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MyDogBen

Seattle | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 212 titles in library
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  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7298)
    Performance
    (4311)
    Story
    (4343)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "What A Dud"
    Overall

    Actor Jeff Gurner does a heroic job with atrocious material. If I could get this 7+ hours of my life back, I would.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edmund White
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Jack Holmes is in love, but the man he loves never shares his bed. The other men Jack sleeps with never last long and he dallies with several women. Jack's friend, Will Wright, comes from old stock, has aspirations to be a writer, and like Jack works on the Northern Review, a staid cultural quarterly. Will is shy and lonely-and Jack introduces him to the beautiful, brittle young woman he will marry. Over the years Will discovers his sensuality and almost destroys his marriage in doing so.

    MyDogBen says: "Wrong Reader for This Material"
    "Wrong Reader for This Material"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edmund White again?

    It would have to be free.


    What didn’t you like about Ken Kliban’s performance?

    Like having your grandfather read you porn. The biggest mismatch of voice to material I've encountered. Furthermore, the narrator's hesitating cadence has nothing to do with the author's pacing. Too, Kliban makes no effort to differentiate the voices of Jack Holmes and his friend, Will. When these characters talk to each other, it's as one person talking to himself.


    What character would you cut from Jack Holmes and His Friend?

    The narrator. Someone more appropriate might have salvaged this audiobook - might have.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a distorted caricature of gay life. I could not tell you if the author was being satirical or was truly misinformed. If you want to know accurate information about being gay, ask someone you know in real life. Do not take this oddity as gospel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: The Exodus Code

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman
    • Narrated By Daniel Pirrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left.

    Bonnie says: "Exodus Code an immortals adventure"
    "Catastrophically Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Torchwood: The Exodus Code better?

    Writing the actual ending. As the story unfolds we learn that Capt. Jack Harkness must enter the earth to change Gaia's mind. The actual conversation between Jack and Gaia isn't written. The book ends as if the authors lost all interest and quit writing.


    Has Torchwood: The Exodus Code turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Only turned off from novels by these authors.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Everything the other reviewers already mentioned is accurate. The peculiar pronunciation of the word 'geyser' as 'geezer' takes you out of the story every time. And it only happens, maybe, a hundred times.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was one neat bit of Torchwood tech that appears after the first half of the book. No spoilers here, but it did make me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the book because I pine for another round of Torchwood episodes. If you long for them too, bad news: this book won't fill that need.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1434)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Lost Cause, Indeed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Jussi Adler-Olsen???s story?

    Like many Audible listeners, I was looking to find the next "Dragon Tattoo" series. "Lost Causes" isn't it. The story has no redeeming value. Keep the Audible credit, I wish I could get my TIME back. Believe the many people before me who labeled this as bad. They are right.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler alert: this book is driven by extensive descriptions of torture. I'm appalled it was ever published. And I'm against censorship. I'm not against good taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lessons of History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Will, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

    Brad the Dad says: "This is a must for every Educated Person"
    "OK, with reservations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Odd that Will Durant defends religion, even though he admits (paraphrasing here) that it is made up to give poor people hope. The book itself is spliced together with an extended interview with the authors. I found myself wishing the interviewer asked harder questions. But, it wasn't a debate. The book tends to repeat themes. It feels like an essay extended to book form. However, I am glad I heard it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11835)
    Performance
    (10246)
    Story
    (10225)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "There will be other books written..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I came to this book with such high expectations. Isaacson is out of his depth with his subject matter. I can only recommend it with serious reservations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked best the unintentional glimpses of SJ that leaked through the cracks in Isaacson's narrative plan: glimpses of home life, Job's manic schedule. And regarding Steve Jobs vs Cancer, I predict a Broadway play, probably a comedy, before too long. This particular health crisis was tailor-made for examination before an audience. With laughter, and tears.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Dylan Baker's delivery is not suited to the material. Every time I returned to the book I thought, is he really the ideal narrator for this? Would Apple have approved this choice? His repeated mispronunciation of


    Any additional comments?

    Blogger Jon Gruber makes some excellent, detailed critiques of Isaacson's work at the website 'Daring Fireball.' Anyone interested in an alternate analysis of Steve Job's career should go read Gruber on the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.

    Francis says: "Such books make reading sacred..."
    "Worth every minute"
    Overall

    What a pleasant surprise, to be reminded that a classic book is classic for a reason - it's good. Don't hesitate to jump in. It's long, but I didn't want it to end. The narrator's characterizations are wonderful. George Eliot had me laughing many, many times with droll wit and insight.

    Also, Middlemarch delivers perhaps the most elegant final paragraph a novel could hope for. Wow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The History of the World Cup

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brian Glanville
    • Narrated By Bob Wilson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    For this unique Naxos AudioBooks recording, Brian Glanville, the distinguished journalist and World Cup historian, has written the fascinating history of the event. Here are the men who played, the goals they scored, the trimphs, the failures, the shocks and scandals. Here are the stories of heroes: Pele, Eusebio, Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckenbauer, Johann Cruyff, Diego Maradona, and many more, as well as the villains, the managers, the referees, and the football politicians.

    steve says: "Good but...."
    "Not for Beginners"
    Overall

    A new fan to MLS Soccer/Football in the US, I wanted to learn about the history of the World Cup in time for this year's matches. However, "The History of the World Cup" is a only a relentless recitative roll-call, a tsunami of player's names, one after another, usually accompanied by an adjective. I forced myself to listen to the end. Perhaps for the veteran fan, revisiting countries and past contests will be rewarding because the reader's own memories may fill in the many, many gaps. New fans will be bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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