You no longer follow Vener8ed

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Vener8ed

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Vener8ed

Member Since 2013

53
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 10 reviews
  • 652 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (4183)
    Performance
    (2317)
    Story
    (2352)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "A Masterwork for Card"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read some of the reviews here so far and I have to assume that they are mostly written by children. Card is one of the premier fiction authors of our age. In a genre such as science fiction, it is not common to find an author who can articulate the human experience while developing unique, interesting speculations on science and philosophy. In all of Card's works, he breathes life into the characters and creates palpable tension throughout the story. The acid test is this: do you care about the characters and find what they are doing relevant? There is no doubt that Card can pull this off with aplomb and style.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (1893)
    Story
    (1891)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Enlightening and Frightening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    To me, reading this book was like plunging into cold water with its shocking revelations about the number of sociopaths that are out there affecting our lives. The descriptions and details give a clear and sometimes frightening glimpse into the mind of the sociopath. Most of us have no clear idea what a sociopath really is and how to recognize one although we often think we do from things we see in movies and the press. The author's research and clinical experiences lend a great deal of credibility and the writing is excellent. It never feels like sensationalism. As I listened, I began to see how some of the people I have known are probably sociopaths and many things I didn't understand about my experiences with them suddenly seemed much clearer. I highly recommend this book. It has helped me in dealing with some of the people that were enigmas in my own life. The narrator did an adequate but not masterful job in my opinion but my wife thought the narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Your Cells: How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bruce H. Lipton
    • Narrated By Bruce H. Lipton
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (238)

    In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton. With The Wisdom of Your Cells, this internationally recognized authority on cellular biology takes listeners on an in-depth exploration into the microscopic world, where new discoveries and research are revolutionizing the way we understand life, evolution, and consciousness.

    Alexandre says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A dreary ride on the Woo woo train"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is a thinly disguised promotion of new age nonsense by someone who should know better. To claim that the number one cause of death in the US is doctor incompetence is a dead giveaway. Lipton sounds like a bitter person whose ideas have been rightfully shunned by his peers but wants to strike back at those who see through his spiritual mumbo jumbo. While I found a few interesting nuggets and I am all for thinking outside the box, this book doesn't offer anything but flimsy speculation. Don't waste your money.

    15 of 45 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
    (2362)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (527)

    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"
    "Fun light read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I cringed at the preachy new age tone at times, I think the author was able to create an interesting story and made it possible to suspend disbelief and become involved with the characters. Some of them are a little too stereotyped but overall I think they had reasonable depth. I don't think the language was too cliche as some have said. It is a decent sort of thriller with a few suprises. Maybe some will think it is too formulaic that is probably a bit too critical. I liked the technology and felt that the author's research was very good. I also liked the way he tied in the mysticism of the characters to many of the legends and myths of history. It has energy and moral dilemma and personal angst to spare. I didn't really like the jacket synopsis and didn't expect to like it as much as I did. It is a fun and interesting story. Scott Brick does an excellent job of reading, as usual. I recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pattern Recognition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

    Laura says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Pathetic drivel"
    Overall

    I know some people will think this is a good book just as I know some people are completely insane. I've read Neuromancer and although it was a bit tedious, there was at least a story there. What story there is here is bogged down in minutiae and mundania. Gibson seems to think that the protagonist is so deeply interesting that he forgets that something has to happen to make the read worthwhile. He sure seems to be having fun but there is almost nothing to make this one moving, interesting, or suspenseful nor is there anything that most people will relate to on any level other than mundane. I guess that excludes people who lost someone on 9/11. Mystery? Thriller? Don't make me laugh. When I got finished with this one I asked myself, "Who cares?" There is really nothing to care about in this entire book. There is no real conflict and the ending fades off into tedium. The reader was good when she wasn't using her own voice. Really. She had some good character voices and nice accents but her own voice was soporific to the extreme. I would give her another chance but Gibson is on my "Do Not Call" list. I gave it one star but only because the system won't allow a null.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6219)
    Performance
    (3456)
    Story
    (3516)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Strange, but in a good way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took me quite a few pages to get into this one but once I did, it was worth the time. For comparison I can say that, I had more difficulty getting into William Gibson's stories and characters. This one is a wild ride and very unpredictable, but fun.

    I have to begin by saying, this narrator is the best I have heard so far. The characters each have their own voice even if only slightly different. And he never forgets who is speaking. Simply outstanding.

    The plot is traditional adventure fare but the characters and the world in which they live are unique and compelling. They become real even though they are patently surreal. The author keeps up a fast pace and delivers a lot of interesting imagery that makes you want more.

    The conflict and resolution deal with a lot of religious history and artifacts. And this can sometimes become bogged down under it's own weight. It feels didactic and sometimes even preachy but it is clear. People who are deeply religious will have difficulty with what is going on because it effectively portrays believers as programmed automatons. It is definitely not complementary to religion in general. If you consider religion and religious history to be real, then you will probably feel put off by the ideas proposed in the story. To those people I say, lighten up. It's only a story. It isn't trying to replace religion.

    The conclusion is a little bit vague and there are a lot of loose ends that don't get wrapped up in a neat package.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2158)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1282)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Disappointing as Science Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Many an author could have written this interesting premise quite well but not this author. She is a spectacular wordsmith and is probably quite at home writing poetry. But here the juxtaposition of real life with her flowery prose is distracting to say the least. The device of presenting the story through the memory of the main character does not work well for a story like this one. Written in a chronological order, it might command your attention. As it is, the voice is way too passive for this kind of tale. And developing all the characters through the filter of the protagonist's memories turns it to vanilla most of the time. It's a great concept but actually much of it has been done before, and better.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Giant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2584)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1390)

    Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.

    Joe says: "Enderverse"
    "Classic Card"
    Overall

    What can I say that hasn't been said about Uncle Orson's ability to capture the soul of his characters? In my opinion, that is the best thing about his work. They are so human and real and often tragic. It is apparent that Card really cares about these characters and lives in their world with them. He deftly brings the reader along for the ride.
    This is a grand and beautiful story that stands on it's own even though it is a sequel. The plot is excellent. It is intricate, exciting and very well paced. For fans of the series, this will justify their devotion. But, this volume can be enjoyed by everyone for it's own sake. I couldn't put it down. The narration is excellent too. It adds immensely to the feeling of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (399)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Unique and Pleasantly Surprising"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Science fiction this is not. But that's OK. I think I expected more from the time travel aspect but for a love story like this it might have been distracting. I am big a fan of science fiction so I was somewhat disappointed at first but the story was well written with excellent character development making it worth the read. There is an element of adventure in the involuntary time traveling with it's unique problems. I enjoyed the discussion of what skills should be cultivated by a person who accidentally stumbles through time in the buff. Those aspects intrigued me and kept me reading as much as the time-jumbled romance.
    The pacing was generally good and there weren?t a lot of pointless detours. The narration may have been a bit flat at times but overall I thought the readers did a nice job. The characters seemed interesting, real, and a bit tragic sometimes but not common. I came to care about Henry and Claire and I wanted to know how things turned out. The sex scenes, of which there were very few, seemed a bit out of place. They really didn?t add anything to the story for me. The story is not especially predictable and has several unique twists. The ending wasn?t as satisfying as I would have wished but it was bittersweet and hopeful. I liked the book a lot despite my expectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2725)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (960)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Darkly Different"
    Overall

    Stylish and smart with many classical and contemporary references. The author deftly takes you on a journey inside the mind of a serial killer. The characters are well drawn and it is easier than you think to actually begin to care about somone normally considered repugnant in the extreme. There are many interesting surprises so the story is not too cliche or predictable. It's an excellent read if you can handle graphic depictions of gore and death.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.