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Betwixt the Pillars
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  • The War on Normal People

  • By: Andrew Yang
  • Narrated by: Andrew Yang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an important topic, increasingly relevant.

  • By Eivind Hagen on 07-04-18

Excellent intro point for anyone interested in UBI

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Well written book concerning UBI. Doesn't get overly deep into the minutia but does a good job covering the subject in a more general but also well thought out way. I usually balk at 'read by the author' audio books but Yang does a credible job.

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,038

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

I'd rather have read it.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

The book itself was incredibly good. The narration was so-so. Considering it was read by the author it was actually pretty well done, he brought some feeling into it.

The sound and editing, however, were atrocious. Bad cuts, entire sections sounding muffled while others were tinny, varied pace, etc. The entire time I wished I'd bought a physical copy.

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,397

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • eh

  • By Stefanie R Riha on 11-21-16

As amazing as it is brutal.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

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

Yes. First of all McCarthy is a certified word wizard. Second, the story is absolutely incredible. Third, the narrator nailed it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The man and the boy. Not much to choose from here.

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Hopeless.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,292

In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Space Opera

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-05-13

Satisfying military scifi.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

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

Yes, so long as they wanted an easy to digest action story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have given the lead character a few more flaws.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the cadets first launch into space and the challenge they endure.

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

Eh, a few listens. But that's not a negative.

Any additional comments?

Overall a very well done aND entertaining book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yesterday's Gone: Season 2

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

A group finds itself taking refuge at The Sanctuary, a religious compound with an enigmatic leader called The Prophet. A serial killer finds himself leading an unlikely group of survivors. A young man searches to prove himself to his group, and avoid being bullied ever again. A young child is called to perform another miracle at great personal cost. Every decision. Every action. Every dream. Every alliance. Every secret. Every betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please sort out the narration!

  • By RAANAN on 08-26-14

Very good, except for one narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

Where does Yesterday's Gone: Season 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The lower end. But that's not terrible as I feel like i have listened to a lot of truly excellent books.

Would you recommend Yesterday's Gone: Season 2 to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe. But only because the character Boricio.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

This question strikes at the heart of why I will not continue the series. Whichever narrator is reading the "Luca" chapters (the story is broken down into POV chapters) is just awful. Luca is an 8 year old boy and I guess the narrator is trying to sound 8. He does not do a good job of it. I'd have no problem if he gave the character of Luca a baby-ish voice and persona when he speaks, but to carry it over for an entire chapter is a bad choice, in my opinion.Ray Chase crushes it as Boricio, though. That almost makes up for it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Qi

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Machine

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,744

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Random Pauses in Speech. (Captain Kirk narrates)

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-14

terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-30-13

Would you try another book from H. G. Wells and/or Alan Munro?

I would try anything by HG Wells, the man is a master wordsmith.

I Will avoid Munro like a plague

Has The Time Machine turned you off from other books in this genre?

No it has not.

Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

No way. This reading was horrendous. Weird cadence, a voice that could kill kittens. It was painful.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is incredible, I have read a physical copy, but Munro, he ruined it.

Any additional comments?

Nah

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,075

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

John Lee kills it.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-13

Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

Just to get this out of the way: The Count of Monte Cristo, one of the greatest literary achievements to ever be printed. Alexandre Dumas, one of the finest authors to ever wield a quill.This is my fifth time with this book, three on paper, one on my Kindle, and this last, obviously, in audio format. I was reticent to order it because I had read it multiple times, but considering it is my favorite book of all time, I took a chance.And it paid off. John Lee absolutely destroyed in his performance. The voices were all unique, it was quite easy to tell as he switched characters in conversations, regardless of who was talking. Several times I have seen good stories not exactly ruined but muddled by poor character voicing (I feel like it happened a bit in A Tale of Two Cities with Simon Vance, for example).This book is worth two credits easy, at one, it's a steal.