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David

Williamstown, NJ, United States

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  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1664)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (652)

    They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

    Herb says: "Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor"
    "Not the movie version..."
    Overall

    I chose "I, Robot" specifically because I expected it to embellish the current movie version that is currently playing at theatres, starring Will Smith. Was I in for a surprise and a disappointment! Rather that getting a typically better and more detailed book version of the current movie I find that the book and the movie have virtually nothing in common. Other than that it was a fairly decent variety of short-stories about life with robots. Disappointing either way.

    1 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3928)
    Performance
    (2085)
    Story
    (2122)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Big Let Down..."
    Overall

    Without a doubt, when comparing this "sequel" against Ender's Game (which can't be helped, as it is an obvious continuation) one cannot help but become disenchanted...it is tedious and has convinced me to go no further in the saga. Orson Scott Card needs to move on and stop playing his "Ender" victory for all it's worth because it has truly become old and begins to cheapen his potential for additional brilliant works of fiction.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pattern Recognition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (265)

    Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

    Laura says: "Not Unabridged"
    "An awesome can't-put-it-down thriller!"
    Overall

    An up-to-date, superior thriller, which is beautifully read, and technically saavy. A futuristic treasure hunt focused in the world of intuitive marketing, brand recognition, cyberpunk and subculture video footage, masterfully inter-woven with humor, fashion, betrayal, technological cutting-edge snippets, corporate espionage, and jet-set wealth and globe hopping. It's a fast paced read, beatifully done by Shelly Frasier and immensely enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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