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  • The New Analog

  • Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World
  • By: Damon Krukowski
  • Narrated by: Damon Krukowski
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Having made his name in the late 1980s as a member of the indie band Galaxie 500, Damon Krukowski has watched cultural life lurch from analog to digital. And as an artist who has weathered the transition, he has challenging, urgent questions for both creators and consumers about what we have thrown away in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting!

  • By Daniel Cascaddan on 07-02-17

Even Pop Stars can become grumpy old men...

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

The basic message here is good: Noise is as important as signal. Signal is cheaper in the absence of noise. And a race through the history of sound recording and playback, including a swipe against sub-woofers, that audio geeks can synch to. I had two problems with this work: (1) the sound quality was awful. The narrator sounded like he was talking out of a cereal box, and much of his enthusiasm sounded muffled by the fuzz; and (2) he's mainly ranting against how a younger generation consumes music. Sure, as an old guy, it was better when it was analog, but kids care about different things these days.

Still, if you want a quick primer on audio technology, this is a good place to start.

  • On Power

  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A. Caro
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,200

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be called 'On Robert Caro'

  • By Anna on 09-04-17

Writers should listen to this short book

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Sincerity elevates this reading from listenable to compelling. The author is talking about his own life as a writer, including the doubts behind his two most famous works. And struggles with money and a real life job.

Highly recommended.

  • Dear Client

  • This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People
  • By: Bonnie Siegler
  • Narrated by: Bonnie Siegler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

In a world where every business, brand, product, and service needs a strong visual identity, it’s critical for clients and creative professionals to work together. And the key to success, as with any relationship, is communication. In Dear Client, award-winning graphic designer Bonnie Siegler offers an invaluable step-by-step guide to how to talk so creatives will listen, and how to listen when creatives talk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely helpful

  • By Dhandforth on 10-17-18

Extremely helpful

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Bought copies of this book for everyone in my office who works with outside creatives (and inside ones, too). Explains a lot of the miscommunication and frustration that happens when business people talk to creatives. Three lines stand out: "Different is not always better, but better is always different"; "the value of a creative is determined by the number of difficult conversations that they engage in"; and when you want a creative to come up with something great, say "I'd like something sunnier" instead of giving them the solution "make it more yellow"

Highly recommended.

  • The Fifth Risk

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789

"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael Lewis’ brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awkward and Disappointing

  • By Amit M on 10-04-18

Should be titled "Big Weather"

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Another (not undeserved) screed on the writer's view of the basic incompetency of the Trump Administration. The perspective is through the lens of a "big government" advocate who was a fan of the previous President. Michael Lewis goes back to his style of storytelling through biographies of key people. The stories are about the transition from the Obama to Trump Presidencies (or the lack of transition thereof).

The four risks have to do with the quadrants formed by two axes: probability of occurring vs consequence. So highly consequential high probability risks are the ones that need immediate attention. The Fifth Risk is the failure of project management. Having managed to reach that point about 1/2 way through the book, the remainder of the stories are about weather people in NOAA.

The problem is that this feels like Mr. Lewis had some interviews and biographies in inventory, and he just sort of found an excuse to compile a book so that he could publish the story. Without paying attention to whether (forgive the pun) the story's coherence. We don't really get to see how that Fifth Risk plays out. Only in the people that could possibly affect the outcome.

Listen if you're a fan of Michael Lewis: think of it as a short story compilation and the biographies and his writing style remain compelling.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,546

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

It does exactly what it promises...

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

...Dr. Tyson delivers a concise tour through astrophysics from the Big Bang to how aliens would view earth, without "dumbing down" or omitting major fields like astro-biology. He even speculates on multi-verses and faster than light travel. Highly recommended for the busy non-physicist interested in the state of astronomy.

  • Canada

  • By: Mike Myers
  • Narrated by: Mike Myers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada. Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But, as he says, "No description of me is truly complete without saying I'm a Canadian". He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book by my favorite comedian

  • By Spencer cox on 09-21-17

Wonderful book, even if you're from down South

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

A love story mixed in with a brief autobiography. Perfect light reading for the beach or for the plane ride to that summer vacation. This book reminds fans that Mike is a great writer. Listeners will get the benefit of Mike's voice acting---which is even better than the screen acting. Mike does a great job selling his country. By the end of the book, even a California boy like me wanted to be a Canadian...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Where the Wild Things Are

  • By: Maurice Sendak
  • Narrated by: Peter Schickele
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Max is the hero of this beloved children's classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things, and returns home for supper.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lousy reading of a great book

  • By Barbara on 04-03-07

Not a kids audiobook

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The jazz music background and wild voice scared my 3 year old. Probably better for slightly older children.

  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763

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

A must listen if you love the Talking Heads

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

It's satisfyingly wonkish for fans of David Byrne. The author/iconoclast has lead the field in music and art since the late 1970's, occasionally taken entire movements with him. Here, he describe the way that his particularly intellectual bent sees the world. And also his thinking process behind much of the work of his career, including his interest in afro-latin music, and for experimentation. Sometimes the discourses can be didactic, as his opening history of sounds of music and the expectations of the audience; sometimes it can be magical, as when he describes the recording processes with Brian Eno; always, the author's thinking is smart, clear, and still way cooler than you -- as it should be. It took me forever to get through this book because I kept pausing to listen to his music. And more than once, I got swept up in nostalgia that he did not evoke in his writing, but enhanced with this exposition. Nevertheless, this is a fan's book. Those unfamiliar with Mr. Byrne's work may find this book too similar to an academic journal.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,748

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Hard SciFi with Chinese Characteristics

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

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

Recommended if you are a fan of Neal Stephenson or Neil Gaiman. The world is so normal on the surface, like many of the Gaiman novels. And there's a virtual reality world like in Neal Stephenson. This story could even fit in the genre of a William Gibson cyber punk novel. But the setting, beginning with the scary Cultural Revolution, is completely China.

What did you like best about this story?

The rich back story and new world of Tri-Solaris. The explanation of the science, particularly of particle physics, was highly imaginative. This is a plot driven story without a lot of character development.

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

While his Chinese accent could use work, he managed to create distinguishable voice characters and add depth and pathos of the the somewhat thin characterization.

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

No. Too much science to absorb.

Any additional comments?

First contact is just too scary.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,793

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

Battlefield Epic

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

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

Action driven story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jackson Wolfe, the Captain, is convincing as the under-prepared leader facing tremendous odds in a fight that he did not choose. He is written so gallantly that it's hard to believe that he is meant to be a drunk and slovenly starship officer.

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

He is consistent with his vocal characterizations. The performance was so good that it felt like a full cast performance, then I was so absorbed by the performance and action that I felt I was in the middle of the action.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is not a character driven book. It is more reminiscent of a Larry Bond page turner than a Harry Harrison galactic adventure. The pacing is relentless and the story believable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful