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Clay

Jefferson, OR, United States

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  • 19 ratings
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  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5149)
    Performance
    (3116)
    Story
    (3133)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Worth the wait"
    Overall

    I read the original printing of Daemon when it came out and felt like I was left high and dry waiting for the sequel. Then the book got picked up by a major publisher and my wait got extended even further. I gnashed my teeth at the thought.

    When I finally saw that FreedomTM came out and was on audiobook, I was hesitant. I decided that I was just being childish at having to wait and clicked the button. Years of rusty memory of the book was suddenly cleaned off by the first few lines of the book and I was definitely happy that I was on a long drive. Not only does this book finish off the best piece of hacker fiction that I have ever read, but it also made me feel good in the end. This book gives hope for mankind in a way that I never expected when I finished the first book of the sequence.
    I look forward to more work from Daniel Suarez.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4925)
    Performance
    (2698)
    Story
    (2714)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Dead"
    Overall

    I have always liked reading Mr. Clancy's work, but like Brett Farve, he needs to retire. There were bits that were classic Clancy, but a lot of political droning with the characters subtract from the story. The older great novels were fairly politically neutral, but the newer ones are starting to sound like Fox news (news entertainment, like pro wrestling is sports entertainment). Since I haven't read all of the classics, I will probably go back to some of those and listen to those. The second star represents Lou Diamond Phillips' 5 star performance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Tomorrow's Parties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. His job has him convinced that his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.

    Laura says: "Worth several listenings."
    "It lost me"
    Overall

    I tried this book a while back and I found myself not paying attention. Since I now have a long commute, I tried again, rewinding any time my mind wandered. I don't mind character studies, but I have to like the characters. Some of the ideas in the novel were interesting, but none of them really likable. I found the ending lackluster and unfulfilling. Of course the my mind wandered at the ending, but I couldn't justify rewinding.

    0 of 2 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
    (9054)
    Performance
    (3278)
    Story
    (3356)

    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"
    "Should have stopped sooner"
    Overall

    I happened to enjoy this book immensely, but there were a few issues. First, the author drags you through explanations via dialog. So, by Langdon becoming informed, the reader is informed. This is all fine and well, but it got old after a while. Secondly, it ended too late. The author should have stopped within 1 chapter of the final climax. The last chapters bored me out of my skull and I just wanted to eject the CD and move on. The plot twists in this book make wading through the overly long dialog worth the read, however.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1875)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (887)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Should be on high school reading lists"
    Overall

    I think this was quite possibly a perfect novel. I don't think that way about all of Stepenson's work. I loved Cryptonomicon but found it to be a bit long. (Maybe a true unabridged version of Cryptonomicon is in order as I drive too much to read long novels otherwise.)
    I really felt a connection to the characters in Anathem and I really liked the dialog. One section of dialog we heard not only what the characters were saying, but what they were thinking when they said it as well.
    My other point that I liked was that the math science in the novel were top notch. So many times I read (listen to) a book and the computers, math and science are too far out and you have to suspend disbelief. I didn't have to do this for Anathem. Sure, we don't have what they have in Anathem, but some day we probably will. Maybe that it why is called a work of "Speculative Fiction"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6960)
    Performance
    (2767)
    Story
    (2776)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "A Short History of Nearly Everything"
    Overall

    I liked this book overall, but the ending was, while necessary, depressing. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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