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Mark Patterson

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  • 22 reviews
  • 80 ratings
  • 658 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • Visitors Part 2: Pathfinder Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Rigg’s journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all.

    Mark Patterson says: "Solid, standard OSC"
    "Solid, standard OSC"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dense and fascinating ideas, decent characters, cardboard landscape. I've read many of Card's novels and this one is very typical. The ideas make your head spin; the characters are decent people decently rendered. The scene setting somehow seems thin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1788)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1639)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "Clever Take - Fungal Zombies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The pace of the story was good-- starting slow and building tension, and Finty Williams built the characters well as a reader without intruding too much. The characters had distinctive personalities, and the central idea was a good one. The story did suffer a bit from the "deus ex machina" syndrome to move things along, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment much.

    Spoiler alert:

    It ends darkly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Stephen says: "Zombiitis and zombiosis"
    "Fungus Zombie Kids Rule"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Girl with All the Gifts kept me well engaged and I quickly paced through the performance. I found myself looking for occasions to listen-- always a good marker. The idea of fungus-based zombification was a good take on an old theme. The characters were decently developed. The reader was very good-- unobtrusively distinguishing voices while maintaining a good pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (519)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Lots of Language Nuggets"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John McWhorter has assembled a great series of expositions on the English language, using a largely random organizing principle (the alphabet) to both entertain and educate. He covers quite the gamut, from etymology to pronunciation to grammar and gives just enough information to intrigue without becoming pedantic. He throws in plenty of theory, but is always careful to point out where he is going out on a limb academically, so to speak. He also keeps it entertaining without being trivial or forced. And to top it off, he's a great reader! I gave "story" only 4 stars only because there really isn't one, but even then, Mr. McWhorter does a good job of linking lectures when possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Manson
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (631)

    Everyone knows confidence when they see it; but seemingly no one can actually describe what goes into it or how to get it. The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident is an unconventional way of looking at one of the most basic and obvious human traits and what one can do to gain a little more of it without feeling like a phony. Laughter included.

    Anthony A. says: "A More-Than-Pleasant Surprise"
    "Full of Foul Language"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "F" bombs throughout. Would've liked to finish listening, but couldn't stand the lack of original and intelligent word choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (422)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Philosophy Made Cool by Copious Swearing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After the second "f" bomb in almost as many minutes, I must admit I gave up. I don't buy foul language as the key to critical thinking skills-- and I certainly don't need my kids thinking massive amounts of swearing will make them problem-solvers and critical thinkers. I had high hopes for this book for myself and the kids. Sad denouement.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1271)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Light with Enough Depth To Engage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "Emperor Mollusk" is a typical A. Lee Martinez lighthearted comedy performed brilliantly. I understand this was Scott Aiello's rookie outing on Audible. And he made the book for me-- and I'm a tough critic of faux British accents (as much as an American who grew up listening to Monty Python and lived in England can claim to be). He nailed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1749)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "A 20-Hour Sketch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the science and I liked most of the characters. I also liked yeoman reader John Lee; his pacing and voice inflections (though a bit clipped) were easy to follow. But I wouldn't recommend "Pushing Ice." The main problem was that the author just couldn't resist tossing ideas and plot developments out like candy at a Mardi Gras parade. So often, I caught a shell of an idea or a thread of character development only to find that the story moved on without me. The secondary problem (for me at least) was that the decades-long implacable hatred of the character Svetlana for her former best friend Bella Lind seemed unrealistic. Overall, if you like big ideas and don't mind a paucity of development, you'll love this book. Me, I'm afraid I'm going to give Mr. Reynolds a pass in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kyle Mills
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Erin Neal has been living in seclusion since his girlfriend's death and he isn't happy when an oil company executive comes calling. Some important Saudi oil wells have stopped producing and Erin is the world's foremost expert in resolving these matters. He quickly finds himself stuck in the Saudi desert, studying a new bacteria with a voracious appetite for oil and an uncanny talent for destroying drilling equipment.

    Max says: "Good adventure"
    "WARNING: Rated R!"
    Overall

    Perhaps this is a good book, but after being hit with four shots of swearing just 15 minutes into the book, I had to abandon ship. I wish Audible provided a language warning in descriptions, so I wouldn't waste a credit. If you don't like audiobooks swearing into your ears (or into your car or kitchen or family room), stay away!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Wasserman's Time Chamber: Preventing Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Geiger
    • Narrated By Jim McCabe
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Atlantic City, 1992: Dan Grossman comes across a story that sounds incredible. Did the South really win the Civil War? Did a lone physicist really go back in time and prevent Armageddon? Or is it just the delusional dream of an acknowledged schizophrenic?

    Robert says: "Started out good and the went down hill."
    "A Bit Self-Consciously Anachronistic"
    Overall

    I loved the idea behind this time travel/alt-history story, but I disliked the hero's overheated narrative style. I wish I could quote some of the language, but it was pretty thick to the point of being funny without intending to be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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