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Bob

Benton, AR, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tom Vanderbilt
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Driving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This audiobook will make you think about it in a whole new light.

    Joshua Kim says: "Driving Towards Traffic"
    "Kept me enthralled for a 13 hour car ride"
    Overall

    Well written, filled with fascinating statistics and information. I was hooked the entire time. This is the rare audiobook I will listen to twice, then buy the hard copy. I'm thinking seriously about requiring my kids to read it before they begin driving.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Idlewild

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Sagan
    • Narrated By Clayton Barclay Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    He wakes alone, nameless, in a strangely bucolic day-after-tomorrow world. His amnesia is near-total; he cannot remember his name and doesn't recognize anything around him, but he knows with absolute certainty that someone has tried to kill him – and will surely try again. As he tries to discover the identity of the person who wants him dead, he quickly begins to unravel sinister truths, which make it clear that the ramifications of his search are far greater than he could ever have imagined.

    Craig says: "Great story"
    "Not as boring as people say"
    Overall

    More than a few reviewers here and on Amazon thought the book had some slow parts. I did not feel this way. The reader took some getting used to, but I was hooked after the first hour. By 3 hours in I was fully engaged as the pieces came together. If you post-apocalyptic, virtual reality sci-fi you will love this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (445)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "I tried so hard to like this book"
    Overall

    I won't disparage anyone who enjoyed this book, but despite wanting to like it so much, I could barely bring myself to listen to it. Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers, but even he couldn't save this book. The overall plot has some interesting ideas, but the characters are copy and pasted cliches from every hollywood movie you've ever seen. The writing is tedious and flat. I thought if I had to listen to the phrase "vast machine" one more time I was going to throw up.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3234)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1459)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Intelligent, raw cyber-punk..."
    Overall

    Intelligent, raw cyber-punk in the spirit of Gibson and Stephenson

    The great thing about Gibson and Stephenson is that their books aren't just pulp sci-fi, they are filled with interesting ideas about how technology changes people and society. Morgan's book carries on that tradition, building a fascinating world and filling it with interesting people and situations.

    Morgan takes the concept of "sleeving" and introduces all kinds of interesting questions about human relations, business, death, heaven and hell. The detective story and high tech violence are just icing on the cake.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Brilliantly exploring today's cutting edge brain research, Mind Wide Open allows readers to understand themselves and the people in their lives as never before. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works and how its systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives.

    Chris says: "Fascinating, fascinating... but short"
    "Now one of my top 10 audible favorites"
    Overall

    I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Rather than simply presenting scientific material, the author is really on a personal journey to learn more about himself by studying neuroscience. I found the material fascinating, and the presentation genuine and sincere. The reader is very clear and pleasant to listen to. This is a book I'll be keeping on my ipod for a second listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (320)

    At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels.

    Bob says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "A pleasure to listen to"
    Overall

    If you enjoyed the first 2 books you'll love this one as well. Patrick Tull continues to provide really superb narration: he excels at weaving through the naval jargon, and pays particular attention to the dialog.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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