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  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,623

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

Great book, gets your gears turning

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Great book and likely more relevant today than ever before. It really got my mind ticking.

The performance was good but the English accent of the reader made it a more involved listen for me, as I had to re-listen to some of the lines to catch what he was saying

  • Tubes

  • A Journey to the Center of the Internet
  • By: Andrew Blum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Blum
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Almost everything about our day-to-day lives - and the broader scheme of human culture - can be found on the Internet. But what is it physically? And where is it really? Our mental map of the network is as blank as the map of the ocean that Columbus carried on his first Atlantic voyage. The Internet, its material nuts and bolts, is an unexplored territory. Until now. In Tubes, Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet's physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing a fresh look at the online world we think we know.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen to this while driving

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-24-12

Worthwhile book

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Even though I work for an Internet Service Provider, there were aspects of the inner workings of the Internet that I didn't understand. This book shed some light on some of those grey areas. The book is not very technical in nature, though it can be slow at times. I would recommend the book for anyone who is curious about how one of the most important parts of modern society.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165,423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,711
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,549

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Save your money

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

I would not recommend this audiobook. I can't say I'd listen to any book narrated by this reader, so that may have contributed towards my rating of the book. Putting the narrator aside, the story is way too dry, granular and slow moving, and the main character is too neurotic. Save your money and use it toward another book

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