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David

I love listening in the car. It's about the only thing that makes my morning commute tolerable.

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  • The Rise of Ransom City: The Half-Made World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Felix Gilman
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo, Gregory Itzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    This is the story Harry Ransom. If you know his name it's most likely as the inventor of the Ransom Process, a stroke of genius that changed the world. Or you may have read about how he lost the battle of Jasper City, or won it, depending on where you stand in matters of politics. Friends called him Hal or Harry, or by one of a half-dozen aliases, of which he had more than any honest man should. He often went by Professor Harry Ransom, and though he never had anything you might call a formal education, he definitely earned it.

    A Reader says: "Good but not as good as Half-Made World"
    "An interesting biography of manifest destiny."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rise of Ransom City to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure if The Rise of Ransom City is better in audio or print but I feel that the performance by the narrators makes it a worthy audio buy.


    What other book might you compare The Rise of Ransom City to and why?

    The Sisters Brothers and True Grit are both comparable to The Rise of Ransom city in their first person narrative and western themes In both The Sisters Brothers and The Rise of Ransom City the narrators take us through the story of their lives as they make their ways west for for fortune. However, in The Sisters Brothers they mean to make this fortune by killing and in The Rise of Ransom City Mr. Ransom means to make his fortune by virtue of his invention that he has dubbed the Ransom Process.


    Which character – as performed by Ramon De Ocampo and Gregory Itzin – was your favorite?

    Harry Ransom is my favorite character in The Rise of Ransom City.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Unfortunately I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paycheck

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Keir Dullea
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Electronic mechanic Jennings wakes up with no memory of the past two years of his life, except that he had agreed to work for Retherick Construction. Payment for his services, now completed, is a bag of seemingly worthless objects: a code key, a ticket stub, a receipt, a length of wire, half a poker chip, a piece of green cloth, and a bus token. But when he is confronted by the Special Police, who seem to be investigating Retherick for their own reasons, Jennings finds himself running for his life.

    Laura says: "Typical Philip K. Dick story"
    "Not as good as the movie."
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    So far everything that I have by Philip K Dick isn't as good as their filmatic counterpart. Nearly all the storied of his that i have read or listened to see like very interesting ideas that needed minor tweaking or fleshing out to be great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bradbury Report

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steven Polansky
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The year is 2071. It is very recognizable world, only now the United States has implemented a wide-scale, government-run cloning program. Each U.S. citizen has a “copy” living separately in a cleared zone in the Midwest. If an “original” is sick or injured and requires surgery, whatever he or she needs is taken from their clone.

    In the two decades since the program’s inception, no person outside the government has ever seen their copy, and no clone has ever successfully escaped—until now.

    Marion says: "Weak"
    "The inspiration for the movie The Island"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was definitely time well spent. The ethical questions raise by having a clone for spare parts how one would treat such a clone once met, and at a time when spare parts are needed to live, make the an engaging read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The best description of my reaction to the ending would be conflicted.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    These word describe nearly all of Stefan Rudnicki's performances: powerful, engaging, hypnotic.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. As stated above this book is easily the inspiration of the film The Island. While the film has more action that this book they are both well worth experiencing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bro Code

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Barney Stinson
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    Everyone's life is governed by an internal code of conduct. Some call it morality. Others call it religion. But Bros in the know call this holy grail the Bro Code.Historically a spoken tradition passed from one generation to the next, the official code of conduct for Bros appears here in its published form for the first time ever. By upholding the tenets of this sacred and legendary document, any dude can learn to achieve Bro-dom.

    Caesar says: "Fun, but starts to get repetitive"
    "Brolarious"
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    Would you listen to The Bro Code again? Why?

    I would listen to the Bro Code again. It was both funny and informative. Neil Patrick Harris gives a great performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bro Code?

    All the moments in the Bro Code were memerable.


    What about Neil Patrick Harris???s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the the way that Neil Patrick Harris flawlessly delivered the narrative as Barney Stinson would have.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not Really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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