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  • 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 36,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,776

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

Better Fit for Young Adult Category

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I made it through and enjoyed much of this book as very light entertainment.

The book could have been very profound. After all, we're talking about raising kids as the perfect leaders in warfare. There's a lot of potential on that point. Brave New World comes to mind. Lord of the Flies comes to mind. This book becomes more of a Disney theme than a Huxley shocker. The last quarter is a mess in my opinion.

On the positive, it's entertaining. Negative? Falls apart in the end. Seems better suited to a young adult category.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,151

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

A Very Good Trial/Court Book

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

To be succinct: I liked the book very much. It held my interest but the ending seemed just a bit jumbled and rushed. It doesn't fully resolve in my opinion.

The case is interesting despite a number of unexplained pieces. Still I enjoyed the principal character and was entertained by the book. I recommend giving it read.

  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714

Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Art Eats Itself

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 05-04-16

What a Fantastic Book

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

If you like music, any genre, you will probably like this book. it is very intelligently written and extremely entertaining. I love all the insights, factoids, and behind the scenes looks into music. This book has it all. There is even quite a bit of history mixed in. The style is almost conversational.

This book is not to be missed.

  • Other Minds

  • The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
  • By: Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathy for an Octopus?

  • By Chris Geschwantner on 05-31-17

Conflicted About This Book

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

The book is enjoyable and does deliver some very interesting ideas. I have to remind myself that this is a book written by a philosopher and not a scientist. That's not to demean the book, merely to set it on its proper shelf. I love science and fact so I wish there was more science in the book.

On the other hand, the philosophical ideas are pretty rich. I have never considered the octopus as having a brain which evolved on a totally different track from the mammalian brain. Having a distributed brain is an interesting bit of physiology to ponder too.

While I didn't love this book, I did like it enough to recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

  • Chernobyl

  • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
  • By: Serhii Plokhy
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great information on Chernobyl and the USSR

  • By CDH on 06-22-18

Well Worth the Time

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This book held my interest from the first minute. It is a very interesting look at a huge event. What I found particularly unique is that the book is told from a Soviet perspective without the propaganda. I felt genuinely sorry for the people who were on scene.

I expected to learn about the disaster but was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about the event, people, landscape, and system around the plant.

I highly recommend this book if you like this kind of book.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,481

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Abridged? Leftovers?

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This seems like a collection of leftovers from other projects. We're talking about the weather and then we get a mini-biography of an astronaut. While it's all interesting, it's also disjointed. Feels like a sampler. Certainly worth the price.

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  • Deep

  • Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
  • By: James Nestor
  • Narrated by: James Nestor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875

Deep is a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving - in which competitors descend to great depths on a single breath - James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than I expected!

  • By P. Wilson on 11-13-17

Fascinating Topic Very Well Presented

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I had no prior knowledge of free diving and this book was a wonderful surprise. This is an eye-opener and very engaging read. It made me want to know more. That says a lot.

This book is highly recommended.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,501

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

I Did Not Expect to Like This Book

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I wasn't expecting such excellent storytelling. The author takes only controlled liberties with the subject matter. This is probably how Homer would fill in the blanks if writing today.

I enjoyed the book, the audio presentation, and the subject. All good fun.

  • American Pastoral

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,687

Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Masterpiece

  • By Sara on 03-10-14

Excellent Book with a Slightly Imperfect Ending

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

This book is truly spell-binding. The story is a fascinating runup of tension. I found the ending a bit of a letdown but highly recommend the book as one of my all-time favorites.

  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • uhm where is the ending?

  • By Steve on 03-29-17

Good But Very Irritating

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I have to say that what this kid got away with really irritated me. Fortunately, times have changed a lot, and no college junior would be so stupid as the "girls" he duped into his European tour. Luckily for all, as far as we know, this pathological liar never hurt anyone.

As a former loyal Pan Am flyer, it pained me to hear about all the money he scammed from Pan Am. Well, it is a different time, and this book made me glad for improved security.

Despite my animus for the author, it is an exciting tale. I would have liked more on his time in jail, and there should have been restitution---

Don't you find profiting from crime a bit repugnant?