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Steven

SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 181 ratings
  • 498 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (470)

    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
    "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"
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    This could be one of the most important books to be written in the first 10 years of the 21st millennium. It does get technical at times, however, the main points are SO important that it's not vital that one understand all the technical info. These theories give our race (the human race) new hope in many areas that I personally felt hopeless about before hearing the opinions and theories of Dr. Kurzweil. He may not be right about everything, but his track record has been excellent. This is not a "quack." They don't put quacks on the cover of 'TIME'! GET THIS ONE!

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Darwin8u says: "Absurd Gout of Hallelucinationatory Crazy"
    "My God! It's a good book!"
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    If you could sum up Suttree in three words, what would they be?

    Perhaps the best yet from McCarthy, which is saying a lot. Amazing ... a master of words. A book that I will listen to again and again.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (611)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "LOVE IT!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is right up my alley! I love a story where the hero is also the villain! ... And in this case, a psychopath! A most unusual and entertaining read, written with intelligence and wonderfully narrated!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sherry Turkle
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Consider Facebook - it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives.

    Steven says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "EXCELLENT!"
    Overall

    I would recommend this book to anyone who plans on living with computers and their progeny. (That's just about anyone breathing) ESPECIALLY parents of young children and those planning new families. One of the most interesting parts of the book is the effects of technology and high tech toys on children. Another fascinating subject is the effects of Facebook, other social networking sites, and mobile computing devises on teens. This was one of the most informative and interesting books I've read so far this year, (I read 3 or 4 books a week) A very good narrator who kept the story going. Crisp and insightful! Well done, 5 stars!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (337)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "An amazing story, a "modern" classic"
    Overall

    How did I not know of this book until now?

    This is truly a marvelous story written with intelligence and humanity. This story has something for everyone.

    I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone. It's hard to imagine that there's anybody out there that would not be moved and touched by this story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    Overall
    (9916)
    Performance
    (4843)
    Story
    (4872)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    Best King novel I've heard in a long time, (and some I didn't like so much) This one is the old SK, and it's a great listen! The narrator did a fine job!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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