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  • Foundryside

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic - the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience - have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Fantasy

  • By Michael on 08-22-18

If you know the work of Brandon Sanderson, you’ll enjoy this.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Although it could very well be part of the cosmere as it’s so similar in style and magic system. (Set in the Elantris world most likely). I wish the book had developed the “bad” character a bit more. Sometime it feels a bit gratuitous or over-exaggerated. The second and last thing, I also wish the romance part was further developed. It really comes out of the blue although it get better by the end, I’m not sure it should have been delayed to the next book where it could get more pages. Overall great listen, good narrator and engaging story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

  • By: Sean Carroll, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148

Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe-from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get From Eternity to Here instead

  • By Michael on 07-24-13

Mind bending and eye opening

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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: 09-14-18

This is the second audiobook I listen to about science, the first one also by Sean Carroll. He’s an amazing teacher and manages to explain to the non-scientist very high level concepts. I’m in awe with the universe and it’s beauty. This is a listen to stretch your imagination and appreciation of the world we live in.

  • Crux

  • Nexus, Book 2
  • By: Ramez Naam
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not good as the last one

  • By Claudia H on 07-06-16

Main character is week and makes story drag.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

“It’s like going to visit an amazing place with the most boring tour guide one can find.”

On the second book of this trilogy the main character continues to not drive the story. He is thrown into situations and depends on the secondary cast to do everything. Filled with pointless existential crisis we never see him develop enough to deserve the spotlight. The best parts of the book are when he’s not around as the other characters are much more interesting and relatable.
It’s a cool world with interesting setup but I found myself just trying to finish the book. I’m really considering just dropping this and listening to something else.

  • Red Sister

  • First Book of the Ancestor
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story supported by great narration

  • By jdykes33 on 04-15-17

Very interesting universe and world, slow story development most of times even thought characters are pretty nice.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

It’s a nice listen overall. The story feels slow many times and the payoffs aren’t that amazing per se. Very cool world building here and lots to explore in the next chapter for sure.
Since we only see one character point of view the universe is not very well explored. I wish there was at least another character moving the back ground mystery along. Still deciding if I’ll move on to the next book.

  • Sins of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making a great book: Mystery, magic, and mayhem

  • By Jason Grosch on 03-29-17

Overall a nice listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I got this based off Brandon Sanderson’s tag line in the cover. It is well written and the characters are well developed. I feel like it could be better explored and the climax/resolution felt like luck more than on the efforts of the characters. I wish the author had created a side of the story exploring the magic and mystery of the world to compliment the action/war. In spite of the length of the book, it still felt shallow at some points. It’s a great book, hence the 4 starts, I just felt it could be better explored regarding magic, world, environment. I’m definitely going to listen to the next ones! The narrator is quite good!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Language A to Z

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191

Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics

  • By Jacobus on 05-06-14

Informative and Fun

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

John McWhorter is a brilliant teacher and manages to communicate all the complexities of language in a simple, fun manner. I'll buy any course from him.

  • Actionable Gamification

  • Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards
  • By: Yu-kai Chou
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

The new era of gamification and human-focused design optimizes for motivation and engagement over traditional function-focused design. Within the industry, studies on game mechanics and behavioral psychology have become proliferate. However, few people understand how to merge the two fields into experience designs that reliably increases business metrics and generates a return on investment.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just a bunch of rules and no source references

  • By Abel on 09-07-17

Just a bunch of rules and no source references

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-17

If you wanna learn how Gamification works and how to apply it, read Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal. This book has tried to summarize the theory while implying the author came up with it by himself while giving no one the proper credit. This is not even a simple breakdown, it's 8 core areas, with a bunch of numerical rules inside each. Hardly practical.
Most of it is self advertising. I returned the book after listening to half of it. There are cool points but these are better explained in other literature.
If you want to take a shortcut or just be able to add this topic to your LinkedIn, this book is for you. Just don't go thinking you can apply it to a product.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Across the Nightingale Floor

  • Tales of the Otori, Book One
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,669
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,685

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful epic story

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

Great overall, a little too slow at times.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

This is a fine listen. I personally enjoyed it in spite of a few slow patches. The sorry feels original and the narration is very good. The female side of the book could be stronger and made more interesting even though it's set at this feudal period. It has a satisfying ending for a trilogy, no cliff hanger of sorts even though I can see there's more of this world to explore.

  • Buddhism

  • By: Malcolm David Eckel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Malcolm David Eckel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

Buddhism has captivated many millions of people around the world, its vitality and adaptability enabling it to transform the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan, and also become a lively component in the cultures of Europe, Australia, and the Americas. But have you ever wondered how a religion that doesn't even have a god could have accomplished this?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, But So Glad There Is No Final Exam!

  • By Kathy on 08-18-17

Great teacher and fascinating subject

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

The history of Buddhism is complex, rich and in spite of all the time and geography changes its original core principles are still true and strong. I will be listening a second time.

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 3,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794

"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

Mind Big Bang

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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: 08-22-17

This course is something else entirely. I listen over my lunch period and I'm going to miss it! My mind is blown and expanded after listening to these lectures. How wonderful, rich and enticing is the human knowledge and the universe we live in. Do yourself a favor and dive into this course.