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  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,758
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,902

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

No plot

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

The story went nowhere. It is repetitive and slow. After 20 hours I had to give up.

  • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

  • By: Michael Shermer, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Truely Great Course

  • By Heizenberg on 09-14-13

Skepticism?

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

I thought this would be a study of the disciplines of skepticism. It should have been titled "An Argument for the Authors Point of View of God as Myth, with a Rehash of Old Phycological Studies."

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,409

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

Good production

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Great performance except for the pretentious and comical vocal fry of Fred Weller, which distracted from the story.

  • The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

  • By: Simon Singh
  • Narrated by: William Neenan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Simon Singh offers fascinating new insights into the celebrated television series The Simpsons: That the show drip-feeds morsels of number theory into the minds of its viewers - indeed, that there are so many mathematical references in the show, and in its sister program, Futurama, that they could form the basis of an entire university course.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Print probably better than audio

  • By Vivek Goyal on 05-19-14

Please reference the downloadable PDF

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

A fine book, but any book that relies so heavily on the PDF should not be made into an audio book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Redefining Reality

  • The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
  • By: Steven Gimbel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Gimbel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384

No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mind = blown

  • By Bailey on 09-13-15

A reading of the encyclopedia

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Gravelly voice. Lots of facts, almost right. Lots of movie spoilers for no good reason.

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,547

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, not crazy about the narrator

  • By Cathi on 07-20-13

Warring on the Performance

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator must really love his peanut butter. If you are sensitive to disgusting mouth sounds, this book is not for you. The Audible-page sample audio is pretty clean and not so ??representative of the mind-numbing 24-plus hours. If you listen in the car or another noisy environment, you will be fine. Otherwise, be warned.??

47 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bottom Line

  • By Rob on 08-19-06

Horrible Production

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

Reviewed: 06-02-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Excellent reader. I found a few facts to be inaccurate. Overall it would have been good but I kept being distracted by all of the production errors. It is as if they skipped the editing step when producing the audio.??

Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Lawlor???s performances?

Yes. One of the best readers.

  • Packing for Mars

  • The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,762

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More

  • By Roy on 09-22-10

Not about Mars

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-11

This could have been titled ???Training at NASA,??? but it was not about Mars, science, or ???the void.??? I counted the word ???Mars??? being used 11 times throughout the whole book. There was no information on the preparation necessary to plan a trip to Mars. Half of the text was annoyingly bracketed in incessant ???note/end note??? pairs.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful