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Waterdown, Ontario Canada | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
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  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Hybrids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

    dissipatedfog says: "Hated it!"
    "The worst book in 4 years of"
    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ?

    Before this book, and to some degree before this series in general, I'd have said yes. I like some of their other books, but this was simply terrible. It fails in so many ways.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sigh... there were some OK parts, sections of the book that touch on science fiction. It all seems so forced though; those parts of the book were contrived and inexpertly jammed into a very bad story arc. It makes even the better scene's somehow feel outside the story.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not much.

    Any additional comments?

    So disappointing; I'm not so much bitter, but just incredibly disappointed. This really isn't worth your time. This is the first negative review I've written in over 100+ books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Shockingly bad, how did this published?"
    What would have made Automate This better?

    The first few minutes are full of ineptitude, and perhaps even maliciously inaccurate reporting. I can't believe the author and editing process that presumed to understand so much without even basic fact checking. It's not even about any one specific fact, whole themes presented in the book or misleading. I think everyone is worse off for listening to this book, professionals and science writers will have to spend hours correcting the misconceptions and re teaching the basics of computer science.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Walter Dixon?

    Walter Dixon also does a disservice with unnecessarily strict diction, and strange emphasis on parts of words. He's emphasizing particular components without any rea-son- why, see there's no reason to emphasize son in reason!

    What character would you cut from Automate This?

    The author.

    Any additional comments?

    This book really is a disservice to the field, both from the point of you as a technical expert as well as In terms of the gross misconceptions it will spread amongst people trying to learn. This is not how you should learn about algorithms or even hear interesting stories about their use in real life. Read the MIT technology review instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "By far the best of the series"

    Don't let the cover fool you, it almost stopped me from reading it. This is a good book, and a funny one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "buy a hard copy"

    Do I have to give it one star?

    This is the worst production of an audio book I've found to date in my 80 listens.

    I think the story is a big step down as well, but if you've read the first two it's still worth your time. Just not in this format as the narration really is terrible. A monotone would have been bettter, heck my old comodor 64 text to speech programs would have bene better narrarotrs.

    I'll activly avoid William Dufris in the future. Just one inexcusable example, after making the pronunciation of the main characters name a highlight of the first books, this guy screws it up completely by making the exact mistake made fun of in earlier books. In general his style, and skill, are poor. The echo other mentioned by other reviewers make the book inaudible if you listen on a blackberry or other less than superior speaker system.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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