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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,841

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

It's a bit hard to follow some scenes only through the voices and sound effects. But in general the end result is very satisfying. Many people have been complaining about the presence of Ripley, but although a bit contrived, they find a way to make this story fit in between the two first movies. Ripley is a great character and I'm glad she's here.

  • The Big Questions of Philosophy

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

We have all pondered seemingly unanswerably but significant questions about our existence - the biggest of all being, "Why are we here?" Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with these essential intangibles. There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world's greatest minds have analyzed these questions, defined the terms, and then reasoned out potential solutions. Once you've compared the arguments, the final step is always deciding for yourself whether you find an explanation convincing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No easy answers, just easy questions

  • By Gary on 03-17-16

Do we really know what we think we know?

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Excellent resource for having a glimpse of what the great minds have already discussed and concluded about some of the biggest questions of philosophy. Intriguing and entertaining, sometimes even shocking, this audiobook is very enjoyable!

  • The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

  • By: Robert I. Weiner, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert I. Weiner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Few periods of history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the long 19th century between 1789 and 1914. From the idealism of the French Revolution to the power of the Industrial Revolution to the chaos of World War I, this fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces formed the foundation for the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Good Course than a Great Course

  • By Flavius Krakdaddius on 11-02-15

Great content, not so great narration

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Very good lecture, but I had to crank the audio speed up to 150% to make it bearable. Professor Weiner speaks very slowly and in bursts, with too many unnecessary pauses, very annoying. Even so, I totally recommend this audiobook.

  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth

  • From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence
  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best

  • By Brian on 03-18-15

Lessons from the past

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Great book for understanding how changeable our planet has always been and how small changes can build up to create global scale events. Considering that the amount of CO2 we've been dumping in the atmosphere in a short period of time is unprecedented in Earth's history as far as science knows, we should be really worried about our future!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,323

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

Easy to follow and extremely cool!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

This is a very interesting book for those who love science. Tyson's narration is very inspiring. You can feel his passion for knowledge throughout the book. The only bad thing is that the book is too short!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Raising Freethinkers

  • A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
  • By: Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas, and others
  • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Praised by Newsweek as a "compelling read" and Library Journal as "accessible and down-to-earth", Dale McGowan’s Parenting Beyond Belief offered freethinking parents everywhere a compassionate introduction to raising caring, ethical children without religious guidance. Now, for the more than 40 million people in the United States who identify themselves as nonreligious, Raising Freethinkers offers solutions to the unique challenges secular parents face and provides specific answers to common questions, as well as over 100 activities for both parents and their children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There has got to be a better way !

  • By Richard Nielsen on 06-17-14

Great book, but a bit confusing in audio

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

Reviewed: 08-17-14

Any additional comments?

This audiobook stresses the importance of knowing the difference between religion knowledge and endoctrination. Atheists, agnostics, deists and even the less strict theists will find good advices on how to bring up a child without religion prejudices, that is, without seeing anything special about any religion, but at the same time respecting the believers as human beings. But as the author points out, respecting other people doesn't mean inconditional respect for their ideas, because ideas must earn one's respect.

It was a good listen, but I found it confusing sometimes. Since the book has many quotations and comments of other people's thoughts and works, it is difficult to follow who is being cited. The narrator's voice is great, but she might have explored more intonation changes to stress more clearly who is speaking at any given moment.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Big Data

  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • By: Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 966

Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty light stuff on Big Data

  • By Michael on 09-01-13

Good introduction to Big Data

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

What made the experience of listening to Big Data the most enjoyable?

The real examples of Big Data application are very interesting. More and more data is being collected on all levels of our daily lives, and the computational power to process it increases consistently. The possibilities in the future are beyond our imagination today.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Data?

The example of Google managing to foretell epidemics in almost real time based on search terms is awesome!

Any additional comments?

As computers get more and more powerful, we will be able to use Big Data techniques to do amazing things, even at personal level. Imagine a personal assistant (like a smartphone) that "knows" what you're doing and anticipates your next moves based on data about your life it collects, privately, in real time. For example, you're talking about a possible trip to your wife and it tells you the best dates based on price, possibility of being away from work or school, weather forecast, availability of someone to take care of your dog, estimated availability of money at the time of the trip, etc. All in real time and without explicitly asking. You just need to say "book it!" at the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,303

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd kill for another book this good

  • By Eric on 11-11-11

Uplifting

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Better Angels of Our Nature to be better than the print version?

A good thing about the print edition is the pictures and charts. But the audio edition is excellent nonetheless.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, there aren't exactly characters in this book. But I think Yahweh (God) with his genocidal spree, and Lancelot with his killing spree, deserve to be mentioned.

What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

His voice is very clear and sober. He sounds like an experienced scholar. It matches the style of the book very well.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I got some: there is no pattern in the temporal distribution of wars; every single form of human killing has systematically decreased (although we can't guarantee that for the future); economic relationships, democracy and information access were fundamental to decrease violence in the past and still are.

Any additional comments?

This book is really long, but it is worth every minute! Pinker explores many interesting topics to approach violence. As a scientist, he not only provides the evidence but also criticises his own conclusions. And, to top it all off, he provides great references for further reading.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,322

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feels like Jules Verne

  • By Ramon on 03-10-11

Not exactly science fiction

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Tim Curry?

Probably yes.

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

I would have made the explorer's goals more practical, like exploring some miles into the crust. The way the story goes, a "scientist" is convinced that his expedition could descend thousands of miles into the planet and then come back, on foot and carrying only some pounds of dried meat and crackers as provisions. That's better described as fantasy, not science fiction.

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

No. The performance was OK. I hope to enjoy it more the next time, with a better story.

Could you see Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe, but it should be a fantasy story with kids, because the basis is too silly to involve adults, let alone scientists.

Any additional comments?

Those who listen to this audiobook expecting a science fiction story will be disappointed. But it is a good fantasy story, specially if you assume that the professor is delusional.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Language Instinct

  • How the Mind Creates Language
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 646

In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing and Interesting

  • By J. C. on 10-28-12

Solid book about the nature of language

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

Reviewed: 03-29-14

If you could sum up The Language Instinct in three words, what would they be?

Darwin wins again.

What did you like best about this story?

Steven Pinker explains very clearly the theory of human language as a biological adaptation. And he teaches you a lot of related subjects along the way.

The way Pinker conveys knowledge to the layperson and the specialist at the same time reminds me of Carl Sagan. Pinker's book is very well written and makes you want to read more and more about the subjects involving human language. In contrast, I was reading one of Terrence Deacon's books about language and got stuck with his tiresome writing.

Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

About the narrator, this was the second book I listened with Arthur Morey. Like in "The Better Angels of our Nature" his performance was flawless.

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

Yes, but it's 19 hours of audio!

Any additional comments?

Excellent book for the lovers of linguistics. And an excellent opportunity for those interested in knowing more about this subject without getting bored.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful