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Adam

Oak Ridge, NJ, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (533)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Thank you Neil Gaiman"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dimension of Miracles to be better than the print version?

    As with many others who came across this book thanks to the NGP label, I am now happily exposed to an author I had not previously known. This is an absurdist SF adventure of the best sort: smart, funny and just as timely now as it was when written.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    College football has never been more popular - or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million.

    Brady says: "Excellent!"
    "Interesting but meandering"
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    Any additional comments?

    I will admit that the book was both interesting and at times educational, even for someone who considers himself fairly well versed in both the sport and the culture/business surrounding it. That being said, the book meanders quite a bit and seems to be missing a basic thesis or purpose. It's neither an expose nor a simple journalistic piece and as a result, it's not clear what the author's goal with the work as a whole is. A better recommendation may be The Atlantic's "The Shame of College Sports" by Taylor Branch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1313)
    Story
    (1320)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Should have been a single a book"
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    This was another good and interesting read from Connie Willis, continuing in the tradition of Domesday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. A very interesting take on historical fictions, exposing the reader to the suspense, drama and fear of the Blitz in WWII London. I enjoyed the reader and the various character voices she brought to life.

    The only beef on the book, however, is the same one that many other reviewers have expressed. This is not a two-part book. This is one book split into two and the buyer should be prepared to be buy both parts or face the reality of listening to a good cliffhanger without much sense of closure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (359)

    Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night.

    Earl says: "Excellent weaving and unexpected"
    "Nice set-up builds to abrupt end"
    Overall

    I have listened to all of Joseph Finder's books to date and find his books and characters an entertaining listen. At first, this one did not disappoint. Although the set up is different this time around, with the hero not a corporate insider, the environments will be familiar to fans of Finder. The narration by Holter Graham was engaging and not distracting in the least.

    The only beef I have with this book is the ending. After 8+ hours of intrigue, the ending caught me off guard... and not in a good way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • True Story: A Comedy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The place: New York. The time: the early 1980s. The scene: the red-hot comedy clubs, very late at night. The cast: five would-be stand-up comics, their egos, and their girls. The result: a downright hilarious novel about trying to be funny for fame, fortune, and fornication. This is Bill Maher's report from the front, a stageside table at the birth of the comedy boom. You'll laugh in all the right places.

    steve says: "A truly boring story...."
    "Sadly not that funny"
    Overall

    I don't know what I was expecting but the end result certainly was not it. The stories of up-and-coming comedians working the lower rungs of the circuit was just slow and boring. About the most interesting thing about the book is the realization that all boring jobs are... boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cinderella Man: James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeremy Schaap
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929.

    Marcus Anthony says: "Excellent"
    "Fantastic historical drama"
    Overall

    It really is too bad such a great story is weighed down by such a nondescript and blas? title because the story is a very entertaining one. Set during the peak of the Great Depression, Cinderella Man walks us through the peaks and valleys of turn-of-the-century boxing before entourages and scandal turned the public off. Although mostly focused on the story of James J. Braddock, we also hear of his contemporaries, their rises, reigns and falls.

    This story will inevitably raise comparisons to a contemporary "Cinderella" story: Seabisquit. The horse, however, wins this match hands down. Nevertheless, take a listen to both and transport yourself easily to a different time.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing's Sacred

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (106)

    You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

    Adam says: "Nothing's creative in this clunker"
    "Nothing's creative in this clunker"
    Overall

    Here's my Lewis Black history: originally though he was a loud-mouthed hack of a comic who would deliver punch lines with all the subtly of a Mack truck. The louder the scream, the funnier it must be when the philosophy. But as time went on, I grew to enjoy his scathing sarcasm and increasingly looked forward to his stints on the Daily Show. I bought this audiobook with some anticipation.

    The book, however, contains very little of Black's humor and even less of his style and delivery. If you're interested in hearing how yet another comic/entertainer/person of note got to where they are today, by all means pick this one up. You'll get your fill of "growing up" stories and descriptions of a "summer in Europe". But don't expect to laugh.

    To answer your question Mr. Black, "Yes, you are funny but no, you cannot write funny."

    33 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (3272)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1326)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Interesting to start but doesn't get anywhere"
    Overall

    I was personally quite surprised when this book ended. The premise is quite interesting and the story engaging to start. But then the timeline gets stretched with years flying by while the characters barely change only to end without really wrapping up the loose ends in a meaningful way. Compared with some of N. Stephenson's other works, this story of a nano-future lacked depth.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bing: Theories on the Origins of the Business Universe

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stanley Bing
    • Narrated By Stanley Bing
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Stanley Bing knows whereof he speaks. He has lived the last two decades working inside a gigantic multinational corporation, kicking and screaming all the way up the ladder. He has seen it all: mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, the death of the three-martini lunch; and has himself been painfully re-engineered a number of times. Most importantly, Bing has seen management at its best and worst, and has practiced both as he made the transition from an inexperienced player to a polished strategist.

    Adam says: "Boring and self-obsessed"
    "Boring and self-obsessed"
    Overall

    I got this book after really enjoying "21 Dog Years : Doing Time @ Amazon.com" by Mike Daisey. Covering similar topics, Bing's first-person account of cubicle- and business-life is nevertheless self-absorbed and never truly pulled me. It's too bad that Bing's second chapter educates the listener on b.s.ing... otherwise I might have stayed with it a little longer!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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