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Michael

AVON, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Hardwick
    • Narrated By Chris Hardwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (664)

    Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

    Melody says: "I am a Nerd at heart"
    "I really liked this one"
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    While there is no breakthrough material here, I think Hardwick does a good job of telling his story of how he went from big 'ol steaming pile of crap to a productive and happy person. The context is what kept me listening though. I do consider myself a nerd and this was a pretty nerdy book. I found it easy to relate to his stories and jokes. I never watch any of his shows and I only vaguely remember him from "Singled Out". I plan on doing some more reading on the Nerdist website too.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5329)
    Performance
    (2669)
    Story
    (2723)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "It wasn't horrible"
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    I found it really hard to get through this book. I consider myself a fan of Sci-fi and chose this book based on some good reviews. Unfortunately the reviews were only of the beginning of the book which starts pretty fast and keep a good pace throughout. I think that the characters were just a little too "over the top". The main character was a hacker/samurai/all around bad-ass. There really seemed like nothing he couldn't do! The outlook on the future also seemed a little too much for me to swallow as well. That being said, if you have an extra credit laying around and plenty of time to burn, then this book maybe something you would use to kill both.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3944)
    Performance
    (3445)
    Story
    (3412)

    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....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "This story falls off a cliff"
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    I was really into the story and couldn't wait for the end! Then I feel like the author got tired of it and said "The End". Too many loose ends. No explanations. Were they planning sequel to wrap things up? After seeing this booked hyped up I was really left expecting more. I can't really recommend it. I gave 3 stars because it was good 3/4 of the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10077)
    Performance
    (9379)
    Story
    (9381)

    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.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Great book and could be a great movie."
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    I picked this book up after a review on This Week In Tech. I got hooked pretty fast and thought that while yes some of it was a little cheesy, it was a great story. I like tech but am not much of a gamer and that didn't seem to matter much. Wil does a good job narrating and I think that since his voice is synonymous with geek culture it keeps you in a geeky mindset. If I had to pick a Con to go with the Pros I would have to say that reading of the scoreboard had me ready to skip forward from time to time. Like the other commentor mentions, you might want to be near a PC when somethings are mentioned be cause I knew about but had long forgotten some of the characters and things mentioned, I was born in 77 so some references were a little of a stretch.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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