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  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,114

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Load

  • By Mel on 10-28-13

Tends toward entropy towards the end

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Still, this made me shiver occasionally. It is by turns sad, funny, and horrifying. Very much what I experienced in a different era, not much more so.

  • The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)

  • By: Isaac Asimov, Patrick Tull - adaptation, Mike Stott - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How can you go wrong with a must read book for $2

  • By James on 03-06-11

The production is awful

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

The interstitial music/ sound effects are deafening. If not for that, this would be a wonderful “radio show” style adaptation.

  • Barking up the Wrong Tree

  • The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
  • By: Eric Barker
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049

By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them - and find out, in some cases, why it's good that we aren't. Barking up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't, so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly written

  • By Dan_H. on 03-07-18

Interesting concepts

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Many of these books are thinly veiled sales pitches for whatever the author is selling. This one has more depth and "meat" than most.

  • 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 8,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,512

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

Strange story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

What made the experience of listening to The Three-Body Problem the most enjoyable?

Was a good listen/read. The story is very interesting, but occasionally goes so far sideways as to be difficult to follow.

  • Life 3.0

  • Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426

How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating

  • By Thomas Cotter on 10-25-17

Don’t bother.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

There are no insights and damn few intelligent or original observations. I have read Tegmark works that were far better. Outdated, underwhelming. This is a soft soap warning of things that are impossible, unlikely or inevitable but essentially pointless.

The fictional lead in was the best part of the book... because it was fiction.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,239

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Original Story of Horror and Courage

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

really rather good

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

the perspective shift at the end was a bit jarring, but I think maybe it was meant to be... anyway, fascinating story, I am still thinking about the human nature and political aspects as well as the why's and what if's

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Premise

  • By James on 11-22-09

Not Mieville's best - but still good

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

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

John Lee is an AMAZING narrator. He could read the phone book and I would listen.

Any additional comments?

The story is fascinating. Not least because at no time throughout the story do you ever REALLY know whether the situation of the City and the City is somehow supernatural or merely an extreme example of how crazy human society and politics can be.

Therein lie the few faults unfortunately. Towards the end there are a few inconsistencies and the writing seems a little rushed. It's still one of the more interesting stories I've read lately, both the plot itself and the metaphysical exploration.

  • The Sybian Club

  • An Erotic FFM Menage
  • By: Selena Kitt
  • Narrated by: Jessica Chisholm
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

Tasha convinces her husband, Max, to buy her a Sybian, but he only agrees if she can come up with a business plan to pay for it. Determined to keep her promise, she creates The Sybian Club and begins bringing women to the basement room set up just for her new toy. It becomes so popular, she has to enlist the help of new friend, Ashley, to keep up with the demand, and the women enjoy an exciting ride as the business thrives. But Tasha has developed feelings for Ashley, and doesn't know how to tell her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want one!

  • By SL on 12-05-12

Not bad, but occasionally slow.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

Any additional comments?

And you don't want slow in erotic fiction. At least I don't. The story-line is fun, even believable up until near the end. Jessica Chisolm's almost drawling voice is just right.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Five Rings

  • By: Miyamoto Musashi, William Scott Wilson (translator)
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great guide for a great mindset

  • By Jlb on 11-29-16

Less than I'd hoped for.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

Any additional comments?

Scott Brick has a pleasant voice, but the extensive commentary at the beginning is draggy. I'd probably have liked it better in text format, i.e. for study.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 41 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,741

Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow what a sequel!!!

  • By john on 04-21-09

I could listen to John Lee all day.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

Any additional comments?

Oh yeah, and the story was good too. Seriously, this is one of Hamilton's best stories. Exploring several possible outcomes of emergent technologies, and keeping my interest level consistently high. Very good stuff.