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J. Finkel

Chicago, Illinois | Member Since 2012

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  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (660)

    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"
    "Interesting but flawed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Russinovich gives us a glimpse into the world of computer hackers and cyber terrorists. But the view is a bit shallow and the world is populated with stereotypes. My primary concern is that Arabs and Muslims are presented in a manner that invites fear of the "enemy within" and will help feed the appetites of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigots. At a time when such bigotry is on the rise (witness the subway murder of a Muslim-looking man in New York City after a vicious anti-Muslim ad campaign was launched), we need less fear mongering.

    On the other hand, the intirgue is well constructed and has enough technical material to interest the geeks among us. If it inspires people to increase their own cyber security -- and maintain proper backups -- then it can be deemed a success.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2252)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1960)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Clever, fun, and well read"
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    What did you love best about The Android's Dream?

    Typical John Scalzi humor and clever plot. Wil Wheaton does a marvelous job, as always, reading this.


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

    I would but that would be ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    Wil Wheaton always does an exceptional job with Scalzi's books. He makes every character come alive. Not an easy thing to do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5305)
    Performance
    (4949)
    Story
    (4943)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Well written; well read"
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    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    It seems to me that this sort of story is very hard to write well. And this one is written very well. From the Prologue to the third Coda, this kept me interested and amused. And it was very well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (460)

    In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

    Gordon Lamb says: "Interesting Content, Irritating Reader"
    "Interesting and uneven"
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    Any additional comments?

    When Kaku writes about physics, he is a master of making the complicated understandable. When he writes about technology, he presents material well. But when he writes about the social implications of science and technology, he is much less interesting, convincing, and knowledgeable.

    Relying as he does on a popular, but inaccurate, understanding of capitalism, Kaku's predictions about the future of political economy is weak. This shortcoming notwithstanding, the book is still pretty interesting,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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