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Brian

Nebraska, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2640)
    Performance
    (2361)
    Story
    (2367)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "It's like reading about the birth of SkyNet"
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    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    This is the third book from Daniel Suarez that I've read, but it is not a continuation of the series from Freedom or Daemon. If you're into tech and like thrillers, then this is a great combination that gets all the bits right.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (940)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "International copyright law unites the galaxy ..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Year Zero the most enjoyable?

    John Hodgman is a great choice to read this book. It feels light and entertaining like his own books and that made it easier to engage with this story. I love stories with technology, and it was a great idea to pair first contact with copyright violations.


    Have you listened to any of John Hodgman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to two of the three John Hodgman books (just purchased That Is All), and I find him enjoyable and entertaining to listen to. Easy to recommend him as the reader.


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

    Even aliens would rather destroy the Earth rather than pay for copyright violations.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (688)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
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    What did you love best about Zero Day?

    It's not all that common that authors who use technology in their stories get the tech right. Mark does that very well. Since I have a background in tech, getting it wrong would have really taken away from the story. Instead, this was great for a long road trip so I could keep listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The use of technology was well placed and well used. This is important for someone who works with technology, otherwise the story would have had major distractions in it


    Any additional comments?

    It feels like this book ends abruptly, but I believe that it continues in Trojan Horse which wasn't available on Audible at the time of this writing.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures.

    R. Reed says: "Dante done in the 70's"
    "Niven and Pournelle make a great combo"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A friend recommended this book to me and I would certainly recommend it to a friend. Some might have difficulty with it as it challenges some preconceived notions about religious ideals, but this is what kept me listening -- I wanted to see where it was going.


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

    Some of the reveals of the characters really came out well in this book. I can't say too much or you won't have something to look forward to.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (209)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "Not one of my favorites"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If I had to do it over again, I might pass on this one. I just wasn't captured like I was with his other books. It was recommended to me by a friend, and that was reason enough to pick up the book. Heinlein does a great job of telling stories, but you can't expect someone to be into every story, can you?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert A. Heinlein? Why or why not?

    I've read other Heinlein books, which is why I was more apt to pick up this one. If I had started here, I might not have experienced some really great stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who & Me

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Barry Letts
    • Narrated By Barry Letts
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This is the first volume of memoirs fom Barry Letts, producer of Doctor Who from 1970 to 1974, executive producer in 1980, and later producer of the BBC's Classic Serials strand.

    Brian says: "If you like Who, then this has some great history"
    "If you like Who, then this has some great history"
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    Would you listen to Who & Me again? Why?

    I don't know if I would read this book again, but I did enjoy the read. I grew up on Doctor Who and I'm finding it fascinating to learn more about the show from the early years from those who were involved. In the US, it was much harder to get access to this information, so having Barry Letts tell us is a real bonus. I'm sure there are things you will learn you didn't know or may not have guessed!


    What does Barry Letts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This feels more like sitting down with a friend and having him regale his experiences from his days on the program and how he got there. This gives it a greater connection than someone who doesn't have the emotions and personal connection.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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