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  • The Way Hollywood Tells It

  • Story and Style in Modern Movies
  • By: David Bordwell
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

David Bordwell argues that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive and well, even in today's bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a durable tradition - one that we should not be ashamed to call artistic, and one that survives in both mainstream entertainment and niche-marketed indie cinema. Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made since 1960.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well-rounded analysis of story, then and now.

  • By Evan on 02-11-11

a must for lovers of movies

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-10

David Bordwell is a master of the cinema. In this audiobook, he painstakingly provides the evidence for the faster pace of movies today. His insights are far reaching and must be taken into consideration, if one is to truly understand the impact of one of the most influential forms of entertainment.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • NurtureShock

  • New Thinking About Children
  • By: Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
  • Narrated by: Po Bronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring - because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it and I don't even have kids.

  • By Carin on 11-17-11

Very nice!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-09

As a parent of new twins, I found this book to be quite eye-opening. There's a lot of unexpected information about understanding young kids as they grow up. Check it out.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Greatest Show on Earth

  • The Evidence for Evolution
  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694

The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read, well explained, scientific.

  • By Joseph on 10-28-09

Extremely moving!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-09

I listened to this audiobook while visiting underwater world. Pink dolphins, baby sharks, strange jellyfish! Looking at all the amazing sea life really intensified the words from Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward and made me appreciate the evidence for natural selection even more! I am going to re-listen next week while visiting the zoo!

15 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Evolution of God

  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 825
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and thought provoking

  • By Joseph on 02-09-10

Food for the mind!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-09

I listened to this book twice and found new details with each listening that deepen my appreciation for this important work. Give it a try!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,683

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Sold!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-09

I am not a big Neil Gaiman fan, but after listening to "The Graveyard Book," I became one! Its stark simplicity makes this a rare story. The balance between creepy and warmth is something I have never encountered in modern stories. I hope they don't botch this up in Hollywood!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How Fiction Works

  • By: James Wood
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Ranging widely from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings, Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step. He sums up two decades of insight with wit and concision, resulting in nothing less than a philosophy of the novel, which has won critical acclaim nationwide, from the San Francisco Chronicle to the New York Times Book Review.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational!

  • By Don on 05-04-09

Educational!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-09

Written in short chapters, this book is a sensible diagnosis of narrative construction with good examples. What is not is a simplistic how-to book. It forces one to work a bit to understand. I especially like the chapters on "free indirect style," which I found useful as a concept that can be applied to not only writing but also filmmaking. Give it a chance!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

  • By: Paul Krugman
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the printed book

  • By John Satterfield on 10-13-09

Depressing necessity!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-09

So much of this book, I did not want to hear. The more I wanted to turn it off, the more I kept listening. Because I spend much time in Bangkok, Thailand, chapter 3 on how crony capitalism in emerging markets really got my attention. The detailed mechanism of the '97 Asian financial crisis, which seems to be repeating itself in the US now, was cogently delineated, albeit with an attitude. Chapter 6 on hedge funds also opened my eyes to the rise and fall of money. Hear it but be prepared to turn it off only to turn it back on again!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Buyology

  • Truth and Lies About Why We Buy
  • By: Martin Lindstrom
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

Based on the single largest neuromarketing study ever conducted, Buyology reveals surprising truths about what attracts our attention and captures our dollars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very High Word to Idea Ratio

  • By Pamela on 04-08-09

New perspective!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-09

As a person involved in advertising and TV commercial production, I found the information to be quite trenchant and revealing, offering a new point of view on the research of consumer behaviors. I really liked the research results of the worldwide government cigarette warning labels and how they actually make people crave cigarettes subconsciously, evidenced by the continued increase of smokers around the world. If the information is correct, which needs to be debated and counter-researched, the whole advertising world will be turned on its head. At the very least, it is an interesting hypothesis on why we have the purchase decisions that we have. I recommend it as the beginning of a new kind of research.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Pixar Touch

  • The Making of a Company
  • By: David A. Price
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thorough

  • By Bruce on 02-03-10

Not bad

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-08

Although I was expecting more analysis of each film in relation to the history of the company, the overall content was presented with authority and frankness. The ending of the audiobook, however, seemed too quick without much of a conclusion. Details of Steve Jobs' struggle to keep Pixar during his lean years was of most value, as was the way Jobs' orchestrated the IPO of Pixar with flair for maximum value. All in all, a valuable listen.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Boom!

  • Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today
  • By: Tom Brokaw
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Boom! One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to "turn on, tune in, drop out". While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Vietnam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brokaw hit

  • By Patrick on 01-19-12

Nice!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-08

It was cool to get perspectives of the 60's from someone who was there and is able to articulate the stories from that time. I have this strange feeling that the stories in this book are destined to repeat itself in the near future, stories of wrongful wars, uprisings, political mishaps, etc. Good audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful