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Joyce

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  • Factoring Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (430)
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    (379)
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    (384)

    In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Being Self-aware and being Selfish go Hand in Hand"
    "Enjoyed every minute!!!~"
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    Factoring Humanity gets complex at times (those were my favorite parts!!) and the listener has to pay close attention-if he/she is not a theoretical physicist!

    This book brings to mind several things--Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, Dr Seuss (dont want to spoil it--if you listen you will probably see where I am going with this!) and Greg Bear--along with themes that permeate all of Sawyers books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish.

    I am sharing my serious geekie-ness with this next part...which is why I am changing my name once I submit this review (grin)...Robert Sawyer quotes the original Star Trek and the movie Wrath of Khan within the pages...and I had to dust off my copy and fast forward to the scene they discussed and see for myself what the author pointed out...which means to me that I was relating to this book on a personal (if seriously nerdy!) level...

    My only complaint is that I have only one more Robert Sawyer novel to go...then I have to wait for him to publish something new next year...Would love if another reader who is a Sawyer fan could recommend another author who is similar. I have looked for ages and have been dissappointed in the choices I made.

    I give Factoring Humanity 5 geeky stars and an honorable mention in Nerdy! Will definitely listen to this again and recommend it to my pocket protector adorned, duct-taped glass wearing, nerdy friends!!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
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    (4237)
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    (4253)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    psnorb says: "My Favorite Book for the past 10 years"
    "Wow. Just WOW!!!"
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    I was hooked right from the beginning. I loved Flashforward by Sawyer--and this is like it in reverse--over and over. I loved King's 11 22 63--this compares on a much smaller level. Ken Grimwood has a new fan! Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous Sources: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Louise Kelly
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
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    "If, on an early summer’s night, you wanted to kill a man, how would you do it? Would you lay a trap, sharpen a dagger, uncork a poison? Personally, I’ve always leaned toward the dramatic. But looking back, I wonder now if the events of last summer didn’t begin with a quieter sort of murder." So ponders Alexandra James, a beautiful, driven, yet troubled New England Chronicle reporter. She is assigned to cover the death of Thom Carlyle, son of one of the most powerful men in Washington. Just back from a year abroad, Thom falls from the top of a Harvard bell tower on a warm summer night.

    Kira says: "Fun mystery/thriller"
    "Caught and kept me!"
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    I purchased Anonymous Sources after listening to The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly. I thoroughly enjoyed both books. I actually liked Anonymous Sources better--I was constantly surprised--I am now officially a fan and won't hesitate to purchase future books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking in Circles Before Lying Down: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Merrill Markoe
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
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    Twice-divorced Dawn's only source of security and comfort, it seems, is Chuck, a pit-bull mix from the pound. So, when her boyfriend announces that he's leaving her for another woman, a despairing Dawn turns to Chuck for solace. "I should have said something sooner," Chuck confides, as he tries to console her. "Couldn't you smell her on his pants?" Dawn is stunned. It's one thing to talk to your pets, but what do you do when they start talking back?

    Joyce says: "Perfect!!!!"
    "Perfect!!!!"
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    Laugh out loud funny for anyone who loves dogs. Started calling my dog Chuck! Merrill Markoe can obviously read puppy minds! I highly recommend. Have suggested this book to many and I have yet to get anything but an enthusiastic two thumbs up

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27926)
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    The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Star Trek: Q-Squared"
    "If you loved 14--"
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    Peter Clines has done it again. The Fold begins as a mystery --moves to a thriller and dances on the edge of horror. As with 14 -this book is difficult to discuss without giving away too much. It had me right away and kept me until the last page. It's not the same experience as was 14-- because I had a better understanding what to expect--the unexpected! I highly recommend.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128463)
    Performance
    (113359)
    Story
    (113209)

    Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    BookReader says: "The Girl on The Train"
    "No redeeming characters!!!"
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    I understand the instinct to compare to Gone Girl. None of the characters in either novel are likable--not even remotely. Girl on a Train suggests one direction, makes a u-turn, goes on for a bit, takes a right, then jumps the track all together. Paula Hawkins is a force to be reckoned with in this genre.

