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Brett

Gaithersburg, MD, United States

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  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1148)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "Very original for an unoriginal Genre."
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    When I first heard that Steven Spielberg was set to direct the movie version of this book, I had to purchase it. I even heard the rumor that Spielberg's company optioned the movie rights to the book before it even came out it stores.

    With that being said, it is a good book, but I was expecting a tad more. The beginning and ending were great, but the middle was ho-hum. It basically started, and then ended. I would have liked to have followed the characters adventures in between. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. The characters were unique and you often did not see their actions coming.

    Think 'The Terminator', meets 'The Matrix', meets 'Maximum Overdrive' (for those of you old enough).

    Positive:

    -The first 1/4 of the book is seen through the eyes of a computer. The rise of the machines is viewed in a different way. Very Original!

    -The characters, including the bad guys, all have different, and interesting personalities. They are not just Robots. -Pun intended...

    -Narration was good.

    -Descriptions were brutally honest.

    -The exploration of multiple characters was what i liked best.

    Negative:

    -I feel like there were chunks left out of the story (the middle).

    -Too short. It needed a little more depth.

    I am probably being over critical about the negatives. I highly recommend this book!

    Can't wait for the movie!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (181)

    Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

    Michael says: "Lifeless"
    "What a Bore..."
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    I am an educated person, but I am not entirely sure what this was even about. It is like I downloaded the wrong part of a multiple part book.

    I love Dean Koontz, but he must have been under pressure from his publisher to release something. This was not his finest work.

    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
    (889)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (379)

    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"
    "A good, safe and predicable tale."
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    A good run of the mill action story. It, at times, is a bit predictable. I live in the area described, so I found that fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7279)
    Performance
    (3624)
    Story
    (3627)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Blindsided!"
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    Like the evil that lies in the dark, you will not see this one coming. All I have to say is WOW!

    Someone recommended this book to me because he thought I may like it. I was very skeptical. Plus, the person who did the recommending, was very coy about the description. I can see why. It is a delightful surprise when you read it.

    For the first part of the story, I often thought - "Ok. Good story so far, but where is it going"? Well... I was patient, and it was well worth it! All of a sudden, boom, this book grabs you and does not let go. After that, I was hooked. Just like my friend, I will not ruin it for you. Everything comes full circle in this epic story.

    Is it possible to weave every genre into one story? Impossible? In this case, I think Justin Cronin has accomplished it. He blends - Horror, drama, romance, science fiction, fantasy, suspense, spirituality, and mystery all into one.

    Truly a remarkable read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2497)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1850)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "Where is the Rest?"
    Overall

    This is a very well written and intensely researched book. I enjoyed the first part very much. However, where is the rest? By 3/4 through the story, I was thinking I needed to add the rest of the files to my iPod. Nope. That was it. It just ended! After the "climax", the author just summarized the rest, and ended it. I was expecting so much more.

    As other reviewers noted, Dodd experienced much more than what was told in this story. After explaining in so much detail about the first 1-2 years of Martha and her father's time there, the second half was explained very quickly and in my opinion rushed. Was there no material to pull information from? If that was the case, then so be it, but I do not think that was the case. Some things just needed to be explained more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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