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  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,248

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

Inexcusably Bad Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

This narrator ruins one of Neal Stephenson best books. Takes a thoroughly unique, extensively researched masterpiece and totally messes up the performance. Full of totally inexcusable mispronounced and emphasis on all the wrong parts. How does nobody proof these before they're released?

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,753

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Unnecessarily long and dry

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I am a humongous fan of all Neal Stephenson works from Zodiac to Cryptonomicon and was going this would be similar. While intellectually interesting and complex, this book is unnecessarily long and drones on on subjects that are not important for the overall narrative and just seem to weigh it down. Cool overall story but could have been 1/4 as long and just as compelling. Was hoping for a Snow Crash but got something drier and more boring, with far less interesting characters.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,324

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Amazing book, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Title says it all. This is an absolute classic of a novel by Neal Stevenson but the narrator butchers its delivery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Acing the Private Equity Interview

  • By: William Jones
  • Narrated by: William Jones
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 3

How to ace the private equity interview.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Includes zero PE-specific information.

  • By Christopher on 01-30-18

Includes zero PE-specific information.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

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

This was a completely boilerplate set of generic job-hunting advice and gives absolutely no information specific to the PE industry. The title itself is an absolute fraud and this listing should be removed from audible. Shame for even allowing this to appear on Audible.com.

Has Acing the Private Equity Interview turned you off from other books in this genre?

No- it wasn't a book about Private Equity.

What didn’t you like about William Jones’s performance?

He clearly did not rehearse. He sounds like he's under the influence of drugs while reading and frequently stutters or seems to lose his train of thought. Sounds like a Rick and Morty episode.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Acing the Private Equity Interview?

It's a 4-minute clip that costs a few dollars and includes zero useful content. I'd cut the whole thing.

Any additional comments?

I'd like a refund. Listings like this tarnish the reputation of Audible.com, which otherwise provides an absolutely excellent service.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of France

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Cecil Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Tristan Bernays
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

When we think of France we often evoke images of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris, the chic beaches of St Tropez. Yet, as the largest country in Europe, it is a place of huge diversity. The idea of 'Frenchness' emerged from over 2,000 years of history and it is a riveting story from Roman conquest to the present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good narrative

  • By Michael on 04-19-16

A fantastic read!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Absolutely fantastic crash course in French culture and history from Roman times through the present. Excellent and easy to follow narration of what could otherwise be a dense read, full of interesting and relevant content.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn Fotopulos on How to Get Comfortable with Accounting

  • By: Dawn Fotopulos
  • Narrated by: Dave Summers
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 2

In her new book Accounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners, Dawn Fotopulos attempts to reduce the number of small business failures by examining the struggles of owners attempting to turn their hobbies into jobs. Fotopulos argues that the key to success will not come from a constant attempt to attract new customers, but rather adopting a strategy in which owners successfully manage what they already have.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is effectively a commercial

  • By Palm-san on 08-13-15

Just a plug for the book, should be free

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

This is literally a 20 min plug for a separate book. Totally useless for learning anything new. Like paying for an infomercial. Should be free.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Analects of Confucius

  • By: Confucius
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC – 479 BC. Although he is usually listed as the author of The Analects ( wise sayings ), it was actually a group of his followers, years after his death, who wrote down his words and descriptions of his daily life. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized morality, "the proprieties" - correctness of social relationships - as well as justice and sincerity. A major goal of his conversations was to get his disciples to think deeply for themselves by relentless study of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wise words of a true sage.

  • By Chris on 07-03-17

Timeless wisdom, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

The tone and pacing of the reader were confusing and completely inappropriate. The reader seemed uncomfortable and unfamiliar with the text, as if reading each sentence for the very first time. The fit was like reading Shakespeare in the tone of a sportscaster. Reader also seems completely unfamiliar with pronunciation of Chinese names. I'm sure the reader is fantastic at interpreting other topics, but a reader more familiar with the subject matter would greatly improve the performance of this reading.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Moonwalking with Einstein

  • The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
  • By: Joshua Foer
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963

Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got the Ball Rolling

  • By Christopher on 03-17-11

Useless as a practical guide

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

I expected this book to techniques for improving memory skills. Instead what I got a Michael Moore-esque memoir of the author as he tried to learn about the field of memory training. He touches briefly on a few techniques he uses but never explains how to do them.

Would definitely not download if I'd known what this book was about. Misleading description.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful