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Rod

Gaithersburg, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10336)
    Performance
    (9627)
    Story
    (9629)

    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"
    "A creative, sly and entertaining journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A treasure-hunt adventure with delusions of satiric adequacy, "Ready Player One" is clever enough to pull the listener through its 15 hours with only minor bouts of fatigue. There are lists, and this book is as much a love letter to Wikipedia as to the video game culture of the 1980s. But even its predictability can be forgiven when the author's wild swinging fists finally land on an observation truly telling, or a laugh-out-loud-worthy gag.

    But behind the avatars, the five heroes are complex and engaging. The story is told with fondness not only for the games, but for the people who played them.

    Wil Wheaton's narration is effective and his slight touch of "Oh Wow" enthusiasm fits the time and the mood.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Olivia Munn, Mac Montandon
    • Narrated By Olivia Munn
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    In this hilarious collection, you'll find essays like “Thoughts About My First Agent’s Girlfriend’s Vagina”, wherein Olivia skewers what it’s like to live in Hollywood. In “Sex: What You Can Do to Help Yourself Have More of It”, she frankly gets down to the business of getting it on, including advice on how to appropriately wrap it and bag it.

    In “What to Do When the Robots Invade (Yes, When!)” Olivia offers valuable information on...what to do when the robots invade!

    Laura says: "It's okay but felt a little cheated"
    "Geek, TV host, model, actress...author?"
    Overall

    I don't want to generalize Ms. Munn's fresh and original perspective as "the voice of the new millennium," but I did find again and again that she is living in a very different world than I am. It was engaging to listen to her amusing and very-different take on entertainment and technology, and quite touching to hear her personal stories. Her TV fans will be unsurprised and quite pleased that she is even brighter than she appears on G4-TV, and her book provides a number of memorable rewards. Sadly, the illustrations are not packaged as a PDF, which is fine as she amusingly refused to narrate them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Are You?: The Legend of the Who

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Giuliano
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Giuliano
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For the last 30 plus years, The Who have stood proudly as the defiant bad boys of rock 'n' roll. Here is the story of The Who by someone who has known them intimately since almost the very beginning - the real story behind the rocket-powered riffs, random destruction, broken dreams and rowdy musical rituals hammered out by them.

    Rod says: "Another Giuliano pastiche"
    "Another Giuliano pastiche"
    Overall

    Who fans will be startled at how quickly the story of the band moves, ending in just 20 minutes. From there, we move to audio excerpts from various interviews. Not always great audio quality, not always fully satisfying, but the discussion of why the band returned to the road after the death of brilliant drummer Keith Moon is definitely worth waiting for. Some interesting moments with the great British mods - one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Quotient

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jamie Sobrato
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Macy Thomaston has just learned the most important scientific discovery ever: intense sexual pleasure leads to a temporary dip in IQ. Surely there's a way to leverage this against Griffin Reed, her palm-sweatingly hot coworker...and the thorn in her professional side.

    Kelly says: "Sex Quotient"
    "Clever concept, dull execution"
    Overall

    Orgasms cost you IQ points? Sounds like an interesting premise. Unfortunately it quickly becomes just another romance until even the sexplay becomes repetitive. The characters, the business environment and the dialogue turn implausible and unsympathetic. Another reviewer has mentioned the reader - I agree with the comments but was not as disturbed by the voice as by the story. Not funny. Take a pass.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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