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Mark

Evansville, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (696)

    It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Portrait of a SciFi master as a novice"
    "After a bad start this book was great"
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    If you could sum up Mindstar Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Bad to good


    What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

    Toby's English accent makes for perfect setting of this English story


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts with a couple of chapters like a bad soap opera but after that it switches to a very good thriller. The book reminded me of British sci fi of times past. It is an early work of the author so you can see the characters do not have the depth of his later works but as a thriller with neat plot it works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (858)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Space Opera at it's best"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does Great North Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Peter F Hamilton defines space opera e.g. a long complex story with many full characters with multiple plot threads. The author spins a yarn where the characters are wedged between a bureaucratic government, a large corporation populated with clones (not just the typical figurative corporation where everybody tries to fashion themselves to a corporate image, too get a head but actual clones), a dysfunctional town full of violent criminals and a mythic alien. Into this complex social forces he creates a police procedural that is interesting and twists a with fascinating concepts. Though long 36 hours (it only felts that way in a few places), You a left with a full and complete story in the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sydney Hurst is a complex character forced to navigate the complex social forces with in the story in an impossible task to find the killer.


    What does Toby Longworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The novel is very English in places with several specific items related to the local. The narrators English accent aided those northern specific traits.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Brian Greene
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (405)

    There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

    C. Schmidt says: "Engrossing"
    "The fringes of Astrophysics"
    Overall

    I've read and re-read Dr Greene previous books several times because their dense and the concepts are difficult but the underlying ideas are fascinating. The idea of parallel universes is just plain strange but as pointed out in this book it just keeps popping up. Don't read this book unless you read his previous book because is more a compendium of newer ideas and the fringe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (2057)
    Story
    (2062)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Whats behind the curtain of secrecy of Google"
    Overall

    I almost believe that Google has become a extension to my brain (I know that sounds crazy) but as information is key and google provides that better than anybody else. But understanding how they managed to provide such a incredible user experience is key to the companies success through its culture, and outside the box thinking. This book exposes the culture which is were Google seems to provide the winning algorithm. Like in the "Wizard of Oz" when Dorothy see the man behind the curtain, this book is Toto pulling the curtain aside exposing a lot of Google's secrets. A fascinating read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (385)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "The recent history in Astronomy / Cosmology"
    Overall

    What this book is not, 1) a text book or 2) detailed explanation of Astrophysics.
    What this is a history of Astronomy for the last 40 years.
    Richard Panek is a journalist and this book is a detailed account in the personalities in Astronomy for the last 40 years that lead to the ideas that we can see only 4% of the Universe and how we see inflation.
    Given that i've been out of school for 30 years my math can't follow the detailed cosmology text book but this book provides a clear reasoning why we believe the universe is accelerating and the problems that provides for theatrical physicists. If you love Astrophysics/Cosmology books give this a read.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1068)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "The end of a long journey (read)"
    Overall

    If you've read the other four books in the Commonwealth series then you can't stop without listening to this book. Because here it is all get parceled up into a completion of the myriad of plot lines in the pervious 120 hours of audio (Which he does very nicely). If you have not read the other books then STOP and start reading "Pandoras Star". It's been a long journey through many thousand pages/over a hundred hours of audio. It took me all summer but it was very enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4077)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2439)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Worth the investment of 80 hours."
    Overall

    Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained are two parts of one book that is nearly 80 hours long. How can you fill 80 hours, well Peter Hamilton can with an amazing complex opera of intrigue, war, spy thriller, aliens across a huge array of planets. This is one of a few great books in Hard Sci-Fi second wave.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics was Reborn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louisa Gilder
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    A brilliantly original and richly illuminating exploration of entanglement, the seemingly telepathic communication between two separated particles - one of the fundamental concepts of quantum physics.

    Mark says: "A nice mix of theory and history."
    "A nice mix of theory and history."
    Overall

    Entanglement has vexed some of the greatest minds of the 20th century and this is what I loved about this book. Books on physics (other than text books) tend to either be histories focused on an individual or books focus on a subject matter. I really enjoyed how the author unraveled the subject over time through the individuals making the discoveries creating a interesting timeline. It did start a little slow but got very intersting later.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious - the cunning Sith Lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done.

    Alex says: "Audiobook Unleashed"
    "Poor Audio Quality May want to skip this"
    Overall

    My son loved the book but complained endlessly about the poor audio quality. It seemed to be sampled at a sub 64K making it overly compressed.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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