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  • The Red Queen

  • Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
  • By: Matt Ridley
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Scott on 07-15-12

Great explanation of sex and gender

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

Reviewed: 02-25-14

What did you love best about The Red Queen?

Detailed explanation of the underlying drivers behind the evolutionary basis for sex and gender.

Any additional comments?

I am very interested in evolutionary theory and for me this book really hit the spot. Very detailed and interesting background on the basis for sex and gender in people and animals. Some might find this book somewhat offensive as it assumes both physical and mental differences between the sexes which goes against PC thinking but it is well justified and clearly explained.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Exile

  • Day by Day Armageddon, Book 2
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661

The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For Zombie Lovers

  • By RGH on 08-10-10

Better than the first

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

Reviewed: 01-31-14

What did you love best about Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile?

I liked the first and this evolved naturally from there and I thought was more compelling than the first.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pretty limited choice here, I am going say the main character.

Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

See above.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the time when he was alone, having to make his way across country.

Any additional comments?

Very good zombie book. A bit procedural like the first but a very well conceived post-apocalyptic world.

  • Apocalyptic Planet

  • Field Guide to the Everending Earth
  • By: Craig Childs
  • Narrated by: Craig Childs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating, surprising exploration of our planet, Craig Childs takes listeners on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching the truth behind the speculation. Apocalyptic Planet is a combination of science and adventure that reveals the ways in which our world is constantly moving toward its end and how we can change our place within the cycles and episodes that rule it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Travel-log of the maybe apocalypses

  • By T. Myers on 01-09-14

Travel-log of the maybe apocalypses

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, depending on the friend.

What other book might you compare Apocalyptic Planet to and why?

Nothing I have ever read, very strange but interesting combination of investigative journalism, environmental doomsday, and travel-log.

Which character – as performed by Craig Childs – was your favorite?

N/A

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I found this book very interesting and can imagine this being a favorite of some people. It is an unusual combination that mostly worked for me. I am of a scientific bend and found this light in that department, little on the fear-mongering side for my taste but only just. I would recommend giving it a try for the novelty if nothing else and you may love it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Both Flesh and Not

  • Essays
  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Both Flesh and Not gathers 15 essays never published in book form, including "Federer Both Flesh and Not", considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; "The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2", which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Both Perfect and Not

  • By Darwin8u on 02-16-13

What am I missing?

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you try another book from David Foster Wallace and/or Robert Petkoff and Katherine Kellgren ?

No

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not sure about that.

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A

Do you think Both Flesh and Not needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not for me.

Any additional comments?

So I listened to this because I had heard about DFW and wanted to see what he was like. I understand he is very popular and well respected so maybe I am just missing something. He gets really obsessive about stuff that I just don't find that interesting, maybe it is just my personality but I found my mind wondering. He is obviously very smart and it is brilliantly written but the topics bored me. Highly recommended if you love literary analysis and tennis, emphasis on the tennis.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World until Yesterday

  • What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 644

Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A visit with our ancient ancestors

  • By BRB on 01-30-13

Very informative but plodding

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you listen to The World until Yesterday again? Why?

Probably not.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

It was fine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I really like Jared Diamond and found many of his other books to have ideas that changed my perspectives on the world. This book is similar but instead of a few world-shaking ideas like "Guns, Germs, and Steel" this was more about hundreds of little ideas. I came away happy I had heard it and honestly better informed about human culture in general but to be honest it felt like a bit of grind by the end.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,059

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Cool premise but lost my interest half-way through

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What did you like best about Steelheart? What did you like least?

The basic premise with "Supers" being evil was cool.

If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

This was the first.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not sure about that.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Wait for the video.

Any additional comments?

I liked the premise but the main character felt pretty juvenile after a while and I got tired of his perspective. Cool world but tiresome main character. I have to be honest that I couldn't finish it.

  • Day By Day Armageddon

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,045

In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin' AWESOME!

  • By Brandon on 02-09-11

Great procedural zombie book

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you listen to Day By Day Armageddon again? Why?

Probably not, maybe in few years after I have forgotten it.

What other book might you compare Day By Day Armageddon to and why?

This is very much a genre book, so I would compare it to other recent zombie stuff although I found this more practical, problem solving oriented and less horror or sensational. It is probably the most like The Walking Dead.

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator was fine, no issues but nothing gripping about it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked that the main character was masculine and competent but was also somewhat compassionate and not an unrealistic "hero".

Any additional comments?

Very well thought out and well written for the most part but it was a genre book that falls into some pulp traps from time to time. The pacing was a bit herky-jerky but moved along nicely. It ended a bit abruptly for me but these are more quibbles. A number of references to the "prepper" culture (e.g. bug-out bag) which seemed a little specific to me.

For me I am looking for the practical aspects of living in a zombie world and this delivered. Don't expect much in the way of character development or emotional storylines.

  • Fantasy Life

  • The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It
  • By: Matthew Berry
  • Narrated by: Matthew Berry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

In Fantasy Life, Berry celebrates every aspect of the fantasy sports world. Brilliant trash talk. Unbelievable trophies. Insane draft day locations. Shake-your-head-in-disbelief punishments. Ingenious attempts at cheating. And surprisingly uplifting stories that remind us why we play these games in the first place.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun but repetitive

  • By T. Myers on 01-09-14

Fun but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you try another book from Matthew Berry and/or Matthew Berry?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Matthew Berry? Why or why not?

Yes

What about Matthew Berry’s performance did you like?

He is reading his own work and is a practiced speaker so it works well.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

N/A

Any additional comments?

This was fun but got a bit repetitive. Would only recommend if you are into Fantasy or want to know what the fuss is about.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Human Body

  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!
  • By: Jay L. Wile, Marilyn M. Shannon
  • Narrated by: Candice Jones
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made! is an Advanced Biology course. When coupled with Exploring Creation With Biology, the two courses are the equivalent of an AP Biology course. It is important that your student finish a first year biology course and a first year chemistry course before attempting The Human Body. Your student will study 11 organ systems in detail. This includes frank descriptions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Beware! Religious.

  • By T. Myers on 02-27-13

Beware! Religious.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-13

Any additional comments?

This is a religious/science book...that is a contradiction in terms. Look for your science and religion elsewhere.

4 of 17 people found this review helpful