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Adam

Schenectady, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1758)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Could have been better (or shorter)"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed a number of Larry Niven's books before, so I decided to give this one a try. It was ok. That is about all I can say about it. It just never really seemed to get going and then it ended. Before I was half way through, I wished for the end. I finished it because I wanted to see where Mr. Niven and Pournelle would go with the story. To sum it up, if you are looking for good entertainment, look at another book. If you want to know more about what happens to when a large body collides with Earth, you could listen to this book, however, I am sure there are plenty of science books that would be more interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Transformed: Book Three of the Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Mallory, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    With more than one twist in the telling, centering on a magic-plagued journey across a blistering desert, The Phoenix Transformed is the stunning conclusion to Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's Enduring Flame Trilogy.

    Ross says: "Disappointment"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    I usually take other reviews with a grain of salt. However this time the negative reviews were spot on. There has only been one other book I either wanted to stop listening to or stopped--this is the second. Thank goodness for the 2x setting on the iPhone to get the pain over with since I was curious how it would turn out. A 24hr long book that could have been compressed into two hours. So much lost potential with the story given the first two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Updated and Expanded

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    Friedman brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for listeners, allowing them to make sense of the advances in technology and communications that are creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has provided more than five hours of new reporting and commentary, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world.

    Gene says: "Great research, good insights, interesting read"
    "Another great book by Friedman"
    Overall

    My father gave me a copy of The Lexus and the Olive Tree almost 10 years ago telling me that it was one of the most important books of our time. He was right. For me it spawned a number of term papers for my MBA and it opened my eyes to the changing, globalizing world. Now with "The World is Flat," Friedman shows how technology has helped to spread globalization--for and good and bad--and to level the playing field for everyone (Why do all my help desk calls end up in India?). As a middle-aged, high tech engineer, it provides a sobering view of the globalizing world and is a little scary as I look towards the next 30 years of my career and my children's future, but as they say knowledge is power. The information provided in this book provides a strong foundation to help me better equip myself as changes continue. I plan to give my children copies of this book to better prepare them, just as my father gave me the Lexus and the Olive Tree. So if you want to start to understand what is behind globalization and how it WILL affect YOU, I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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