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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,835

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Starts out interesting; Devolves into political bashing

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I didn’t realize what I was getting into was a bait and switch. I started out not knowing how any of the people being mentioned were tied together. Then I learned about a woman’s experience in the space program, weather prediction using chaos theory, then... politics. I’m so sick of hearing about modern partisan politics. I hope all these Audible Originals aren’t different ways to sneak a political agenda past our filters.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,307

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

Not Neil’s best work, but had interesting parts

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

There are certainly some action scenes in this book that I couldn’t vision in my head as well as I would’ve been able to watch it on the big screen. Some of the futuristic beams or interesting. But, some of the underlying science and history was a bit too far-fetched for this book to feel like it was based on some form of our own reality. I wouldn’t recommend this book as emphatically as I do some of Neil Stevenson other masterpieces. But, if somebody is interested in reading this, I wouldn’t discourage them either.

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unparalleled

  • By Baron on 11-25-08

Absolutely amazing, if you can make your way through the intro

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

The intro seems to suck when you read it. But the more you read this book, the more you want to revisit the beginning. The complex world set up by this book, the amazing events that make up the main storyline, and the mixing of real technologies and realms of study mixed with fictional ones use as plot devices made this an increasingly addictive book the further into it I read.

So, in short, I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative work of art and will be re-reading it soon.

  • Digital Fortress

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,514

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Amy on 06-19-04

So much technobabble

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

You have to make allowances for the fact that this book was written in the late 90s. But, the story uses made-up technology terminology and computer security procedures as plot devices. It’s difficult to listen to if you know anything about computer programming and security.

Otherwise, it’s decently well written. But ai wouldn’t recommend it.

  • The Black Hole War

  • My Battle to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
  • By: Leonard Susskind
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed that it did - and in doing so, put at risk everything we know about the fundamental laws of the universe. Leonard Susskind and Gerard 't Hooft realized the threat and responded with a counterattack that changed the course of physics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great!

  • By wendy on 08-31-11

Got a little hairy at times, but it’s quantum physics and string theory

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I love the anecdotes and the technical info. Fascinating subject that makes me wish I had studied particle physics in college. But, getting a layman’s description of these advanced topics satisfies my curiosity enough to not make a career switch.

It’s read by the guy who read 4 Hour Work Week. He’s great at putting a snarky, annoyed tone on when the author seems to have written it that way. Great work.

Looking forward to listening to this a few more times in the future.

  • Football 101

  • By: Gilbert Klein
  • Narrated by: Jack Hicks
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172

This is an entertaining, informative beginner's guide to understanding football. Also, I guarantee* that this is the most enjoyable introductory audiobook ever about football, and that after listening to this audiobook you will know and love the game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to football

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 02-02-15

Short, but did learn a few things

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

He mentions a number of advanced concepts without elaborating, telling you to watch more football to learn what they mean. Also, very fast-paced intro where terms are used without an explanation of what they mean. But, I did learn a few things. I think I'm at the point of football understand where I wasn't affected by the fast paced intro and not at such an advanced understanding that I learned nothing. Maybe not a great book for absolute beginners and those who have been watching football for many years.

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  • Quantum

  • Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality
  • By: Manjit Kumar
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you aren’t shocked by quantum theory, you don’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biographic facts not explanations.

  • By Terezia on 07-11-11

Awesome stories of pioneering phantum physicists

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

What made the experience of listening to Quantum the most enjoyable?

It was great to hear of the lives, discoveries, and disputes of the men who founded the field of quantum physics. Einstein and Bohr play major roles in the story, but many other scientists and mathematicians are introduced along with their discoveries.

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

Yes. Though, I did take breaks to research the different theories and discoveries as I listened.