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Invisibled

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  • Trojan Horse: A Jeff Aiken Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich, Kevin Mitnick (foreword)
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (470)

    It’s two years after the Zero Day attacks, and cybersecurity analyst Jeff Aiken is reaping the rewards for crippling AlQaida’s assault on the computer infrastructure of the Western world. His company is flourishing, and his relationship with former government agent Daryl Haugen has intensifiedsince she became a part of his team. But the West is under its greatest threat yet. A revolutionary, invisible trojan that alters data without leaving a trace has been identified, roiling international politics.

    Ted says: "5 STARS: Russinovich Is Tranformative"
    "Great book almost ruined by a horrific narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend the book, but not the audiobook. Johnny Heller is probably my least favorite reader.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnny Heller’s performances?

    No. I will avoid his performances at all cost. He has the total vocal range of bad text-to-speech software and annoying enunciation. He speaks in a flat monotone that ruins narration for me.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Act of War: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1111)

    After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

    Justin says: "Scary good"
    "The Narrator can't save us"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator did a great job, I could see his potential. Unfortunately, Thor's writing buries any hope of shining.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    His incredible use of the passive voice, his inability to engage the reader and to let the plot unfold. I don't know if he's ever been to a writer's workshop, but the first rule of story telling is "show don't tell", and Thor has an almost pathological need to avoid actually showing us the action of the story. The characters are always something, they are never doing something. He glosses over enormous plot developments by simply stating "x happened to y", as opposed to relaying me that actual story.

    This book seems to be a chronicle of a story, as opposed to a plot conveyed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3473)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1505)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Audiobook benchmark: Stephenson's and Wiltsie both"
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    Where does The Diamond Age rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Diamond Age is in the top five ranking of audiobooks for me. I don't prefer many preferred women narrators, but Jennifer Wiltsie's name on a project will immediately attract my attention. Her ability to deliver both male and female voices, accents and children is astonishing. Stephenson's ability to weave several yards simultaneously make a very long book more like reading several related books simultaneously.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diamond Age?

    Spoiler alert much? Fine, I'll bite: Chang and Burt's meeting is one of my all-time favorites in literature.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Wiltsie – was your favorite?

    Nell is an easy answer, but I'd have to say Carl Hollywood. For one, I just like the character. For two, her voicing fits my image of him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I "read" this book at a very distinct period in my life. Wiltsie's narration and Stephenson's prose evoke very strong feeling of nostalgia every time I dig into it, but in the best way possible. I think this is one of those pieces of literature that - if you let it - will evoke an intellectual shift in the reader, which is always memorable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2472)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1795)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Steven L says: "Good Book But Missing Something"
    "The Audiobook that Sets the Standard in Many Ways"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cryptonomicon the most enjoyable?

    First, two words: William Dufris. Home-dude is a vocal genius. Every character, Every. Single. Character. is acted to a masterpiece. In fact, his vocalizations are so well done that he probably could have dropped quote attribution (E.G.: Randy said) and I wouldn't have suffered in the least.

    Second, two more words: Neal Stephenson. I love Stephenson's work, but this is his best piece. I by no means dislike any of his other books - I love them - but this is Magnum Opus. It's the most literary of all his work, the plot grapevines through about 50 years of time and all of the characters are interrelated. I don't understand why this isn't required reading in high schools.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it exists. And that I can read it.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Also, that it exists. And he performed it. And I can listen to it. Someone should invent the audiobook Grammy's, just to give him one. Seriously, they'd only need one show that lasts 15 minutes to give Dufris his AB Grammy, drop the mic and walk home.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's a combination of moments. The evolution and progression of the characters and plot in general. Stephenson's depiction and Dufris' performance of General MacArthur is eff'ing hillarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5695)
    Performance
    (3617)
    Story
    (3636)

    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"
    "Listening to it for the third time"
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    What did you love best about Freedom (TM)?

    I love how Suarez built an alternative society via the Darknet. Very interesting concept.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roc - because he's full of awesome.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    He has great vocal range, and does a great job of intonating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Watch this film or you're a gigantic D-Bag full of D-Bags.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Parmy Olson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (454)

    In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers.

    Adam K says: "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"
    "Great book, so-so narrator"
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    If you could sum up We Are Anonymous in three words, what would they be?

    So. Freaking. Awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kayla. I identify with he/she/its paranoia


    What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

    Her voice was so subdued that I wonder if she narrated this book out of some sort of contract necessity. She has a habit of ending every sentence by dropping her vocal tone which causes vocal fry (growling). Which would be fine ... if it weren't Every. Freaking. Sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, worth looking past my gripes with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Twenty-five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, 20 million people worldwide are surfing the Net. Where Wizards Stay Up Late is the exciting story of the pioneers responsible for creating the most talked about, most influential, and most far-reaching communications breakthrough since the invention of the telephone. In the 1960s, when computers where regarded as mere giant calculators, J.C.R. Licklider at MIT saw them as the ultimate communications devices.

    Rodney says: "Great history of the internet"
    "Requred reading, shouldn't be read by MDN"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Where Wizards Stay Up Late to be better than the print version?

    Not with this narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of one of the most important technologies of the last 60 years


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He has a monotone voice and almost no vocal range. It's like listening to my accountant uncle read a book I really want to read for myself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1359)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (607)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Amazon Customer says: "Is this a joke?"
    "Fan of Dufris and Morgan, but not of reverb"
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    Would you try another book from Richard K. Morgan and/or William Dufris?

    I seek out books written by Morgan and narrated by Dufris.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The universe the characters operate in.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Takeshi


    Could you see Woken Furies being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This would make a pretty good series. I could see Nathan Fillion as Takeshi.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll operate as the dissenting opinion here. I've adored Dufris as a narrator since I listened to Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. He has an edgie, sardonic tone that I lends itself well to either very cynical character or characters in disbelieving circumstances (a la Randy Waterhouse in a very Kafka'esque unraveling). Todd McLaren, to my ear, comes off as heavy handed and melodramatic. His female voices come off as characitures and many of his male voices sound so cartoonish as to throw me out of the story. Richard Morgan, on the other hand, composes well serviced cyber-punk'esque fiction, if not some times overwrought. Also, the scenes of sex and sexuality are a bit overdrawn and over-the-top. I am by no means a prude, but these graphic depictions don't do much to push the story forward. It seems like pandering to a particluar (and socially inept) market segment.

    Also, I'm not sure if this is a recording issue, but the reverb on this recording is horrific. I was hoping this was a cheesey effect, but no ... it persists.

    TL;DR: Great story, great narrator, terrible production decision (reverb).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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