LISTENER

Gerald

United States
  • 8
  • reviews
  • 136
  • helpful votes
  • 25
  • ratings
  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,170

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

This Book Changed My Life

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

Reviewed: 01-04-14

What made the experience of listening to The Sociopath Next Door the most enjoyable?

I can't say this book was enjoyable. It was incredibly informative and gave me the understanding to get over a very dark period in my life. I don't think the average person has any understanding of how a sociopath thinks and operates. I had just broken up with the woman I had thought was the love of my life after discovering her double life, and all the lies she had been telling me. I was totally crushed and confused. For some reason. I "read" this book, and immediately listened to it again. I discovered that all the hallmarks were there - this person was definitely a sociopath and I can't begin to tell you how much relief I gained from this. I realized that there was nothing I could have done except what I did do - distance myself from her. And I certainly recognized a couple of other people I've known in the past as being the same way. It certainly explained a lot. I recommend this book for everyone. It is a total eye opener for the average person and something that everyone needs to be aware of. Thank you Ms. Stout for a great service to the public.

  • Havana Nocturne

  • How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution
  • By: T. J. English
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History with Spice!

  • By Rob Mack on 04-13-09

Would Be 5 Stars Without the Left Wing Propoganda

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-08

It's really too bad. This could have been a GREAT book if the author had just stuck to being a neutral observer instead of a Castro lover. The history of the mob and their involvement with Cuba is very interesting. However, there is a constant irritation throughout the book, caused by the author's obvious bias in favor of Castro. A simple reading of the facts in his book (filtering out his biased comments and loaded adjectives) will tell you that Batista was an authoritarian and Castro was a totalitarian. Both were bad for the people but Castro was a magnitude worse. However, this apologist for Castro consistently gets it totally the opposite. He also compares gangsters to American industrialists - he can't figure out the difference between legal business competition and murdering your competitors. He thinks that mobsters gaining favors from the government is "capitalism". When he sticks to just the facts, it's a fascinating story. But he was so intent on interjecting his left wing interpretation into every area of the book that it really made it difficult to make it all the way through. And I'm sorry for that because he could have written a classic on Cuba. He had the facts and skill to do so but chose to write a historical propaganda piece instead.

14 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,017
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,295

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

5 Star Story 1 Star Interpretation. 3 Overall

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-08

I love the story. It's well worth reading the actual book. But I cannot recommend the narrator for this one. And I was especially disappointed because the same narrator did such a GREAT job reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. But for this book he had a very flat, unemotional voice. And he kept hesitating and pausing in the middle of reading when it was obviously uncalled for. It was almost like he was unsure of himself and kept pausing to figure out how to read the next part. It was very annoying. Read the book - it's full of great ideas. But don't listen to this one.

55 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,049

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein's Masterpiece

  • By Peter on 12-04-06

Very Good Interpretation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-08

I was initially surprised by the use of the Russian accent for the narrator but it works and works well. I'll never read the book again without hearing that accent. And his other "voices" for the main characters - especially "Mike", was right on. This was a very well done reading of a must read classic.

61 of 65 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,680

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Fantastic Audio Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-08

Loved the "production" of this book. It was created like a well done stage play and listening to Card discuss it at the end, that was his intent. Highly recommend to everyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,306

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

  • By Michael on 10-06-12

One of the Best Done Audio Books I've Heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-08

This is not just a reading. It is a production. And a very well done production at that. It is almost like listening to an excellent dramatization on the BBC. Except it is the whole book! Highly recommend this one.

The Martian Chronicles
    
    
        By:
        












    





    





    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Ray Bradbury
    
    


    
    
        Narrated by:
        












    





    





    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Ray Bradbury
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    520 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Ray Bradbury
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

In lyrical prose, Bradbury describes the decline of the mysterious and fragile Martian civilization, overwhelmed by the human newcomers. Bradbury reads these tales of common people - families, truck-stop owners, priests - who confront a new world with their human pride, fears, tenderness, and greed intact. And at the heart of each story lies the basic conflict between man's search for new frontiers and his irresistible urge for the comfort of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Karen on 04-09-03

Excellent Read By the Author

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-08

Anyone who likes Bradbury's books will enjoy this even more. The author reads the stories (and who better to tell how he intended it to sound than him?) and gives a bit of a synopsis of what lead to writing it or other tidbits of info on each one. I highly recommend this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,631

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Great Book But Didn't Like the Reader

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-08

I first read this book in the 60's. I still think it's a great book but I did not like the way it was read. The reader's different falsetto voices for the female characters was so forced, it was distracting. As was the totally unexpected southern accent given to one of the main characters. I was mostly able to tune it out but it was distressing. Read the actual book. It's worth it for the ideas. You won't get the same value from listening to this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful