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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,743

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Narration was rough

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

The story was mediocre, but a better narrator would have made it a lot easier to listen to. The guy went way overboard in emotional and suspenseful moments, gave multiple characters irritating vocal affectations, and kept me from diving too deep into the story.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What Did I Just Listen To?

  • By Bauart on 06-20-19

Worst Book of Stephenson's Career

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

Reviewed: 06-26-19

I'm a huge fan of Neal Stephenson, and while he's written a few that have seemed a bit lacking, he's never done anything this bad before. The baroque style that worked so well in books like Cryptonimicon and Anathem were just dull, endless asides in this one.

The book meanders for hundreds of pages without a hint of a plot. You might think you're sniffing out plot points, but trust me none of that stuff ever comes back, none of it ever matters, nothing leads anywhere.

After dozens of promising threads, the book ultimately settles on the least interesting one and lingers there for 500 pages before mercifully closing with a thud. It's really hard to believe Stephenson had any illusions this was good. As disappointed as I've ever been with a book.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,961
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,092

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is what happens when a brilliant thinker writes a book not because he has a book's worth of stuff to say, but because his publisher wanted another book. A plodding series of discontinuous, half-formed thoughts, unjustified therefores, and banal conclusions. If you've read Sapiens and Homo Deus, you'll find almost nothing new in this book. If you haven't read them, you'll find an author drawing conclusions from the most threadbare of observations. Not quite a waste of time and money, but awfully close.

95 of 114 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,496

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful production!

  • By Joshua on 03-22-09

Phenomenal narration

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I've listened to over 100 audiobooks at this point and I don't think I've encountered a better production. Also, it's one of the best books in the English language, so that helps.

  • White Trash

  • The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
  • By: Nancy Isenberg
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,833

In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 400 Year Head Start Squandered

  • By Virgil on 10-11-16

Fills a gaping hole in American History education.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-18

A strikingly thorough, unflinching, and sympathetic look at the history of American poverty. I had doubts here and there as to what point the author was making, but the epilogue tied it together beautifully. An important read in trying to grasp American history and the American present.

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an addict, I listened to this book. Very Helpfu

  • By Happy Husband on 05-15-18

Not much to learn here

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I'm normally a big fan of great courses regardless of the subject, but there was remarkably little of substance packed into these 12 hours.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,670

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

Not one of Stephenson's Best

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Rambling and unsatisfying. Left a lot of loose threads that turn out to be pointless diversions. Some good paragprahs, but no good chapters.

  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,456

These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sad it's over!

  • By Claudia Murray on 04-24-14

Witty and informative

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Hosted by one of the better lecturers Great Courses has to offer. Her selection of material avoids the common pitfall of turning the history into a list of kings, and offers periodic diversions into everyday life, artistic movements, and cultural shifts. Still, the colorful characters that make this period so interesting are on full display.

  • Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You

  • By: Valerie Fridland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Valerie Fridland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

In these 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll investigate how social differences based on factors such as region, class, ethnicity, occupation, gender, and age are inseparable from language differences. Further, you'll explore how these linguistic differences arise, and how they both reflect and generate our social systems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like nails on a chalkboard

  • By R.B. on 04-08-15

Worst Great Courses I've Heard

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Painful attempts at humor, sudden yelling, and a subtitle so inaacurate I'd call it deceptive.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful