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Marshall I. Cohen

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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3586)
    Performance
    (3138)
    Story
    (3172)

    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."
    "Bad story."
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    The book was well read and the production qualities were good. But?????? The story was not good. I enjoyed the parts about gaming. They were possible. The rest of the story? Not so much.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power. And no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization....

    Heidi says: "The story isn't over yet"
    "Good story. Not as good as past efforts."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good story. Not as good as past efforts. Far better than most in the SF realm.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (602)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Raquel S. says: "Memoirs of a Supervillain turn Superhero"
    "Eh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, the story was OK. Nothing special. Given the name, the story is predictable. The narrator I can do without.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ophiuchi Hotline

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Varley
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    The invaders came in 2050...they did not kill anyone outright. They said they came on behalf of the intelligent species of Earth - dolphins and whales. The invaders quietly destroyed every evidence of technology, then peacefully departed, leaving behind plowed ground and sprouting seeds. In the next two years, 10 billion humans starved to death.

    Nigel says: "My Favorite Science Fiction Author"
    "I loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was as good as the Titian series. It continues with the post invasion world line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (279)

    Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well read. This book explains a a cultural icon (the Yugo) and an icinic figure (malcom
    Brickland).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theories of Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Simon Morden
    • Narrated By Toby Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Best-selling author Simon Morden draws upon his expertise as a bona fide rocket scientist to deliver mindbending science fiction. In Theories of Flight, Petrovich is the guardian of several secrets. For starters, he knows how to make anti-gravity. And if that’s not impressive enough, he also knows which secret server farm hides a sentient computer program - the same one that nearly wiped out the Metrozone. Now someone wants to kill Petrovich - and doesn’t seem to care what is destroyed in the process.

    Marshall I. Cohen says: "Eh."
    "Eh."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a silly story. Lacks internal consistency. Probably won't continue she series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Dando-Collins
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (165)

    Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionnaires, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion.

    Ethan M. says: "You should really be interested in the topic first"
    "Eh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It reads like it was written by Livy. Dry as the Sarah. Not recommended

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Equations of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Simon Morden
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Short-listed for the World Fantasy Award and a finalist for the Catalyst Award, bona fide rocket scientist Simon Morden has won a considerable fan base for his mind-bending brand of SF. The first in a planned trilogy, Equations of Life stars Samuil Petrovitch, a survivor of the nuclear fallout in a futuristic St. Petersburg.

    Ray Price says: "Shakespeare's Tempest Sideways"
    "Eh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a silly story. Lacks internal consistency. Probably won't continue she series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (735)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "Loved the Narrator. Loved the Book."
    Overall
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    I loved this story when I first read it in the 60's. I lived reading it again in the 80's. I loved listening to it in 2011

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (443)

    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
    "If a child must read Lrd ot Fls, get ths recording"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The introduction is invaluable. The book is read by the author, William Golding. After listening to this recording, a teenager will be able to understand what Golding was trying to say, and why he said it. Some children may enjoy having the story read to them more than they would enjoy reading it themselves. Most children will benefit by doing both activities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (805)

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    "If a child must read Anml Frm, Get this recording!"
    Overall
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    The introduction is invaluable. After listening to this recording, a modern teenager will be able to understand what Orwell was trying to get at. An adult will still need to explain the book in todays context.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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