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Durham, NC, United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 77 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Atlantis Complex: Artemis Fowl 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

    jaspersu says: "back to form"
    "More exciting than the Time Paradox"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; if you've read the first 6 Artemis Fowl books, you might as well read this one because it's at least as good as the other recent books in the series.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Artemis because his character was developed in a different way than in the other books.

    What does Nathaniel Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His Irish accent is good for the character narrations.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it all in one sitting.

    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the release of the next and final book in the Artemis Fowl series, the Last Guardian.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Interesting book about an complicated man"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    He's hard core

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    Steve Jobs going to India to meet his guru. There are a lot of memorable moments and things Steve Jobs does that I didn't know about.

    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Steve Jobs

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction, but I was disappointed how (spoiler) the main character was cut down in the prime of his life.

    Any additional comments?

    When I read a bio of someone, what I really want to know is whether they the subject is good person or a bad person. Steve Jobs reminded me a lot of Albert Einstein, and he likely modelled himself after Einstein. Like Einstein, Steve Jobs is complicated and the answer isn't black and white.
    Fun fact:
    Einstein was born the year James Clerk Maxwell died.
    Steve Jobs was born the year Einstein died.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Not just about children killing each other"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Individual vs environment

    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    Ender's Game because they are both set in the future centered around people taken from their homes and put in a combative environment at a young age.

    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn McCormick did a good job of representing the different characters. When the novel started I wasn't particularly attached to any of the characters so the narrator's emotion was a little annoying, but once you get to know the other characters as the narrator does the style seems quite fitting.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, there are moving moments.

    Any additional comments?

    By recommending The Hunger Games I don't intend to suggest that the basic premise of the games, human sacrifice, isn't despicable. Rather, the the violence contributes to the environment into which the charaters are placed, how they react, and how the environment and the characters relate to things in the real world. You may ask, why not just read a real world story from the Holocaust which actually happened instead of a fiction such as this. The Hunger Games is by far more light reading and more enjoyable reading than the Journal of Anne Frank or the story of Elie Wiesel, but at some point I would recommend reading the nonfiction counterparts to the Hunger Games as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Just okay"
    Would you try another book from Max Brooks and/or the narrators?

    The narrators did a good job.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    What makes books such as Atlas Shrugged exciting reads is that they examine how individual interactions contribute to a larger system. World War Z portrays how the world's political systems might react to a large disturbance such as a zombie apocalypse, but the personal aspect is not strong. If I were to change the story, I would have had a couple fewer characters, interlaced the telling of different characters' stories, and had more than passing interaction between the main characters.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Although the battle in New York was the most exciting, my favorite scene was probably the story of the Chinese doctor in the beginning.

    Was World War Z worth the listening time?

    It was worth some of the listening time, but not all of it.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish more books had a full cast of narrators. I like when books are narrated by the author, but this was a good format too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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