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  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned gory fun

  • By monkey-puzzle on 21-11-12

Just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 22-03-15

A friend told me to ignore any preconceptions based on movie trailers etc, and that was the best audiobook tip ever. The movie tells a tiny piece of this whole picture which is cleverly presented.

Be warned, it vividly brings you face to face with a ghoulish foe but if you can stomach that and love rest story telling, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

  • Dreaming in Code

  • Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
  • By: Scott Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous "mythical man-month" to Extreme Programming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed but probably not for everyone

  • By Skootaman on 10-01-15

Really enjoyed but probably not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

I really enjoyed this book. It gives quite an insight into software development in a particular stage in the evolution of this internet that remains pretty familiar today. It's a history lesson, a lesson in product design and an overview of what underpins things like Agile. Probably (definitely) not for everyone but this is one I couldn't stop listening to.

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  • Buddhism for Beginners [Jack Kornfield]

  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook I have bought so far

  • By Skootaman on 02-11-09

The best audiobook I have bought so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-09

I love audiobooks, but lets be frank, they can be pretty variable!

This one takes the format of teachings recorded live in front of an audience. Jack Kornfield delivers these lectures in an accessible manner, with appropriate humor that never detracts from the content and indeed assists in delivering the messages. I sometimes find it hard to listen to audiobooks in American or other accents (I am dyslexic and have APD) but his voice is calming, never patronizing and as a result I have listened to this many times over.

My usual audiobook 'fodder' is comedy, dramatized stories or perhaps some general classics to pass long journeys. However, I bought this as an agnostic who has been exploring theology and belief systems, and remarkably this has already helped me through some difficult times. As a newcomer to Buddhism, this did not put me off by sounding elitist or too 'new world-y' (I tend to recoil when I feel I am being fed hippy nonsense). Instead, this has been genuinely enlightening and helpful and gets my highest recommendation.

I shall now continue to explore Buddhism and will certainly favor Kornfields work. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank him for making this and for the impact that it has already had upon me.

Instead, I am buying a further audiobook outside of my monthly plan

50 of 52 people found this review helpful