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  • The Tetris Effect: The Game That Hypnotized the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dan Ackerman
    • Narrated By Dan Ackerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Tetris is perhaps the most instantly recognizable, most popular video game ever made. But the fascinating story of its origins is lesser known. How did an obscure Soviet programmer working on frail, antiquated computers create a product that has earned nearly $1 billion in sales? How did an inspired makeshift game turn into a worldwide sensation that has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, inspired a Hollywood movie, and been played in outer space?

    Andrew says: "Great to relive my Tetris experience"
    "Never quite fits together"
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    What starts as a promising deeper look at the tangled Tetris history is ultimately marred by uneven audio, the narrator's distractingly (and unfortunately) slurred speech, bits of trivia that are inserted in the middle of the story with no audio cues, and a padded story with too many boring details. Read the book instead, but know that about half of it should have been edited out. At that point, of course, it would instead become an incredibly long magazine feature.

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  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56595)
    Performance
    (51768)
    Story
    (51680)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Bill says: "I Laughed and I Cried"
    "I hate sappy, heartwarming stories..."
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    ...so it's a good thing that this heartwarming story avoids being sappy altogether. Amazing book, and the audio version is brilliantly narrated.

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