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Kenton

Highland Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 56 reviews
  • 353 ratings
  • 422 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2018
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  • What's Next: Dispatches on the Future of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Max Brockman
    • Narrated By Erik Davies, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    This wide-ranging collection of never-before-published essays offers the very latest insights into the daunting scientific questions of our time. Its contributors - some of the most brilliant young scientists working today - provide not only an introduction to their cutting-edge research, but discuss the social, ethical, and philosophical ramifications of their work.

    Roy says: "Worth the Time"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I love to hear it straight from the mouth of those doing the work, and this book delivers exactly that.

    I also found it interesting to see the effect the internet has had on this generation of scientists, especially in the psychology fields - they're all focused on distributed network theories. Very interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The World Without Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Weisman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (247)

    In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

    Chris says: "mixed feelings"
    "Dumb"
    Overall
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    I like many of the concepts put forward in this book, but an underling funerary tone and apologetic superiority makes me want to gag.

    I may be outgrowing apocalyptic literature, but the more I read, the more unrealistic scenarios have to be invoked to bring about the situation. And this book sinks to a new low.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray: The Complete Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lou Cadle
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2909)
    Performance
    (2749)
    Story
    (2738)

    Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

    Christen Doc says: "Promising but ultimately tedious"
    "One of the best apocalyptic stories I’ve ever read."
    Overall
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    Brilliant narration, and straight up, hard hitting reality take this thing to the very top of my list for the genre. The Road beats it out from a literary standpoint, but only just.

    Comparisons: Tried listening to Epidemic after this one, and almost clawed my ears off. Slaps down One Second After down like the redneck manifesto that it is. Steps up to Alas Babylon and doesn’t blink.

    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemic: The Extinction Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4035)
    Performance
    (3710)
    Story
    (3698)

    In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

    Bradley says: "Read this before buying, too much hype"
    "Pedestrian. Remedial. Made for broadcast TV."
    Overall
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    I kept plugging away at this glorified soap opera hoping it would gain some some altitude, but ultimately surrendered at 10 HOURS. Ugh.

    If I had to hear about one more “wave of blinding pain” tearing through the protagonist, I was gonna barf.

    Amnesia? Really? That wore out on Days of Our Lives in about 1979. There’s just nothing new here, and 18 hours of nothing new is just a waste of time.

    Add all that to an over-dramatic narrator doing his very very best to channel Scott Brick (who I also can’t stand), and it’s just worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invasive: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chuck Wendig
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Hannah Stander is a consultant for the FBI - a futurist who helps the agency with cases that feature demonstrations of bleeding-edge technology. It's her job to help them identify unforeseen threats: hackers, AIs, genetic modification, anything that in the wrong hands could harm the homeland. Hannah is in an airport, waiting to board a flight home to see her family, when she receives a call from Agent Hollis Copper. "I've got a cabin full of over a thousand dead bodies," he tells her. Whether those bodies are all human, he doesn't say.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "I could practically taste the fear and danger"
    "Vapid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Classic prime time TV mistakes by the hero. Mysterious, darkly sexy bazillionnaire. Mad scientist island. Blah blah blah.

    Nothing new or even very interesting.

    Who the hell is writing all these stellar reviews?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Filthy Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    A lifetime ago, brutally efficient fixer Phil Kubiak coldly cleaned up the messes of shady clients from Miami to Las Vegas by any means necessary - short of murder. Now he's one eye and one working leg short of the man he used to be, scarred beyond recognition, and with the feds and criminal organizations in hot pursuit. Throwing back sour beer in a dingy bar, Phil recounts the long story of his bitter life to the only person left to listen.

    Allen Anthony says: "sometimes the reader and author are a great match!"
    "Great start of a series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So there's a little bit of tv-series formula here, but the story is so well told that it doesn't get in the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruelest Cut: Jack Murphy Thriller Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rick Reed
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    The first victim is attacked in her home. Tied to her bed. Forced to watch every unspeakable act of cruelty - but unable to scream. The second murder is even more twisted. Signed, sealed, and delivered with a message for the police, stuffed in the victim's throat. A fractured nursery rhyme that ends with a warning: "There will be more". For detective Jack Murphy, it's more than a threat. It's a personal invitation to play.

    Terry says: "Doesn’t come close..."
    "Stupid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The plot is way too complicated for the villains portrayed. They could accomplish their intent soooooooo much easier, and they're just not smart enough to work the way the story says they do.

    Bit of a good ol' boy storyline too. Women are basically decoration or a way for the tough guy hero to show how good hearted he is... blah blah blah.

    Gave up at 2.5 hours

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Girls: An Angie Pallorino Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Loreth Anne White
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1068)

    Detective Angie Pallorino hasn't forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card - crosses etched into the flesh of his victim's foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

    Lia says: "Excellent New Series"
    "Nice procedural with a heart"
    Overall
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    Story

    A little soap opera-y at times, but really riveting. Kept my interest the whole way.

    Very gritty. If you want to see crime scenes (and sex scenes) under absolutely unsparing bright white photographic lights, this one will do it for you. No words, images or ideas spared. In a police procedural, it works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ancillary Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ann Leckie
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2428)
    Performance
    (2239)
    Story
    (2226)

    On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

    Granite State says: "Good Story Spoiled by Narrator"
    "b o r I n g"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nothing new here.

    I slogged through two and a half hours of wooden, star-trekian character development before calling a day. It's a moral story tied to current world social, economic, and environmental issues. I found myself saying "no sh_t" a lot.

    If you like Classical Greek drama, this ones for you.

    Boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York 2140

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (742)

    The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted, and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we, too, will change.

    Lois says: "Complex, believable, nuanced, riveting"
    "Wonderful. Again."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nobody can take me to a place of technological wonders and worlds past and future in a way that makes it feel so real, human, and freighted with meaning as Kim Stanley Robinson.

    If loved his other worlds, you'll love this one even closer to home.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Fireman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5422)
    Performance
    (5085)
    Story
    (5070)

    No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

    Cyndy Hemminger says: "Excellent listening experience"
    "Total soap opera"
    Overall
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    I thought this was going to be a really great post-apocalypse story. But if I had to read one more Fabio-hunk description, I thought I'd throw up.

    If you liked twighlight, you'll love this girl book. But if you liked The Tribe, or The Passage, RUN!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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