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M. Forte

Aerospace engineer and web site developer

Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 109 ratings
  • 268 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015
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  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4090)
    Performance
    (3631)
    Story
    (3646)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "What an amazing story! Couldn't stop listening!"
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    This is one of the most fascinating non-fiction stories I have "read". From a simple fascination and curiosity as to how the phone system worked, Kevin Mitcnick found himself in the middle of a real life "Catch Me If You Can." Always one step ahead of everyone else, his addiction to hacking eventually did him in. I don't know how he could sleep at night knowing that every moment could be has last free one.

    The narrator, Ray Porter, was phenomenal. He was so natural that at times I felt he was talking right to me.

    Great book!!!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (185)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Great story!"
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    I had no idea what to expect since I hadn't seen the movie or known the story. I was pleasantly surprised!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (580)

    Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

    Michael says: "excellent narrator"
    "Mandatory read for everyone"
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    I never had to read this growing up and I'm sure glad I decided to now. Uncle Tom's Cabin really shows the good as well as bad in the slave-plagued South. Unlike many other books, there was no gory descriptions of punishments even though you know they happened. It makes for a great author where the descriptions can make you understand what happened without spelling everything out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3245)
    Performance
    (2475)
    Story
    (2481)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    David says: "Superb in so many ways"
    "The best book I've ever read!"
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    I have recommended this book to 3 people now that have come back to thank me for it. From the beginning of this amazing true adventure, you are sucked into the book. The details as described from all of the diaries that were kept is remarkable. I was really bummed when the book was over. I just wanted the story to go on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12034)
    Performance
    (10725)
    Story
    (10894)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "A bit slow at times"
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    There are so many fictional names and places in this story that it can be hard to follow at times. Also, some of the conversations can be drawn out at times with no real purpose.
    Overall though, the performance and story is good. Just like the Lord of the Rings series, however, the movie in my opinion is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6819)
    Performance
    (6103)
    Story
    (6196)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Movie is much better than the book"
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    I can't believe I'm saying this but the movie is a lot better than the book. Great storyline and performance but there are sections of the book that can be so boring at times. I would suggest that anyone that wants to listen to this should have a map of Middle Earth in your hands so you can follow along with the conversation. Without it, you will be lost.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (692)

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    Robert says: "Nothing like Scalzi's old man's war."
    "Boring!"
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    One of the most boring reads. I almost stopped after the first half hour but decided to force my way through it. What a waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5557)
    Performance
    (3170)
    Story
    (3215)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Great book and I learned a lot too!"
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    I didn't know what to expect fro this book but was glad where it took me. This inner world of the ultra marathoner is fascinating and it's ties back to anthropological analysis had me on the edge of my seat. I'm ready to start walking barefoot everywhere now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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