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akasurreal

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10347)
    Performance
    (9371)
    Story
    (9453)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Not what I am used to"
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    Generally Dan Brown books have me hooked til the end, but it felt like I was almost 3/4 through Inferno before I was really engaged. It had its moments here and there before hand, but if I had not had it in audio book, I don't think I would have gotten through it. The ending was fairly satisfying though and the book may raise awareness of a major issue that our world society needs to be working on.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Code of the Lifemaker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Once, long ago, a robot factory-ship flew too near a star unexpectedly gone nova. After suffering extensive damage, it continued blindly for millennia. A million years passed.... Then, in the 21st century, a colony ship destined for Mars was surreptitiously rerouted to Titan...and only the leaders of the military industrial complex knew why. In addition to its flight crew, the interplanetary transport carried parapsycholoy researchers, linguists, psychologists, representatives of industry, an ambassador...and elite military units from several Western nations.

    akasurreal says: "Great read that has aged well"
    "Great read that has aged well"
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    What did you love best about Code of the Lifemaker?

    I really enjoyed pondering with the author about what a sentient alien race of robots might turn out like, left to their own for a very long time, what their society might become, etc. I also enjoyed that the protagonist was quite a grey area person in many respects, but had his own sense of right and wrong that was relatable.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book partially as a teenager and always wanted to finish reading it. Was very happy to see an audiobook come out of it, so I finally finished it. I was pleasantly surprised how well it holds up 20+ years later. I am a tech person by trade, and found that most of the tech talk still worked just fine and felt very believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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