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Adam

Shalimar, FL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3782)
    Performance
    (3308)
    Story
    (3342)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Best Book Ever Written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Reamde in three words, what would they be?

    Unbelievable. Epic. Entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reamde?

    Most memorable? Not possible to define. Spellbinding from beginning to end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Epic 21st century drama.


    Any additional comments?

    In general, I 'like' Stephenson. Always entertaining, but previous works were not palatable to a wider audience. This one is over the top (In a good way). I have read a book per week for 50 years... which is a lot of books. This makes #1. If you want to be entertained.... there is no equal! Stephenson is not as strange as usual... Demille like character quirks.... Epic drama to match Clancy, forsyth... anybody - storytelling matches King, Dickens, Tolstoy, Follet.... all I can say is that, if you don't read this book, you miss out! Don't read it if you want depth. Read Dostoyevsky instead. If you want a great read, Read this one first and enjoy being entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Scorpion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nancy Farmer
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (150)

    When El Patrón dies at the age of 146,14-year-old Matt escapes Opium with the help of Celia and Tam Lin, his devoted bodyguard who wants to right his own wrongs. After a near misadventure in his escape, Matt makes his way back home and begins to rid the country of its evils.

    Allison says: "Don't let the back dissuade you!"
    "House of the Scorpion"
    Overall

    Good premise, good narration. Writing was pedestrian at best. Characters were one dimensional, holes in plot myriad. I felt like I was listening to a book written for pre-schoolers. As someone who enjoys all books, I admit that I enjoyed this one too... I just felt it was pretty bad overall. The plot and the characters both needed to be developed significantly more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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