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Floyd

AURORA, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Count Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (432)

    A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

    Michael says: "Where've you been all my life?"
    "Worth checking out"
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    Count Zero is the second book in Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy - Neuromancer being the first. Count Zero is not as hypnotic and it's predecessor. It's a not a direct sequel to the Neuromancer but is a story set in the same world 7 to 8 years after the events told in the first novel. At it's heart, Count Zero is crime drama with elements of a action-spy story. There are some downright cool crossover moments where events from the first novel are referenced and a supporting character or two make a short appearance in the story. I didn't enjoy Zero as much as Neuromancer because a big part of the fun of these books is learning about and exploring the world Gibson's characters inhabit. Zero retains much of the flavor of Neuromancer but is an entity in and of itself; worth a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1182)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "Everything "The Matrix" wishes it was"
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    This is the book that introduced me to cyberpunk. Gibson's novel is a noir detective story set in a not-too-distant future. The story is deftly executed but the joy of the story for me is the world the story takes place. Gibson wisely forgoes any exposition and simply drops the reader into the world. Following the story of the central character, the reader learns the hard truths of the dystopian world populated by street samurai, console jocks, and sentient AIs. Characters are vivid and complex and language of the story is beautiful.

    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
    (11339)
    Performance
    (10570)
    Story
    (10578)

    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.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "geekery, heroic quests, and a bit of romance"
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    Cline's novel, while steeped in 80s geekery/pop culture, will not alienate those readers who missed the decade.

    The story is a well told hero's journey expertly and originally executed within a compelling setting. One could argue the vibe is slightly reminiscent of something like "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" but such a comparison is a disservice to Cline's book. Characters inhabit dystopian world rife with war and poverty and escape into an immersive on-line experience called The Oasis. The book's hero has embarked on a quest to escape poverty and hunger. While the hero begins his quest with practical self centric motives, he evolves as the stakes of the story increase. The book explores themes of identity, relationships/connection, and technology's role/impact shaping the human experience.

    While all that sounds heady, Cline explores these ideas with characters that are genuine, funny, brave, and vulnerable. The story moves along without giving the sensation of being rushed. Cline's amazing sense of humor and arcane knowledge of 80s pop culture make this an incredibly fun book.

    "Ready Player One" is a real gem - one of the best books I've read in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (840)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "(non committal verbal sound)"
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    I was disappointed. Han Solo is the character that allowed me to fall in love with Star Wars. The Brian Daley novels were fun and exciting reads. The stories were well plotted, characters were interesting, and they gave me a sense of the world beyond the films.

    I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, I just never cared about anything that was happening. The idea of a heist story is great. The assembled cast of characters was promising, and the reveal about a certain character was fun but the story was poorly paced, the action was lack luster, and there was no arc for any other characters. While the characters had some great chemistry, there were few moments when they got to spark. Chewbacca and Han are woefully underutilized, and they are the main draw.

    If you want to hang with some real scoundrels, check out Brian Daley's Han Solo novels or watch Michael Mann's "Heat."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4132)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1560)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Sedaris will improve my relationship with my mom"
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    My mom is a Japanese immigrant - she relocated to the US in 1970 after marrying my father. She became a US citizen in the late 1980s. She is quiet, fiercely proud, and mind-bogglingly annoying. The joke in the family has always been that "mom expects us to read her mind." My mother's method of communicating, I know understand, is very Japanese. It is not what she says that is important but what she doesn't say. She tends to attribute her circuitous style of communication to her lack of command when using English. This book provided a profound insight to me, "Japanese is a language of listening, rather than talking."

    Sedaris' insights into living in Japan brought back to wonderful memories of my own childhood, and my first trip to Japan in my late 20s. While the book does not solely focus on Sedaris' experiences in Japan, these segments were the most engaging for me.

    As per usual, his self deprecating humor made me laugh out loud on my commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2011)
    Performance
    (1842)
    Story
    (1856)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "I laughed so hard I nearly crashed my car"
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    Lawson's first book is worth your time. This memoir is an enjoyable and compelling read/listen. Her self effacing sense of humor allow her to tackle very personal and sensitive issues with insight and clarity. Lawson reads the book herself; she handles every narrative beat expertly. I'm a regular reader of her blog as a result of this book and hope she writes another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (703)

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "It was ok..."
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    Yes, my very lackluster headline reflects my experience with this book. The story is very heavy on the tech elements, and light on character, plot, and story. Douglas and Sullivan do a great job of explaining some very heady physics and military science concepts. These academic concepts seem to take priority over the narrative. It's unlikely I'll give the rest of the series space on my iPod.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patton Oswalt
    • Narrated By Patton Oswalt
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (499)

    Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch.

    Arlette says: "It's deep. Deal with it."
    "Oswalt in book from - more please"
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    I enjoyed Oswalt's book a great deal. His observations into growing up into growing up off the cultural beaten path (and growing up in general) are entertaining as well as insightful. Fans of his stand up may be surprised by some of the books more poignant moments. Its not a cry-fest; there are plenty of outrageous anecdotes but some of the books highlights are passages Oswalt describing his relationship and observations of his uncle, and those of his first awareness of infideltiy through the the slits of a snow fort. Oswalt's stand up is amazing - I think I could be an even better writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (436)

    David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

    C. Telfair says: "Add a touch of Bitter to your Holiday Sweet"
    "Sedaris' holiday winner"
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    A short listen; some great fiction as well as Sedaris' timeless account of working as an elf at Macy's. For someone who's become jaded about the holidays, Sedaris really gave me something to laugh at.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7354)
    Performance
    (3740)
    Story
    (3797)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "More grounded than first novelization"
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    I'm a long time devotee of "The Dark Tower" series. This is my first foray into enjoying the story in an audio format. It is as enjoyable in audio as it is in text. Guidall does a fantastic job of voicing various characters. Hearing the story allowed me to take in more narrative detail that I have in previous readings.

    This edition is the unabridged version of the text that King release shortly after the conclusion of the series. It is not as ethereal as the edition I read through out high school and college. Having read the series, the initiated reader will find many narrative threads that connect to events/characters/ideas that pop up down the road.

    This is a brilliant beginning to a grand tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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