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  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,291

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You To All Who Recommended This!

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-16

Entertaining but not as useful as hoped.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no. Yes in the sense that I was entertained. No in that it did not address the question of what to do when publicly shamed very well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of So You've Been Publicly Shamed?

The funny stories, there are many. J. Ronson is a great story teller I'll give him that. Please write more books!

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

It's nice to hear from an author who is a great story teller too. I can just picture this guy telling good stories to his family on holidays like my grandfather use to.

Do you think So You've Been Publicly Shamed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I just think Mr. Ronson needs to write more stories, he is a master story teller.

  • Nonviolent Communication

  • Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values
  • By: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Narrated by: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849

On Nonviolent Communication, this renowned peacemaker presents his complete system for speaking our deepest truths, addressing our unrecognized needs and emotions, and honoring those same concerns in others. With this adaptation of the best-selling book of the same title, Marshall Rosenberg teaches in his own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an amazing life changing book!!!

  • By Olesya on 08-03-16

A work of genius, not to be missed! Life altering.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

What made the experience of listening to Nonviolent Communication the most enjoyable?

Mr. Rosenberg offers positive tools, rules and stories to make profound changes in one's life. A lot of wisdom packed into a relatively short amount of time. Mr. Rosenberg's voice also complimented his writing perfectly! I really dig his philosophy of life in general that I picked up from this book, as it is similar to my own.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nonviolent Communication?

I love the idea of a language of needs and feelings. And how true that we often use a language of dominance instead of communicating our needs specifically. His part on taking responsibility for our own actions in general and in our communication...seriously insightful.

Have you listened to any of Marshall Rosenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but now I want to!

If you could give Nonviolent Communication a new subtitle, what would it be?

A new language of feelings based on respect, responsibility and compassion.

Any additional comments?

I recommend listening to this more than once to get everything you can out of this. It can be a lot of information in a quick amount of time.

  • The Godmakers

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne has landed on Hamal. His assignment: To detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population. To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet - and the people here place certain expectations on their gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick could read me the dictionary.

  • By Raspen on 05-19-15

The Little Dune - Just wish it was longer...

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

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

Definitely, whether they had read Dune or not already it doesn't matter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godmakers?

I don't want to be a spoiler. But about halfway in... A whole new dimension arose...very cool! Though there were many such moments, but that one in particular.

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

Scott Brick did an excellent job in this book. However I don't feel like he should have narrated everything written by Frank Herbert as I made note in another review. But here, I have no qualms, he was awesome and he is an awesome narrator (I just don't like the idea of having the same author for multitudinous works by the same author because it starts to make the books seem too similar, when they aren't in fact, its just the authors voice that is well, almost identical. Though in this, Dune, and especially the Santaroga Barrier where he really shined, he was excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. There is a lot to take in. Also, I didn't want to finish what little there was so quickly because it was so good.

Any additional comments?

I only wish it were longer. I think a couple more books could have been made by splitting the book up if he had wanted to or had the time. Then again it stands on its own just fine, it is just my personal preference for more Frank Herbert material to read that causes me to wish this. People who don't like 27 hour books however will find this book perfect. It is like a little Dune. But it is different of course. Herbert the Elder has the Midas touch, everything he writes has been good without exception. Some are better than others however and this, along with Dune, Children of Dune, The Santaroga Barrier, and Destination: Void were all masterpieces, golden with diamond crowns. The others were all golden still, just no diamond crowns, but that may be because I hold him to the high standards of his other works.

I wish I could say the same about his son. I haven't liked anything by his son and feel like it is a waste of potential to let his son have all the rights to the Dune Universe. Brian failed miserably and in my opinion should be shut down lest he ruin the Dune Universe. He might as well go paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa while he's at it. Sorry for this rant but it really upsets me how far a son could be from his father, if only he were the Paul of Leto, but no he is worse than an Alia. I feel like I could write better than his son, especially if I were given all those notes but anywho!

If only they could clone Frank Herbert and bring him back like in Destination: Void or make a golem Mentat out of him like in Children of Dune (or was it Messiah? I can't remember). I just wish there were more authors like Frank Herbert these days for I've only left 2 more books to still read by Herbert the Elder (bless his soul!).

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  • Devils

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Exiled to four years in Siberia, but hailed by the end of his life as a saint, prophet, and genius, Fyodor Dostoevsky holds an exalted place among the best of the great Russian authors. One of Dostoevsky’s five major novels, Devils follows the travails of a small provincial town beset by a band of modish radicals - and in so doing presents a devastating depiction of life and politics in late 19th-century Imperial Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent translation and narration

  • By L. Kerr on 09-06-13

If you don't know French, forget it!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, because the French was not translated.

