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  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • Written by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A look into the evolution of the opinions of a highly opinionated man

  • By Ray on 2019-02-26

A look into the evolution of the opinions of a highly opinionated man

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-26

A great book and listen as if Hitch was in my living room telling me stories over a glass of wine or Scotch,

If you’re a fan of Hitchens, this is a must listen.

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  • The Never-Ending Present

  • The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
  • Written by: Michael Barclay
  • Narrated by: George Stroumboulopoulos
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

In the first biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music, but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. When Downie announced he had terminal cancer and decided to take the Hip on the road one more time, the tour became another Terry Fox moment; this time, Canadians got to witness an embattled hero reach the finish line. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the band, loved the book!

  • By Susan Visser on 2018-09-18

Like opening the curtains of the Wizard of Oz

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-12

A much needed and cathartic review of the history of Gord Downey and the Tragically Hip.

Read by the timeless voice of the Red Chair, Strombo himself.

Highly recommend this one if you’re a fan of the Hip, or Canadian music of the last 40 years.

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  • Driven to Distraction

  • Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
  • Written by: M.D. Edward M. Hallowell M.D., John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes - from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming - and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just got diagnosed at 41

  • By James on 2018-09-18

Great explanation of what is going on

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-09

I suspect that I have ADD. I was never diagnosed as a child, but my mother told me that there had been discussions about if I might have it. She did not go for the test because of the stigma that diagnosis carried when I was in school.

Now 30+ years later to discover that all of my challenges in school while well documented, we’re not investigated is a bit of a disappointment to me because I could have at least been able to know what i was going through.

This book have a good explanation of the mechanics of what I recognized as a child and young adult, and also now as an adult. I’ll move forward from this and hunt for further resources to see if I can manage this condition that I have, be it ADD, or not.

If you ever tell yourself that you are stupid, and it’s an automatic reaction when things go wrong, check this book out. It may help...

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  • Artemis

  • Written by: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,763

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not so great

  • By plaj on 2017-11-28

Pacing for this story pulled me in

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

Point 1. Rosario Dawson as the voice in my head for this story was perfect, the story flowed. I can listen to this book again, and again.


Point 2. Andy Weir, love the story, and the world building. I felt parts of "Caves of Steel" mixed with "Mission Impossible" I want to see more stories of the moon, as it grows, and what happens there. It's the wild west, but not west, and with no wildlife. Great story, looking forward to the next one.

Definitely not a One Hit Wonder, this one should be a movie too. #Audible1

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  • The Singularity Trap

  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ray Porter is quickly becoming a favourite.

  • By Schills on 2018-06-20

Another universe worth exploring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

Like Dennis E. Taylors previous Bob books, this one has an interesting use of time. Where I felt aware of the time between scenes where they took a long time and also the relative instant events that take pace throughout the book.

Ray Porter's delivery was captivating as always, voice and pacing were all great through the story.

Great Story, This book stands up well on it's own, but the universe feels like there is room for more, perhaps some time after this one, looking forward to more stories from Mr. Taylor.

Two Thumbs up (I listen via Bluetooth) #Audible1

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it

  • By Eli on 2018-01-11

Finished second full listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-08-13

I’m really enjoying these books, I have listened to all three books several months ago already. I enjoy Ray Porter’s delivery, and the story line is great to follow along. I enjoyed the first book no less on the second listen. I’ll continue through the other two still.

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  • Ready Player One

  • Written by: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much Fun!!

  • By Joanne on 2018-01-07

Looking forward to the movie

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-03-21

It will be strange to hear voices other than Will.

The characters were played great, and the story has a great flow to it. Very much looking forward to the movie in IMAX.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've learned so much from this book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-09-17

A human story worth sharing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2017-11-05

I love stories that span generations, so this story could have easily been called, "Hey you, listen here, enjoy.

I enjoyed the performance. There are some parts of the book, or theories shared that could be considered controversial without context, But they are important and worth sharing.