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Jeffrey

Petaluma, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (385)

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
    "Stop being so pessimistic"
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    We need to capture this kind optimism in the way we look at our nation today. This book gives the answers to question about the future like, where is our energy going to come from? Where is our food going to come from? How will our grandchildren get by if nothing changes? I can’t wait to see how much of the book comes true. This is a book I recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. W. Singer
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    A military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself. Singer’s previous books foretold the rise of private military contractors and the advent of child soldiers - predictions that have proved all too accurate. Now he explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: robotic warfare. We are now seeing a massive shift in military technology....

    Nelson Alexander says: "Techno-Sprawl: A Dissenting Opinion"
    "Good book of fact sprinkled with left-wing opinion"
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    Mr. Singer’s Wired for War is a great book, but was clearly written from a far left-wing point of view. He goes out of his way to demine Bush, pro-lifers, and people with a conservative leaning point of view. It is unnecessary and off putting. He also has the view that we must make our enemy’s like and respect us. He did very good work and thorough research. Too bad he feels the need to needle half of the population while he did it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (532)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "THIS BOOK MUST BE READ BY ALL!!!!!!!!!"
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    Please read this book and tell all your friends and family to read this book. This book, at least the middle third, should be mandatory for all HS Seniors! The book is outstanding!!! Lets hope we do better next time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End: Zombie Fallout, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1317)

    As the world spirals even further down into the abyss of apocalypse, one man struggles to keep those around him safe. Michael stands side by side with his wife, their children, his friends, and the wonder Bulldog, along with the Wal-Mart greeter Tommy, who is infinitely more than he appears. Whether Tommy is leading Mike and his family and friends to salvation or death remains to be seen.

    Mike Naka says: "best book of the series so far"
    "It is NOT the END!!!!!"
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    The book is not over. This is so irritating. It is just as good as the last two, but apparently I have one more to go. I hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3572)
    Performance
    (2577)
    Story
    (2578)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Noe says: "Outstanding story of post-apocalyse."
    "Just a realy great story."
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    I read “One Second After” just after reading this book and it was neat to read them together. These are great books and a must read for any armchair political scientists.

    These stories are also wonderful apocalyptic stories for those that couldn’t care less about political science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (4696)
    Performance
    (2737)
    Story
    (2758)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Good but not as good as Alas Babylon."
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    I read Alas Babylon just before reading this book and it was neat to read them together. These are great books and a must read for any armchair political scientists.

    The stories are also wonderful apocalyptic stories for those that couldn’t care less about political science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (4010)
    Performance
    (2759)
    Story
    (2772)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Let’s get to the point."
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    Let me give you an example of how this book is written.

    First you put on your head phones. Then you turn the device on. Then you go to where the file is on your device, be it an I-phone or I-pod or maybe a computer it could even be a Nook. Press play on said devise. You will start to hear a voice come out of the head phones, that is a person reading the book to you… and on and on.

    I listened to almost the entire book at x2 speed and still jumped ahead quit a few times. If there is an abridged version please get that one and not this.

    Much love,
    Jeffrey

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (969)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "LOL"
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    Do not listen in public unless you liked to have everyone look at you funny. This book is just funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (733)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "Very good book."
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    The pandemic comes to an end before you know the world’s population has been decimated. From there you follow the caricatures thought their lives. The book moves very quickly once it gets started and is very easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5443)
    Performance
    (4773)
    Story
    (4807)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Good story great Narrater"
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    I really like stories that have everything the writer wanted in it. This is the long version and I am glad I took the time to hear the whole thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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