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  • V for Vendetta

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?

  • By John on 09-06-08

Very V

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

A good book adaptation of the V story. Many parts of this story could've used more development, but the book itself didn't elaborate much beyond the original comic book which is unfortunate. However this is still a great story, I was hoping for more of it.

The Narration by Simon Vance is once again top notch and I found it to greatly enhance the book experience. While watching the movie after listening to the book I could still hear Mr. Vance's voice over the movie as the dialog is practically word-for-word.

I would suggest reading 1984 and then at some point after reading this book. They go well together.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Addictive Brain

  • By: Thad A. Polk, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thad A. Polk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344

The Addictive Brain is a fair and balanced investigation of addiction, backed by hard science and behavioral science. Most of us have probably seen the old antidrug commercial in which an actor compares your brain on drugs to an egg sizzling in a hot frying pan. That's a powerful image, but it doesn't tell us what actually happens when drugs enter your body and interact with neurochemical processes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and in depth

  • By Matthew Bukovicky on 04-27-15

Detailed Information, very well presented

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

I enjoyed listening to this course, Professor Polk did excellent work with this coarse. Information was well presented, organized, and detailed. Learning about the biological effects on the brain from different sources and how it can cope and adapt was particularly interesting. If anything even more detailed information would have been welcome!

If you have even just a passing interest in how the brain works, this coarse will have something for you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Origins

  • Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723

Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance!

  • By Max on 06-21-15

Good Summary of what we know of the Universe

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

I liked listening to this book. It was a relatively light listen and kept my interest. At the same time I would have liked some parts to go into more detail, but overall a great introduction to cosmology.

  • Lunch with Buddha

  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

A novel about family, open-minded spirituality, and the American road, Lunch with Buddha accompanies the characters from Breakfast with Buddha as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind. Facing one of life's greatest emotional challenges, Otto Ringling takes comfort in a loving family and offbeat lessons from eccentric spiritual teacher Volya Rinpoche.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By anna on 05-29-15

Good 2nd book in this series.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

Following the surprisingly good first book "Breakfast with Buddha" I jumped right into this book and was not disappointed. I kept the 5 Star rating, but I'd probably give it 4.5 if I was comparing it to the first book. Without spoiling any of the story, it is a good sequel and continues on the original story's path of self discovery through life's ups & downs.

Narration continues same as first book, so you know what to expect.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Breakfast with Buddha

  • A Novel
  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196

When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a thoughtful and often hilarious journey

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-15-11

Diamond in the rough

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

I got this book on a whim, mostly based on the great reviews. I am very glad I did. It's been a while since a fiction book has gripped me the way this one has. It takes a little while to start, but once it did I couldn't stop listening!

A great introduction story for those curious about a different point of view on spirituality, and daily life. The end of the book came all too quickly...

The choice of narrator and narration itself was also spot-on for this book.

Recommended!

  • The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

  • Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: René Ruiz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

In The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha's teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy - all qualities of enlightenment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the very best...

  • By Acarya on 02-26-15

Good traditional information on Buddhism

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

I found this audiobook version of this great book.

This is a great source of information on Buddhist precepts & philosophy. It is delivered in a more traditional type language which can be a little harder to grasp and process so careful and slow listening is recommended. The narrator does a good job, though I would maybe have liked some more variation in his tone.

I would say this is a more "advanced beginner" type book where a lot of information is well explained, in addition, now we start building upon some fundamental concepts. If this is your first experience with Buddism, take your time, do not rush listening as there is a lot here.

Having a PDF version of some of the listings and interactions would be a great addition to this audiobook.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Sugar Fat

  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • By: Michael Moss
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229

Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is all too real, and YOU are the victim.

  • By Michael on 03-03-13

Information on the processed food industry

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

I found this book very informative on the industry of processed food. Making "something" people will buy and eat at the lowest cost possible. I was especially surprised the author was able to interview people and name names!

So many books of this type only list lists opinions from the author(s) and try to pass them on as factual which is nice, but not useful. This book goes the extra length by interviewing key industry people and explaining the research done and science behind processed food products

Naration was top notch, as I would expect from Scott Brick.

Highly recommended.

  • The Art of Procrastination

  • A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off
  • By: John Perry
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 634

John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Procrastinate on listening to this

  • By Reasonable Reader on 09-19-16

Not doing what you know you should

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

Reviewed: 05-25-14

This is an essay (I hesitate to call it a book per say) about not doing what you know you should be. It is thought provoking if you can identify with this type of character trait. If you are not a procrastinator then you probably don't understand what message this essay is trying to convey.

For those who recognize themselves as procrastinators and "horizontal filers" it is worth a listen. It is short, and might just make you think of attacking your to-do list, even if it's not the top most important item on your list!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Future of the Mind

  • The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high-tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More breadth than depth

  • By Gary on 03-20-14

The Mind simplified by Michio Kaku

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

Reviewed: 05-21-14

Dr. Kaku does a good job presenting the latest scientific experiments and research concerning the brain. There are some very good chapters explaining consciousness from a scientific perspective which I found quite insightful. This book is well organized, and maybe a little over simplified. To me it reads as a summary of research papers from the last 5 to 7 years or so. Overall educational for people not in the field.

To this there are some creative viewpoints added here and there to make this book feel somewhat more dynamic to listen to than dry information which is nice.

Narration was a bit flat, but appropriate for the subject matter.

Overall an okay book, may not age very well so if you are thinking of reading it I'd suggest to do it sooner rather than later.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

  • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181

Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good lectures on mindfulness!

  • By Mike on 09-19-13

Very good lectures on mindfulness!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-13

I found Dr. Muesse did good work researching and explaining mindfulness. Each lecture was well presented with good use of vocals to keep the listener's attention.

I found the best part to be the first lecture of this series. The example given is unquestionably THE best example I've ever read or heard of the differences between an untrained (or distracted) mind, and a mind which routinely goes through mindfulness meditation and exercises. I can't say enough good about the first chapter. The following lectures buildup from there, I found myself hooked right from the start.

Also, of particular note is the acknowledgement that this course is Dr. Muesse's interpretation on the subject matter. I could see the great lengths the author went through to present the subject material in as an objective way as possible. For me this is a huge difference between one-sided self help books, and academic learning.

I would recommend this to people curious about what meditation is, and what in particular mindfulness meditation is. Then it's effect on a person's outlook and quality of life.


All in all this is one of the best introduction coarse on mindfulness I have had the opportunity to listen/read. Recommended!

192 of 200 people found this review helpful