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  • Reality Is Broken

  • Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
  • By: Jane McGonigal
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 635

In today’s society, games are fulfilling real human needs in ways that reality is not. Hundreds of millions of people globally - 174 million in the United States alone - regularly inhabit game worlds because they provide the rewards, stimulating challenges and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. Jane McGonigal argues that we need to figure out how to make the real world—our homes, our businesses and our communities—engage us in the way that games do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starry-eyed but inspiring

  • By Ryan on 03-07-12

Slow start But full of Fascinating Ideas

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-11

The introduction is overwrought, too long and rather dry. Past that the book gets rather amazing. I was seconds from deciding this book wasn't worth my time but the intro finally ended. It is an excellent explanation of what gamers get out of games and why- useful for parents and friends. It serves as a good introduction to the whole phenomenon of gamers and gaming for the curious and it will warm the hearts of gamers far and wide. Much more than that though it places context to gaming within social science and broader social issues. It reminds me of the recent books by Dan Ariely in it's reliance on research and on the recent work on Marriage ("For Better") in tone and structure and biochemical explanations. The reader is good though we disagree on how a few words are pronounced.The author get's a bit self-congratulatory at times but it's not over done. I very nearly Love this book. I would recommend it to anyone who has even a slight interest in putting Gaming into context.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing Like It in the World

  • The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

Nothing Like It in the World is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies - the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads - against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. As its peak the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, lived off buffalo, deer, and antelope.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like this book.

  • By Judd Bagley on 10-11-11

Unexpected delight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-04

All those little towns in the Westerns were named after the men who have their stories told in this book. Fascinating and well executed, one of my favorite Audio books ever.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fabric of the Cosmos

  • Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Space and Time for the Common Man

  • By Martin on 02-26-04

Very understandable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-04

Admittedly not for everyone, if this subject intrigues you, you really should read this. Ideas which I had known about for years were explained in ways that finally made me "get it". I love this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not history, not theology, just great fiction

  • By Mark Grannis on 11-10-03

Entertaining and yet a bit off.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-04

I liked it a lot. It's well performed and entertaining. I read it because it is a vague prequel to the DaVinci Code. In that book these events are referred to as though they were interesting and obscure, in this book though, they are larger than life and HUGE.
Mr Brown occaisionally just lapses into the most Tawdry lines and yet they all work. The last line in this book absolutely floored me for it's endearing absurdity. You gotta love a book with THAT as its last line. Worth a listen.

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  • 2004 DNC

  • Former President Bill Clinton (7/26/04)
  • By: Bill Clinton
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

On the first night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton addressed the crowd. The speech took place at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 26, 2004.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps the best-stated case

  • By Dan on 08-03-04
  • 2004 DNC
  • Former President Bill Clinton (7/26/04)
  • By: Bill Clinton

Perhaps the best-stated case

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-04

Bill Clinton, love him or hate him, makes the differences between the parties in this election very clear. If he wasn't such a lightening rod, I'd suggest this as the best-stated case for the Democrats I've heard- and I'd wish it was an Ad all Americans could see.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 2004 DNC

  • Reverend David Alston (7/26/04)
  • By: David Alston
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8

On the first night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Reverend David Alston, Vietnam swift boat crewmate of John Kerry, addressed the crowd. The speech took place at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 26, 2004.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Brian on 08-04-04

Moving

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-04

This nearly brought me to tears. One of the best, most personal speeches I've ever heard. Listen to it.

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  • 2004 DNC

  • Vanessa Kerry (7/29/04)
  • By: Vanessa Kerry
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Kerry
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10

On the fourth and final night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Vanessa Kerry, daughter of Presidential Nominee John Kerry, addressed the crowd. The speech took place at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29, 2004.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real and understandable

  • By Dan on 08-03-04

Real and understandable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-04

When I heard this speech during the DNC it struck me that it felt more real-life than most preceeding it. It was an adult child discussing a beloved parent. It placed a man who would be President in a life situation many of us can relate to. I remember thinking it was sad the Networks weren't showing this because it nicely offset the kind of Spin opponents were trying forcefully to hang on the man.
With essentially no cost and being brief, I think it's well worth a listen. It's feel good stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful