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Kathy

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  • The Technologists: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city.

    Stephen says: "Good story ruined by poor reading"
    "Literate steampunk"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Set just after the Civil War, with many shadows from that still looming, we are with the first graduating class of MIT, working against rival Harvard to solve the mystery of terrorist technological attacks on Boston. The attacks, and the "Technologists" attempts to engineer solutions, give this the steampunk feel. Pearl is a good writer, so this does not read like pulp.

    As with many of these historically-based novels, it's fun to research who and what is based in reality, and what is pure fiction. Pearl's epilogue tells some of that story.

    Reader was quite good.

    Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3527)
    Performance
    (3086)
    Story
    (3120)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Best since Cryptonomicon, and more approachable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Still full of Stephenson's wry style, and some shorter asides describing how geeks think (OK, no Cap'n Crunch scene, get over it). Story is an unlikely globetrotting adventure loosely centered around a game world (think Second Life crossed with World of Warcraft). Geek protagonists get involved with Russian Mafia, Chinese Hackers, Muslim Terrorists, and a variety of other characters and save the world. What could be simpler?

    Reader is quite good.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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