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David

Riverton, UT, USA

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  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (567)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Goes Nowhere"
    Overall

    When I heard about the concept for this book and that they are going to make a TV show based on it (and even comparing its potential to Lost) I couldn't wait to get this book.

    Never has so much potential for a good story been wasted on such mundane trivialities. Rather than something to explore or some kind of conspiracy to be uncovered the characters spend a novel that is more than twice as long as it needs to be deciding what they should do now that they think they know what the future holds.

    I recommend saving your time and money, read the plot synopsis on Wikipedia, wait for the TV show (to see if that will be better than the book, which won't take much) and go get something better. Heaven knows there's plenty of it on Audible and its not this book.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Then We Came to the End

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the Chicago ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best. The characters in Then We Came to an End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.

    Steve says: "Abridged Reading"
    "The Title Is An Aspirational Goal"
    Overall

    Having heard good things about this book and the author's second I picked this up. While there was one LOL moment and a few where I chucked to myself it is by and large not very funny nor interesting. Honestly, the best thing I have to say about it is that it is quite short so I actually finished it instead of giving up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ricky Gervais Guide to... PHILOSOPHY

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant & Karl Pilkington
    • Narrated By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant & Karl Pilkington
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    In this episode... Steve on Feng Shui; The think tank; Karl's perfect life; Karl's problem with neuroanatomy; Cogito Ergo Summat; Work ethics; Post-pesticidal remorse; Karl's holiday anhedonia; Curry night at Auntie Nora's; The Zen of Munchies; Karl's confectionery-based analogies; Transplant bollocks; Karl gets economical with his facts; Tribal numeracy; Small talk at the bar.

    Robert says: "What would I do without you??"
    "Quality On The Decrease"
    Overall

    The long and the short of this is: While still enjoyable to listen to it's not what it originally was. It has essentially devolved into Ricky and Steve egging Karl on rather than just having him be part of the conversation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ricky Gervais Guide to... MEDICINE

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, & Karl Pilkington
    • Narrated By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, & Karl Pilkington
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    Here's the first in a new series of in-depth discussions on a variety of subjects relating to humanity's greatest endeavors. Around the table, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and the glabrous luminary Karl Pilkington. In this episode, MEDICINE, we explore the treatment of human ailments through history - from trepanation (or 'oles in the 'ed) in early tribal societies right through to the possible, if improbable, future of medical technology.

    Wilson says: "Best there has been for a while"
    "Back In Form"
    Overall

    About halfway through the second series of podcasts it felt like the guys were just phoning it in. It was really dull to listen to with the fourth series but with this focused outing they are back in classic form. With the exception of vastly increased profanity from Ricky this is awesome.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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