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Ceasar

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  • Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Rob Granniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
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    (174)
    Story
    (180)

    David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence. David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers.

    Matthew says: "Short but defintely sweet"
    "Great story and how it unfolds"
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    What did you love best about Avogadro Corp?

    Great book, and from the point of a programmer. Its exactly how I would expect a distributed AI would appear. I was very taken in by this book and it filled everything I expected of it. Sometimes in my mind I removed the word "Avogadro" and used Google because that's what it felt like. Just one part I disliked but it's so specific to me I'm not going to mention it. 4 out of 5!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ELOPE , that's not even a person or even someone that you can directly interact with happens to be the best character from my view.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Avogadro Corp, Who said AI had to be intentional"


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (189)

    The anomaly called the Breach is the government’s most carefully guarded secret. But there is another secret even less known... and far more terrifying. As the U.S. President addresses the nation fromthe Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins’ motives: “See Scalar.” Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangent - caretakers of the Breach and all its grim wonders - have only twenty-four hours to unearth a decades-old mystery....

    Sandra says: "Sad to see the story end."
    "Did not disappoint me, what a great series"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the last book of three and all I can really say is that this was an action pack series that made me feel fulfilled at the end. This last book brings in all the little things you found in the first two books and puts a bow on it. If you are a fan if Sci-Fi , please give this series a try and when you get to this book, look in the mirror at your grin and be happy. If you read the first two books, what are you waiting for! Dive back in and finish the job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robogenesis: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed. In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping.

    happy cc says: "Terrible"
    "Picks up right you where dropped off!"
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    The second book in the Robopocalypse series (maybe a 3rd) picks up right where you left off, but where you where dropped off wasn't what you thought. This book gave me the same excitement that I got out of the first book, and i'm hoping for a 3rd. If you are fan of near future Sci-Fi technology thrillers you have just looked at a review for one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (780)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "After the book, I didn't feel unsatisfied"
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    When I first started this book I was a little put off by the language and complexity of how it was written. After the first few chapters I began to sink in and I was able to grasp the jargon used. The characters where dynamic, the plot was amazing and it was a very satisfying book. I am a heavy science fiction reader, and this book was on the mark for this, and a little fantasy. Thank you for the person who suggested this book for me. It is the second longest book I've ever read, coincidentally the first longest book Ive read was by the same author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Firewall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
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    In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don't harm society or each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions. Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "The future belongs to AIs"
    "Very much enjoyed this book."
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    Wonderful read, great new characters and after finishing this book I understand how this fits in with the other two. You can read this separate from the other two or in series and its just as great of a read.

    Kat is a character that was effected by ELOPe, this was before "Yoni", year of no internet. By the way ELOPe was only mentioned twice in the book. She plays a critical roll in the evolution of everything.

    One thing puzzles me, what happened to ELOPe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1541)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Its a good, entertaining story"
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    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His performance was great. Captured the voices and emotion well.


    Any additional comments?

    Post apocalyptic world, with the USA planting seeds of american soldiers to rebuild the government. Sounds like an impossible task, but thats what makes it interesting. Can Lee do it? I want to believe he can! This is the first in three books (the magic number it seems for a series) and leaves off in a great position for the next book. This is not your regular zombie book, because there is more in this story that "we need to survive", and more like "We need to survive and rebuild".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1780)
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    (1781)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "Was not disappointed at all !"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Influx?

    Finding out who "Leroy Jenkins" really is outside of WoW.


    Any additional comments?

    Let me say one thing about this book, "Physics rocks!"

    I had high hopes for this book being such a fan of the three previous books to this point. I was greatly satisfied. It had me reading at lunch at work, at work, and up late at night. Its not like the other books, but in its self a great work of Sci-Fi.

    It was a great read(Listen) , and highly recommend this book if you love tech, and Scf-Fi.

    Only one thing I had to get over, John Grady sounded just like John Ross. My mind resolved it quickly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (652)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Katherine says: "Lot's of fun"
    "Can you make a better cover?"
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    Let me start by saying that I now understand when a movies says "Based on the book _______ by _______". If its is based on it , it doesn't necessarily have to follow it. In this case there was a few things that match the movie but just a few.

    This book is written in a way that I could relate to, sympathize with, and get into. I mean I don't know exactly how he could feel but this gives me background to understand. Im curious now to see how the other books in this series goes.

    Despite the cover that makes it look like a teen book, it has much more content than you might have expected.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1553)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (827)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "WWW: Wow!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was presently surprised by this book. The main character was "Full of awesome" , the AI was stupid and THEN got smarter, and it kept me reading. I wasn't expecting it to be as technical but it was and that always makes me happy. The only thing I was disappointed by is that "Jagster" is not a real search engine. I think I am going to like this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

    Amanda says: "Remarkable."
    "Great book :: Surprised me!"
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    This book had so many elements , and was put together well. I really enjoyed the first person switching, and the effort it took to imagine all of this information. Bob is easily my favorite character, and look forward to more. I highly recommend this book for Sci-Fi fans.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (803)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    gerry says: "Could not get past the naration"
    "Look out Zombies!"
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    This was what I expected it to be, lots of running and zombies. I got this for free and what I'm guessing a sample to see if I can get into the series. At the end I didn't really think I would like it, BUT I also got a sample of the second book - a chapter or two. That got my attention, and set a better stage then the first book. I will move on to it as soon as I read a couple of other books I had lined up

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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