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E. J. Lizier

Highett, Victoria, Australia
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  • No Place to Hide

  • Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
  • By: Glenn Greenwald
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good book but might be better as a read

  • By Timo van Weenen on 24-07-15

A desperado's attempt to create intrigue.

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

Reviewed: 17-04-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

As I listened (to the bitter end) I kept wishing that I indeed had some place to hide ... from this book, which drips with paranoia, megalomania and contempt. The author seems to have a desperate longing to imagine himself and his fellows as the heroes of an international intrigue. Many of hIs general and specific claims about The Authorities listening in on their every move (indeed he claims that The Authorities are always monitoring the activities of us all) are belied by many of the events that he describes occurring in the lead up to the publishing of materials leaked to him by Snowden. And all this is written in tedious detail with a "he said, she said"-style narrative to pad out the book. Snowden chose - and played - him, and his fellows, very well.

What could Glenn Greenwald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book probably should have been a magazine article or, at most, a book about 10 pages long, or about 10 minutes long in audible form, rather than the almost ten insufferably long hours that it is.
Possibly the most annoying thing about the way the book was written is the exceedingly repetitive nature of the presentation of the material leaked by Snowden.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of L. J. Ganser?

The performers voice, accent and tone were equally annoying, smug and melodramatic and, thus, well suited to the material.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This is the second worse book I've read in at least a decade.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Moral Arc

  • How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
  • By: Michael Shermer
  • Narrated by: Michael Shermer, Melody Zownir
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

We are living in the most moral period of our species’ history. Best-selling author Michael Shermer’s most accomplished and ambitious book to date demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral. Ever since the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment thinkers consciously applied the methods of science to solve social and moral problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 90% excellent but a little biased at the end

  • By aky on 18-11-15

Not very original.

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

Reviewed: 17-04-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is not Shermer's best work.More original material would have improved this work rather than much of it being a compilation of the work of others. The first half especially seemed to drag in interminably. There was some improvement in the second half and it became less noisome.I would sincerely recommend that Shermer employ a professional to read his work aloud. The voice of the female performer was all but indistinguishable from that of Siri on the iPhone. This was especially evident in her inability to pronounce several words properly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chimp Paradox

  • The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
  • By: Prof Steve Peters
  • Narrated by: Prof Steve Peters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,764

Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing- a must for stress heads

  • By david on 25-10-12

If only my ears could forget what they listened to

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

Reviewed: 23-11-14

What didn’t you like about Steve Peters’s performance?

Some authors have a good reading voice. Steven Peters is not among them.

Any additional comments?

The only way that this book could be 'groundbreaking', as it claims it is, would be if one were to throw it really, really, really hard into a bog.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • timeless advice

  • By Karen on 06-12-15

Rubbish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-10

At its best the book tells you to suck up to people and at its worst its advice is unethical.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
Winner of the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flying Spaghetti Monster here I come

  • By WizardsKnob on 30-11-16

A must-read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-07

This is a great book, worthy of all the praise it gets. All open-minded people should read this book. Closed-minded folk won't get through it as it may be prove too damaging to their delicately structured, dogma-insulated mentalities.
The audio book's not available in Italy, where I live and I had to buy a hard copy in Britain. Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Running scared, are they? So they should be.
As Dawkins so rightly points out, so many religious people haven't even read their own religion's 'sacred' texts and don't even understand their religion in the slightest and, indeed, have never questioned it, but merely follow theocratic dogma blindly.
I urge everyone to read, or listen to, this book. It will, at the very least, make religious people examine themselves and their religion and will help atheists and would-be atheists understand just how very dangerous religion, and especially blind faith, really are and how our lives are affected negatively by religion and ?faith-heads? on a daily basis.
I congratulate and thank Richard Dawkins.

17 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward, Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why bring out the abridged version first!!

  • By Robert on 18-08-11

Listen to Dawkins to be REALLY reborn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-07

This is a great book, worthy of all the praise it gets.
The audio book's not available in Italy, where I live and I had to buy a hard copy in Britain. Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Running scared, are they? So they should be.
As Dawkins so rightly points out, so many religious people haven't even read their own religion's 'sacred' texts and don't even understand their religion in the slightest and, indeed, have never questioned it, but merely follow theocratic dogma blindly.
I urge everyone to read, or listen to, this book. It will, at the very least, make religious people examine themselves and their religion and will help atheists and would-be atheists understand just how very dangerous religion, and especially blind faith, really are and how all our lives are affected negatively by religion and ?faith-heads? on a daily basis.
I congratulate and thank Richard Dawkins.

15 of 21 people found this review helpful