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  • Without Conscience

  • The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
  • By: Robert D. Hare
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 851

Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • When I gave up on books that supposedly would...

  • By Douglas on 03-01-12

Intriguing and engaging - but dated and hyperbolic

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Audible: These banal questions for a review are horrible. Anyway, this book is certainly interesting - and the author is intelligent and thorough on the topic. However his constant digressions about "runaway juvenile violent crime" and "unprecedented criminality" painting a picture of an epidemic of psychopathy are neither accurate or honest.

Perhaps the original mid-90s publishing date can excuse this, but crime on the US and Canada, where the author has been drawing his anecdotes, has been drastically decreasing - not increasing - over the past two decades. This is especially true of violent crime.

While all starts well, when he turns the focus towards children at the end, his well thought out dissection of psychopathy takes on the clueless, uninformed tone of the frustrated parents he showcases - drawing way too many examples from film, TV and pop culture to be taken seriously. It's a damn shame, since he does begin to touch upon the true scourge psychopathy has wrought on society in the form of white collar criminals, con men and manipulators. However, he ends sounding like the narrator from a 1950s Reefer Madness short.

Would you recommend Without Conscience to your friends? Why or why not?

Redundant question, Audible.

Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

Again, this review format is atrocious and horribly thought out. This is a non fiction book.

Was Without Conscience worth the listening time?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Interesting nonetheless. A worthwhile listen despite its flaws.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Astronomy

  • Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'
  • By: Philip Plait
  • Narrated by: Kevin Scullin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 735

Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Answers to the astronomy questions that matter.

  • By Steven on 12-07-10

Interesting. Corny jokes and lousy narrator.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yep. The topics and facts sure are intriguing - and fairly well explained.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is the worst part. He's staccato and disinterested. Reminds me of when the teacher would force the stoners to read out loud in high school. The guy has no flow and no expression.

Could you see Bad Astronomy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

What? This is the stupidest question I have ever seen. Seriously, Audible?

Any additional comments?

The author's sense of humor is horribly dry and corny. I understand trying to lighten things up but the jokes come off as amateur and groan-inducing. Stick to science. The intro explaining how he was "inspired" to write this book is numbing, too. Skip it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?

  • Further Adventures of a Curious Character
  • By: Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035

One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman's last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sure You're Joking is much better.

  • By Jose on 12-29-16

Cult of Personality Members Only.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

Would you try another book from Richard P. Feynman and Ralph Leighton and/or Raymond Todd?

No. I am not sure if I understand the obsession with Feynman. If anything, I found his anecdotes rambling and pseudo-intellectual. Dry wit without the wit, really. I know Mr. Feynman has a rabid fanbase - so I thought I'd give this a try, and see what all the obsession was about. I still don't get it. His rants aren't that deep, and are a little trite if anything. Ok, he learned look at things a little different. Fantastic. Yes, he had a fascinating and dynamic life. Yes, he was an exceedingly smart fellow. But interesting? Only insofar as "wow, you'd expect a scientist to be really boring!" and with a bar that low, these stories at least exceed that.I listen on my long 3 hour commute twice a week. I couldn't keep this on for the first hour.

Maybe if you're already a rabid fan of Feynman, this book is for you. If not, venture onwards, and skip this one.

What aspect of Raymond Todd???s performance would you have changed?

The narration was fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Confusion, mainly, as to how people find Feynman so interesting.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Crash Course

  • The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster
  • By: Paul Ingrassia
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

In Crash Course, Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit's self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves? Ingrassia also describes dysfunctional corporate cultures (even as GM's market share plunged, the company continued business as usual) and Detroit's perverse system of "inverse layoffs" (which allowed union members to invoke seniority to avoid work).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Contemporary History at Its Best

  • By Roy on 04-19-10

Great story - intermittently grating narration

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

Where does Crash Course rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

It's a great story - I love business history, especially about failure and recovery.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator has a serious affect whenever he pronounces words with the letter "U". It's almost like he's intentionally trying to have some sort of blue-blood angle to certain words that make them sound like nobody would ever prounounce even in normal narration or conversation.He pronounces every "U", as "eeew", appropriate or not. I can kind of deal with this in words like "tuesday", but the way he says "institeewwtion" and "deewwk" (the university) borders on ludicrous (or, as he would say, "leeewdicrous"). It's particulary humorous listening to him try to insert his affect into the word "June", which he desperately wants to pronounce as "Jeeewne", but he knows it would sound utterly stupid, so he quickly reverts back to normal.It's not a bad enough issue to ruin the book, but you kind of grit your teeth and sigh every time he runs across a "U" word. If you're a bit more of an adverturous type, I guess you could turn it into a drinking game.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,734

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-11

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

Not at all. The narrator would define the noun

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

Almost every part except hearing it read out loud.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her false accent, if you want to call it that, is way too distracting. She gets a little too weird describing the food, too (I know that's an integral theme in the book, but it shouldn't sound... sexual.) She does the forceful parts no justice, almost making a caricature of them.

Any additional comments?

Sad to see the whole series is narrated by the same person. I'm hoping she got some tips after the first and improved it - we'll see.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful