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Sam McClanahan

Sam the Giant

Knoxville, TN USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jane McGonigal
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (247)

    In today’s society, games are fulfilling real human needs in ways that reality is not. Hundreds of millions of people globally - 174 million in the United States alone - regularly inhabit game worlds because they provide the rewards, stimulating challenges and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. Jane McGonigal argues that we need to figure out how to make the real world—our homes, our businesses and our communities—engage us in the way that games do.

    Dan says: "Slow start But full of Fascinating Ideas"
    "Very thought provoking"
    Overall

    5 out of 5 stars. Jane McGonigal does a fantastic presentation of a very thought provoking subject. Julia Whelan did a wonderful job on the narration as well. (So much so that it was kind of a jolt when I watched the clip of Jane on the Colbert report and she didn't sound like Julia!) One drawback is I had to buy a Kindle copy after listening because I wanted to check out all of the links that are mentioned. ^_^

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1025)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Great book, not a good choice for an audiobook"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Mr. Rawles work. I have read and re-read this story several times since it's draft release in the early 90s under the title of "Triple Ought", however listeners should be warned that this is in fact not a novel. In "Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse" Mr. Rawles has created a cross between a survival manual and a cautionary tale which is filled with an abundance of technical detail for those interested in exploring the concept of a post hyper-inflation collapse America. However, this level of detail does not lend itself well to the audiobook format. If you are a fan of Mr. Rawles and wish to support his work, please, by all means purchase a copy. If however, you have not read this work before and are interested in the subject matter I strongly suggest that you purchase a paper copy instead.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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