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Shannon

Newton, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (690)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Suspend reality"
    Overall

    If you know ANYTHING about computer science then you'll need to be able to COMPLETELY suspend reality in order to enjoy this. I was not able to.

    4 of 5 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
    (10456)
    Performance
    (9740)
    Story
    (9740)

    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"
    "I pray that they make this into a movie one day..."
    Overall

    ...although they will get crushed on licensing fees from all of the references to 80's movies, video games and music. If you are even a little bit of a geek you will love this. If you grew up in the 80's you will love this. If like a story about the underdog vs the evil giant then you will love this. I like all three of those things and that made this story "totally rad". It's not as good as Daemon (if you're looking for other suggestions), but it was more than worth the credit. I went out of my way to walk my dog so I could keep listening to the story.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26953)
    Performance
    (20803)
    Story
    (21003)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Wrong point of view"
    Overall

    SUCKED!

    Actually, this was probably a very good story, but we didn't get to hear any of it first-hand because our protagonist was passed out or high on pain killers for half of the book. Eventually another character will wonder in and give us a couple sentences to get us caught up on what we missed while our eyes to this world were closed.

    This might have been a GREAT story if we could have seen it through any other characters' eyes. I would have liked Haymitch's view.

    The only reason that I didn't give it one star is because you're already stuck having to listen because you invested 20+ hours of your life in the first two books (which WERE good).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (436)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Almost perfect"
    Overall

    Wonderfully entertaining, fast-paced, funny, thrilling story. I would have given it 5 stars, but I think the writer might have jumped the shark a bit near the end. Well worth a listen. Narrator did a wonderful job with the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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