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  • Contact

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkoe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283

The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who - or what - is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future - and our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, significant differences from the movie

  • By A. Ferguson on 01-25-13

Worlds better than the movie

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I loved the movie, but this was worlds better! The last 3 hours are the best material. Worth the setup.

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,623

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

Favorite audio book of hundreds!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Jeremy Irons is the perfect reader of this ultra-clever linguistic masterpiece! Hell, Humbert! It was a marriage made in Heaven, Humbert. There was a Lo to behold in my pampered ears. De lect (aud) able!

  • Player Piano

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Kurt Vonnegut's first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul's rebellion is vintage Vonnegut – wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Christopher Bowers on 09-18-17

Timeless themes and perfect ironies

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Oversized brains that overtechnologize life will always win; the innocent victim is our own humanity.

  • Free: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

  • By: Pappy Pariah
  • Narrated by: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Ari Fliakos, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,125

By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just friggin weird man...

  • By agreenbuddha on 12-12-16

hallucinatory fever dream for the times

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-16

hallucinatory fever dream for the times. powerful prose. the new American Psycho. how crazy can we get?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Me, Myself, and Us

  • The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being
  • By: Brian R. Little Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

In Me, Myself, and Us, Brian Little, Ph.D., one of the psychologists who helped re-shape the field, provides the first in-depth exploration of the new personality science and its provocative findings for general readers. The audiobook explores questions that are rooted in the origins of human consciousness but are as commonplace as yesterday's breakfast conversation. Are our first impressions of other people's personalities usually fallacious?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I almost returned it back

  • By fulldaym on 08-04-16

read kierkegaard instead

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-16

the pseudojunkscience of personality has a long way to go. philosophy is far more helpful and insightful.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,798

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

Epic saga of the digital era since WWII

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

it's everything that any nerd would ever want in a novel about the emergence of computers and encrypted communication, sprinkled with excellent commentary about humanity's relationship with technology. it was really long, but i was still sad when it ended. it never dragged, although some of the shorter vignettes were not much more interesting/funny than personal blogs or facebook posts. but hey, this was written before that stuff proliferated -- once again showing stephenson's prescience.

the narrator was a 9 out of 10 and did a great job with the many ethnic accents and military personalities.

  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,722

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating book

  • By Mark J. Lura on 07-12-11

melancholy and the sadness of a finite life

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

incredible narrator! story of synthesis of the potential and actual in a life well-unwell-well lived

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Short Stay in Hell

  • By: Steven L. Peck
  • Narrated by: Sergei Burbank
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 763

An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully unsettling

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

step into the tesseract

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-15

i relished it. makes you really appreciate this life's ratio of variety to span because hell is nearly infinitely less varied and longer/wider. God only knows what it would be like to make it through. maybe the def of God is someone who has made it through and read every book along the way. ". . . that ye may know what is the length and breadth and depth and height . . . love of God surpassing all understanding." - ephesians 3.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful