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andrew

Singapore, Singapore | Member Since 2008

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  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (159)

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "very funny, yet gripping."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. I enjoyed the story; the jokes.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, it did. I found it interesting. I don't have an aversion to chemistry, so i found it interesting and 'educational'; the story itself is interesting and unpredictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any that contains a sarcastic remark by the main character. Hilarious.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    i enjoyed the performance of the narrator. Very nicely done. It fit the mold of the main character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (459)

    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good zombie story"
    "slow realization"
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan Maberry and/or William Dufris?

    I migth try another book but it'll be a while


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something more realistic;


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i believe i have and this one is as good as the others


    Was Dead of Night worth the listening time?

    it was, however it came close to being unfinished listening


    Any additional comments?

    It seems that people in this book are DUMBfounded by the encounters with the living dead. If the book is set in the contemporary time and culture (Blackberry, Taylor Swift), why does it take almost half a book for anyone to realize that people who don't die easily are zombies (given the immense popularity of this genre these days)?? And why does it take anyone, especially cops, such a long to realize they have to shoot for the head in order to kill, given the fact that body shots didn't work? I mean...come on!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (8518)
    Performance
    (8105)
    Story
    (8120)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "for B.S. degree holders only, not B.A."
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    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Not to the same exact story, but to a similar one, yes, I would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the jokes and sarcasm. Also, the explanations were still understandable unless one has an allergy to science and math.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I laughed a lot when they were trying to communicate via short messages, including the picture needed for PR.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    It'll be interesting how they will turn it into a movie (Matt Damon). I can't picture it as a lot of the story was either explanations of how things work or inner monologue...but I'll go and see what Ridley Scott can do with it (if that's how it all will end up)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Barrat
    • Narrated By Gary Dana
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence. In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail - human-level intelligence.

    Gary says: "Speculative look without foundation"
    "basic definition"
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    What did you like best about Our Final Invention? What did you like least?

    I liked that it introduces the issues we might need to deal with but i didn't like there is not any definition of what intelligence is. There was an attempt to contemplate what a dog could become if it thought faster, or had a bigger brain, but it is way towards the end of the book AND the answer is 'I/we don't know". Yet the author claims the AI will be 1,000 or more times more intelligent...but what does that mean? Or is it even possible? The notion of bigger twice, three times or more times is quite tricky when looked at as a geometrical progression. So, a 1,000 times more intelligent AI might be an exaggeration or lacks any real world comparison. (just like temperature of 10,000 degrees - one understand that it is hot, but how hot when we can imagine the consequences of around 1,500 degrees only?)


    Has Our Final Invention turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, it hasn't but i'll think twice about buying the author's other book(s), if i ever come to that point.


    Have you listened to any of Gary Dana’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to his performance before but I would again.


    Do you think Our Final Invention needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no it doesn't. It is all theories that don't have much foundation. Without more data or experience (or access to them) there is nothing else to discuss. It would be just another theory. It is like a forecast of any supposedly close sports match - we have the data about players, surface etc, but how the match will end is anybody's guess with so many variables in play. And that's where we are..at the beginning of a match with AI.


    Any additional comments?

    I still enjoyed the book but it doesn't answer many questions and offers only vague suggestions as to what might come along. It is a bit too repetitive and a bit longer than necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Police

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

    Joseph says: "Say it ain't so Jo"
    "fitting end which I still couldn't guess"
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    Where does Police rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best. At one point I thought I had figured it out (having read many of the preceding books) but, again, the brilliant author was ahead in the game


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Hole, of course


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any scene where you just cannot say, or be sure he is being described as a victim/perpetrator. You know you MIGHT be deliberately lead on but you also cannot be sure that it is what it seems. I held my breath and waited for the other shoe to drop.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it could be. It was good. I liked it better than the preceding book in the series


    Any additional comments?

    sad to let the series go

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odessa File

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    The life-and-death hunt for a notorious Nazi criminal unfolds against a background of international arms deals. As the story leads to its final dramatic confrontation on a bleak winter's hill-top, the question every reader asked at the end of The Day of the Jackal will inevitably be asked again: Can this be fiction?

    andrew says: "a bit bloated"
    "a bit bloated"
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    If you could sum up The Odessa File in three words, what would they be?

    surprising; overly detailed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Odessa File?

    the ending


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the pronunciation of the non-english names


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, the diary entry and the war detail were too long


    Any additional comments?

    i enjoyed the story but it seemed( not true but seemed ) as if the Nazi war stories took up half the story. In my opinion, it was too much, too long.
    Without it, the story would be nice but perhaps some people would feel it was too short.
    Not all the extra layers were necessary, i think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (904)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "entertaining but mindless"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might if they enjoy a story without doing too much thinking


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More plausible and less repetitive and less predictable, i.e. last minute solution; always ends well.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He is not trying too hard, and yet he manages to portray some accents, which you don't take too seriously but at least it is not one monotonous listening.


    Do you think Blowback needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, it doesn't. It was preposterous enough.


    Any additional comments?

    it is my second book by Brad Thor and i will stop now. I cannot take the lack of logic on some important points, or ridiculous details.
    Without giving away too much, one example for all - an assassin is able to dodge and avoid the capture for many years and then he is 'surprised' by a female scientist who is (almost) afraid of her own shadow, totally untrained and yet performs quite well in distress.
    All those villain who tell the main character all he needs to know before they -unexpectedly- are killed, only to leave the main character(s) to follow up on the revelation.
    When special agent with a training LACES fingers of both of his hands and then hits someone on the head (without fracturing all his fingers), then it is time to switch to another author.
    In the first book, it was ok, but it gets too much with the second reading, and i don't think i can stand more of those 'twists' any more. I watch James Bond movies for those, but there i know what is coming. Here, i thought, it would be more realistic, with plot that is based in reality, not on wishful thinking or wet dreams.
    for pure entertainment value it is ok, but it is not what i was looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2162)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1522)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "couldn't take it"
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    What would have made Cryptonomicon better?

    i loved Stephenson's Reamde novel but i couldn't take this Cryptonomicon. After 10 hours of listening i skipped ahead a bit, then i skipped a bit more and after about 4 more hours i gave up (the book has over 40 hours of listening time). There is so much tangent stuff that the book could be about 6-8 hours long without it. The math problem descriptions, math explanation are boring and in many cases come across as confusing; even though it might be easier to glean the idea from a written book; in audio format- it just doesn't work; not for me (and i am good in math).
    the narrator does a great job but the story is too convoluted and too damn long that i could not bear it. I enjoyed portions of the story but after while i was left wondering when the "real" story will start.
    I could work out the general outlines of the plot but with so much tangent around it, i lost interest.
    I listened to and liked Snow Crash and Diamond Age, and i listened to and loved Reamde.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neal Stephenson again?

    yes, i would but i would read reviews first (i didn't for Cryptonomicon), and i'd see how long the audio file is.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i cannot say if i did, but i liked his performance. i think it kept me going for much longer than i would keep reading an actual book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    i'll chalk this up to my incompatibility with his writing style in this book. I liked the premise, and for the parts i could follow i enjoyed the story telling. There was just too much extra.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna’s house: her father, a retired cop, is face-down in a pool of his own blood, his throat slashed and his skull caved in. The blood covering Sienna was his.

    Sandy says: "Perfect Combination"
    "bloody good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bleed for Me to be better than the print version?

    never read the book. cannot compare.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bleed for Me?

    the sleazy guys from the escort service...i could see and picture them very well thanks to the description and voice acting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he finally dispatched the bad guy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not really, but maybe because i listened to another story by Robotham prior to this title, i was a bit 'Robotham-fatigued'. Nonetheless, a great story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Testament: A Memoir by God

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Javerbaum (contributor)
    • Narrated By David Javerbaum
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Over the course of his long and distinguished career, God has literally seen it all. And not just seen. In fact, the multi-talented deity has played a pivotal role in many major events, including the Creation of the universe, the entirety of world history, the life of every human being who has ever lived, and the successful transitioning of American Idol into the post-Simon Cowell era. Now, as the earth he has godded so magnificently draws to a Mayan-induced close, God breaks his 1,400-year literary silence with his final masterpiece, The Last Testament.

    Marc Jaffe says: "I Am Smitten"
    "Divine comedy!!:-)"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely YES! Immensely funny; new; highly entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A-Team


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The celebrities's dirty secrets


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book..it shook me...I was shaking with laughter


    Any additional comments?

    Not for religious zealots

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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