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  • Brideshead Revisited

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742

Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By Vieux Carré Blonde on 12-12-12

Like Complex Music: Use a Top-quality Audio System

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

PLOT— The plot is very, very gradually, revealed to be something like: “What will happen to each of these many characters?” However, that isn’t it. It becomes something like: “What were they like? What were the lives, values, and personalities of these self-important, but fading people, these who were the Peerage of England in the time when their importance and usefullness were dissipating?” And that ... is an intriguing, complex story of a dying, upperclass subculture. Stay with this book and let it seep into you. It is not a tale. It is an experience.

Jeremy Irons is not just an outstanding reader. He is a stellar performer of the characters and dramas in the book. However, his voice range is wide, as a perfomance should be. It can be loud. It can become a whisper. He is perfect IF you use high quality earbuds. However, in a car, even with a great audio system, you will have to continually adjust the volume as your speed, traffic noise, and other factors drown out his whispers. No single volume setting works, not even in a very quiet car.

  • Self Comes to Mind

  • Constructing the Conscious Brain
  • By: Antonio Damasio
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Self Comes to Mind is a nuanced and original chronicle of the evolution of the human brain. It reveals how the brain's development of a self becomes a challenge to nature's indifference and opens the way for the appearance of culture, a radical break in the course of evolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some important and amazing stuff in this book!

  • By Jeff Cartwright on 05-17-11

Slow, Stuffy, Abstract, Indirect, Third-person

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Speaking about the nature of the self, Damasio seems unable to say you, me, we, Or I. He plods along an endless path of antique three and four syllable words for no useful purpose. Ten or fifteen minutes into this book, he was still tirelessly explaining that the self is an object or thing and is aware of its existence. This book could provide amazing insights and understanding into the nature of the self. Instead, it endlessly pontificates about talking about almost talking about the self.

  • Your Inner Fish

  • A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
  • By: Neil Shubin
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Your Inner Fish

  • By Mel on 02-03-08

Clear, Entertaining, Full of Surprises

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

The author masterfully avoids the use of technical terms without losing the interest of people who are reasonably familiar with them. He repeatedly translates statistical facts into surprising examples demonstrating what those facts mean. He writes in a pleasantly warm, neighborly style.

This is an enthralling , informative book for anyone from teens to adults. It is one skillful tale after another telling us how we know where we've come from and what that ancient ancestry means inside us today.

  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,276

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique children's story... Loved it!

  • By shelley on 12-04-17

Great On Many Levels

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

For context, my wife and I are 70-ish.

A bit slow at the beginning, the book builds interest and excitement through to the end.

The plot or, more properly, plots in this book are largely unpredictable. The weird becomes the normal. New settings, characters, mini-plots arise frequently.

In the end, it all resonates on many levels relating to coming of age, pains of parenting, risks-dangers-courage, mysteries, and resolutions. It sings about the sadness of time taking us away from so much we loved and dreamed, and about the joy of time carrying us forward to unimaginable new things.

Good for teens and anyone who once was a teen. Good for mature pre-teens who, for example, have read and enjoyed the Harry Potter books.

  • Shadowshaper

  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Anika Noni Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world. Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her strokeridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Vivid Tale for Many Interests

  • By Chwhite on 01-13-16

A Vivid Tale for Many Interests

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

To understand our viewpoint. We are a couple, married fifty years in the Pacific Northwest with no knowledge of modern Hispanic teen culture in New York City. So we were doubtful about getting into this young adult fiction fantasy.

We loved it! The writing painted vivid pictures. The girl, Sierra, is a wonderfully complex teen. She is spunky, standing up to anyone. But, inside, she is not sure of herself, not fearless, not always right.

The fantasy is built on a unique (to us) concept of "life after after death." The characters are all fully believable. The events include danger, mystery, fear, romance, doubt, discovery, bravery, loyalty and the best kind of justice.

So, we both recommend the book to mature preteens, teens, adults, and old folk, to any who like books with the kinds of events and elements described.

The reader is outstanding! The range of voices is beyond criticism. And, the reading never draws attention away from the enthralling tale.

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  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,749

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read

  • By Sara on 07-23-08

A Slow Slog to Where?

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

Reviewed: 12-24-15

After listening for an hour and a half, I and my wife are still not drawn into the story. It is consistently told from one person's point of view. So, it is easy to follow. But, we've invested too much time to keep patiently waiting for the point or purpose or plot to begin to appear.

  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ozeki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story beautifully read

  • By Karen on 01-30-14

I LOVED IT. My wife ... well, didn't.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

This is an engrossing tale for those who are patient, who embrace ambiguity in art and life, and who know some mysteries are just that ... Mysteries.

But, if you like to read the end of a book first (as my favorite person does), don't do it. Just take the ride and see where this story takes you.

(Not a book for young teens.)

  • Great Ideas of Classical Physics

  • By: Steven Pollock, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Pollock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Classical physics is about how things move, why they move, and how they work. It's about making sense of motion, gravity, light, heat, sound, electricity, and magnetism, and seeing how these phenomena interweave to create the rich tapestry of everyday experience. It is, in short, the hidden order of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthusiastic Professor Captured My Interest

  • By Chwhite on 03-29-14

Enthusiastic Professor Captured My Interest

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

Reviewed: 03-29-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Great Ideas of Classical Physics to be better than the print version?

This series of lectures is not available in print.

What other book might you compare Great Ideas of Classical Physics to and why?

This is my first comprehensive survey of classical physics. But, I can compare it to a very good Coursera class I took on the principles of mechanical physics. That course focussed on the way things work. This lecture series puts the discoveries of the principles of motion, fields, thermodynamics, and other areas of basic physics into the context of each discoverer's life and personality, the historical thinking at the time, and the impacts of the discoveries. These contexts enriched my understanding of physics in ways I did not expect. The discovered principles are all the more interesting when seen in their human contexts. I learned that what I thought of as"old fashioned" classical physics is the very same modern physics that takes us into space, to the moon, the planets and beyond. I think that "readers" with more knowledge of physics than I have (and those with less) would equally enjoy this lecture series.

Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Pollock’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I would be happy to listen to him again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Physics? No.

Any additional comments?

My only wish would be that there were twice as many lectures. I was left hungry for more. Although this series is not meant to leave you filled with mathematical formulae and the "rules" of physics, the professor does refer you to an excellent website with animated details of the physical details. And, I found myself searching the web after every lecture to follow up on his enticing information.

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