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aldwin

Baguio City, Philippines | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 123 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3732)
    Performance
    (2195)
    Story
    (2223)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "can't stop listening"
    Overall

    Found myself on the edge of my seat and can't wait on what will happen.

    A very nice story for Sci-Fi Fans!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9392)
    Performance
    (8525)
    Story
    (8590)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Disappointing (sa mga pinoy, huwag niyo na subuka)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    NO


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A great story teller, judiciously try to make the foreign languages authentic sounding.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

    Do a little research before writing claims to places you've never been. (to the author).


    Any additional comments?

    This book had made me loose interest on all the author's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33899)
    Performance
    (25088)
    Story
    (25432)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Can't stop"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story and writing is good. I found myself listening for hours. The reader is a bit slow so I listened on 1.5x speed all throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired - and Secretive - Company Really Works

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Lashinsky
    • Narrated By Adam Lashinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides listeners with a golden ticket to step inside. This primer on leadership and innovation, offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates. It should appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of that Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavor.

    PC says: "Outside Apple?"
    "Nice for fanboys, anyone else won't miss much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A nice inside baseball book. Majority of content already known to Apple fanboys. I'm not much a fan of how the author reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1730)

    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"
    "A good post apocalyptic story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A little bit slow to start but it's a "page turner" once it got going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1091)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "A Good Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the book. Enjoyed the details and backstage access to Steve Job's professional & personal life, including to the companies he had built (Apple, NeXT, Pixar)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost, and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.

    Charles E. Grant says: "Infotainment, poorly written"
    "Bad reading"
    Overall

    I was really interested on the book but was disappointed on how it was read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8773)
    Performance
    (3007)
    Story
    (3079)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "good addition to the Dan Brown collection"
    Overall

    a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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