LISTENER

Annika

Sweden
  • 18
  • reviews
  • 55
  • helpful votes
  • 287
  • ratings
  • A Brief History of Italy

  • By: Jeremy Black
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Despite the Roman Empire's famous 500-year reign over Europe, parts of Africa and the Middle East, Italy does not have the same long national history as states such as France or England. Divided for much of its history, Italy's regions have been, at various times, parts of bigger, often antagonistic empires, notably those of Spain and Austria. In addition, its challenging and varied terrain made consolidation of political control all the more difficult.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent view of Italian history

  • By Charlie Sammonds on 29-11-18

Useless

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Well narrated, but the text is unfortunately useless: too many dates and no sense of what is important and what is not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Superintelligence

  • Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • By: Nick Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Timely topic, ponderous style and robot narrator

  • By Neil Stoker on 16-08-17

Impossible narration!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-16

Must concur with previous reviewers: How did this ridiculous, 'over-dramatized' narration get past the quality control before release? Pity on such a substatial text. I have tried to tolerate it for a chapter or two, but must unfortunately give up. A re-issue with suitable narration is to be hoped for.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking the Spell

  • Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
  • By: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why - and how - it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration cheapens an otherwise great book

  • By Robert on 04-12-16

Style guide needed

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

Interesting substance lost in style meltdown. Dennett would do well to read Pinker's The Sense of Style.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki

  • By: Matsuo Basho, Kamo no Chomei
  • Narrated by: Togo Igawa
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki are two of the best-loved works of their kind; famous for their beautiful, delicate verse and subtle insight into the human condition. It has been said of The Narrow Road that 'it was as if the very soul of Japan had itself written it'. It takes the form of a travel diary, and traces the poet's journey from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to the northern interior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Straw slippers

  • By Rogayah on 23-09-08

Excellent text - hard to hear!

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

Reviewed: 13-12-14

What a pity, that the editor should have chosen a reader with such a heavy Japanese accent, that it is virtually impossible to understand the text in English! This is hardly necessary in order to create 'ambience'...

Otherwise a great text, and I regret only having being able to hear ca two thirds of it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a truly spellbinding and brilliant book

  • By Tom on 04-05-10

Fantastic performance

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

Reviewed: 21-07-14

Jeremy Iron's reading of Lolita is outstanding; he has found the perfect tone for the ironic, passionate and subsequently slightly neurotic mr Humbert.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Oliver Twist, Dickens’ second novel, has enthralled generations of readers since its publication in 1838. Orphaned and desolate, Oliver’s journey to London and subsequent induction into its dingy underworld, is narrated with ceaseless energy by Jonathan Keeble. His depictions of Fagin and the terrifying Bill Sikes are particularly mesmerizing, and his reading is infused with a delicious knack for storytelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic reading

  • By Annika on 20-06-14

Fantastic reading

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

Reviewed: 20-06-14

Jonathan Keeble's performance is one of the best I have heard on Audible. Truly excellent!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 987

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 17-04-14

The female narration of this book is unfortunately deeply unsuited to the text. Marakami's intellectually sophisticated and subtle prose needs someone who does not sound as though she is reading a children's story. Pity on a great text!

The male narration is excellent.

  • 36 Arguments for the Existence of God

  • By: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
  • Narrated by: Steven Pinker, Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

After Cass Seltzers book becomes a surprise best seller, he's dubbed the atheist with a soul and becomes a celebrity. He wins over the stunning Lucinda Mandelbaum, the goddess of game theory, and loses himself in a spiritually expansive infatuation.Then a former girlfriend appears: an anthropologist who invites him to join in her quest for immortality through biochemistry.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Disappointing

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11

Deeply intelligent and very funny

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

Reviewed: 23-03-14

This is a witty and deeply intelligent book. Often hilariuos and with a broad intellectual range. A background in philosophy is helpful; not for the narrow-minded!

Oliver Wyman adopts just the right tone, and gives an excellent performance.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of the Human Body

  • Evolution, Health, and Disease
  • By: Daniel Lieberman
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awfully slow

  • By Lord Peridot on 21-03-14

Excellent book, 'melancholic' performance

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

Excellent book, summing up the latest scientific findings from evolutionary biology regarding Man's 'bodily status', genetic inheritance, etc. Also provides a sound and scientifically grounded anchor to all the recent diet fads, such as 'Wheat Belly' and 'Grain Brain'.

Unfortunately, the text is somewhat marred by the 'tired' and 'sad-sounding' reading, giving it an air of unwarranted melancholia. Hard to understand the producer's choice here, given that the book is not written by an 'old' man, nor - as a scientific text - is particularly suited to that kind of tone?

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Moral Tribes

  • Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
  • By: Joshua Greene
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

A pathbreaking neuroscientist reveals how our social instincts turn Me into Us, but turn Us against Them - and what we can do about it. The great dilemma of our shrinking world is simple: never before have those we disagree with been so present in our lives. The more globalization dissolves national borders, the more clearly we see that human beings are deeply divided on moral lines - about everything from tax codes to sexual practices to energy consumption - and that, when we really disagree, our emotions turn positively tribal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tough long listen. Like chewing on gristle.

  • By Musical Truth on 28-09-14

A landmark

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

This is a book that was waiting to be written! A superb discussion of the last 2,500 years of moral theory fused with the recent findings in evolutionary psychology. The ultimate moral stance of the thinking Last Man, and a must listen for all utilitarians! Extraordinary, and beats Haidt, Sam Harris and others by miles.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful