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Maria

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (210)

    The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost, and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.

    Charles E. Grant says: "Infotainment, poorly written"
    "Ears still bleeding"
    Overall

    I work in tech and was looking forward to listening to this book. From the reviews it seems like people either really like this book or hate it. I'm the latter. This book fails on every front; poor writing, bad storytelling and awful narration in which Mr.Chamberlain seems to inflect on every F-word making them seems entirely natural even in a colloquial university setting. The story reads like a raunchy Hollywood Seth Rogen film, is short on facts, and it irks me how he presumes to be in the heads of the characters and tells us what they're "thinking" considering he never even interviewed Mark Zuckerberg. Granted we get a disclaimer before the books starts but everything here is over the top. Waste of my first credit!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5300)
    Performance
    (2176)
    Story
    (2190)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "A storm is coming...yeah whatever!"
    Overall

    I like Neil Gaiman as an author, I LOVED Coraline and Sandman and had high hopes for this book. Although the concept was interesting and I enjoyed the idea, the execution was tedious. I was utterly bored listening to this to the point where I put it on 2x speed to get through it faster, skipped entire chapters and discovered I had missed nothing of the plot line. As the interview with the author illuminates in the end many parts of the book came from his meandering travels that seemed forced into the book. Many of the Gods that were introduced were shallow characters that went no where. In the end, if you like extremely detailed descriptions of mundane activities you might like this book. If you want a plot that moves along, go elsewhere.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1579)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (798)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Brilliantly read and entertaining"
    Overall

    In Christopher Moore style you get an outrageous and laugh out loud book. The narration of this book is absolutely incredible, in fact the best I've ever heard for an audio book! Susan Bennett delivers a range of character voices that are distinct and absolutely believable from the valley girl to the Rasta man all read with exactly the kind of humour and pace the book required. Very enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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