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APPLETON, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 140 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014

  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller

    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"
    "Sexy! Exiting! Intelligent! Thought Provoking!"

    I follow Security Now on the TWIT.TV network.. So I knew this would be of interest to me, but I really was surprised how good the story and characters were. This is a non-stop thrill ride from the very beginning. The reader also does a great job, however the choice of microphone or maybe the quality of the audio engineering could have been a bit richer for my taste, but that did not impede my enjoyment of a fine audio book while at work. If Mark Russinovich's next book is as good as this one, I will really be happy.
    Zero Day is a must read/listen. :)

    P.S. Quick, update your antivirus software, flush your cache and don't open any links in your email !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "A must read for all carbon life forms."

    This book is more than just how the mind works but also how mankind works. I found it OUTSTANDING!! This explains in plain English why we are who we are and why we act the way we do. This is a MUST read!! Great!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"

    Expecting a rich tapestry of sci-fi, history and suspense spun by one of the masters of our day, I found myself shaking my head at points wondering why King cannot get past his love of high school. A very large chunk of the book has little to do with Oswald or JFK.

    I have to give credit to King for jogging the readers thoughts to introspection. I found myself shutting off the audio book and just thinking about my life, my kids and what I might do differently if I had a chance. Also King does a pretty good job a re-creating a feel for the early 60's and his passion for the music and culture of the times.

    Very few references to world events that led up to the shooting were written about.

    I do recommend this audio version as a fine and interesting listen/read.

    One criticism of the reader of the audio book would be that some times I found it hard to tell which character was talking since the voices sometimes between some characters sounded too much alike.

    Also, I found a distraction in the voices used by the reader toward the end of the book. One sounds like Jimmy Steward, another like John Houseman. This would not bother anyone that was young, but to me it was distracting.

    If King would have tightened things up a bit more I would have enjoyed it MUCH more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "A fun read, but I hope it pays off in the end."

    So far, I can tell that the writer enjoys music and the sounds of his own thoughts and sex.
    The story is interesting however not all that original. I enjoy the characters so far more than the story. At first which is this part one of the listen, I can tell you that I absolutely love the readers of this book. A top notch job by the narrators who do a superlative job in reading this book and adding life to the dialogue. The readers have pleasant voices and really care a great deal for the book as well. The story seems a bit contrived. Like a conscience effort to place sex and violence every so often: Roger Corman style.

    The writer takes great effort to draw the characters for us to enjoy, however the English translation sometimes might get in the way, especially when eating is concerned. Japanese eating hamburgers and pizza seemed out of place and I dismissed this as a deliberate effort not to alienate American listeners, when in fact I would enjoy the sounds of the authentic dishes such as Meeso soup etc..

    I am enjoying this book so far but I have a feeling that I could write the rest of the book myself based on other stories and news articles about a similar vein. I hope I will be delightfully wrong. :)

    See my last entry when I get that far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford

    It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Rejecting the old emphasis on the New Deal, she turns to the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how they helped establish the steadfast character we developed as a nation.

    Ray says: "One of the Best Books On the Subject"
    "Title should be The Forgotten Lesson"

    Amity Shlaes brings those bad old times back to life as thought it were yesterday. She does not have much commentary in this book implied or un-implied as far as I was concerned. I't pretty straight down the middle. Of course the history has been edited by her and that would be a type of editorializing I suppose. I really enjoyed it. Made me think. Made me wish Bush and Oh,bummer would have read it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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