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Martin

FREDERICK, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (227)

    Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

    Gerald says: "First time review"
    "Nano Near Bottom for Robin Cook"
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    What would have made Nano better?

    A female narrator for a story with a strong female protagonist.


    Has Nano turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No! Not even Robin Cook books.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    He wasn't female. For me, a female narrator works better for a strong female lead.


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

    As Robin Cook's editor I'd say: This story is too much like Coma. The first half is very good. The second half is pretty much "Are the bad guys going to get her?" "Like Alien!"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (378)

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "Multiple Murders on Mars! Why? Money!"
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    Would you listen to Red Planet Blues again? Why?

    Yes! The Story moves right along and the Narrator does the interesting men, women, and others unusually well. Spoiler: Sorry, No bug eyed monsters. That's a good thing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is interesting and the pace is steady. No long boring blah blah blah will the Alien get the hero.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first. Christian Rummel's performance made a very good story even better. I'll be looking for more of his audio books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked moments like: How did you manage to get my Mars rover covered with mud? and how fast a normal dog could run under the only dome on Mars.


    Any additional comments?

    Another well written, interesting story by Robert J. Sawyer. Red Planet Blues is a solid mystery story. My personal favorites are Homonids & Rollback.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3369)
    Performance
    (2990)
    Story
    (3000)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Mitnick's Marvelous Memoire "Ghost in The Wires""
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    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best Non-Fiction audiobook. Top ten percent overall. An amazing, true computer, telephone, and law enforcement system hacker.


    What other book might you compare Ghost in the Wires to and why?

    Jurassaic Park, the first book I ever started reading over immediately. The premise was very original and the whole book fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kevin remotely listening in on the White Collar Crime Unit conference call discussing how they had no idea how he was doing what he did, penetrating various systems, with strong safeguards, and what they had to do to trap him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mitnick can find you if the Social Security Administration knows you exist.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter's narration is perfect! He is Kevin Mitnick. Listening to Audible's "Ghost in the Wires" is like having Kevin Mitnick sitting down with you, telling you his story, one on one. Kevin started as a young kid with a thirst for computer and telephone system knowledge. He did it to learn and have fun, never for money. He was forced into self-defense because the FBI, Police, and Judges were convinced many stories printed in newspapers were true, when they were totally made up and planted. He figured out how to be the seventh caller and win the radio station $1,000 prize legally, and many times! Curious? Listen to the audiobook!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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