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Tim

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  • Worm: The First Digital World War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks.

    Julie says: "Clear, Concise Story of the Conficker Worm"
    "New Attack in the Digital Worrld"
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    For anyone that is reading my review you are already connected to the digital world, as we know as the Internet. Even though you may not be an ultra geek or just don't care what is going on in cyberspace, you should wake up and be more aware of the new digital threat to our new society because the attack will effect everyone, no matter if they go online or not because all of our financial institutions are link together and we live in a digital world.

    There were many articles, postings, warnings, security patches and ongoing technology podcasts and blogs on Conficker. They were all mix match of speculation, like Y2K. No one really knew what was going to happen when Conficker went off.

    "Worm" is a good read, even though you might not have any interest on this subject. The material that is presented is elementary for people that aren't aware of these types attacks, but it also goes much deeper for savvy users to keep their interest. More like inside baseball on Conficker.

    C Day came and went like Y2K. The Internet didn't break down, the power grid didn't blew up and we had access to our bank accounts. The book addresses several valid points. If we are not careful or up to date, there will be a virus that will bring the net down and we will all be broken.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (807)

    Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

    James says: "The Bar is Raised"
    "Go for the Fillers"
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    Whenever I eat at buffets, I never go for the fillers. I always fill up my colon with the good stuff. I'm really digging the Strain Trilogy and the second book is better than the first. "The Fall" is a different story from the first book. Instead of being action pack, this book tell us more of the story, which I really like. It almost feels like a diversion from the main plot and getting you ready for the end.

    It gave me a break from the vampires, sucking up bloods and made my mind defer to somewhere else in their layers. Very complex beings and I cannot wait how it ends. I already bought the last book and debating if I should read something else to give myself a break, or just charge it. I think the reason why I like the second book better than the first because there is a slight side story of science fiction with the space station.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
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    (1100)
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    (1114)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Hope FX doesn't Screws Up"
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    I decided to start on "The Strain Trilogy" because of much fan fair from my friends. I'm not into vampires because most of the books that I heard of are gear to teens and I'm not into blood sucking heartthrobs or underage girls with short skirts. No time to ruin my brain and I'm way past my puberty.

    Unlike other vampires that I heard of, the vamps in "The Strain" seems to be more real. Instead of teen vamps, these vampires are more like the terror in "Blade."

    Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan attempted a horror series that has yet to scare me, but I'm only through the first book. It didn't scare me per say, but I wanted know more about the vampires who drank the rats and how the CDC is getting involve.

    I don't see the vampires cohabiting with the humans, but in the first book so far, it hasn't been a blood bath either. The first scene of the book is pretty creepy and rad regarding the plane. That scene really caught my attention to read more.

    I just hope that FX doesn't screws up the show when it debut this summer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3461)
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    (1941)
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    (1958)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "That's how they prepared Grandma"
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    When my grandma passed away, I was very sad, but when I was at her service and seeing her dead corpse in her casket, I was wondering how did they do that. This is not a joke. I'm not trying to be funny, but I always had this morbid fascination about the bodies after they pass. How do they get them so life like after they drain them? Ever since I went to "Bodies, The Exhibition", I thought that was the coolest thing that I have ever seen. People donating their bodies to be display for science..

    Mary Roach's approach in "Stiff" is an easy and light explanation on cadavers. It is funny and witty, but informational also on how the body is being preserved after they die for donors, funeral homes and etc. I'm slightly jealous that the author got to see the cremation process for her book.

    This book is certainly not for everyone. At some parts in the chapters, I had to pause because I was getting grossed out, but this book was all that I expected on how they prepared my grandma for her passing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (181)
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    (169)
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    The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

    A User says: "Thanks to Dan Carlin of Hardcore History podcasts."
    "Novice Expert"
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    Throughout my years at being an member of Audible, I have a fair amount of books on World War II in my library. Between my friends and I, we pretty much read everything on Hitler's regime and the battles that was won and lost. There is not too much out there that has already been told.

    "The Last Battle" by Cornelius Ryan was just okay. After reading so much on this war, there is very little new detail that interest me anymore. It was an important history of time that we should be more aware of, but the information is somewhat disjointed and already been told elsewhere.

    If you are looking for more in depth information on the Third Reich, read "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." That book rocks as far as what you need to know and what you should have known already. I just have to assume that most readers have yet to read William L. Shirer's book, because I don't agree most of the positive reviews for Cornelius Ryan.

