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BinaryIdiot

York, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Deep Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (200)

    The anomaly called the Breach is the government’s most carefully guarded secret. But there is another secret even less known... and far more terrifying. As the U.S. President addresses the nation fromthe Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins’ motives: “See Scalar.” Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangent - caretakers of the Breach and all its grim wonders - have only twenty-four hours to unearth a decades-old mystery....

    Sandra says: "Sad to see the story end."
    "Good but disappointing"
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    I loved the first two books and while I enjoyed this book it wasn't as good as the first two in many ways.

    First off this book is SHORT. Perhaps it didn't need to be as long as the previous two but it felt a little rushed and less detailed than the other two books. That's not necessarily a bad thing but I think it took a little bit away from this book.

    Second, the ending was pretty awesome in some ways but I felt a little dissatisfied. I mean they didn't explicitly say "and then X happened" because it should be really obvious; I just felt a little empty like the story was missing a chapter at the end. Perhaps the writer was best stopping the book where he did...

    It would be interesting to see if we could explore more stories in this universe but...well I don't want to spoil the ending here but I'm guessing the stories would have to be quite different. Still, I would love to see it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7584)
    Performance
    (7216)
    Story
    (7227)

    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"
    "Absolutely amazing"
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    As a huge fan of space and NASA this was the perfect book to get my attention and it was absolutely awesome. I was glued to listening to it and finished it faster than any other book I've ever listened to.

    The performance was also out standing. I can't recommend this book enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1128)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Not as good as the previous books"
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    The performance of this book was great but the story didn't do it for me at all. I really enjoyed the first two books but this one felt like it was a "let's do a slightly bigger battle than normal...but I must fill 13 hours of content first with boring, non-space human culture stuff".

    I don't want to give too much away but I'm fairly certain that at least 80% of the book was dedicated to...Latin American culture and issues with the clashing cultures of North Americans and Latin Americans.

    The ending battle was a bit boring as well. I'm not sure how much I should give away but it basically goes exactly as expected: the enemy is still stupid but a little less stupid now and manage to actually hurt the humans...until the humans win, of course. Now I'm not expecting someone to write a story about humans losing (especially since the previous books built up the human's capabilities so much that it would also seem stupid that they would lose) but the final battle was just ridiculous with the humans having an almost unlimited amount of chances to keep coming back.

    The battle strategy of the enemy also didn't make sense. They are not winning the war on one front with one species...so let's start a fight with another species on another front!? That's bothered me during this entire series but this final book was so disappointing it's hard to overlook it anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1405)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "An awesome kickoff for a trilogy"
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    I've read Peter's previous two books and this one did not disappoint. He can paint an amazing picture and the performance of all of his audio books is always perfect.

    This was a great kickoff to a trilogy. Sure, as some others mentioned, there were quite a bit of character introductions and the beginning was a little slow (though, honestly, it only took a couple of hours in until you're in a really epic fight scene) but this is how all of Peter's books work. He builds up and up and up until he puts his audience at a peak at which point the roller coaster really gets going.

    This is not a slow book in and of itself and not simply "required reading" just to get into the other two books. This book, on its own, is really an awesome read.

    I'm very excited to read the next two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4190)
    Performance
    (2504)
    Story
    (2543)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Actually merits the use of the word 'epic'"
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    This book was one of the most amazing sci-fi novels I have ever read. The worlds are epic, the detail of the technology is amazing and the narrator really brings everything to life.

    I'm quite perplexed by the reviews talking about the narrator being terrible; he was easily one of the best I've heard and did a fantastic job.

    I'm very eager to start the second novel to find out how the story concludes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2158)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (700)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Good story; frustrating details"
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    I, ultimately, enjoyed this book and its story but I found two other aspects frustrating.

    First, the technical details are terrible. It's as if a technology thesaurus was used to pick different terms and apply them in the wrong ways. As someone who is a software developer, I found the technical details simply frustrating but I did my best to ignore them.

    Secondly, as mentioned in other reviews, the last hour of the book made me actually yell at my car stereo. The characters, while seemingly brilliant in most of the book, became complete idiots. The author spent 30 minutes trying to decipher a simple sentence that anyone who has taken high school chemistry could have figured out (you don't even need to remember that class!).

    So, overall, the story was good but the terrible technical details and the ending with the simple characters kept me from giving this higher than 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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