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M. C. Horn

San Francisco, Ca. United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 9 reviews
  • 98 ratings
  • 274 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (92)

    Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring­­ - an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it. Now he's determined to find the ring's owner and purpose. But Bourne never knows what terrible acts he'll discover he committed when he digs into the past.

    Philip says: "The Bourne Inanity"
    "What happened here??"
    Overall

    This book was a real disappointment- I'm a huge bourne fan, yet this book is muddled in plot twists, improbable character allegiances developed only over a few hours of meeting each other and just overall, too much randomness. The characters are plastic, their motives thin and non-developed. Dont waste 12 hours of your life on this one..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (221)

    It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

    J Bailey III says: "Buy the first two not this one"
    "It's a christian book thinly veiled as a thriller."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Phil Gigante?

    I have heard about this genre of books baed on the biblical interpretation of the coming of judgement day, but I mistook this book as a post-apocalypse novel, and I was stuck listening to stories of peoples prayer sessions, and their battle to be good christians in the face of turmoil.. Actually, during the listen (and I didn't get far) I had the novel feeling of rooting for the antagonists! I was thinking, "yes! the angry mob will get the fundamentalists this time!"


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something against religion.. maybe Freethinkers, by Susan Jacoby, or The End of Faith, by Sam Harris.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I should have been forewarned by looking closer at the author's name. Who puts a comma between their middle and last name? Like they are different thoughts that need separation? His middle and last name are clauses or adverbs, and just confused the reader when they were together? silly christians..


    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Winesburg, Ohio

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sherwood Anderson
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Winesburg, Ohio has the most memorable cast of characters in 20th-century fiction. Listeners will remember at least a few stories and their characters for the rest of their lives. Each of the 23 stories stands on its own. And each is also interwoven into the fabric of the book.

    Jacob says: "Hilariously bad"
    "I think they recorded this on an iPhone app.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Deaver Brown had a few martinis and then set his iPhone up in a starbucks or maybe the back seat of an old car.. Seriously.. The audio quality is not even as good as an iPhone.. and the narration; he coughs, and mumbles and sort of drunkenly wanders atonally through the stories.. The book is great, but the technical issues of the recording remove any focus which you have on the literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 7th Sigma

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    The bugs showed up about 50 years ago - self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don't like water, though, so they've stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.

    Ken says: "What if you couldn't use metal ever again?"
    "Please, I want my 9 hours refunded.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book had decent start.. but then diverges into chapter after chapter of short stories that have little to do with an overall plot.. It's like a collection of Hardy-Boy mysteries. (Underscore Boy) It's about an adolescent boy, coming of age and gifted with good martial arts skills, idealistic morals... and he's got a pet mule, named Mrs. Pedecares. Together boy and mule set out on different missions/journeys to fight crime.. He fights the bad guys with his high morals and his dojo stick. Towards the middle of the book, I was rooting for the antagonists to vanquish the brat, and for the book to come to an abrupt ending, providing me with a quick exit to my suffering. There are some mechanical robot bugs too.. They have something to do with the plot.. I think.. And nothing in the book has reference to the books title; not that it has to, but it's a bit odd, naming a teen-novel after a quality control process for manufacturing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeff Sharlet
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers. Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful.

    James says: "This will tell you what's ailing America!"
    "Um.. Make it stop.."
    Overall

    Sharlet takes an interesting topic and makes it tedious. He can write very well, borderline saccharine with cliches and pretty visuals, but.. he lacks the ability to tell a story that holds any attention. It's rich in content, but getting through that content is almost impossible as its just facts woven together without any plot.. I managed to get through a few hours and had to stop.. Cheaper then Ambien though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (379)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Couldn't finish the Audio File.."
    Overall

    Well written, but so dull, plotless and insipid, I had to delete the file.. Sounded great in the description, but utterly dull..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4677)
    Performance
    (2719)
    Story
    (2741)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Written for Sub-GED readers.."
    Overall

    This is painful to listen to.. the author seems bright enough, but has the tendency throughout the book to write below our threshold for literacy. It's like he's afraid of using large words or complex situations. It reads like a Hardy-Boys book, except he uses linked cliches to complete sentences. The fact that it's narrated by the dude who did the Pepperridge Farm voice overs doesn't help the overall pseudo-macabre subject matter either. Out of 50 completed downloads, this is the one I wont finish.

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (730)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "Beautifully crafted tale.."
    Overall

    Umm.. The book is actually a decent anthropological and Social synopsis of group activity.. It's well written with excellent references to classical literature and mythology.. The other reviewers whom think it's dull must think that "Enders Game" is just an amazing read.. The reviewer whom cited it as being "racist" must not have read any literature dating before the 60's..

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (151)

    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    G Barth says: "Very worthwhile listen!"
    "I wish I could give negative stars"
    Overall

    This book has actually made me so angry in reading it that I'm having trouble writing a fair assessment of it. The authors assessment for the "wisdom of crowds" was judged by the fact that if you average people's guesses at the numbers of marbles in a jar, it comes to be rather close. Fine for guessing marbles in a jar, but real world applications of this type of thinking is flawed and arguments for it are left wanting. A good half the arguments he develops in the book are about the stupidity of crowds; leaving me wondering why I even bothered with his trite analysis of "funny and amusing sociological data" The author's world is a sterile and joyless place where the reality of his ideas are about as exciting as this read. The last time I checked "crowds" haven't written any great books, created any symphonies or inspired me to any level like an individual could.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful

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