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  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A magazine article posing as a book

  • By Peter on 05-12-08

Opiniated, arrogant, dismissive and condescending.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

And that's just about author's style of writing. The premise of book, as introduced to me by a friend, was excellent: "your life is mostly defined by few serendipitous events". Unfortunately the author expands from this core premise to topics far less interesting - with a pompous writing style that is extremely taxing.

The narration is ok, but with overly slow pace, so at least 1.3x listening speed is needed.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Summerland

  • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

An awe-inspiring account of the afterlife and what happens when it spills over into the world of the living. The new novel from the most exciting new voice in the genre since Neal Stephenson. Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning. In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased. Yet Britain isn't the only contender for power in this life and the next.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not like the last book at all.

  • By Mark Butler on 04-09-18

All around terrible

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

I've read & listened the Quantum Thief multiple times and enjoyed it a lot. I was expecting similar high standard from this book and was gravely disappointed. The characters are paper thin and the 'plot' more plausibly found from a student essay that a book from awarded author.

Narration wasn't completely awful, but not very good either. Really annoying was her habit of emphasizing unusual/special words, which are plenty in Rajaniemi's novel. It broke the illusion of these strange things being normal in the imaginary world of the novel.

  • Calamity

  • A Reckoners Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368

They told David it was impossible - that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand. Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good conclusion

  • By Robyn on 19-04-16

One from the weaker side of Sanderson

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

So, Sanderson _can_ also write mediocre stuff. The boon is not bad, but clearly not what one has learned to expect.

Brilliant narration.

  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time from individual people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully slow to get going but worth persevering

  • By Martin on 06-07-18

A Sanderson story all right.

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

This got all the elements we love in a Sanderson story. Not quite there with the best, but works as a gap filler. Investiture mechanics are least reformed imo regards to other variants.

The narration was good, but there must be something wrong with the audio. Sounds like spoken through a tin can.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

This is the way the world ends...for the last time. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well read, decent characters, plodding plot

  • By matt hall on 07-04-17

Haphazard first novel.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

The book clearly has better reputation than what it deserves. The storytelling is all over the place, submitting into amateurish pitfalls much too often.

The narrator is top class. She tries to keep momentum going, but sometimes struggles as there just isn't much to work with.

  • H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926

  • By: Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Finn J.D. John
  • Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

This is volume one of a two-volume omnibus set comprising the complete fictional works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Every story written for publication under his own name is included in this set, from 1917 through 1935. (Poems, ghostwritten material, and stories written in collaboration with other writers are not included.)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Dunlops on 01-02-18

Oh, the narration, THE NARRATION!

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

To plow this through was an ordeal far greater than my imagination had mercifully capacity to reach, for I would be locked in Arkham asylum had I willingly subjected myself to such horrors.

No, the horror wasn't in Lovectaft's stories, the naivete in these early works was agonizing at worst, humoring at best, the whole collection having 5 or 6 stories worth listening. There's a website with ranked order of stories. You will not miss anything if listening only stories in top 30.

The true horror was in the narration. Oh dear me. With contiously undulating pitch, the narrator dragged along with effort resembling of walking belly deep in a swamp, like every story would be a poem that needs an emphasis on... every.. word.. of
.. every.. sentence.. with.. pitch.. going.. up.. and .. down... without... any.. purpose... or... meaning...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families, and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived, and there is rumour of revolt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turned out to be good :)

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-03-14

Good book, a bit dull and repetitive at times.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Author creates a new, reasonably original lore of "magic" that is quite consistent, but also creates repetitive scenes.


The performance was excellent.

  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

  • The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman
  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science - a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will delight anyone interested in the world of ideas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All you want to hear is already in the first book.

  • By Fritz on 07-01-17

All you want to hear is already in the first book.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Not worth listening if you have already gone through "Surely you're joking...". and if not listen that instead. A lot of repetition and new material is not anything special.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Quantum Thief

  • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future - a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut. Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration-style enhances this story's 'otherness'

  • By Carole on 01-12-13

enjoyable, but hard to follow.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

brings to light some mind blowing concepts, but is very unforgiving to the reader in the twists and turns. even with a glossary, it is a hard work to keep track of what is going on and every now or then one must flip a table in giving up, f*ck it, I don't have any idea who the bleeb is that and what the bleeb is going on; I'll go and read something light and easy like GoT and come back to this again later...

  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

  • By: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
  • Narrated by: Jeff Forshaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easier than I thought

  • By Mr. S. Hyams on 30-05-11

Interesting, but not quite there and NOT narrated by Brian Cox

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

Reviewed: 13-10-15

Ok, I bought this book just to hear Brian Cox's voice. My bad, as it is narrated by the other author... It's a pity, really, as Brian obviously had added some "wonderfull", "brilliant", and "physics is great!" into the narrative and now they're a bit wasted when not said by him.

Then secondly, the book is diagram and mathematical formula heavy - not very suitable for an audio book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful