The research that has obviously gone into making this book is amazing. The author thoroughly goes into pretty much EVERY situation one might come across or look out for during your inevitable battle between man & machine.
I'd compair this book to "The Zombie Survival Guide" in the way he goes into so much depth and seriousness regarding the somewhat tongue-in-cheek subject material of the text. LOTS of great audio clips/quotes regarding robots.
My ONLY complaint of this book would be concerning the fact that it comes across as somewhat dry during some points strictly due to the fact that the author goes over EVERY little detail with a fine toothed comb. This might be a plus to some, (especially in the paper edition) but I just happened to find some parts pretty dull.
Very impressed with how much thought Rogan actually put into this performance. Yes, there were a few toilet humor jokes, but I was expecting that. But aside from that, the man is clearly a genius putting on an act.
PLUS - The audiobook contains about 20 minutes of bonus material of Q&A between Rogan and the audience that is nearly as good as the act itself.
Highly recommend this one for any fans of Louis C.K., Jim Jefferies, Norm MacDonald, or David Cross.
8.8 / 10
My only complaint about this audio book is that it was a little too short (only 1.5 hours). The content within that short time is nearly all pure gold. There are one or two stories that had me wondering WHY they were added to the collection, but overall it's a great compilation of some of my favorite authors. The fact that the book contains Sheckley, Asimov, Dick, AND Clarke should be enough reason alone to check this one out.
8.3 / 10
The idea behind this amazing novel is that of an alternate reality set during the 1930's in which patches of mankind has developed magical abilities. Aside from the story, the author examines all of the problems that present themselves with what amounts to a wonderful new form of technology.
I must also mention that out of all the hundred-some audio books that I have purchased, this book's narrator ranks among the best I have EVER heard. He manages to create a new, unique voice for every single one of the characters, almost up to the point that it feels like you are listening to a radio drama. Amazing work.
I have yet to listen to the 2nd and 3rd novels in this series but have already spent my credits on them and look forward to 2 more mind-bending experiences.
9.6 / 10
I'm an expert on old-time radio and this is a must-have collection for anyone who is interested in an introduction to the medium. It is a collection of half hour shows from various sci-fi programs ranging from the 1940's to the early 1960's. This collection does a great job of presenting a good representation of what science fiction was like during that time period. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
9.6 / 10
This was an unbelievably well-executed and produced radio dramatization of a horrible story. It's a shame so much talent and work was wasted on such a stupid idea for a story. Giving it 3 stars is VERY generous.
WARNING: This book is not for the faint of heart or for those who are easily offended. Go look up some nice, wholesome Jeff Foxworthy or something.
I didn't much care for his narration, but this book was a gold-mine of stories. I have even RE-TOLD some of the stories from this book to MY OWN friends. Some people just know how to press all the wrong buttons in any given situation, and Tucker Max is one of those people. He somehow repeatedly makes the exact opposite decision that any, wholesome, upstanding, caring person would choose... and only manages to make it worse yet again
A delightful read if you like a good rascal. If not, STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM THIS BOOK AS POSSIBLE.
This wonderful, yet horrific book is one of the most interesting reads I've had in recent memory. Some of the imagery drawn by the author's words and survivors' stories have been forever etched into my brain. For example, I will now never be able to think about the WWII bombings without thinking of the confused, skin-less horse following an equally confused and devastated man from Hiroshima down the street as he looked for any trace of survivors...
For years now, Chuck Klosterman has been my favorite author because of his quick wit, sub-pop cultural knowledge, conversational style, and his unique way of looking at the rest of the world. His books "IV" and "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs" are some of the titles I am most proud to have on my bookshelf.
Although this book IS incredibly insightful at times, and it DOES read just as easily as any of Klosterman's other work, it falls just a LITTLE short of what I had hoped. I believe this is because, (up until this book), he had never penned himself in to a corner as far as the exact TOPIC of what he was "supposed" to write about. Although I'm sure his goal was to have everything tie together neatly in the end, the book comes across as a collection of essays that are related only by the slightest thread.
Still, a very enjoyable listen but I'm sure that Chuck wishes he hadn't given himself self-imposed restrictions on his subject matter.
Although written beforehand, this book's humor reflects in many ways the prose in "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but in a somewhat more mature manner.
The narration performance by John Hodgman on this fish-out-of-water story is second to none, creating the audio equivalent of a page-turner.
Highly recommend for anyone who enjoyed those old 1950's sci-fi radio shows such as "X-Minus One" and/or "Dimension X".
9.8 / 10
After going through this book, I can't help but wonder what it must be like to even spend one single minute as John Hodgman. It truly must be an extraordinary experience to which nothing compares.
It must have taken him a lifetime to amass THIS much fake knowledge/trivia... Which doesn't seem to make sense, but he is, in fact, living proof.
If you're hoping that this book will get you some interesting tidbits of information you can whip out at a party to impress friends and associates, don't bother. On the other hand, if you're interested in the secret code-language of hobos, then this is the book for you!
9.2 / 10
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