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Edward

NYCowboy

FAYETTEVILLE, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 159 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3728)
    Performance
    (3262)
    Story
    (3299)

    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."
    "Another great book by Stephenson"
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    I am a huge fan of all of Neal Stephenson's work and this book is no exception. Much like Anathem it did take a little time to get into the story but once your in it takes off and I could not stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lyra's Oxford

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    An exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. Lyra's Oxford opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird (a witch's daemon, on its own) tumbles out of the sky. It is Ragi, daemon of Yelena Pazhets.

    Helen Feddema says: "Great story, great reading"
    "I missed Lyra"
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    I loved the His dark materials trilogy. I cry at the end every time, so it was nice to hear a new story from the same universe. I only wish that Mr. Pullman would do more stories in this universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11022)
    Performance
    (10273)
    Story
    (10278)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Wonderful Listen"
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    I picked up this book on a whim, I think it was on one of audibles sale lists. After having listened to it I wish I had picked it up sooner, The writing is wonderful and Wil Wheaton does a great job reading. If you like cyber punk or the 80s or just need a entertaining book this one is worth every second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3286)
    Performance
    (2475)
    Story
    (2485)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Wonderfuly well writen and read"
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    The book was a great read. I think the only issue with it for me was the break between the first and second section. It most likely worked well on paper because you can see the cut and switch, I thought for a bit there was a section of audio missing. However, that is only a small unimportant complaint to an otherwise amazing book.

    All the narrators do a wonderful job and the fact that you have a different person for each section makes it easy to follow the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1135)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela J says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "Wonderful look back"
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    For people who have been following Kevin Smith work outside his movies this book has a mix of old stories you have heard and new ones. It is a wonderful look into his past and what he did to get to where he is, and why he did it. The stories he tells are very frank and full of passion and the audio sounds like he is speaking to you directly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (570)

    The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
    —Stephen Colbert

    Phillip says: "It might be inspirational."
    "Wonderful"
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    This book was a life changer. I need to sit down now and really think about the kind of pole I want to be.

    Don't forget to download the PDF with the illustration

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1039)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Time to start my memory training!"
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    Mr. Foer does a wonderful job of describing the underground world of memory sports. The story of his journey to become the US memory champ mixed in with facts and other anecdotes just give this book an extra dimension. The narration is well done and the narrator himself sounds excited to be reading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26269)
    Performance
    (20076)
    Story
    (20158)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Amazing"
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    I normally do not read fantasy series books, I stick to the cyber punk world and more non-fiction. I started this series after seeing a few things around the internet talking of how great it was and the urging of a few friends. I have to say the reading by Roy Dotrice is phenomenal and goes really well with the writing. I do not want to spoil the books for anyone but I will say that just when you think you know what is going to happen or what is going on Mr. Martin throws in a twist and that makes you keep reading or in this case listening. If your thinking about checking this series out I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35291)
    Performance
    (26337)
    Story
    (26714)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Underwelmed but still good"
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    I know allot of people praise this book and series. The main thing is the story was written for young adults and so the plot and characters are not to the same level as other dystopian tales written with an older audience in mind. I think the characters other then Katniss were a little under developed and could benefit from more time being spent on there back story. The teenage angst love triangle was just comical, the girl is fighting for her life but is still weighing if she likes Peeta or Gail and how they feel when she kisses Peeta. It is a good story, but better execution could have made it so much better. As for the ending I think it was not the original as it just does not flow right in my mind, like the idea for a trilogy was thought of later and so the original ending was scraped and rewritten to allow for books 2 and 3.

    As for the narration; I think if I had control of the treble on my mp3 player it might not have been so bad. I had the regularly stop listening to the book because my ear started to hurt from the woman's voice. I also had a hard time distinguishing characters at points she did ok overall but there were to many conversations where I could not tell who was suppose to be speaking.

    I think for a younger reader this is a good book, and the idea and story are good but it is not a game changer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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