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Fen

Masterton, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

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  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry (site of It and Insomnia), four young boys did a brave thing - something that changed them in ways they hardly understand. A quarter-century later, the boys are men who still get together once a year, to go hunting in the north woods of Maine. But this time a man comes stumbling into their camp, lost, disoriented, and muttering about lights in the sky.

    Jacqui says: "This wasn't a book I enjoyed"
    "Not King's best work"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen while commuting so the time was already wasted. This book was an OK way to pass that lost time


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Glad it was over. It seemed to take longer to get to the punch line than it needed to


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

    I have not


    Do you think Dreamcatcher needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No! It already had an epilogue it didn't need to close it out


    0 of 0 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
    (3299)
    Performance
    (2926)
    Story
    (2937)

    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"
    "A bit unbelievable in places"
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    I bought this on a whim, but I understand it's a biography. Now I'm no hacker, but I was around computers from the Apple II in the late 70s and some of the story didn't ring true to me. An example being at one point the author pulled the modem cable out of the computer he was using and then disconnected from the Internet - how exactly was it possible to stay connected to the Internet after the modem cable was pulled out, and wouldn't 'the most famous hacker in the world' know how things like that work?

    There were also continuity errors. In a biography. What do these things tell you? They tell me it was, at least in part, made up.

    There's nothing wrog with made up books per se of course, but it's slightly different when it's presented as true - or maybe it's dramatised and I missed that.

    Regardless it's not a bad listen, the performance is great and it hums along at a fair pace. I was ready for it to end before it finished however. Bottom line is that it passed the drive to and from work for a week or so and got me through until my next monthly credit arrived, so for what I paid I'm happy enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (895)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "What was all the fuss about? Average at best"
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    Would you try another book from Stieg Larsson and/or Saul Reichlin?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favorite?

    Which was least bad? Probably Mikael. Most of the characters were dodgy as, and there were several passages of 2 person conversation where I lost track of who was saying what.


    Could you see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It has been, hasn't it? I won't be making any effort to see it


    Any additional comments?

    I am completely at a loss as to why this book has been so successful. Parts of the story are quite reasonable, but most of it is tedious - the section of email conversation where we are read out 'encrypted email from Mikael.blomkvist@millennium.se to Erika.Berger@millennium.se' giving the full email address of both parties Every one of what must have been a dozen times back to back was almost enough to stop me listening before I got to the end.Even as a bit of a geek I really don't care what CPU Lisbeth's new MacBook has - OTT detail throughout makes me wonder if Steig Larsson was slightly Asbergers.The dialogue was frequently ropey, unless Swedish people universally say

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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