LISTENER

andrew ross

  • 19
  • reviews
  • 14
  • helpful votes
  • 43
  • ratings
  • Tao Te Ching

  • A New English Version
  • By: Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242

In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peace is ruined at the end

  • By Mary Durand on 03-04-15

Listen to at 3/4 speed

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Excellent performance!!!! Both mitchels translation and the narration are wonderful. A very enriching document. Thanks audible!

  • Last Evenings on Earth

  • By: Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews - translator
  • Narrated by: David Crommett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The first short-story collection in English by the acclaimed Chilean author Roberto Bolano. Winner of a 2005 PEN Translation Fund Award. "The melancholy folklore of exile", as Roberto Bolano once put it, pervades these 14 haunting stories. Bolano's narrators are usually writers grappling with private (and generally unlucky) quests, who typically speak in the first person, as if giving a deposition, like witnesses to a crime.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't capture the creepiness of the text

  • By andrew ross on 01-07-18

Doesn't capture the creepiness of the text

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

There's something very unsettling about this collection of stories, more so than most of his other work. But the narrator is interpreted more as "nerdy academic" than what I picture this text needing. Just my opinion.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,773
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,544
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,464

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-17

Laughable

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

How did this thing make it past the editor? The dialogue is laughably dumb. The sound effects are like something out of tim and eric. What's with this bizarre story?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fear Itself

  • The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time
  • By: Ira Katznelson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Redefining our traditional understanding of the New Deal, Fear Itself finally examines this pivotal American era through a sweeping international lens that juxtaposes a struggling democracy with enticing ideologies like Fascism and Communism. Ira Katznelson, "a towering figure in the study of American and European history" (Cornel West), boldly asserts that, during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued yet distorted by a unified band of southern lawmakers who safeguarded racial segregation as they built a new national state to manage capitalism and assert global power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History in Context of Political Science Analysis

  • By zsuzsanna on 08-27-15

I tried real hard

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I've been mostly listening to history books for the last two years and have had this one recommended to me by lots of people I trust, but my god... This guy does not make a coherent narrative. It feels like an undergrad dissertation. And the narration doesn't do it any favors. I can't imagine anyone finishing this thing.

  • October

  • The Story of the Russian Revolution
  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution, and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The 20th Century's New Weird History

  • By Darwin8u on 08-12-17

Not for nubes

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I thought I knew enough about socialist history and the early days of the revolution, but my God. I was totally in the dark the whole time with the endless names and political terms which the author goes to no trouble explaining. I've only heard good things about his fiction, so I'll definitely check that out, but yeesh, as a story this was one of the most difficult ones I've ever finished.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nazi Literature in the Americas

  • By: Roberto Bolaño, Chris Andrews - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

A tour de force of black humor and imaginary erudition, Nazi Literature in the Americas presents itself as a biographical dictionary of writers who espoused extreme right-wing ideologies in the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most Bolaño of all Bolaño

  • By andrew ross on 10-22-17

The most Bolaño of all Bolaño

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I love all of his work, but this one is one of the most "fun" and structurally interesting than the others, even though it's about, you know, nazis. A strangely enjoyable book, as is all of Bolaño (except The Third Reich).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Bridge

  • The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
  • By: Rick Perlstein
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 39 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War and prepared for a triumphant second term - until televised Watergate hearings revealed his White House as little better than a mafia den. The next president declared upon Nixon’s resignation “our long national nightmare is over” - but then congressional investigators exposed the CIA for assassinating foreign leaders. The collapse of the South Vietnamese government rendered moot the sacrifice of some 58,000 American lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Tad Davis on 10-03-14

Necessary

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Do yourself a favor. This book is the best way I've found yet which shows me (born in '81) where the hysterics and partisanship of my religious and political upbringing originated. What's more, it actually made me sympathize with the neocons and religious right in ways I would have never expected.

A definite look at how we got where we are today in our cultural/ political climate

  • Learn in Your Car: Spanish, Level 3

  • By: Henry N. Raymond, Oscar M. Ramirez
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

The Learn in Your Car language series is the first system ever designed to teach a language in your car...or anywhere...without a textbook. And now with Learn in Your Car from audible.com, you can turn your PC, your Rio, or any mobile device into your own personal language tutor. Browse more Learn in Your Car.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, but you need to know some Spanish

  • By Wallace on 02-24-07

Best Spanish book

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

It's much more effective if you put it on .75 speed since they aren't dropping their accents and it might be a little hard to follow.

  • The Savage Detectives

  • A Novel
  • By: Roberto Bolaño
  • Narrated by: Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started slow but ended great

  • By Rebecca Lindroos on 12-06-09

Not bad if you listen 2x

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

Bolaño is not easy to listen to, believe me, I've read/ listened to almost everything he's done. This book and 2666 are better if you hear them 1.5x or 2x speed.

  • Collected Fictions

  • By: Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but incomplete

  • By Aaron on 12-17-18

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

I've listened to this audiobook several times now. I absolutely love everything about it. The stories are classic, the narration is pitch perfect... It's just great.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful