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Ahmed

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2015

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  • You Are Not a Gadget: Being Human in an Age of Technology

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jaron Lanier
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse.

    Ahmed says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Thought Provoking"
    Overall

    This is a thought provoking book that presents interesting questions about how we're influenced by technology for better or for worse.
    While I don't agree with some of its assertions the author makes it clear that it is not agreement he seeks but merely to provoke thinking.
    The book is a very enjoyable listen and the narrator is excellent.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3832)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2423)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Superb Narrator & an epic story"
    Overall

    I cannot say enough good things about the Narrator of this book. He acts every character in the book (and they are plenty) with specific tones that are consistent through out the book leading to the listener knowing who is talking without waiting for the book text to explain who the character is. It felt throughout as a very well acted drama adding depth and meaning to the story.

    The story itself is very well written with plenty of science, suspense, and drama.
    Highly recommended book. Even if you read the text, listening to Marc Vietor read this book is a completely immersive experience.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4187)
    Performance
    (2590)
    Story
    (2628)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Could not listen for more than 10 minutes"
    Overall

    I could not take the narrator's voice and style of reading for more than 10 minutes. My advice; listen carefully to the sample and decide if you can take that tone and style for 20 something hours.

    As for the book itself, I can't tell. The narrator was an insurmountable roadblock to enjoying this book.

    11 of 26 people found this review helpful

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