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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,084
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,664
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,499

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

This story is made for a movie...not a book

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

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

Not really. Unless you are an engineer or a chemist you will probably lose interest quickly. Listening to it when it is just Watney on Mars is like listening to a physics textbook being read to you. The drama loses itself in the minutia of the science. It is REALLY BORING. Imagine "Castaway" with a ton of chemistry mixed in. The movie is more impactful and waaaay more interesting.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Whenever the story goes back to Earth and you listen to the characters from NASA interacting with each other it gets interesting.

What didn’t you like about R. C. Bray’s performance?

He is terrible. Just terrible. He mixes up characters and accents. And some of his accents seem rather racist.

Do you think The Martian needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Bulletproof Diet

  • Lose Up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Your Energy and Focus, and Upgrade Your Life
  • By: Dave Asprey
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769

TheBulletproof Diet will change what you think you know about weight loss and wellness. You will skip breakfast, stop counting calories, eat a high-fat diet, work out and sleepless, and handle stress with ease. By ditching traditional "diet" thinking, Asprey has maintained a 100-pound weight loss, increased his IQ, and reached a level of health that seemed unattainable. His 40s are truly better than his 20s, and The Bulletproof Diet brings his best hacks to the masses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Having the physical book may be better than audio

  • By Victoria Seebeck on 02-13-15

It is just Paleo for the Pretentious

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

What disappointed you about The Bulletproof Diet?

Ok...I am just going to say it. CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSATION.

I am going to repeat that: CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSATION.

This guy makes a TON of assumptions not based on real science. The plan is simple. Eat the highest quality, organic vegetables, grass fed beef, MCT Oil, and nothing else.

Of course you will lose weight.

But then he gets really pretentious with this nonsense. Coffee is fine BUT ONLY if you travel to three different countries and hand pick four different beans. Then come home and hand grind them for your coffee machine. Once brewed then add grass fed butter and MCT oil in a blender. It tastes terrible. Especially if you like black coffee and not the BS coffee that people who really don't like coffee drink with milk and sugar.

So, everything you have in your kitchen today is going to kill you in a year if you don't follow this guy's bulletproof plan. Your spices have mold toxins, your fruits are just dessert and your poultry will give you cancer FAST!!!

How does he come about these recommendations? With assumptions. NOT SCIENCE...but assumptions.Here is some of the nonsense he uses to back up his absurd theories:

"Gee, I changed my normal jelly to organic hand pressed jam that I made at home and I feel SO MUCH BETTER!"

"OMG...I stopped eating peanuts and now I FEEL SOO MUCH BETTER."

"I stopped using dry spices and noticed my joints don't have as much pain."

He lists all these crazy medical conditions he once had that magically were cured by putting butter and MCT oil in his coffee. Oh, and with this plan you will go through several hundred dollars in MCT oil each month. Which is fine if you are a millionaire. But those of us who live in the real world will need a more realistic approach.Giant waste of time and money on this one. And it is a TERRIBLE audio book because you don't any of the supplemental hard copy guides and lists. Just need to take notes from a guy who has the most annoying voice in audio books.

Take a pass on this one and simply learn a lifestyle plan for your daily diet that works for you. Not a plan built by a pretentious millionaire who makes his own bacon from hogs that were massaged by angels for 5 years and fed only organic honey and raw virgin blood.

Bulletproof truly is #onlyforsuckers

Has The Bulletproof Diet turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I probably won't buy an audiobook based off a diet plan. You really need the hard copy.

What didn’t you like about P. J. Ochlan’s performance?

His voice...not a good voice for audiobooks.

Any additional comments?

One more time...Correlation is NOT causation. Don't waste your time on assumptions and pseudo junk science.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,746
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,488

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

If you're 30-45 then this is your book.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

Fantastic book with more pop culture references than you really know what to do with. Brings back a ton of memories.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,685
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,446

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Meanders at times

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

This version has some added text. You can definitely tell why it was removed. Great story though. Intense at times.