Any additional comments?

Provide a translation of the French after the French quote or just put the French into English. Otherwise this is not doable unless one knows enough French.

It also took too long to get going. I didn't finish. I love Dostoyevsky and I'm sure this is good in the end, for those who understand the French, but it isn't for me. I am returning this.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hellstrom's Hive

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects. When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses - it could not be allowed to continue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Old Friend

  • By DJM on 05-08-08

Better than most SciFi but not Herbert's best

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

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

Struggling between which side I most empathized with, then finally embracing one faction over the other. I won't disclose which side I took as I wouldn't want to jade your own experience. I also think which side one takes is up to the dispositions of the reader and was implicitly intentional.

Any additional comments?

The problem for me is it took about half of the audiobook to get me really interested. It was only faith in Frank Herbert's other great books that kept me going that long, usually I would have given up. At that half way point, it really was interesting and I admit I didn't want it to end. It definitely had some really original ideas and was thought provoking. Yet as mentioned, the fact that half the book was so slow was the reason it didn't get 5 stars. That and every other book I've read by Herbert (almost all, only the Whipping Star left) have been excellent (save some of some of the slower later Dune series books. The performance got dull. This narrator is generally good. However he has done one too many narrations for Frank Herbert's books and doing almost all of them just gets old. The narrator has done much better and shown a much better diversity of voices in other books. I wonder if Mr. Brick also just got rather bored with the book through the first half and lost his passion that is clear in his other narrations. Still if you are a Herbert fan, or a scifi fan in general, there is no reason to miss this book and its ideas so long as you are prepared to trudge through the first half of the book relatively unimpressed. The later half makes does make it worth while.

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  • The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music

  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

One of Nietzsche’s earliest works, The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a remarkable source of inspiration. It is here that the philosopher expresses his frustration with the contemporary world and urges man to embrace Dionysian energy once more. He refutes European culture since the time of Socrates, arguing that it is one-sidedly Apollonian and prevents man from living in optimistic harmony with the sufferings of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Apollonian vs The Dionysian

  • By Juan Malo on 02-05-18

Not the Best of N, Still Good, More N. Please!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-14

What made the experience of listening to The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music the most enjoyable?

The performance was great.

Any additional comments?

I have read almost all of Nietzsche works and this, being one of his earliest isn't the best of his philosophical pieces. However Human all too Human was amazing however, which was written after he did this, still quite early in N's unfortunately relatively short writing career. The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music addresses aesthetics more. Wagner liked it. But I'm not Wagner. It isn't that I don't like this book, it's just that if you are going to put this geniuses books onto audio please make sure to put his best. I really would like to see all of Nietzsche's works on Audible in English. I would buy them all. I see there is a version of The Antichrist in Spanish, but I think it is abridged. Abridging Nietzsche is a turn off. Abridging any book is for me. However with Nietzsche it is important that his often misquoted sayings are in the proper context to be fully understood, which means leaving it unabridged! To end, I plead for more books by Nietzsche on audible.

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  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,963

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Best Performance Yet - Story is Okay/Good

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

If you could sum up Influx in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining. Big leaps of logic however. Intelligent but a little far out (not together retaining coherency at times) even for a Nerdy Sci-Fi lover.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Explain the tech more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A couple sittings, it is addicting yet not totally memorable, not in my top list, just in my OKAY/GOOD list.

Any additional comments?

This performer is AWESOME!!! He deserves an award. I will follow this narrator. I also have to say Audible as a whole did a great job on this presentation. It was worth the money just for the new effects. Audible is getting even better, and it was always excellent! GREAT JOB AUDIBLE AND GURNER!!!!

  • Death in Venice and Other Tales

  • By: Thomas Mann
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Joachim Neugroschel’s brilliant new translation lets you enjoy the work of Nobel-Laureate Thomas Mann as never before. By using creative, contemporary language, Neugroschel reinterprets Mann for modern English-speaking readers. The author’s superb literary craftsmanship, his psychological insight, and the deeply erotic content of his work shine forth in this definitive English-language version of some of his most celebrated short works. This collection features the world masterpiece Death in Venice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully done

  • By Zaubermond on 02-05-13

Deep, Observative Writer Narrated Perfectly

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

Reviewed: 08-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Death in Venice and Other Tales to be better than the print version?

I am extremely pleased with this purchase. The narrator did an amazing job with this. This was my first reading/listening of Mann and I want to read or hear more. Preferably listen. Though I don't see much more of Mann. I really wish Audible would do the Magic Mountain.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE make an audible book of The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful