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BRKyle

Leesburg, VA United States
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  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might be worth it to get the book

  • By Laura on 08-09-17

Fascinating information presented accessibly

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Loved this. Looking forward to more from this author. This is not dry statistics.

  • Countless Hues of Crimson

  • By: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by: Pip Ballantine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Anastasia Brassingware is a daughter of English aristocracy, but her station has been brought low by her father's belief in ridiculous quick schemes. Now forced into penury, she must take any menial job. A chance meeting with enigmatic pineapple merchant, Lord Heathcliff Redd, has changed everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-20-17

A Brilliant Parody

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-17

You don't even need to have listened to Fifty Shades. Parody at its best. Biting but also entertaining in its own right.

  • Planetfall

  • By: Emma Newman
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

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

Fabulous character. Fascinating world. Abrupt end.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-16

The narration is top notch. Worldbuilding original and engaging. Main character interesting. Ending felt like getting to the top of the stairs one step early.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bonk

  • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,900

The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting-not as engaging as "Stiff"

  • By Jani on 05-13-09

Too much shame

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

The wither is funny in places but I found myself cringing more than laughing, sorry for the people she shames and ridicules.

  • Glory Road

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132

. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein's great story, a glorious spin by Pinchot

  • By BRKyle on 09-19-12

Heinlein's great story, a glorious spin by Pinchot

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-12

Unlike many Heinlein fans, I have loved "Glory Road" since I read it as a teenager. At that time, I had just read "The Lord of the Rings" and was delighted by what I saw as a beautiful fantasy adventure that wasn't quite so heavy and thoughtful.

WRONG. It's just as topical and political and sneaky about making one think as any of Heinlein's books... but more about that later. Suffice to say that E. C. "Oscar" Gordon (and why anyone would name a little baby boy Evelyn Cyril is beyond this writer; though my given name is also Evelyn I'm at least FEMALE) became a voice in my head as the competent, reluctant -- or not so reluctant -- hero, one I always remembered, and the book a sentimental favorite.

I adore Audible books, but often the casting is not to my preference. Hazard of the trade, I guess. The wonder is, after a few moments, Bronson Pinchot, an actor I've always liked but wrongly considered something of a lightweight, BECAME the voice of Oscar in my head. Pinchot's command of narrative, dialogue, nuance, and, yes, dialect, made this story come alive for me as never before. I could close my eyes and be THERE; his reading gave it an immediacy that I seldom get from **any** production, audio, video, or otherwise. I wonder if he's a fan?

Reading "Glory Road" time and again over many years, I have come to see the craft that seemed so effortless the first time through. Heinlein was current with not only the time he wrote this classic (1962 or thereabouts) but with the time I read it, in the early 1970s with the war in Southeast Asia still going on in its bloodiest, most nonsensical glory (yeah, folks, get over it, I AM that old). And sadly, he was correct about how "non-veterans" got treated after that war for many years.

I'm off to find more of Mr. Pinchot's audiobooks. I recommend this for fans of Heinlein, sword and sorcery, and just plain good acting and narration of a book. I had a whale of a lot of fun listening to it, and I'll bet you will, too. It's worth the time.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • The Last Unicorn

  • By: Peter S. Beagle
  • Narrated by: Peter S. Beagle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world. This is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite movie on the page

  • By Lucy on 04-05-14

One of the few new fairy tales

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-12

Peter S. Beagle's reading of his classic "The Last Unicorn" has as much magic as the book did on my first reading when I was a teenager (and I'm sure not one anymore). No one knows their characters better than the author, and when the author is as talented a reader and interpreter as this, the story becomes new again, as much of a delight as when reading it for the first time.

I read this book to my children when they were very young (they are now 17 years old, twins), and it was fun to read out loud. Listening to it read with such feeling is a blessing, taking one out of the workaday world and putting one into the lands of magic once again.

I will definitely listen to this recording again and again. Don't we all need a little magic in our lives?