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Michael

Denver, Colorado | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 530 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015
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  • The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (257)

    Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people.

    Jerry says: "Indisputable."
    "Should be mandatory in schools"
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    Someone is finally saying what the silent majority is thinking. It's not about being a liberal or a conservative - it's about not being a whiner over made up issues!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By Steven Levy
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    The creation of the Mac, in 1984, catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business. Veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible for its evolution. Loaded with anecdote and insight, and peppered with sharp commentary, Insanely Great is the definitive book on the most important computer ever made. It is a must-have for anyone curious about how we got to the interactive age.

    Jeffrey says: "Insanely? Maybe."
    "Not your typical Jobsian apotheosis"
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    Good thing it was written way back in the 90s (then updated, then updated some more). Had it been written today, it wouldn't have seen the light of day.
    This is story of the real Apple, the real Steve Jobs, and the real origins of the ideas that have shaped the way we interact with technology. It credits the right people for the right things, and by this it does a great historical justice.
    Must read for anyone who ever worked on, or interested in UX/UI, and computer-human interfaces in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Bridge and the River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (207)

    Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the deep South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre adventures that, it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, even more surprisingly, meaningful. The eclectic cast of characters features Socrates, Carl Jung, and Tony Randall, along with an ex-television evangelist with a penchant for booze, prostitutes, and uncomfortable knitwear who gets mugged in Miami by an almost pure-blooded Watusi warrior - and sets off on a road trip in a stolen motor home.

    Steven says: "Hillarious and thought-provoking"
    "I LOLed."
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    I really enjoy CF's wit. And needless to say, he's a brilliant performer. This book is a great example of how one could slap a few aphorisms and puns together, and make them stick with a story not much unlike duct tape. It holds together, but you know it's makeshift.
    Treat it as such, and you'll have a great time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3157)
    Performance
    (2891)
    Story
    (2900)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "It's okay"
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    Daniel Suarez is a decent author. This is an average conspiracy theory scifi, made enjoyable by Jeff Gurner's excellent narration.
    Here's the thing though, story only gets 3*. The idea has so much potential, but it's wasted on a primitive Hollywood plot. The main characters are so one-dimensional, there's no suspense or thrill - you know what they're gonna do in each and every scene. Dialogues suffer greatly because of it as well. There are two interesting characters, but they're on the sidelines, and greatly underdeveloped.
    Had this story revolved around Cotton (on of the better written characters), this could have been a magnificent multi-volume epic. But as it is, we're dealing with a flawless idealistic, surprisingly shortsighted (even though he's supposed to be the most brilliant mind of our time), boring dogooder in his quest to overthrow the tyrannical evil organization with the help of (I'm shocked!) its second in command who has seen the light, a friendly computer, and a well-meaning criminal. Somewhat dull.
    Still, it's action-packed, compactly-packaged, and very well performed. I enjoyed it as I would enjoy an mediocre JJ Abrams movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chariots of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (376)

    Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx.

    Neal says: "Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!"
    "Unnecessary."
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    Sadly, the author, instead of presenting an interesting set of ideas, focuses on attacking and disproving religion in a childish 'in your face' manner. Furthermore, after that tedious long apologetic/defensive foreword of his, where he spends 10 minutes admitting mistakes and making excuses, you can't really take anything he says seriously. He just doesn't get his point across, and it's a shame.

    William Dufris, as always, gives a decent performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
    • Narrated By Chris Barrie
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (271)

    When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

    Missy Hoppe says: "Finally!"
    "Mediocre at best"
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    Although it has its funny points, it's mostly boring. The performance is lousy. Couldn't force myself to listen till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen of the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (542)

    Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future, when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, "Lot 97. A boy." Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of the ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorby himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.

    L. says: "One of Heinlein's best"
    "Not bad at all."
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    A very nice book, and a good listen. A very Heinlein story line. Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2327)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1667)

    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"
    "A Masterpiece."
    Overall
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    From a few dozen books I've bought on Audible (most of them quite good), this is the only one that made me actually get out here and rate it.
    Besides the novel itself, William Dufris does a great reading, really puts his soul into it.
    A must for any geek who's into computers, UNIX, math, crypto, or WWII.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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