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  • After On

  • A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it. But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book with great performances!

  • By Amazon Kunde on 08-11-17

They warn you right up front

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

that getting through this book will be tough but really it is is a decent ride after the first chapter or so. And once you get used to the jumping about. Plot wise this book brings up some interesting ideas both hopeful and disturbing about the near future and the roles we and technology will play in it. And not nearly enough "out there" to be comforting. There is enough "now in the works" reality thrown in so you will find yourself looking things up to see if they really exist / happened or were added to flesh out the story.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,934

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

No surprises

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Mainly what is in here is details you might not have caught at the time. Those details do help explain some things that happened seemingly out of the blue at the time. Performance feels more like a friend talking than someone reading which helps keep it interesting.

  • The Smear

  • How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote
  • By: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Narrated by: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda - an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cancer metastasizing...

  • By MJ on 08-05-17

A bit right of Fox news

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

What disappointed you about The Smear?

The CBS FULL MEASURE:The Sum of Knowledge story that promoted this book was nothing like it. The story was mainly about how companies are manipulating people. I made it through 9 of the 12 chapters of this book before fast forwarding through 10 and 11 then listening to the last one. After the news story I kept expecting to hear how things started and grew to the mess we have today thinking there would be examples from all political parties and non politicals. But it was just Hillary, Hillary, Hillary then poor Trump smeared by everyone. Note the last short chapter (30 mins) does finally gets off politics a bit to be more like the news story. If the whole book was like the last chapter I'd recommend it. I suggest you start there and only after that do you try and make it through the previous chapters.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Fuzzy Nation, need some fun after this.

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

Pleasant to listen too for the most part but she does drop into a sarcastic voice in some places that seems to push the narrative even farther right.

What character would you cut from The Smear?

N/A

Any additional comments?

After listening to this I have to wonder how you would not see this book as similar to one of the smear books and stories described in it.

To generally sum up the book Hilary Clinton is the head of a liberal conspiracy hell bent on enriching herself at our expense while crushing the GOP. The GOP has only ever used smear tactics to try and defeat Trump. Trump is a really nice guy that won though against the liberals and the GOP death grip on the media without ever compromising his morals.

If that jives with your world view then you might like this book. If that seems one side to you then stick with just the last chapter.

7 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Andrew Sachs, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent dramatisation but wish for unabridged

  • By Hilary on 05-13-11

If you liked the HHGttG movie ...

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

Reviewed: 03-03-13

What disappointed you about Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)?

In much the same way as the HHGttG movie they pulled in bits from the other Dirk Genty book for no apparent reason. In several places you get the impression you are listening to a video struggling to figure out what a noise is or what they are talking about. In other places characters are given odd bits of dialog to avoid using a narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

The original story is a classic must read. Note listening to the lost Doctor Who episode Shada will give you a LOT of back story on the professor. That is what prompted me this, the longest version available here.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

There isn't one. Having one would have helped. Actors were good.

What character would you cut from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)?

Miss Pierce who is really from the second book.

Any additional comments?

The bits in this version that are not in the abridged versions here seem to bit all pulled from the second book which are mainly lost on anyone that has not already read the second book (Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul). Get the unabridged if it ever comes available but till then stick with the abridged version.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1493

  • Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
  • By: Charles C. Mann
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The top history book of the decade

  • By avdefsa on 12-28-11

Real world examples of the butterfly effect.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-11

If you could sum up 1493 in three words, what would they be?

Everything is connected

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1493?

Trying to increase potato harvests was probably the very thing that caused the famine.

Which scene was your favorite?

When most farmers decided to grow tobacco instead of food.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The day everything changed.

Any additional comments?

Basically this book shows how the smallest changes can lead to world altering consequences. As in accidentally bringing Malaria to the Americas lead to slavery of mainly Africans and why only in the south. It also shows that short term solutions are often the worst option in the long run. It shows how actual events in our past have lead to where we are today and some of the challenges they have left us with. No matter your field there is something in this book that touches on it and will make you look outside your field for factors you make have not considered before.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Physics of the Future

  • How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku - the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible - gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Content, Irritating Reader

  • By Dirk Turgid on 12-15-11

Very disapointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-11

Not only redundant with itself, if you have listened to his other 2 books (which I liked) you will hear a lot of the same info. In this book he seems to have pieced together a vision of the future from a few movies and builds a rationalization to show how it will happen. In some cases the basic premise seems just wrong. For example he thinks telecommuting will never catch on because people only feel comfortable with in person contact. Seriously? Must be why social networking sites are doing so poorly. Not to mention companies are already starting to figure out the economic advantages to having phone and tech workers working from home. So even if employees want to work from an office it might not be the norm much longer. Or the contradiction of maintenance robots will always be too stupid to do repairs unmonitored while at the same time your car drives itself and your AI can be the perfect assistant. We are talking Eureka's S.A.R.A.H. here. I could make many more examples but I think I've made my point.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • I Shall Wear Midnight

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Treasured Pratchett

  • By Rebecca on 12-11-10

There is no bad Discworld novel but

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-11

There is a feeling running through this story of tiding up loose ends that constantly reminds you that this series as well as others by Terry Pratchett are coming to an end. It is fully understandable under the circumstances but it does add a thread of sadness to an otherwise delightful book. If you are considering this as your first Discworld novel I would suggest you at least read/listen to the other witch novels of the series (Equal Rites is first book) first to get the many references to past events / inside jokes. Though I would highly recommend starting with the first book (The Colour of Magic) and if you like it then glide your way through all 38 books of this series.

  • A People's History of the United States

  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amateur hour in the production booth

  • By Thomas on 11-09-10

Required reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-11

This book should probably be bundled with every school American history text book just to balance things out. It contains all the things left out of the main stream texts. As such you may think it is somewhat biased but the point here is to reveal the left out bits of most history texts than to present a "balanced view". Unlike many other texts the author is quite up front about this. If you think you know American history quite well you will probably find many new things in this volume. Conservatives too can benefit from this book. For example Tea partiers can find out that they really are like our founding fathers in many ways though probably not in the ones they think.

11 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Blade Runner

  • Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,475

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Asking the important questions 50 years on

  • By Ian C Robertson on 05-09-12

This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-10

It has almost no relation to the movie but makes some very interesting points in its own right. In some ways I like it even better than the movie. There is a whole subplot in the book about people needing to care for the remaining animals on the planet only alluded to in the movie with the one line asking if the owl is real. In the book people that cannot afford real animals to take of get electric ones to keep face with the neighbors. The commentary on this and how culty people can be might turn some off but I thought it made the story more relevant to the real world.

91 of 93 people found this review helpful

Foundation and Empire, Book 2, Part 1 audiobook cover art
  • Foundation and Empire, Book 2, Part 1

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Foundation and Empire, the second in the series, charts the struggles of two mighty forces of civilization who oppose each other in a galactic battle for mastery of the universe. By science and will, the Foundation has so far managed to survive and even gain control of a small federation of planets. However, it has greater enemies to face and finds itself caught between the decaying but still all powerful Empire and the rising forces of the mule - a powerful and talented mutant.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointing and Misleading

  • By Narses Barona on 08-19-09

This book is damaged plain and simple.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-10

Part 1 is the first quarter of the book for the first half and then sounds effects for the rest of the file.
Part 2 is the second quarter of the book for the first half and then sounds effects for the rest of the file.