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Eric Raymond

Eric Raymond is the author of "Confessions from a Dark Wood" published by Sator Press, 2012. He lives in San Francisco.

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  • You

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    When Russell joins Black Arts games, brainchild of two visionary designers who were once his closest friends, he reunites with an eccentric crew of nerds hacking the frontiers of both technology and entertainment. In part, he's finally given up chasing the conventional path that has always seemed just out of reach. But mostly, he needs to know what happened to Simon, the strangest and most gifted friend he ever lost, who died under mysterious circumstances soon after Black Arts' breakout hit.

    Tango says: "YOU might want to try a different book"
    "Great for game fetishists"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Definitely listen to this book if you've ever wanted a story combined with fairly exhaustive narratives of actual game play and the mechanics of game design and videogame history.


    Which character – as performed by Will Collyer – was your favorite?

    Will Collyer does an excellent job with the voices of the characters and provides pitch-perfect delineation between voices. His portrayals of Matt and Lisa are entertaining.


    Was You worth the listening time?

    Grossman's a fine writer. YOU is worth the time, though if you're so inclined you can skim or double-time some of the longer sections describing particular games as they don't, for the most part, contribute materially to the overall story.


    Any additional comments?

    Grossman needed an editor who would have held him to cutting redundancies and forced him to extract the essential elements from the game play segments. Some of the earliest philosophical writing on the nature of videogames and the first generation to play them is absolutely stellar, envy-inducing prose. If you're looking for fiction combined with credible, authoritative perspectives on gaming and game design, you'll get it here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (789)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "The imagination trumps the totalitarian."
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    Performance
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    This is probably the finest audio book I've ever listened to, and it the novel earns every bit of the hype surrounding it. The stunning imagination, the bejeweled detail, the immaculate voicing and structure of this novel makes it one of the best books I've read in the past ten years. You will find it horrific and entertaining in equal measure, and no piece of fiction has worked so hard to counter totalitarian terror without being dogmatic.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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