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Ryun Forsman

Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 344 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "Great book that will open your eyes"

    I am what I consider a pretty intelligent "student of the game", but this book opened my eyes and made me realize what I was really missing! I have followed and used the conventional baseball statistics without fully understanding how limited the typical stats are. Even if you are a casual fan, this book is a great read. It not only explores the raw data that proves a baseball player's true worth, but it is also an insight into the brilliant minds of the people who changed the game.

    As a Tampa Bay Rays fan for the last 12 years, I can truly appreciate what Billy Beane, Paul DePodesta, and the non-traditional baseball guys have done for small market teams!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes

    It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.

    Mel says: "When Good Ghouls Go Bad"
    "Great ending for a great series!"

    I have to say that I loved the pace of the last book of the trilogy! Although we look back to find the story of Mr. Quinlan, the majority of the book is fast paced action leading to a great conclusion.

    I wasn't sure I liked where they went with the creation of the Master and the ancients, but as the book moved on, it grew on me, adding to the supernatural lore of the whole subject.

    Now I just have to sit on the edge of my seat waiting for the movies to be made!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Trip down memory lane..."

    As a product of the 80's the book was right up my alley. Reading through this book brought back a lot of great memories about the pre-internet world of movies, music videos and video games! If you are part of that generation, this book will bring back warm memories, for those of you who had the mis-fortune of missing that decade, read this book and try to imagine how awesome it was!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Zombies vs. Unicorns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Julia Whelan, and others
    • Narrated By Ellen Grafton, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths - for good and evil - of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies.

    Ryun Forsman says: "A fun read..."
    "A fun read..."

    This book has some really fun short stories on both sides of the isle. I honestly had never read any unicorn stories, but I found myself enjoying almost all of them through this audiobook. There were points during the book that I literally laughed out loud or found myself rooting for the zombies or unicorns.

    My only issue was with the audio quality, especially with the banter in between stories. Sometimes it sounded like they were talking into tin cans in the garage.

    As long as you can look past the audio quality this book is a fun light hearted read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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