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  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Ray Bradbury
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen before you buy...

  • By Nancy on 01-31-12

The Interview with Ray Bradbury was worth it alone

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

A classic. What more can you really say? Great story. Awesome message about the value of books and ideas. He is an expert craftsman with words and descriptions. I really hope this edition becomes available again...read by the AUTHOR!

  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

If you enjoy L. Neil Smith

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to keep listening, finding excuses to do more chores

Any additional comments?

It reminded a lot of Pallas, similar idea with character suddenly freed from a repressive society that says they are free but is actually very fascist and severely limits rights causing it to be very uncivilized in actuality; the main character is very shocked but eventually sees how civilized and better freedom actually is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,942

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen

  • By David on 01-05-15

Great Explanations--don't miss the PDFs

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Where does Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It builds on other courses that I have also listened to. Getting more slightly different explanations on similar topics is effective

What did you like best about this story?

Great flow of explanation from topic to topic

Which character – as performed by Professor Richard Wolfson – was your favorite?

I loved his performance of himself. :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it was good to let the lectures permeate the brain. Sometimes I went back and looked over the lecture notes between. Don't miss the notes on PDF as other reviewer(s) did.

  • Living Proof

  • By: Kira Peikoff
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

In 2027, destroying an embryo is considered first-degree murder. Fertility clinics still exist, giving hope and new life to thousands of infertile families, but they have to pass rigorous inspections by the United States Department of Embryo Preservation. Fail an inspection, and you will be prosecuted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling, entertaining and impossible to put dow

  • By Deborah on 03-09-12

Richly Philosophical

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

Would you listen to Living Proof again? Why?

Yes. I will go ahead and do so again at some point to more carefully examine the philosophical arguments that lead the main characters to their positions.

What did you like best about this story?

The careful crafting of the science and philosophy

What about Mia Barron’s performance did you like?

She was clear and added plenty to the story with her different voicing. The only drawback was the treble response made it difficult to listen on my car speakers--had to stay on headphones (might be my ears)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It Could Happen Tomorrow

Any additional comments?

A lot going on in this book. Great suspenseful story wrapped around philosophical issues of medical ethics, separation of church and state, validity of appeal to divine authority, faith vs. reason. The characters were believable. I felt I could relate to their struggles, especially when it came to deciding to take a leap from believing in a faith because of your past rather than listening to the reason that your brain wants to use. I could see that she was doing the "Ayn Rand" thing with her fiction (which was actually a plus to me and I was ready for it knowing some of the author's background), but I feel like she did a great job meshing the philosophy into an interesting plot. My fears were that some of the players might have come off as "straw men" but in my opinion the views of the antagonists were at least presented fairly. Another fear was that once reaching some of the philosophical arguments and concluding on the better positions that it might be hammered at the reader. Both of these concerns proved groundless. Well done!

  • The Talisman

  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 28 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,856

On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had no idea.....

  • By Nate_D on 03-26-14

Epic Journey across a different land

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like The Stand, Lord of the Rings or The Dark Tower then you MUST listen to this one. The usual darkness of King, there are definitely a lot of moments of victory for the characters though.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Talisman?

I love Wolf!

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

I have never heard a performance by Muller that was bad. I am always pleasantly surprised at how he seems to capture the essence of the stories that he reads...no matter the genre

  • The Blank Slate

  • The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as expected

  • By Carolyn on 05-30-14

Unique and fascinating look at genetics

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

What did you love best about The Blank Slate?

Pinker cites a lot of research on various personality and character traits, many of which turn the nature/nurture discussion on its ear. I really have a better appreciation for how different some people around me are and how it may really be even more out of their control than I ever suspected. So much else is in here, I really wouldn't know where to start...

What did you like best about this story?

His presentation is very balanced...I think he took risks in presenting his information without bias

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was hard to get out of the car.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Erroneous Zones

  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Narrated by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

This best-selling guide sends a simple but profound message: Avoid the trap of negative thinking, and master the art of self-actualization. Self-actualization is the ability to cut through the psychological limitations you place on yourself, break free of the past, and eliminate guilt in order to become who and what you really can be. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has achieved greatness both in his field and in his personal life, and now he shares his methods for achieving everything he ever wanted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the book at all. More like a self interview.

  • By Susan on 02-21-12

Wayne summarizes the book

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Your Erroneous Zones to be better than the print version?

I had read and reread the book years ago. I also listened to this back when initially released. I am not sure if someone who wasn't already familiar with it would get as much out of it. I liked his condensing of some of the chapters of the book...it is very effective and much easier to remember and apply.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Erroneous Zones?

Guilt and worry

What about Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s performance did you like?

He is always easy to listen to--warm and humorous style

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Sagan Diary

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 789

Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing like Scalzi's old man's war.

  • By Robert on 07-27-12

Nice little gem of a story

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I didn't know what to expect, I wasn't familiar with the author. I like the way that he crafted the story (as well as the genesis of the story itself) and the unique take on his first person narrative. I was intrigued and after about a third of the story I really was hooked on the direction he was taking it. I don't want to spoil anything...definitely different and interesting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I definitely was moved by some of the plot elements--tears of intense feeling conveyed in the plot.

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,959

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Sam Jackson really makes this work

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is just pure fun. You can hear Sam Jackson's voice when you read the title in your head. Nice juxtaposition with the style/type of book and the content/language. I plan to dust this off at regular intervals to listen again and again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

  • Triplanetary

  • Lensman Series
  • By: E. E. 'Doc' Smith
  • Narrated by: Reed McColm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

From the atomic age in Atlantis to a world remote in space and time, two incredible ancient races, the Arisians and the Eddorians, are in the midst of an interstellar war - with Earth as the prize.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lensman Series is Still Fun

  • By DJM on 03-18-09

This is Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

While not the best of the series, it is still very good. The intro with the background to the series is sort of fun in the way it ties everything together...although you could almost just skip it until after you know what the series is about. A lot of adventure in this one, but the story is not quite as big in the sense of the larger epic saga that really characterizes the series as a whole.You must be a fan of space opera to really love this...many authors owe their existence to the Doc.The narration is appropriate to the type of material. I wouldn't have necessarily chosen the same accents, but it is effective in delineating the characters.

What other book might you compare Triplanetary to and why?

refer to works of ER Burroughs, E Moon.

What three words best describe Reed McColm’s voice?

Appropriately overly dramatic