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  • A Generation of Sociopaths

  • How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
  • By: Bruce Cannon Gibney
  • Narrated by: Wayne Pyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 391

What happens when a society is run by people who are antisocial? Welcome to baby boomer America. In A Generation of Sociopaths, Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Single minded but convincing arguments within

  • By Joshua Hagood on 09-25-17

Argument is undercut by author's background

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

The best lectures about sociopaths come from sociopaths I suppose. His argument is undercut by his own background as an investor into the company Palantir, which created tech used by the NSA to surveil law abiding US citizens without a warrant.

His meandering argument about the Vietnam War also paints protesters in an incredibly unflattering light, as if it was not a horribly useless conflict and an unfortunate waste of life that people can morally speak out against through civil disobedience.

A premise worth examining, but horribly argued by someone who has no problem making profit off of violating the privacy of Americans.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,044

Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narration !! no pauses and change in volume

  • By prashy21 on 08-03-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

I absolutely loved this story. No one can build a better universe than Hamilton, and in Jusas Unchained he creates a story that is incredibly entertaining and thoughtful.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Empire's Corps

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858

The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nuttall gets better and better

  • By David Strom on 12-25-14

Just meh.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

I don't want to take anything away from the narrator here, he did an excellent job. The story was not even bad, I could not get into it. I had to stop listening after I heard the phrase "He did 'x' inwardly" too many times in the beginning of the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Planetfall

  • By: Emma Newman
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

More than 20 years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided alone. Ren has worked hard as the colony's 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment - and harboring a devastating secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made me think about the theme for a while. .

  • By Bertito on 12-26-15

Made me think about the theme for a while. .

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

Reviewed: 12-26-15

This book was a fantastic piece to listen to. The author/narrator has a beautiful voice that infused so much life into the dialogue and fostered a ton of sympathy for the protagonist.

I was a bit wary of downloading this book because of how people reviewed the ending, but I thought it fit well.

Without trying to give too much away, I believe a big theme of the book is the Buddhist idea that "to live is to suffer," and a broken person like Ren is a good person to explore this. She's constantly fleeing from her pain to no effect, and I think the ending works in context. By looking forward she can finally let her suffering pass, rather than looking back as she did for most of the book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Men

  • By: Jack Donovan
  • Narrated by: Jack Donovan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,773

What is masculinity? Ask ten men and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the overregulated, overcivilized, politically correct modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs to be re-recorded

  • By Avid Reader on 05-19-17

Pretty basic and unimpressive.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

I bought this book when it was on sale, hoping for a good exploration of what it means to be a man in the modern age. To Donovan's credit that is how the book started. However, as it progressed, the book continued into blatant misogyny, hints of racism, and overt homophobia. Donovan, look at Anderson Cooper and tell me that he is "flamboyantly dishonorable" or a "fag" after he saves a child's life while reporting in an active warzone.

The author's discourse is next to useless. One star.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,259

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old school-style scifi with dreary narration

  • By D. Backshall on 03-18-16

Average science fiction.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-15

I enjoyed this as a diversion during a very long drive, but it feels like cheap entertainment rather than a thoughtful piece.

The story is quite bland. All the characters are exceptional in their fields, so it feels like there is a lack of tension in the book. The only scenes I really enjoyed were the ones where the captain meets his pilot. Sometimes the dialogue was stilted and the romantic scenes were... odd, and a bit creepy. Also why is every woman on the ship "beautiful?" I get that we want attractive protagonists but it is just so cliche.

Overall though, I was entertained. It was fun to listen to the narrator try his damndest to bring the characters to life, even in a cheesy Scottish accent.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful