mr. Brown

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,085

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

Brilliant performance!!

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Reviewed: 05-11-16

Excellent narration and a great insights into how our habits influence us in everything we do! A simple and yet powerful delivery!!

  • The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

  • By: Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,162

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be Prerequisite for College!!!

  • By R. Lewis on 07-03-14

A must-read practical guide to effective thinking!

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Reviewed: 04-11-16

This book has everything you need to know to be an effective thinker! Great work!