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  • Our Mathematical Universe

  • My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Michael on 02-02-14

Can't wait to get started on the imperative

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

An astonishing combination of science, theory, philosophy, and ethics. Eminently readable from novice to expert. Engagingly portrayed by the reader.

  • The Education of a Lifetime

  • By: Robert Khayat
  • Narrated by: Robert Khayat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The Education of a Lifetime is a compelling memoir by former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat. Khayat speaks about his childhood days in Moss Point, Mississippi, the state's segregationist policies that prevented his SEC-champion baseball team from playing in the College World Series, and the sadness of experiencing his father's arrest and guilty plea. These seemingly disparate events worked to prepare him to battle the vestiges of racial strife that continued to haunt the university's culture as he accepted the honor of becoming the university's 15th chancellor.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • INSPIRING

  • By JPALJ on 09-22-18

INSPIRING

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

An uplifting story about a unique school, state, and person with an imperfect past. This book is a testimony to the American dream and the ability to be a powerful advocate for change within the constructs of long-standing traditions and institutions.

  • I'd Rather We Got Casinos

  • By: Larry Wilmore
  • Narrated by: Larry Wilmore
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Within these pages are the musings, the revelations, the ruminations, and the reflections of the incomparable Larry Wilmore. Here, collected for the first time, all in one place, are his Black Thoughts. From why black weathermen make him feel happy (or sad) and why brothas don't see UFOs to his search for Black Jesus or his quest to replace "African-American" with "chocolate," Wilmore has finally relented, agreeing to share his unique (black) perspective.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some bits funny, some not

  • By chris on 02-06-11

I'm not smart enough to understand Larry Wilmore

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I think I'm smart, I'm pretty well educated, and socially aware. I just don't get the Wilmore angle. If the entire commentary is a send-up then okay I guess I see some fleeting value as a parody, nothing more. On the other hand, Wilmore seems to trade in gross stereotypes of a single race, which benefits no one, except Wilmore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

  • By: Harriet Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Audio Élan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography, written under the pseudonym Linda Brent, details her experiences as a slave in North Carolina, her escape to freedom in the north, and her ensuing struggles to free her children. The narrative was partly serialized in the New York Tribune, but was discontinued because Jacobs’ depictions of the sexual abuse of female slaves were considered too shocking. It was published in book form in 1861.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Shakayla on 03-31-13

Another impossible narration

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This is a subject area of significant interest to me, but I don't know why Audible insists on using paid performers with fake southern accents to read the work. It is at the same time an impediment to the otherwise interesting content, and an offense to those who actually speak with accents to hear them replicated so unauthentically. Could not make it through the first chapter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

  • An American Slave
  • By: Frederick Douglass
  • Narrated by: Raymond Hearn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 792

This classic of American literature, a dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave, was first published in 1845, when its author had just achieved his freedom. It is a story that shocked the world with its first-hand account of the horrors of slavery. The book was an incredible success. It sold over 30,000 copies and was an international best seller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Appropriate Audio

  • By Gigi P on 05-23-16

Should be required reading in all high schools

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Excellent delivery, and compelling stories. I consider myself reasonably well informed, and certainly had heard the name Frederick Douglass, but was completely unaware what occurred during his lifetime to him personally. Hearing these words as written by the author sheds light on slavery like no other challenge to that peculiar institution.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History

  • Indigenous Confluences
  • By: William J. Bauer Jr.
  • Narrated by: Ted Brooks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Most California histories begin with the arrival of the Spanish missionaries in the late 18th century and conveniently skip to the Gold Rush of 1849. Noticeably absent from these stories are the perspectives and experiences of the people who lived on the land long before European settlers arrived. Historian William Bauer seeks to correct that oversight through an innovative approach that tells California history strictly through Native perspectives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book

  • By Rrrapture G on 02-05-18

Great content. Poor organization. Worse narration

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

An amazing story about an amazing people under unimaginable circumstances. Consequently, the story deserves better organization, fewer opinions, and above all else, a narrator who understands and conveys the significance of the story being told.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life 3.0

  • Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151

How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Odd book with some good info

  • By Michael on 12-02-17

Wow. Whooda thunk it? Great content made accesible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great inflection and maintains interest throughout.

Any additional comments?

An amazing topic. Everyone should have a least a working understanding of this issue. It's coming (if not already here) whether we are ready or not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Inevitable

  • Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371

Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives - from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture - can be understood as the result of a few long-term accelerating forces.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predicting is hard, especially about the future

  • By Michael on 02-20-17

Fascinating if somewhat outpaced by its own topic

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Interesting listen that methodically if somewhat slowly builds to a genuinely interesting conclusion. Very much worth considering for the next few years until it is becomes anachronistic. Looking forward to the next edition.

  • Benedict Arnold

  • A Life From Beginning to End
  • By: Hourly History
  • Narrated by: Derek Jeck
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Benedict Arnold: a name that has become synonymous with betrayal. However, this wasn't always the case. At one time he was General (and future first president) George Washington's trusted advisor in the struggle against the British. What caused this turncoat to turn his revolutionary ambitions inside out to match the crimson of the British? What brought on one of the most famous treacheries in history?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality content with sing song narrator

  • By JPALJ on 08-25-17

Quality content with sing song narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Good listen because it provided more in-depth information than is usually available about this particular figure. Would have liked more information regarding the battle on Lake Champlain, as much more is available to be explored. Same for the battles at New London and Richmond, about which there should be much information. Disappointed in the narration which bordered on the melodramatic, with emphasis placed at the wrong times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Learn French with Paul Noble – Part 2

  • French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 472

Learn French with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.      

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice job

  • By Studying llfe in New York on 08-08-15

tried them all. . . . this was by far the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

In anticipation of a trip to France, where I'd never been before, and because I had never attempted the language, I tried all the French language learners available on Audible. This was by far superior to every other method. It was both substantive and accessible, providing practical information with a reasonable explanation of the grammatical points necessary to speak competently in French. It provided invaluable as I spent a month in France and was, after making some adaptations for Provence, understood by the locals 99 prevent of the time. I was never in a situation where I couldn't convey the basics of what I needed or wanted. Highly recommended.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful