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William

SW Engineer

Canton, GA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 8 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Takedown

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (722)

    Best-selling author Brad Thor has crafted a must-read blockbuster featuring hard-nosed U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath. Fiendish al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to rescue their imprisoned WMD expert during the chaos they create with their July 4th destruction of all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan. Now it's up to ex-SEAL Harvath to stop the evil-doers -- and neutralize the diabolical three-foot-tall villain known as "The Troll" who supplies their intelligence.

    Shane says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "vince flynn wanna be"
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    Performance
    Story

    Character building was weak at best. story was forced, kind of amateurish. I suspect (probably dead wrong) that Brad has limited real life spook/SF experience/exposure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9528)
    Performance
    (8648)
    Story
    (8718)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "blah"
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    same old same old. spends way too much time on artifacts and history which gets overwhelming quickly and seems to be nothing but filler material. story line was marginal. Wait for the movie, book was a waste of 15 hours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (586)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    RealTruth says: "good start, book runs out of sustenace"
    "old SW Engineer Loves it"
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    Performance
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    As a SW Engineer that is getting long in the tooth (punch card days), this book inspired me to rethink my next project/effort. BOT's are the bomb......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Steyn
    • Narrated By Mark Steyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

    Peter says: "Facts"
    "Like a comedian but....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like a good comedian, Mark sees what is happening everyday and shares those observations in his own way to make us laugh. However in this books case there isn't much to laugh at, mostly gasping at the reality of how bad off the good old USA really is. I can see why the political class (both demorats & republiltards) wouldn't like this book because it is calling them out for their dishonesty.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals—the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado—and to the darker side of life in a resort town.Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo’s well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval; while Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, he refuses to leave the hotel.

    meg says: "Great And Greatly Over My Head"
    "weird story with no real climax."
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    i read/listen to a lot of material/subjects and this one was out there, but not in a good way. if you can't find anything better, ok. but i will not read other materials from this author.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Mass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In Critical Mass, Whitley Strieber explores this unthinkable but real possibility in a furious story that is almost too terrifying to tell. Nuclear interdiction expert James Deutsch and his Muslim wife, Nabila, struggle to stop an impending nuclear attack on a great American city. Along the way, they delve deep into the hidden world of nuclear terrorism and the experts who strive to contain it, and get a compelling look at the titanic battle within Islam over its own future.

    Gregory A. Pless says: "Well... hmmm"
    "Critical Dud"
    Overall

    No character building, over extended descriptions of events to fill pages, no real connection with the story line. I forced myself to listen to the end. If you can't find anything else worth reading/listening to, it's a maybe.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3662)
    Performance
    (2215)
    Story
    (2237)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Did I miss something"
    Overall

    Interesting book, but how it ended made me question if i had actually listened to the correct final chapter? Weird at best.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1693)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (416)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    Joann says: "Good thriller"
    "Skip It"
    Overall

    I have read most (if not all) of Connelly's books and this one seemed to rush to the conclusion. The normal setup of the facts and the deciphering of them seemed very very weak. Not a good effort.

    28 of 33 people found this review helpful

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