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  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book One
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Eh...

  • By Philip Maddox on 10-19-17

Perils of Pauline

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

While the premise of the book was very good and intriguing, I was progressively annoyed by the male character and found both characters thin on back story and personality which a tale of solitude needs. Worse were the ever occurring fatal crisis and narrow escapes that peppered the story and made it seem like an old movie serial or part of the Goosebumps series. The narration was quite good and worked well with two narrators.
I am not sure if I would continue with the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313

Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly incoherent

  • By Tristan on 11-10-16

economic history

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

this was a complex group of lectures about topics I know very little about. I enjoyed the new perspective and the professor's work to bring economics down to my level. A few moments more on economic theory would have helped but this was a large topic to cover. I would listen again.

  • The Remaining: Extinction

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041

This is the sixth and final novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90 percent of the population into a ravenous horde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mission Accomplished

  • By C. S. on 11-05-15

Preachy ending

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

This series had an intriguing premise at its start and I enjoyed the first few books. But as the body count rose and rose and betrayal and abuse and conflict accelerated I wondered if I may have to start rooting for the infected. This final book was dark and bitter and the writing was strained and thick with metaphors and strings of adjectives. Sadly the premise and the story didn't hold up after all the volumes.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Children of Hurin

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494

There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Disturbing

  • By Catherine Collins on 12-19-09

Could not continue

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

Reviewed: 03-24-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I don't know what could improve this. This is not one of Tolkein's best works and seems unpolished and unfinished. A more upbeat narrative would help.

What didn’t you like about Christopher Lee’s performance?

Christopher lee, while a great actor, added a profound slowly and gloomy pace to this text. that made what was already a thick and studious story, just too thick to follow. The novelty of TLOTR " Saruman" wore off quickly.

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

Disappointment.

  • Warm Bodies

  • A Novel
  • By: Isaac Marion
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777

R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was...OK

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-13

Great and funny.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

If you could sum up Warm Bodies in three words, what would they be?

Deadness. Romeo. Juliet.

What other book might you compare Warm Bodies to and why?

This is a great mix of Frankenstein, Shakespeare and any zombie story.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Delightful story with a funny and unique view of a zombie's world view.

  • The Space Merchants

  • By: Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world’s most powerful executives. Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a SciFic classic done really well

  • By John Laudun on 05-06-12

Good build...peters out.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The author built an intriguing and terrifying world and could have used it to build a better story. The book ended suddenly and left me wondering what would have happened next.

What about Dan Bittner’s performance did you like?

Very good.

Was The Space Merchants worth the listening time?

Not really. I was disappointed. I expected a better read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Earth

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Ryan on 05-08-10

fascinating and tragic

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

Reviewed: 03-11-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

What a wonderful snapshot in time, beautifully written and crafted.

What did you like best about this story?

It offers insight into China's history and culture, translated by Buck into terms that a westerner can understand. There is foreboding also about the future.

  • Economics in One Lesson

  • By: Henry Hazlitt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Economics? Start here!

  • By Ferg Merkl on 10-12-07

Economic argument

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

Reviewed: 03-11-12

What would have made Economics in One Lesson better?

This is not so much an educational text as it is an argument for Mr Hazlitt's position. Some of his insight was valuable although it is not what I thought I was getting.

What three words best describe Jeff Riggenbach’s performance?

clear, flat