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  • The Singularity Is Near

  • When Humans Transcend Biology
  • By: Ray Kurzweil
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153

For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone, but was for me.

  • By Gary on 05-21-12

Amazing Book, Dry reader but woth it in my opinion

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

This is a fascinating book. It seems so fantastical, but also very plausible, which sounds contradictory but that is what makes the book amazing. No matter what you come away with, Kurzweil is undeniably brilliant.

The reader is unfortunate as he reminds me of a 1960's grammar school film narrator. Very dry. But I do believe it is worth the listen as the material is so good. Some of Kurzweil's humor manages to slip through, which helps.

In my opinion they should redo the reading with someone with more charisma, as the book is an important one.

  • Roots

  • The Saga of an American Family
  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14

everyone should read

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

Reviewed: 05-14-13

One of the best modern books of all time. Fascinating, horrifying, a story of the power and strength of the human spirit and family. Avery Brooks was the perfect narrator. The end was simply fascinating as to how Alex Haley wrote and researched the book. I saw the TV version when I was about 9 or so, and the story changed me and has stayed with me since I was a child. Reading the book gives a deeper reminder of why this story is so important as an adult.

  • Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures

  • A Novel in Two Books
  • By: Walter Moers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Set in the land of Zamonia, this exuberant, highly original fantasy from Walter Moers features an unlikely hero. Rumo is a little Wolperting—a domesticated creature somewhere between a deer and a dog—who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way through the Overworld and the Netherworld.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Headphones NOT recommended!

  • By Andrea on 01-02-14

loved this fun book & the reader was awesome!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-13

This is a funny, creative and exciting adventure story - the author's drawings are an important part of the book (mainly portraits of the characters and a couple of maps), so it helps to have a hard copy of the book - my husband and son (11) both read it previously and loved it, so I referred to the book occasionally to see what the author imagined his wild and crazy characters looked like. There are also different fonts to express how the different voices sound, and here the reader did an incredible job. In fact, I mainly wanted to write a review to say that Bronson Pinchot now tops my list of amazing readers. He literally created a vastly different voice for each character (and this is a whole world of crazy personalities). And his own (narrator voice) is so normal and soothing. He should definitely win an award for his narration. I am eager to hear more of both this author and narrator! My son listened occasionally and though he had read the book already, he was completely taken with Bronson's voices. Not always the voices he imagined - often way better. We especially loved Dandelion and the Non-Existent Teeeeeee---nies!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,118

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly written mystery

  • By Cathy on 03-18-07
  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]
  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

I liked some parts, but over all, the story wasn't really that new or interesting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Love in the Afternoon

  • By: Alison Packard
  • Narrated by: Gia St. Claire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 902

Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shocked that I enjoyed this so much

  • By MAB on 11-12-13

terrible! don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

I got this for free on valentine's day from Audible, which was nice, but...what a waste of time! I thought the story sounded fun, especially since I have a relative who is a soap star. This story was so predictable and the narration was annoying. I am sorry I wasted my time listening to it - I kept hoping the ending would be a twist, but it was so trite and predictable. If I could return it, I would.