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  • Leonard

  • My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man
  • By: William Shatner
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science-fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In 79 television episodes of Star Trek and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine. Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shatner brings to life an amazing tale about a talented, hardworking man!

  • By Jeremy Stone on 02-20-16

Touching tribute to a lifelong friend

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

I thought the book was a touching tribute to Mr. Nimoy. It was gracious, respectful and heartfelt. It was not Shatner's best narration, but it may have been quite difficult for him to read. Mr. Shatner painted a beautiful portrayal of his friend, and I feel like I know Leonard Nimoy better because of it. It makes his death even more sad and his life even more remarkable in my mind.

  • Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Eleventh Edition
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,115

Prepare yourself for the ultimate multicast performance. We've gathered many of Audible's most popular narrators to bring to life some of the most extraordinary words ever written. 19 words, in fact, carefully selected and arranged alphabetically as in their original source: the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. We created this enlightening journey from AUDIENCE to LITERATURE because you asked for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Audible - Love It!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-16-17

Enjoyable, but why the fade?

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

I enjoyed hearing different narrators take on such a silly task, but was frustrated at the end of each piece, rather than finding a stopping point or coming to the end, they just fade out the narration. Since it was clearly recorded, why not include the entire narration?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unfair

  • The New Science of Criminal Injustice
  • By: Adam Benforado
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court cases - from the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger case - Benforado shows how our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect society's weakest members. With clarity and passion, he lays out the scope of the problem and proposes a wealth of reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Piercing

  • By Jessica Kyler on 09-09-15

Fascinating Perspective on an Underreported Topic

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Well thought, compelling arguments. It's refreshing to read a book that also proposes practical solutions to the problem discussed.

  • The Dark Forest

  • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,670

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-25-15

Narrator terrible returning and buying kindle copy

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

Any additional comments?

Love this series! Needs to be re-recorded with narrator from book one. This narrator made almost no attempt to modulate his voice between different characters making it so I couldn't tell who was supposed to be saying what during dialogue exchanges. I hope they return to the first narrator for the next installment. Some of the voices were a bit cheesy, but they fit the characters and made it much easier to follow.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Buddhism Without Beliefs

  • By: Stephen Batchelor
  • Narrated by: Stephen Batchelor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Demystifing the tenets of Buddhism, this introduction to the Buddhist religion explains, without jargon or obscure terminology, the essential elements of its teachings, presents ways to work toward awakening, and examines Buddhism's relevance in Western culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play it at 1.25x speed

  • By Brian Northum on 04-20-16

Interesting Investigation but not a beginners guide

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

I bought this book thinking it would be a good introduction to Buddhism for someone who didn't see it as a religion. Instead, this book is a philosophical deconstruction that, as someone new to the philosophy, was difficult to follow. Also, the author's voice was hard to focus on due to his calm, slow delivery. While I wouldn't recommend it if you're a beginner like me, this is probably a useful read for someone who already has some knowledge of Buddhist terminology and philosophy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,654

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Interesting First Look but Oversimplified

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

I thought this book was an excellent first look into Elon Musk and his companies. However, I felt the author relied to heavily on founder/visionary stereotypes, and did not spend enough time analyzing why Musk acts the way he does. Instead, he gave canned reasons that could just as easily be applied to Gates, Jobs, and Bezos.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,157

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

Wish it were longer!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

Superb, mind-bending experience. My only complaint is that it was barely long enough to scratch the surface. Perhaps someday soon there will be a part two that also addresses some of the new discoveries that fundamentally change some of the concepts he discusses.

  • Becoming Steve Jobs

  • The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
  • By: Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,745

There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring

  • By Douglas Vincent on 03-30-15

Surprisingly Candid Look into Jobs

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

This book focused on Steve Jobs' journey and presented a very human side of the man who tends to get pressed into a one-dimensional character so often.

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  • The Facebook Effect

  • The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
  • By: David Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: David Kirkpatrick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording.

  • By Kenneth on 08-22-10

A Facebook Lovefest

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

Would you try another book from David Kirkpatrick and/or David Kirkpatrick?

No.

Has The Facebook Effect turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Any additional comments?

The author, in his admiration for Mark Zuckerberg and his obsession with Facebook as a company, lost all objectivity as a reporter and spent the majority of the book praising Mark's brilliance and heralding Facebook as a paragon of companies. I think this is a case where the author became too personally attached to the company and was unable to separate himself enough to give balanced insight. Not recommended.