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Justin Barnard

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  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,957
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,091
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,139

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

The Most Unsettling Thing

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

The performance was great but I just couldn’t get into the story. I’ve read/listened to several of these dystopian novels and of course Brave New World is one of the most famous of that genre but my goodness was it a miserable story to listen to. I assume that was the point of the story though, which is why I gave it two stars instead of one.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,751

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

  • By Rich on 02-04-08

Best Narrator I’ve Yet Come Across

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Several other reviewers have said this but I thought I’d add one more. Christopher Hurt frickin nailed it with his narration of this book. The voices and their tones were all spot-on. Even with the occasional distraction of the shoddy recording quality, this is undoubtedly the superior Atlas Shrugged audiobook. 10/10 would buy again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Capitalism and Freedom, Fortieth Anniversary Edition

  • By: Milton Friedman, Rose D. Friedman, Grover Gardner - prologue
  • Narrated by: Michael Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy - one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A poor execution of a great book.

  • By Mike S. on 01-25-18

Utterly Impossible To Listen To

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I have seriously underestimated how important the reader is to how enjoyable/understandable these audiobooks are. I was so looking forward to listening to this book but the cadence and intonation (or lack thereof) of this this reader made the book all but completely impossible to follow. THE VOICE ON THE SAMPLE TRACK IS ONLY THE VOICE FOR THE INTRO. Fortunately Audible lets you exchange books that are no good. I recommend either Free to Choose or The Road to Serfdom as alternatives with better readers.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,679

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration.

  • By Walter W. Quinn on 07-05-18

Fantastic Performance, Okay Story

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

First and foremost, this was a rockstar performance by James Franco. His voice is even more soothing to listen to that I had initially realized, and he did the little voices of the characters perfectly. I think I got the most enjoyment from that alone.

Perhaps I was distracted, but I felt the story a tad hard to follow. I’m well aware that it’s considered one of the most important books of the twentieth century and that the nature of Vonnegut’s writing is darkly satirical, but nevertheless I found it to be uninteresting. Still enjoyed listening to Franco’s performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful