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Joshua Guttman

Atlanta, GA United States
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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,283
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,190

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

I'm a democrat and I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

What did you love best about A Higher Loyalty?

His honesty and decency.

Any additional comments?

MAGA: Made Another Great Author! I’m a die-hard liberal and I can say that I loved the book, especially the audible version expertly narrated by James Comey. He is a man of integrity and deep contemplation and a great author to boot. Write some more books!

  • Troika

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Troika tells the story of men and women confronting an enigma known as the Matryoshka, a vast alien construct whose periodic appearances have generated terror, wonder, and endless debate. During its third "apparition" in a remote corner of the galaxy, a trio of Russian cosmonauts approach this enigma and attempt to penetrate its mysteries. What they discover - and what they endure in the process - forms the centerpiece of an enthralling, constantly surprising narrative.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slipping...

  • By Trip Williams on 05-02-16

One of those books that leaves you contemplative

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

If you could sum up Troika in three words, what would they be?

Not easily described

Who was your favorite character and why?

If you had read the book you would know how meaningless this question is.

Which character – as performed by Wayne June – was your favorite?

The artifact

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

Yes, but you might need a few mental breaks unless you are very up on theoretical cosmology.

Any additional comments?

Totally out of this universe yet surprisingly feasible (in a billion years). This is one of those books that changes the way you think, if only just a little. The Russian narration is not very convincing but the book is not about the characters.

3 of 3 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 7,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722

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
  • Very Good Interpretation

  • By Gerald on 10-25-08

The audiobook adds so much

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Where does The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked the book but I love the audiobook. I don't mean I like the book and I want to add emphasis. I mean I love the audiobook, the characters, the language, and accents, the families. I listen to it time and time again when I want to be back at the Davis's dinner table.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

The beginning where where Manny introduces himself and the ending which I won't discuss, Gaspadine.

What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The choice of a Russian as narrator adds at least 50 % to the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" - I don't mess with fantastic books.

Any additional comments?

Some of the beatnik speak was hard to understand but added color.

  • The Hydrogen Sonata

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent chapter in the Culture series

  • By James on 01-27-13

Brilliant, mind-blowing, and drink-spitting funny!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

What made the experience of listening to The Hydrogen Sonata the most enjoyable?

Listening to all the silly names of the ships.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hydrogen Sonata?

His discussion on the morality and futility of advanced simulations was extremely interesting as I work in the field of Computer Science. Very profound.

Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

The Mistake Not

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

I laughed out loud several times and even spit out my drink once.

Any additional comments?

Sad he's gone.

  • Six Days of the Condor

  • By: James Grady
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

When CIA operative Malcolm, code-named Condor, discovers his colleagues butchered in a blood-spattered office, he realizes that only an oversight by the assassins has saved his life. He contacts CIA headquarters for help, but when an attempted rendezvous goes wrong, it quickly becomes clear that no one can be trusted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First book I've read where the movie was better.

  • By Joshua Guttman on 01-28-13

First book I've read where the movie was better.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-13

Would you listen to Six Days of the Condor again? Why?

Nope, because I've seen the movie so many times.

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

No, its a little slow. Had trouble keeping track of the names.

Any additional comments?

The love store isn't believable. I can see why they re-worked the book for the movie. Still a great read. Probably would have been better if I wasn't such a huge fan of the movie.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • I, Robot

  • To Protect
  • By: Mickey Zucker Reichert
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

The best-selling author of the popular Renshai series, Mickey Zucker Reichert pens I, Robot: To Protect - the first in a trilogy inspired by the Isaac Asimov classic I, Robot. It’s the year 2035, and robot psychologist Dr. Susan Calvin is beginning her residency at a teaching hospital where patients are being injected with diagnostic nanobots. Before long, Susan realizes that the injections portend dire consequences - and that the nanobots are being used to facilitate a deadly scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Also an intimate look at a MD first year residency

  • By C on 02-29-12

An old friend

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

Reviewed: 11-16-12

What did you love best about I, Robot?

The author brings back to life an old friend, the legendary Dr. Susan Calvin. This book definitely feels like it could have been written by Isaac Asimov. In fact, I think this author is better at writing for female characters than Asimov was. Susan Calvin's character is full of warmth and a depth that it hasn't seen before. It is a must-read for Asimov fans.

What did you like best about this story?

Getting to know Dr. Susan Calvin better.

What does Alma Cuervo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She sounds like Dr Calvin always sounded in my head.

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

Yes, but I had to force myself to take breaks.

Any additional comments?

I really miss Isaac Asimov. Its great that someone can add more to the Asimov experience and, in some ways, exceed it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Foundation and Earth

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496

Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!

  • By Jerry on 06-12-12

Easily the worst read Audible.com book.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if you have a sentimental attachment to the Foundation series and want to read it to its end. Larry McKeever turned one of my favorite books into a daily toil. I slept through large portions of the book and didn't even bother rewinding because I just wanted to finish it. He has the reading voice of a Geritol advertisement. Also he obviously didn't bother, or did his editors, to listen to any of the other Foundation books because his pronunciations are terribly inconsistent: Zer-oth law instead of Zero-eth. Gee-skard instead of Gis-kard etc. To those with fond memories of the Foundation series who want to keep them that way should avoid this book. I honestly don't know Larry McKeever was ever allowed in front of a microphone.

What other book might you compare Foundation and Earth to and why?

Alystar Reynolds has some great books.

How could the performance have been better?

Pick a different guy. I know! How about the same person who read all the other books in the series. At least he knows how to pronounce the names and words.

Could you see Foundation and Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I know they say they are making one but the general public is too dumb to absorb a story like this. They'd have to turn it into a travesty of intellectual minimalism like Will Smith's "I, Robot. Maybe if Daneel Olivaw was a transformer...."

Any additional comments?

This book is proof that you can turn pure gold into dung.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,981
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,998

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

Stupefying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-07

Not only is this the best audio book I've ever listened to, its the best novel I've ever read. The narration and sound quality was incredible.

I'm laying here in my bed staring at the ceiling as the last paragraph of the book spills out and the full horror of the its reality is revealed. Stupefying.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Imzadi

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • By: Peter David
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Frakes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Years before they became crewmates on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Commander William Riker and ship's counsellor Deanna Troi had a tempestuous love affair on her home planet of Betazed. Now, as their passions have cooled, the two serve together as close friends. Yet the memories of what passed between them linger and Riker and Troi remain Imzadi, a powerful Betazoid term that describes the enduring bond they still share.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Short

  • By Lamont on 05-04-14

Horrible recording quality

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-07

The sound quality of this recording is horrible. Its all mid-range with no lows or highs. I had to turn the treble way up and the bass down to be able to make out the words without straining. You'd think they would put more time into this. Sorry Peter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful