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Michael

Lynn, MA, United States

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  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6795)
    Performance
    (3841)
    Story
    (3868)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Please write faster"
    Overall

    I was completely engulfed by this book. I literally found reasons to drive to listen to it. As a computer engineer for over 17 years and having weather the loads of misunderstanding of technology in media; this was awesome. Also very believable to a point which I can not get into with spoilers. Only draw back as it has been said here, it ends rather suddenly.

    Daniel please write the second much faster. How is next week for a release with you?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "Never pulled me..."
    Overall

    I love stories that educate while they tell their story. Meltzer does a good job of telling the reader everything available from the National Archives, about the Culper Ring, and several other facts. However, the story never pulls me in and allows me to suspend belief. At no point did I say, yes this could really happen.

    Also, Scott Brick the narrator sounded like "The Brain" from the cartoon "Pinky and the Brain". It was really distracting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patton Oswalt
    • Narrated By Patton Oswalt
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (464)

    Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch.

    Arlette says: "It's deep. Deal with it."
    "Enjoyable and holds a really profound concept..."
    Overall

    Lite-Spoiler (you are warned) - I really enjoyed this performance. It was playful and funny. He does a great job of letting you figure out parts of the story on your own. Also near then end when he comes to his conclusion over the coke head club owner, I found that truly profound. I really don't want to ruin it with saying what it is, but seriously it is truly a pearl of wisdom and I really mean that.

    On the down side, the REM quotes early on are really over used and distract from the book. I was REALLY concerned they would run throughout the book, but I am glad it was only in the beginning.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17737)
    Performance
    (7939)
    Story
    (7973)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Great finish to the trilogy"
    Overall

    The first book started slow and finished fast. The second was solid but the ending left a lot to be desired. This one simply awesome as everything is tied up in a wonderful, smart conclusion. Also through out the narrator has been wonderful. Highly recommend the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    Very good narrator but the writing was dreadful. Swallow characters thrown together with no regards for timing of events. I wrote better then this in elementary school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (698)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "A lot of pain for a little knowledge"
    Overall

    This was a performance monologue. Picture being in a small theater in New York and someone reads an open letter of their life. Now pretend they are doing in an Indian accident who writes in a overtly simplistic matter. At its best it was an incite into the reality of the culture. At its worst it was punishment for something I did in another life.

    6 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (426)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book. The authors writing style definitely struck fertile ground with me from the start, and I was hooked. I was disappointed I could not find something else by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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