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William

Hayward, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Divergence: The Heritage Universe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    For millennia, humankind and the other intelligent races have studied the bizarre and unfathomable constructs of the legendary beings known as the Builders. But for all that study, they are still no closer to figuring out who - or what - the Builders have been, or where they have gone.

    James Shelton says: "Heritage Universe series volume 2"
    "For Those Who Like Science"
    Overall

    This book is for those who like science in their science fiction. The book contains a cornumcopia of plausible ideas about what might be.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2171)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1530)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Captures the Spirit of World War II Code Breakers"
    Overall

    I really have enjoyed Stephenson’s Science Fiction: Snow Crash, Anathem, The Diamond Age etc.
    Cryptonomicon is not Science Fiction. It is a look at past and current technology with the same eye that Stephenson brings to future and alien technology. I have a PhD in Astrophysics, and I know the history of the world war II code breakers, Alan Turing, and in general what math and science geeks are like. I think Stephenson captures the spirit of all of these very well.
    I had to wait years for this to come out unabridged in Audible, but I am glad that I waited. The reader is great as well and I can't think of anything I would have wanted left out in an abridged version. Every word is worth hearing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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