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  • Limitless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alan Glynn
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    A burnout at 35, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function. One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food.

    Alan says: "I was skeptical"
    "Tragegy?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    #1 This book is a tragedy... The good guy, whatever that may entail, dies in the end. If that kills it for you drama queens, so sorry... It is in my, not so grand opinion, that the movie sory-line was way better.
    #2 Great idea! The idea was fantastic, probably why they made a movie about it, but the book falls way short of leaving the reader satisfied.
    #3 Ignore #1 if you plan on listening to this book...
    Final Note: The movie makes this book shine way more than it should. Great idea, but deals you a deuce in the end when you think you have a winning hand...


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (356)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "More Philosophy the Story Line"
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    What disappointed you about Existence?

    Too much philosophical perspectives and no gripping story line that keeps you wanting to hear more.


    What could David Brin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More story line and less philosophical rambling.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They were ok. I didn't much care for the female narrator portraying a Jamaican man.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Existence?

    I would cut out lots of the philosophical perspectives and develop a more intriguing story line to keep my audience wanting to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    Each to there own, as the saying goes. This just had too much philosophical ramblings for me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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