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Laura

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (502)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Really enjoyed this look at an unfamiliar world"
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    If you could sum up Masters of Doom in three words, what would they be?

    I hate that audible makes me submit 15 words, even though this question only asks for 3 words.


    Any additional comments?

    look at an unfamiliar world

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4470)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1681)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Interesting and Informative"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1776 the most enjoyable?

    I love reading a bit more about American history with personal, first-hand sources. Worth all those hours. Washington was a badass.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (215)

    The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

    Colin says: "More than funny"
    "Sorry, couldn't finish it"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is probably better on stage. The fact that the guy is really verbose kind of gets tiresome after Chapter 1.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeff Ryan
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (281)

    Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

    Steve says: "Great read! Very informative."
    "Delightful"
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    Would you listen to Super Mario again? Why?

    Absolutely! I've already listened to it a second time. This is a fun story, full of useful history and information.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1027)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "Very informative of present day"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed reaching the end and reading the epilogue that reviews all of the fresh ideas and new vocabulary that Neuromancer has brought to the tech world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1684)
    Story
    (1681)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Loved this and so have all of my friends"
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    What did you love best about Destiny of the Republic?

    You'll love Devil in a White City too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    getting to know intimately so many historical figures


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    Alexander Graham Bell


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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