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G. Hinds

boston, ma, usa | Member Since 2006

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  • 164 titles in library
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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11485)
    Performance
    (9943)
    Story
    (9916)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Good , but astonishingly repetitive"
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    Steve Jobs is a very interesting guy who led a very interesting life, which makes for a compelling bio. I think Isaacson got a lot of great material. There are a few topics he glosses over, and others he goes on about at excessive length. I REALLY got tired of the repetition, though. Did this book ever get edited? He says the same things over and over and OVER again. Oy. Worth reading, but be warned.

    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
    (10660)
    Performance
    (9927)
    Story
    (9931)

    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"
    "Awesome"
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    I think just about anyone would like this book, but if you grew up in the 80s playing early video games and watching SF movies and giant robot cartoons then this book was written especially for you. Also Will Wheaton gives a great performance. He reads just a bit slowly at times, so I speeded up the playback, but otherwise he's pitch-perfect and highly appropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17249)
    Performance
    (15610)
    Story
    (15735)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Really, book of the year?"
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    This showed up on "best of the year" lists on Goodreads and Audible, and I'd heard a lot of good buzz about it, but I was very disappointed. The reader is part of the problem, I think, but also the romance, politics, and action all feel really shallow and the plot has more holes than Swiss cheese. There are some exciting bits, and the overall message -- dare to be different, think outside the box -- is good, but it's oh so heavy-handed. I guess it's trying to be a successor to the Hunger Games, but I think it's probably more like Twilight. If you're desperate for more books in that vein, you'll probably like Divergent, but if you prefer your sci-fi to make sense and have a bit of subtlety, I would recommend skipping it.

    Incidentally, I *assume* the author is not trying to make a statement that intellectuals are the enemy, but then again she might be.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Nose: A Nikolai Gogol Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Nikolai Gogol
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    "The Nose" is the second best known story of Gogol, after "The Overcoat". A military major discovers his nose is missing and works to recover it. He finds the nose but it pretends to have a life of its own, as a fellow human. It in fact has a higher rank than the Major himself. The Major is perplexed, goes back to his apartment, and has the nose returned to him. With great joy he recovers his nose, only to find it won't reattach to his face. After much going on, he finds the nose reattached to his face.

    Erez says: "Wonderful story, appalling narration"
    "I have to agree"
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    The previous poster is correct that this is a thoroughly amateur reading. In addition, there is a lengthy introduction at the beginning which talks *about* the story, *before* you have heard the story. Very annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (415)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "Hate the reader"
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    I'm giving the story the benefit of the doubt since so many people love it, including my dad and several close friends, but I could not get into this audiobook at all, because the reader utterly fails to work for me. I see that Mr. Wyman has performed many prominent books, and perhaps his style works for some of them, but for this tale of magical realism I felt his reading took all the magic away and actively prevented me from believing in or caring about the story or the characters. My friend got a different audio edition from the library, and I wish Audible offered that one because it sounded a lot better.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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