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  • The Food Revolution

  • How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
  • By: John Robbins
  • Narrated by: John Robbins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Here, the man who started the "food revolution" with the million-plus-selling Diet for a New America, boldly posits that, collectively, our personal diet can save ourselves and the world. If, according to chaos theory, the beating of a butterfly's wing can cause a hurricane in another part of the world, try this out for chaotic cause and effect: monarch butterflies are dying in droves due to genetically-engineered corn growing in the Midwest. There is also a direct correlation between the Big Mac in your hand and the mile-wide river now running across the North Pole.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but filled with repetitive lofty rhetoric

  • By Eric on 01-20-17

This book made me angry, made me cry and me joyful

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

I loved it, a rare thing to say about a food and nutrition book. It was written with great passion.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,839
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98,703

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Narrator makes everyone sound like an old man.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sort of. The story didn't involve me as much as other books have. Its possible the problem was the reader and not the story.

How could the performance have been better?

Get a narrator that can make the 30 year old knights not sound like they're 60 years old.

Could you see A Game of Thrones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Already is.

Any additional comments?

I am just finishing the last volume in the Riyria Revelations series "Heir of Novron" and I can't help comparing these two. The Games of Thrones in comparison is a dry history lesson and I couldn't feel for most of the characters. The Ryiria books were full of excitement and suspense and their were tons of people you loved or sincerely hated. I am so sorry to be finishing the Ryria series. I have no intention of listening to Games of Thrones 2.

  • WWW: Wake

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,518

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great, if Incomplete, Concept

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 04-14-09

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

Would you consider the audio edition of WWW to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print edition but I can't imagine that it could be better than the audible version. My life doesn't allow me much time to read, so audible has been an amazing way to enjoy many great books that I never could have experienced.

What other book might you compare WWW to and why?

Of course, the technical aspects made me think of Michael Crichton's books. The quantum physics and historical action in Timeline made it one of favorites and while not really comparable might be one that Wake listeners might also enjoy.

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

The readers did a perfect job of conveying the emotions of all the characters. There were times when I had tears in my eyes from the joy and wonder of Caitlin's first experiences with vision after a lifetime of darkness. I find Marc Vietor's voice mesmerizing and a great choice for Web Mind. I first heard him in !Q84.

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

The Digital Evolution of Mankind

Any additional comments?

I did get quite bogged down in the technical descriptions of how the internet works. That there are people that do comprehend this, is just amazing to me.

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,074

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Pure Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 01-03-12

Since listening to Agent to the Stars and Fuzzy Nation I have become addicted to Scalzi's humorous and fast paced style. The scenarios are pretty outlandish but he makes them all work. It is science fiction, in the end, and the there are no rules. Wil Wheaton reader and John Scalzi writer are a perfect duo. The Android's Dream and the others I've listened to are pure entertainment. I fully intend to listen to every book John Scalzi writes.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,359

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stay-up-all-night-reading kind of book

  • By Katya A on 03-06-13

Thoroughly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-22-11

I went into this thinking it would be a silly but entertaining story. Silly it was (sometimes) and definitely entertaining but it turned out to be more than just those things. While I did burst out with laughter a few times, I swear there was at least one time when tears appeared in my eyes. There are moments of sadness and joy among the many humorous situations. All in all I totally enjoyed listening to this book. The reader did a great job. I will now search out more books by John Scalzi.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Railway Bazaar

  • By: Paul Theroux
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto, and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just about as good as it gets...

  • By david d. on 03-27-11

Very slow

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

Reviewed: 10-21-11

The late Frank Muller is my absolute favorite reader but even he couldn't help make this story interesting. It was very slow and boring.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Scent

  • A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York
  • By: Chandler Burr
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Finish It

  • By Dr. on 08-22-13

I Really Enjoyed This Book

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

Reviewed: 10-21-11

I find the making of perfume a very interesting topic but I never realized how complicated the creation, packaging, distrubution and maketing was until I listened to this book. It was 99% entertaining and informative with the one drawback of the reading of a few lists of compounds in a specific perfume. Had I been reading the print version I would have quickly scanned the list but having them read to me was more I needed to know. The sections dealing with the creation of the Hermes perfume "Gardens of the Nile" and the Sarah Jessica Parker celebrity scent "Lovely" were especially entertaining and enlightening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,446

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By James on 10-12-10

Informative but rather dry.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-11

This was a well researched book but I found many sections were hard to understand and my mind often wandered during some parts of the presentation. I enjoyed the Bill Bryson Book " A Short History of Nearly Everything" much much more. It covered many of the same topics in a much more entertaining style.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Folly

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enriched

  • By Amy Dinaburg on 02-07-09

Original and Engaging

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-11

I was led to this book because of my love of Frank Muller's readings. It's interesting that this is a Laurie King book and I discovered Frank through Stephen King's books. In any case I enjoyed the concept of this story and the opportunities for suspense and healing that it provided. It was a very entertaining listen and has led me to other books by this author which I also have enjoyed, but this is my favorite so far and it could be because of Frank Muller's reading. It was a sad day when we lost him.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful