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  • A Brief History of Time

  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: Michael Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,894
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,665

This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily Digestible Presentation of Complex Topics

  • By James on 05-19-04

The audio was too muffled to understand.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

This book was returned immediately because the sound quality was so poor. Will have to read the book instead.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dunwich Horror

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of H. P. Lovecraft's The Dunwhich Horror. Lavina Whateley has birthed an abomination, and now it's got free. First one family and then another are wiped off the face of the Earth, and this is just the beginning of the plan. Dr. Armitage, the Librarian at Miskatonic University, is scared. He's pieced together the clues and has a dreadful inkling of what is abroad. This ageing doctor may be the world's only hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and performance

  • By E. Idenmill on 07-15-15

Recommended version

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

FNH gives a fantastic performance with great inflection, a pleasing voice, and with great diction.

  • Social

  • Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect
  • By: Matthew D. Lieberman
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience, revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world-other people and our relation to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Bowling Alone" For Your Brain...

  • By Douglas on 12-08-13

A flawed document with a good performance

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

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

I would not recommend this audiobook. It's fast pace and the extensive use of acronyms make listening tedious and tiring. It was a chore to finish. The book would be better if someone needs to read this. It would make skipping the tedious sections easier.

What was most disappointing about Matthew D. Lieberman’s story?

The author bases his conclusions on questionable evidence and reports incomplete analysis. There was some interesting points but the author makes incorrect generalizations (no, everyone does not have a Facebook account (1 billion members perhaps but it is not mentioned that 6 billion people are not members). Nor does everyone watch reality TV and gossip. Some individuals simply don't need to be the center of attention and may prefer solitude. I won't even get into his absurd teaching suggestions.

What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

The performance is very clear, however, the pace was a little fast and the very frequent use of acronyms made me unable to follow at times.

Was Social worth the listening time?

No, it was too long and tedious.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps the author could do a follow-up: "Why All People Are Not Wired The Same Way".

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Red Land, Black Land

  • Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
  • By: Barbara Mertz
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Esteemed Egyptologist Barbara Mertz updates her widely praised social history of the people of ancient Egypt, which was originally published in 1968. Combining impeccable scholarship with a delightfully personal style, the author reconstructs the life of the Egyptians from birth to death, and beyond death, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Elizabeth on 04-03-10

Perhaps the book is better

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

Any additional comments?

I liked the content for an overview of ancient Egypt although not all subjects were dealt with or dealt with adequately or accurately. Overall I liked the narrator's presentation. However, the usual and inconsistent pronunciation used - with diphthongs as if some of the god names went through a Great Vowel change - was jarring. This along with the missing illustrations of the book made me wish I bought the book instead.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki

  • By: Matsuo Basho, Kamo no Chomei
  • Narrated by: Togo Igawa
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki are two of the best-loved works of their kind; famous for their beautiful, delicate verse and subtle insight into the human condition. It has been said of The Narrow Road that 'it was as if the very soul of Japan had itself written it'. It takes the form of a travel diary, and traces the poet's journey from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to the northern interior.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Second story unintelligible

  • By Karen on 02-23-10

Narrow Road narrowly passes

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-11

Although this title says this is read by one reader it certainly doesn't sound like it. When I got to the Narrow Road, which is not the first story read, I was surprised to hear that the reader had a much heavier Japanese accent. Although I can appreciate this approach it is a little hard to understand and requires constant concentration. Moreover I believe all the haiku are in Japanese - a real disappointment. I give this 2 stars only because it is Basho, but without the poetry, and it is the only version available.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Walden

  • Life in the Woods
  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Alec Sand
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 812

Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Energetic but choppy presentation

  • By Dan Jensen on 03-17-10

Excellent book and narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-11

With only 1 minute of the preview available and with a couple 1 star reviews I was a little hesitant to buy this version. But with the Summer Sale a book like this for under $5 was too tempting to resist. So I bought it and I am very glad I did.

Firstly I could not tell you if the narrator embodies Thoreau's nature or persona. Nor could anyone else for that matter. He died in 1862. It is silly to say what they were.

Furthermore, I don't hear the choppiness, blank verse type reading mentioned. Neither have I yet noticed any mispronunciations or repeats. That doesn't mean there aren't any, it just means that it is not riddled with them.

What I do hear is a very natural way of telling a story. For the first time listening to an audiobook I feel like I am in a room with the author who is telling me the story instead of line being read from a book. It is this conversational interpretation that makes this reading so intimate, so natural, so engaging. And isn't that the feeling one should get by listening to Walden? For me it works. Highly recommended.

28 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Red and the Black

  • By: Stendhal, Lloyd C. Parks (translator)
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Red and the Black is a powerful character study of Julien Sorel, a clever and idealistic young opportunist who attempts to rise above his station through a combination of talent, deception, and hypocrisy. He uses his powers of seduction and charm to secure advancement, only to find himself betrayed by his own passions and outwitted by the larger political and social intrigues of post-Napoleonic France.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • passion and politics

  • By beatrice on 10-29-09

Performance ruined by muffled audio.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-09

In this version David Case's voice is completely muffled and almost unintelligible even on the highest quality setting. Equalization is ineffective because the higher frequencies are simply missing. In this state I can only recommend that it be avoided until Audible fixes the file.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When the starving French masses rise in hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause, La Guillotine, the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Please avoid this recording.

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-14-09

Please avoid this recording.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-09

The sound quality is very much below standard even at highest level 4 offered. I was unable to bring myself to listen to this for more than one minute. Do yourself a favor and look for another version. I am going to ask for my credit back on this one. (Please note that the one star rating is for the recording quality, not for the book or the reader)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful