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  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,518

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Absolutely loved this book

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

Would you listen to The Android's Dream again? Why?

A very enjoyable book, and worked brilliantly as an audiobook

What did you like best about this story?

Intriguing, unpredictable story with lots of twists and turns.. Loved it.

  • The End of Growth

  • Adapting to Our New Economic Reality
  • By: Richard Heinberg
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humanomics

  • By Margaret on 12-14-13

Not one of Audible's best

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

What would have made The End of Growth better?

The performance is terrible. I ended up listening to it at 2x speed.

Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Heinberg? Why or why not?

Probably, but not without listening to the sample

How could the performance have been better?

A dead ferret could have done better.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 16 hours you'll never get back ...

  • By Christian on 09-30-09

An adventure, real fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

Loved this book. Well read, it stays interesting to the end. If you're a sucker for symbolism and old world mysteries you'll enjoy this one

  • The Next 100 Years

  • A Forecast for the 21st Century
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 836

In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Take with a few grains of salt

  • By Ryan on 10-16-11

Entertaining, thought-provoking, but lopsided

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

t's an american-centric view of the world, with forecasts based on historical and geopolitical motivations. Very interesting perspectives, to be taken with a pinch of salt. Good book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,573

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

An addictive series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

Loved the book - onto my fifth Dresden book. What an engaging series. Word of warning - this gets fairly graphic. Definitely not one to listen to in the car with the kids