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I am a fantasy / sci-fi / technical book kind of person. Love epic fantasy books.

Civic Square, ACT, Australia | Member Since 2008

  • 2 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 188 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    A User says: "Love the Book, but the interview at the end?"
    "Buy In Print instead!"
    If you could sum up The Facebook Effect in three words, what would they be?

    This is a great book on the not-too-biased creation and history of Facebook. Some interesting tidbits and history. Not as much "how" or "what made them do that" but a good story on the trials and tribulations.

    BUT: The poor narration killed the audiobook version for me. There was so much swallowing and slip smacking and tooth licking that it killed the flow of the narration and made it very difficult to listen to. Almost grossed me out. Mr. Kirkpatrick should stick to writing and never speak, ever. I may be a bit sensitive about this kind of thing but it made me stop listening to the book and buy the Kindle edition instead.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    What didn’t you like about David Kirkpatrick’s performance?

    The constant lip smacking, swallowing, and tooth licking
    "breath...lick smack. say a few words, swallow, finish sentence" terrible.

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


    Any additional comments?

    Keep this guy on the keyboard and off the mic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Chaos: Book Six of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

    Elias says: "Finally here!"
    "Good Story, deserves a better author."

    I like the story of the Wheel Of Time. It is truely epic fantasy and is a great story. It's a shame that it wasn't told by a better author. Jordan is long-winded, and over-describes everything. It appears he was desperate for filler material so he redescribes every little thing, every time you go back to a character.

    If Jordan would simply get to telling the story, and stop repeating himself every third paragraph these books could have been done in a trilogy.

    Jordan tends to over use certain mechanics. Every woman thinks that every man is a stuborn idiot. Every man thinks that every woman is impossible to figure out. Every woman sniffs when she is put out. Every one jumps to the wrong conclusion about everything. (Rand killing Morgase, is a good example).

    I don't think I can stand to hear/read '...he could tell she was Aes Sedai by her agelss face", or a woman gripping her skirts or arranging them again.

    I also wish that the Aiel weren't Fremen from Dune, and that Ogier's weren't straight out of Never Ending Story.

    Anyway, the story itself is a great story. Jordan can come up with wonderful fantasy. It's just a shame he can't tell it like it deserves to be told.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful

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