    The characters are so well developed that it is easy to believe the bad decisions they repeatedly make. The cast of characters can best be described as psychopaths. There are serial adulterers, stalkers, alcoholics, enablers, and killers.

    It made me wonder what was going on behind closed doors in my neighborhood.

    I did not give a five star review because the story lost my attention several times and I had to go back a few chapters and replay. A five star results from a story that makes me hope for a long commute or has me cleaning walls or finishing tedious tasks.

    If you are looking for a twisted tale with deeply flawed characters--this is the book for you. If you are looking for a feel-good, everyone lives happily ever after--pass on this one

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Until the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2769)
    Performance
    (2549)
    Story
    (2539)

    Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

    Natalie Harris says: "Loved every minute of this"
    "End of the civilized world..."
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    Until the end of the world reminded me of Forstchen's One Second After. They both take a catastrophic event (EMP pulse and pandemic) and deal with the aftermath in a realistic way. Infrastructure collapses and those who survive must learn how to live in what remains. There are practical characters and self centered ones. It is definitely not a typical zombie novel. Closer to Lucifer's Hammer or Life as we knew it. If you are a fan of this genre you will enjoy this book.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9555)
    Performance
    (8640)
    Story
    (8651)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Worth the wait!!"
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    I started this book over at least three times. It grabbed me at the beginning then lost me again until things started to come together. I knew there was a twist but I got impatient. I had some cleaning to do and decided to try it again. I am very glad I did. I had decided I knew where the story was going only to find our how far off base I was. I enjoy a story that is unpredictable and Pines fit the bill nicely. Upon completion I did not hesitate to purchase the next in the series and put several other Crouch novels on my wish list. This is not great literature but it is a wonderful distraction that helped me pass the time and left me wanting to know what else the residents of Wayward Pines would be up against.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24968)
    Performance
    (22828)
    Story
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    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S ALL AS LEGAL AS LOTTERY TICKETS"
    "Love this style of King!!!"
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    I have become a reader/listener of Stephen King again. I had moved away from his books because they became too creepy and outlandish for my taste. He has returned to the days of The Stand and I am loving it. I have read many reviews that dislike this transition because they don't terrify anymore. They are less horror and more thriller! Mr. Mercedes is no different. It is wonderful. It was tense when appropriate and he fleshed out his characters wonderfully. This is right in line with my opinion of Under the Dome but has a more satisfying ending.
    This is not 11/22/63 which I feel is his crowning achievement with The Stand being a close second--but it is a headliner in the genre. If you want macabre this is not the book for you. If you want a thriller with a fast pace and an investment in characters I recommend Mr. Mercedes.

    139 of 150 people found this review helpful
  • Independent Study

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joelle Charbonneau
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (480)

    Seventeen-year-old Cia Vale survived The Testing, as has Tomas, the boy she loves, and they have both gained admission to the University. She has a promising future as a leader of the United Commonwealth and no memory of her bloody testing experience, thanks to a government-sanctioned memory wipe. Cia should be happy but is plagued by doubts about the past and future.

    Kimberly Rogers says: "Great story, left me wanting more."
    "Did not disappoint!!! 10 stars"
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    Independent Study is better than The Testing!!! A surprise cliffhanger that I did not see coming. Joelle Charbonneau is in on par with Suzanne Collins as far as I am concerned. Elizabeth Morton does not disappoint. I highly recommend this book without reservation.

    0 of 0 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
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    (19498)
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    Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Thought provoking~"
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    I found myself searching the web for the references in Dan Brown's Inferno. I always enjoy the reality in his books. The way he takes historical figures and places and intertwines his fiction is never dissappointing. He writes like a conspiracy theorist but adds enough touches of truth that it seems plausible. Inferno is frightening. It made me think about subjects that I had never really considered and the repercussions of the choices people make. I think it is important to keep in mind that this book is fiction--not a conspiracy even if it touches on present day worries. It is engrossing and entertaining but not reality.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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