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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Different but keeps you to the end"

    Wasn't sure what I was expecting but this book, while not being what I normally listen, engaged me from the beginning to the end. It follows several people with enough detail to help you understand their interaction and reactions but not so much that it distracts from the story.
    As the story follows the apartment tenants the mystery builds and things get very strange. But somehow it holds together and keeps who wanting to know whats going on.
    I can see this actually done as a movie. Low key to start with and building to the very end. By the time I was in the last sections, I found it very hard to stop listening. I just had to know!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Scanner Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Paul Giamatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

    Lew says: "Brillant Novel, Read to Perfection!"
    "Very disturbing - tough to make it through"

    While obviously well written and well performed, the material is quite disturbing and hard to stay focused on. So much so that I finally gave up and, for the first time, have not finished listening to an Audible book. Some people might really appreciate it but it definitely won't be for many.

    The characters are well portrayed which may be part of the problem. The main narrator is going in and out of reality. The conversations that happen are often just plain annoying. Not the writing but the type of conversations that could very well be had by people whose brains are messed up due to their trip.

    One disappointment was that I was expecting science fiction, especially considering the author and the classification. This might have been considered sci fi when it was written but doesn't fit that category today. It was a look into the near future when it was written but could also have just been considered an exploration of a different sub-culture. Perhaps the ending might still categorize it as sci fi, but I ended up stopped about 3/4 of the way through it. My time is just too valuable and I unfortunately should have given up much before I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Mac Radio Show 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (45 mins)
    • By Scott Sheppard
    • Narrated By Scott Sheppard

    Host Scott Sheppard takes a lighthearted look at what's new and exciting in the world of the Macintosh computer. From the digital hub to the den of the Jaguar operating system, Scott is always on top of what is happening in the world of Macintosh and has his finger on the pulse of the industry. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Michael says: "Waste of time and money"
    "My Mac with a bit of personality"

    This weekly show covers quite a few general Mac topics, including gaming, graphics, current news, and even the stock market's response to Apple's activities.
    There are more technically inclined shows out there but I find that the casual approach makes it an easy listen. The show is well organized where, if you are running short on time, you can skip to the next segment quickly.
    The information is accurate, current, and useful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Long to start but engaging once into it"

    I found that the techno jargon/slang was initially fairly shallow and repetitive. The story could have done with a much shorter setup of the characters and period, with a bit less attempt at a clever approach. This almost felt like word filling to make a minimum.

    However, once the story got going, it developed into a very engaging and well through out tale. The characters and interactions kept me listening until the very end, where I found it to be nicely all wrapped up.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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