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  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen

  • By David on 01-05-15

Needs the Visual Aids

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

He refers to examples and illustrations that are important in his lectures. This really is better as a DVD/streaming course.

Around the World in 80 Days
    
    
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        Jules Verne
    
    


    
    
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        Jim Dale
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    1,309 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narration for Verne Classic

  • By Gary on 05-03-05

Newer Translation, Better Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Worth the extra money. This translation is much more easily understood by younger listeners, and Jim Dale is a joy as always. Returned two other audiobook versions for mutilating the French words--really is there any excuse for not being able to pronounce Monsieur correctly?--and for just being excruciatingly dull.

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,701

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Sanderson Does It Again

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Loved this book, as I've loved all of Sanderson's books. My only concern now is that he will not live long enough to complete the many, many, many different series he's got going. Long live the Sanderson!

  • The Great Hunt

  • Book Two of The Wheel Of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,427

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first!

  • By So Fain on 04-24-10

Narration is Inconsistent

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

It's a good story, well-told. There are several spots of conversation where one voice smushes into another and it's hard to distinguish between characters. Additionally, the character Hurin's name is consistently pronounced Urine, not a huge problem, but it pulls me out of the story every time his name is mentioned, reminding me that it is a story written by someone, being narrated by someone else.

  • Vagabond Circus Series Boxed Set

  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

When a stranger joins the cast of Vagabond Circus - a circus that is run by Dream Travelers and features real magic - mysterious events start happening. The once orderly grounds of the circus become riddled with hidden threats. And the ringmaster realizes not only are his circus and its magic at risk, but also his very life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved this

  • By Susi on 03-18-17

It's a romance.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Probably would have liked this more if I'd known going in that it was a paranormal teen romance, but I'd gotten the impression it was a young adult fantasy novel.

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,145

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

Listen at 1.25 or 1.5 speed

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Any additional comments?

The narration of this does the stories no favors. It's a slower story to begin with, but reading it so slowly makes this a dangerous book to listen to whilst operating heavy machinery. Speed it up a bit for fuller enjoyment.

  • Starman Jones

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A typical Heinlein Juvenile

  • By Got My Book on 08-22-08

Hard to Get Past 50s Sexism

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Any additional comments?

It was a fine imaginative tale of interstellar space travel, but apparently Heinlein can't imagine a world where women would do much other than flirt, manipulate, marry, and reproduce. Even the smart girl is a flibbertigibbet who ends up twisting daddy around her little finger and marrying the man of her dreams. On that basis alone, this book should probably be moved to the bottom of the pile.

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  • The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

  • The Zodiac Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Stan Lee, Stuart Moore
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 452

When 12 magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, an Asian-American teenager named Steven is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and ultimately unlock the hidden secrets of the Zodiac Legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining story,

  • By Jimmy on 04-26-15

Holy Cardboard Characters, Batman!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Which character – as performed by Feodor Chin – was your favorite?

Who can tell them apart?

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

Profound boredom.

Any additional comments?

I get that adventure stories aren't Tolstoy, but come on, guys. The description of characters' clothing was more distinctive than the actual characters.

  • The Bird and the Sword

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Trina Nishimura
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn't speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky. My father wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free. But freedom will require escape, and I'm a prisoner of my mother's curse and my father's greed. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love...a bird?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, but not quite "epic"

  • By Leslie F. on 11-12-16

Romance/Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Any additional comments?

A lovely narration of a truly enjoyable romance/fantasy. PG on the love story. PG-13 on the violence.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Birds in the Sky

  • By: Charlie Jane Anders
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,661

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too twee for me.

  • By Amy on 03-13-17

Such a Casserole of a Book

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Any additional comments?

Take one can of cream of science fiction and one can of fantasy. Mix well. Pour over profound ponderings cooked al dente. Add dash of masturbation and erection references. Gently fold in one half cup sex scene. Sprinkle apocalypse on top. Heat in medium hot oven for 12 hours and 36 minutes.

The combination of science fiction, fantasy, and apocalypse sounded appealing. It turned out a bit of a mish mash. Not sexy enough to appeal as porn, not profound enough to appeal as literature.

Because I know authors actually read their reviews, I want to say that with shaping this could be a great story, not simply an adequate one. This is a recipe worth reworking. As written, it's too much and not enough of everything.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful