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Canton, NC, USA | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 280 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."

    When I went to my wish list this month to pick my monthly selections, I couldn?t remember for the life of me why I?d added this book. I assumed that I must've had a good reason for adding it the time, so I got it. I was not disappointed.

    I found the story to be fast-paced and interesting all the way through. The characters were believable and generally likeable, and a lot of thought had gone into the science and technology. Some of the AI and computer science did make me grit my teeth for a bit, but I went into ?Star Trek? mode and made it through unscathed. If the idea of some kind of AI program existing in 512 bytes (yes, bytes, not KB or MB) on an old IBM system won?t cause you to squirt coffee out of your nose, then you?ll probably do OK as well.

    The only part that really got to me, and which is the reason I took away a star, is that the final ending of the book totally contradicts the reason for all the excitement that led up to the ending. Unfortunately, I can?t explain further without giving away the ending. However, if you enjoy techno-thrillers, and you have an extra book credit you want to use, then you could do a lot worse than this book.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"
    "Loved the book, the radio show, the TV series..."

    ...and can't wait for the movie

    I've got the TV series on VHS, the radio show on CD, and all the books. As you can guess, I'm a fan. The book is funny, but it is also biting satire and social commentary in the tradition of "Gulliver's Travels". A lot of people miss the last part.

    I'll confess that I don't like a lot of British humor; most of Python leaves me cold, and I never cared for "Faulty Towers". This book is, however, more than just British humor. Adams knew some science, and he could've been a good straight SF writer if he'd chosen.

    I do agree with one reviewer who didn't like the book. If you're on the fence, check out the paperback. The Earth is destroyed in the first few pages (and they won't chase you out of the bookstore before you've read that far), and if you're not in love with the book by then, don't waste your time with the rest of it. If you like satirs and SF, I suspect that you'll love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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