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Hudson, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 518 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Flinx's Folly: A Pip and Flinx Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    New York Times best-selling author Alan Dean Foster delivers the eagerly awaited new Pip and Flinx novel featuring a certain twenty-four-year-old with red hair, growing powers, and a loyal sidekick who just happens to be a flying mini-dragon. Sure to delight longtime fans and win new ones, Flinx's Folly follows Flinx on a thrilling quest to unravel the mysteries of his mind and body. It is a quest that forces him to confront a horror almost beyond human comprehension.

    Jade says: "More Pip & Flinx please!!!"

    While I have enjoyed this series I was very disapointed with this non-ending. After listening to the entire book, I thought I failed to download a section. I felt the story was one third incomplete. My advice, wait for the next installment and listen to them sequentially for the complete story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Laddertop

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki

    Twenty five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared.

    Brad says: "For immature readers (no offense intended)."
    "what a let down"

    I am a fan of Card. I enjoy his style of story telling and his character development.

    When I downloaded this I expected a short story but not one that lacked depth. It seemed like I purchased a pre-release introduction. After good character and plot introduction the story stopped. What happened to the next 10 hours of story line?

    I am actually going to ask for a refund on this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert H Frank
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon

    Who was the greater economist--Adam Smith or Charles Darwin? The question seems absurd. Darwin, after all, was a naturalist, not an economist. But Robert Frank, New York Times economics columnist and best-selling author of The Economic Naturalist, predicts that within the next century Darwin will unseat Smith as the intellectual founder of economics.

    Mark says: "Ivory tower theorys that lack depth"
    "Ivory tower theorys that lack depth"

    This author suggests that Darwinian theory can be applied to economics. I agree, but he fails to make a proper analogy.

    The author fails because of intrinsic bias or a general lack of Darwinian understanding. While there are several points that fit, many more are presented in isolation or from a socialist (equal outcome) perspective. The whole point of Darwin's theory is that species evolve over time to better compete and to reproduce based on an individuals performance. He gets that part right. The author fails to consider in his arguments that ecosystems evolve as well. They are dynamic, not static and that a prospering individual will move the entire population toward prosperity even though some will fail. In fact, it is essential for weaker individuals to fail for the entire species to advance over time. He misses this point entirely.

    In the case of his rank order value assessment, he states the the higher ranking individual should pay for that rank and shift income to the lower rank individual. He argues this on the basis of fairness and desire for overall economic efficiency (read equal outcome). He uses several examples of why this should be done, ignoring entirely the benefit received by the lower rank member by association with the higher rank. He fails to consider equilibrium and routinely places his examples in lopsided stasis which ultimately leads to his argument's failure.

    In short he picks portions of Darwin theory and ignores others in a failed attempt to argue for redistribution of wealth.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eye for Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    Mick Winger is only 17-and he's already killed over a dozen people. Not on purpose; he never meant to hurt anyone. But when Mick gets angry, people die, even the people he loves the most. Now he's on the run from his own terrible talent and from those who would use his power for their own purposes. But Mick is nor alone. There are others like him. And if he will not join them, they will make him pay.

    Mark says: "disappointed"

    one of my favorite authors. His story he has so much potential and then fell short because of its very short nature. I hope someday he will fill this out to a real novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "a want to be"

    You know, sometimes you just wish you hadn't bought a book. This is one of those times. I just couldn't spend the time after the first half. Better luck next time.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "almost there"

    While I enjoyed the story, it went too far beyond accepted scientific theory to be plausible. Better catagory would be science fantisy. The final conflict was predictible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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