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  • Fake Science

  • Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data
  • By: Austin Ruse
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

You'd think we were living in the golden age of science and reason. But the truth is far more sinister, says Austin Ruse. We're actually living in the age of the low information voter, easily misled by all-too-convincing false statistics and studies. In Fake Science, Ruse debunks so-called "facts" used to advance political causes one after the other, revealing how poorly they stand up to actual science.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Right Wing Scientist has issues with this book

  • By Dorothy on 01-09-18

Right Wing Scientist has issues with this book

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Just to be clear, I'm a biologist and lean right wing. But I still have issues with this book. There were times where I had trouble trusting the author because I saw some tactics used that doesn't suggest honesty. For example, when discussing child abuse and abortion, he stated that 60,000 children were found to be abused around the time abortion was legalized and that sometime later (I can't remember how much but more than a decade) that was up to 1 million. While horrifying, unfortunately absolute numbers aren't always helpful but rather proportions (for all we know the rate went down, but we had such a large population increase). Now, this might not have been a deliberate attempt to obfuscate but rather due to space limitations of the book the author could not pick apart the nuances. I would prefer a book that could address the nuances better.

The narrator wasn't great either. He mispronounced "fetal" (as fatal) and "pubic" (as public).

I'll be returning this unfinished.

26 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Failures IV: The Phantom Pinas

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 4
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092

The adventure continues. Tim and the C and C gang face their most difficult challenges yet. Horses die. Eyeballs are eaten. People are urinated on. A god is born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horse!

  • By John on 03-09-17

Okay book but racist redneck are tired now.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

I really have enjoyed the series, the other books all had parts where I was smothering my laughter at work. I don't really remember parts like that in this book. I think that is in part because the racist redneck jokes/comments are running thin here. It is strange how the main protagonists are all enlightened about racism etc, but no one (in the "real world") else around them is. Due in part to the racist, homophobic redneck jokes and comments it really makes all the other "real world" characters 2-D (I'm thinking about the new introductions to the world of Caverns and Creatures).

I'll probably get the next one, but if there isn't improvement, I won't be getting another.

SPOILER: I also like that Tim gets a bit of what is coming to him. He's acted like a jerk throughout most of the books and that has had a direct result on what has happened. There is part of me that is surprised that an author is willing to do that (let alone make it be the cliffhanger).

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,170

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun for a While

  • By sherri on 09-18-16

Didn't hate it, but didn't love it as much as NPCs

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

I really enjoyed NPCs and Split the Party. So, I decided to try this book. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. I found Hayes humor and writing style to be more enjoyable in NPCs/Split the Party.

The short story form didn't help either. I think it would be easier in written form where it is easy to skim recaps. Or if you took sometime between stories. But I had read the reviews to this affect beforehand, so it wasn't too jarring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Last Unicorn

  • By: Peter S. Beagle
  • Narrated by: Peter S. Beagle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world. This is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite movie on the page

  • By Lucy on 04-05-14

Love it

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

What made the experience of listening to The Last Unicorn the most enjoyable?

I enjoy the narrator. One person complained; but, personally, I love his narrating style. If you are unsure, check out the preview.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful