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Dann

My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Renegade History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thaddeus Russell
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    American history was driven by clashes between those interested in preserving social order and those more interested in pursuing their own desires---the "respectable" versus the "degenerate", the moral versus the immoral. The more that "bad" people existed, resisted, and won, the greater was our common good. In A Renegade History of the United States, Russell introduces us to the origins of our nation's identity as we have never known them before.

    Rory K Gallagher says: "One of those books...that cause brain freeze!"
    "HOLD ON - not your classroom history book"
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    WOW, this is the back alley of history in the US. You'll learn things in here that nobody would dare teach in a classroom. This is tabloid type history lesson where nothing is held back. This is the greasy sh*t you want to know about and not the whitewashed facade we got in school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (541)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Nice story"
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    A little confusing at first but picks up and travels. One of Barry's better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (265)

    "You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

    Book Mogul says: "Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying"
    "Thought this might be interesting"
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    But I had to quit listening part way through because the guy just reads it like he's trying to get done with a bad book. This guy can't even interest himself in his own book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1411)

    In BV Larson's "An Army of One" the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision.

    Sami says: "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
    "Pretty basic"
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    Campfire stuff. OK writing but didn't have much of an unpredictable punch. Mainstream story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rollback

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Thirty-eight years ago, Dr. Sarah Halifax earned worldwide fame by deciphering a radio transmission from an unknown intelligence reaching out from deep space. Now 87, Sarah receives news that, at long last, a new signal has been received, and her services are desperately needed once again.

    Crystal says: "He's Been Better- Characters Good"
    "A good story"
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    It's good sci-fi. Seems to go back to that old Twilight Zone episode about getting a younger body and the wife doesn't get one. But this story revolves around health being the deciding factor. This story continues where the TZ story left off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philip Plait
    • Narrated By Kevin Scullin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (382)

    Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

    Steven says: "Answers to the astronomy questions that matter."
    "Interesting, good science"
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    It had some interesting stuff and good explanations for curtain phenomenon which I didn't know before. If you like science over conspiracy/paranormal bullshit.

    If you woke up this morning thinking you saw Goofy in a cloud and thought it was a sign from God and really wanted to believe it, then this is not your book. This book will burst you imaginary bubble and bring you back to reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Callahan Chronicals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (231)

    This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.

    Charles says: "Great listen"
    "I'm sorry but this just kept losing me ..."
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    Not being a BAR type person I couldn't get into the whole bar scene no matter how 'alien' it got. And the pun material just left me dry. There's very few puns that do anything for me but just make me want to walk away.

    I know this has a cult following, mainly people who think the bar actually exists and this should have been a clue for me. Unfortunately the mainstream story lines don't really do it for me. Give me sci fi with deep thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bob Berman
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In Zoom, Bob Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe, literally from the ground up. With an informative and entertaining style and a knack for distilling the wondrous, Berman spans astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology, and the history of science, uncovering how clouds stay aloft, how the earth's rotation curves a home run's flight, and why a mosquito's familiar whine resembles a telephone's dial tone.

    rich says: "Fact Filled Fun Listen"
    "Good info"
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    Some really interesting stuff in here. Some stuff bared repeating to get all the info and understand it. I liked it, good stuff.

    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
    (2397)
    Performance
    (2209)
    Story
    (2211)

    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"
    "Descent story telling ..."
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    The first part of the book is about as lackluster as you can get and takes too long to get to the meat of the story. But it does pay off in the end. Not a great book but entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saucer: Savage Planet: Saucer, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    A year after young engineering student Rip Cantrell discovered the first flying saucer buried deep in the sands of the Sahara, another saucer is brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic. The recovery is funded by a pharmaceutical executive who believes that the saucer holds the key to an anti-aging drug formula that space travelers would need to voyage between galaxies. But one of his technicians, Adam Solo, an alien marooned on Earth for a thousand years, steals the saucer, hoping to summon a starship to rescue him.

    Harry Boyle says: "Okay finale for the series"
    "love the series"
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    The saucer series is fairly basic story telling but it's good, fun adventure stuff. I guess this is the third and final book and takes the story to a final destination, another world which we don't visit in this book but would be interesting Mr. Coonts ... Just sayin'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Machine Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts. Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon. A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man's quest for ultimate self-improvement.

    Ken says: "Better living through engineering?"
    "Not his best work ..."
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    But worth a listen if there's nothing else out there. The Narrator sounded like he didn't give a damn about reading it. He lacked any kind of enthusiasm, might as well been reading a text book on biology.

    The story was kind of interesting about a guy, who through an accidental amputation, begins amputating on purpose so he can create the ultimate prosthesis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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