    I wished that was more books out there about the people during this horrific period of time, other than the "Diary of Anne Frank." Just because I've studied this part of history so much, I didn't find "The Last Battle" that good. Read William L. Shirer instead. It has over 40 more hours of vast information on Hitler's dictatorship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bee Wilson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
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    (163)
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    (165)

    Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

    Catherine says: "Intriguing history of everyday utensils"
    "Kitchen Anthropology"
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    When I was reading "Consider the Fork", I truly thought that Bill Bryson was the author, but I needed to look back to the cover that Bee Wilson wrote this book about the kitchen and the tools that we use to eat and cook. This is one of my favorite informational books that I've read all year because not only she explains the utensils that we use to feed ourselves, but Wilson also went into the culture where it came from. It was like a kitchen anthropology and how the room revolved overtime. I wished that there was more audiobooks from Bee Wilson because I found her information to be really interesting and not overwhelming at all. This is not a cook book, but it's more like an encyclopedia on the most popular room in any homes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (467)
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    (398)
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    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "Snap Judgement"
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    A few years ago I was watching The Colbert Report and he was interviewing this author that wrote "The Righteous Mind." Since Audible had this title as one of their daily deals, I decided to give it a try because it is something that I would read. After finishing the book, I still don't have a clue at what Jonathan Haidt was trying to prove. He doesn't have a clear thesis to his argument of why people are divided by politics and religion. None of his examples didn't make sense to me. At some point in the audiobook, I always see the direction that that author is going and follow the path, but with this one, I went missing after the first few hours. I just didn't get it. I even rewatched the interview with Colbert to figure out what I was missing and I still feel this one was way over my head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (673)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Tall All"
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    Robert M. Gates is probably one of the highest leaders in our country that served for six presidents and later became the Secretary of Defense. He is the top official other than the Commander of Chief at the White House. Gates' memoirs in "Duty" was interesting to listen to, but I also think that some stories shouldn't be told, especially when it comes to the nation's defense and inside politics.

    As Secretary of Defense, Director of Central Intelligence, and CIA for 26 years, Gates is a highly decorative officer. As a man of his stature, he has the responsibility at keeping his candor at bay. I'm sure that he could had wrote more in his book, but there was apart of me that didn't wanted to know all the details on what went on beyond the press briefing.

    Freedom of speech is often times exploited for personal gain. I just don't like when our top generals tell all after they leave their post. I find it to be disrespectful to our country.

    I gave this book three stars because I respect Robert Gates through our most challenging times for our nation, and he didn't write his memoirs after a TMZ's leak on what went on in the Oval Office.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (711)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Brilliant Mind"
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    Nikola Tesla is a true genius. What an awesome mind at inventing the foundation of modern ways that we live. Listening to the "Wizard" was really interesting. I could not get enough with all of Tesla's inventions and the society that he lived in. I should had listened to Marc J. Seifer's biography on Nikola Tesla a lot sooner. I grasp to information like this. I never heard about Tesla, the inventor before I bought this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Redundant Tendency"
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    "600 Hours of Edward" is a work of fiction who has Asperger syndrome, a developmental disability. It was a compelling to read and very informational how people on the Autism spectrum thinks, but it was a fictional story. The author, Craig Lancaster does not has Asperger. I'm sure that the author was inspired to write this book because he knows someone who has this disability, but the story is not a biography, about someone who really has Asperger. It is just second hand knowledge on the information. While it was interesting to learn about Edward and his Asperger, I found that the story to be glorify fiction and have a redundant tendency throughout the storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1036)
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    (1042)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "Sci-Fi Poetry"
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    Reading anything from Peter F. Hamilton is like sci-fi poetry. "The Evolutionary Void", the last book in the Void Trilogy is the perfect ending to an epic story and almost perfect from anything regarding science fiction. Hamilton is a true poet in this genre and I am never disappointed when I crack open any of his titles. I read the "Commonwealth Saga" a few years ago as my introduction to this author and even since then, I enjoyed almost anything that I've read from him..

    Peter F. Hamilton does not rhymes his words, but has an artistic expression of language at tells a vivid stories that are out of this world.

    If you already read Commonwealth, you will be impress with the Void. The universe continues on and comes to an end that you least expected. I took my time at finishing the Void Trilogy because unlike the Black Hole, Hamilton's words eventually stops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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