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mdoubleu

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  • 405 titles in library
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  • Frameshift

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    This is the story of Pierre Tradivel, a scientist, and his complex battle against deadly illness, and ex-Nazi war criminal still hiding in the U.S., a crooked insurance company, and a plot to make Pierre and his wife the victims of a bizarre genetic experiment. Frameshift is hard science fiction at its best, full of complications and neat surprises.

    David S. says: "Great story, but very emotionally taxing"
    "Shift gears"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Frameshift?

    As in more books of sawyer there is the critical note of a Canadian towards the USA. As European I do understand where he comes from. As part of the story, the US private health insurance system is under fire. Additionally there are some more story lines to make this listen really juicy


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

    The point where the parents figure out the origin of their daughter Amanda.


    Any additional comments?

    If this does not make you think you have missed the point

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (163)

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "Dated but still current"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    As pollution of the earth is still an actual issue, this book is current. Fast paced main character is certainly entertaining. Given the tactics and the way people communicate, one can date the book to be less recent (e.g. No cell phones etc) . This does not spoil the fun. Wel read and I do urge you to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (3303)
    Story
    (3337)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Typical Neal: Extremely detailed and capturing"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Reamde in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed
    "Page turner"
    viral


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like the detail of the online world he describes and how its is being used


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

    Wanted to keep listening


    Any additional comments?

    Not specific for this book but in general:
    Although it is a reality that there are a lot of extreme people in the world. Nowadays it looks like every 3rd action/fiction book has a component of (anti) terrorism in there. Here is was a part of the book but luckily it also contained other components and story lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triggers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience - but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his memories.

    Ron says: "Fun Read"
    "Triggers some thought"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As Robert J Sawyer indicates in his brief introduction, it is written in a higher (more screen play type) speed. (he refers to Flashback, which I can also recommend).
    The narration is absolutely great. When you hear the characters one can visualize them.
    The story realy captures you and the end is rather unexpected, but actually very logical. The story in general also should trigger your thoughts about what is happening in our world today.
    All together a great book and wonderfull to listen too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of the United States

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert V. Remini
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In addition, Remini explains the reasons for the nation's unique and enduring strengths, its artistic and cultural accomplishments, its genius in developing new products to sell to the world, and its abiding commitment to individual freedoms.

    Craig says: "Very thorough, easy listen, heavy on US Presidents"
    "Listening I have the feeling I am missing things"
    Overall

    The story is read rather enthusiastically which is nice for historical things. However I had the feeling that I am missing part. It seems that it is written from a specific political view point and not an unbiased historical view point. Taking this in consideration it is still an entertaining listen. Can anyone recommend the other viewpoint so I can get the story complete?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23581)
    Performance
    (10178)
    Story
    (10257)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Make sure the batteries are charged"
    Overall

    Listening to this book is absolutely great. Normally I listen to audio books during driving my car long distances, however this audio book kept me glued to my IPOD. Much to the frustration of my surroundings. I did not stop listening.
    Nice plot and unexpected changes. Some parts are rather dark and a bit twisted, but I guess these parts were written during the winter. The end was a bit off and strange as it took a sudden direction to end the book.
    The next book is unfortunately only abridged, which means I have to wait until the unabridged becomes available. All have fun listening

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3307)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1358)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Make sure you MP3 player is charged"
    Overall

    The story starts slow and all the characters are being intriduced. Once past this part the story develops and it is difficult to stop listening.
    Great story with an unexpected conclusion.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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