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Gregory G. van Hartesvelt

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Northern Michigan | Member Since 2012

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  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7096)
    Performance
    (4119)
    Story
    (4150)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Fantastic Listen (OMG it's coming to get you next)"
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    The captivating aspect of this book is its plausibility. They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I know just enough about computer architecture and systems that I kept looking for a glitch in the plot where I could say "why don't they just do thus and such," Never did find one. Perhaps if I knew more I would be less worried. Then again, I might be more worried still.

    My only caveat is not to listen to this as you settle into bed expecting to pick it up again the next night if you have to go to work in the morning. The darn thing runs too long to listen to it straight through and get some sleep too. It had me gripped from the begining and almost yelling at the daemon to have some compassion. I find that yelling at books and radio programs to be less effective than I would hope and in the middle of the night to simply upset my wife.

    I'm trying to decide about the follow up books as my sleep system can only adjust so far.

    Read it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1663)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "Jack Reacher 101"
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    Now I understand a lot more about what makes Reacher tick. As you learn background about Reacher, he is learning background about himself. A case during his active duty service days that keeps you listening when you should be doing something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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