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  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book poorly read.

  • By Dr. Gerd Folberth on 04-03-16

Good book, dull delivery.

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

Reviewed: 13-05-15

Interesting book for those interested in ancient philosophy or profound "common sense" knowledge. Marcus Aurelius gives a stirring series of reccomend actions on living the good life through rational means.

The performance however was boring to say the least. It felt like the reader was merely droning off passages rather than having any enthusiasm for the project.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling and Engaging

  • By Katherine on 11-04-13

Very well done!

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

Reviewed: 27-03-15

A range of well thought out voices really have life to the cold dank metro.

My main gripe with the story (SPOILER ALERT) is that the middle of the story can be summed up with the sentence "isn't X crazy?".
Artyom becomes a little too much of a mouth piece of criticism at times but fortunately has enough personality to bring him back as a character at key moments. (END OF SPOILERS)

Loved the game, loved the book. What a compelling world which I would truly reccomend.

  • The Difference Engine

  • By: William Gibson, Bruce Sterling
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

The Difference Engine is an alternate history novel. A prime example of the steampunk sub-genre, it posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer called Engines. The fierce summer heat and pollution have driven the ruling class out of London and the resulting anarchy allows technology-hating Luddites to challenge the intellectual elite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • putting the steam in steampunk

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-02-18

A great story that feels interrupted.

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

Narration: the narrator throughout was charming and engaging. His ability to make other accents seem his natural born accent was a credit to him... Most of the time.

Unfortunately there were uncomfortable moments in narration. His voicing of women and Japanese men was very awkward and felt off with the descriptions of the characters. I don't see this a a blemish upon the actor himself, but it would have been reasonable to give him a supporting cast rather than rely too heavily on him.

Story: I enjoyed the story, but that in itself made some of the downsides more notable. The story of Sybil Gerard was admittedly boring compared to Oliphant and Mallory, and the story of Oliphant feels like it has been cut short long before it's time. Still, it provided me with hours of enjoyment.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful