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  • Guns

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good for you, Stephen King

  • By Salt Lake Joan on 05-15-13

If you are to speak your mind, do it like this!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-13

I really enjoyed this essay. King's writing style -which I love- used to voice his opinion makes for a strong combination. The performance is super !

As I don't live in the US my opinion on the subject is irrelevant, but I think it is less enjoyable if you happen to have and enjoy those high powered weapons.

2 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,737

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling pre-history and emergent history

  • By Doug on 08-25-11

Convincing, overwhelming, eye opening.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

Jared Diamond sets out to answer the question of a New Guinean about why history has favored some societies over other when it comes to riches.

His explanations are that coincidences with respect to geography, domesticable plants and animals have been major 'first causes' to this uneven distribution of wealth. He makes his point very convincing.

He starts with an explanation on a small scale before taking on explanations on differences between entire continents. In this he is very thorough and presents overwhelming details in comparing many different societies throughout history throughout the world.

A real eye opener for me were the descriptions of clashes of societies where both parties were non-european. These have been as brutal as where european societies invaded.

The performance fits the style of the book. Never excited never dull in tone, like a lecturer I really enjoyed.

  • Self Reliance

  • By: Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Narrated by: Alana Munro
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is a considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy this

  • By Leah Twitchell on 07-31-16

Great essay destroyed

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

Reviewed: 07-11-12

It is a pity that this essay is read by someone with such a bad voice. The reading is slow and very very low. I listen a lot in my car, but I need to cut out aal the bass, to listen to this without having popping sounds.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

  • or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life
  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For aficionados only.

  • By Ary Shalizi on 01-11-12

Best way to read the classic!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-12

THE biology book, essential reading -but a but tedious. Having it read to me was perfect. The sound and extensive reasoning by Darwin really came to life.

The work is not only interesting for people interested in biology or evolution theory.

The way Darwin addresses objections that can (and still are) be raised, the way he points out difficulties and weak points in his theory and discusses those are an example of the way scientist ought to explain and defend their theories.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful