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Robert McKee

A driver that likes to listen to books instead of the radio.

Clinton, OH United States | Member Since 2008

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5
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Gripping Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (534)

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    James says: "The sequel matches the first book"
    "Fun listen"
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    It is fun to listen to science fiction of the past compared to the technology of today.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6066)
    Performance
    (5767)
    Story
    (5777)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "How to become an expert"
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    The easiest way to become an expert is to go through an event that is thought to be impossible. The book gets your attention right away and pretty much keeps it through the whole book with the humor, puzzle solving and actually being able to put yourself in the main characters position. Fun book, took me 2 days to go though it because I wanted to see what was going to happen next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 47 Ronin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joan D. Vinge
    • Narrated By Steve Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    A novelization by Joan D. Vinge Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi, the leader of the 47 Ronin, starts the pair on a quest over a shared loss. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

    monte says: "Great"
    "Book written for the movie"
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    This story has its roots in a historical event and is an above average story in my opinion. The book does have differences from the movie but I think the book was commissioned by the studio for the movie. In general I think books written this way suffer but this one had a good base to start with and it seems to be hard to find a book that deals with honor and loyalty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (933)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Great Humor and many Laughs"
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    Hodgeman does a great job narrating and the writing is humorous, it reminds me of Douglas Adams and Robert Asprin. I just don't know what to say that wouldn't be a spoiler to the story other than if you have a sense of humor, like tech, like music and have a love hate relationship with the copyright laws you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adolf Hitler, Michael Ford (translator)
    • Narrated By James Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.

    Raymond says: "Interesting insight into a modernist mind"
    "Story vs Hype"
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    The book didn't read like the psychotic I was taught that Hitler was. I do not care for the guy but it seems that his thinking was not that far off of the general thinking of the late 1800's, I have seen Carnegie say some of the same things about England. I guess it was the implementation that really went wrong.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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