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I lie dreaming, waiting for the stars to align... But seriously, while looking for gainful employment, I craft chainmaille jewelry and armor, play video games and enjoy audiobooks. My favorite Authors are/have been: Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, Kevin Hearne, and H.P. Lovecraf

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  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (671)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Computer Security Thriller"
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    Would you listen to Zero Day again? Why?

    Probably. I'd want to share this with friends and family, and if we were on a road trip, this would be one of my first choices to bring. It's not only a good tale, but also stresses the importance of updating your PC to curtail malicious attacks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tech talk throughout the book is spot on. With the author's pedigree, it's no surprise, but to hear is spelled out is both eye-opening and frightening.


    What does Johnny Heller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Heller brings an almost news headline feel to the story that stresses the urgency of the subject matter.


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

    Having never really listened to a End of Times / "ripped from the headlines" audiobook before, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I also was reinspired to update all aspects of my PC, for fear of infection from malicious software.


    Any additional comments?

    Two qualms with this book:
    1. While most tech terms are defined when brought up, the reading of "code" was too much. The first time was nearly 5 minutes, and there are a few other code readings later in the book. It may be great for a programmer, but not for the average reader.

    2. Too many chapters. This book has nearly 80 chapters, most not even 10 minutes long. Hopefully in the next book, Russinovich condenses the chapters a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (606)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "Would have been a better to read."
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    There is a standing belief that fiction authors should not narrate their own work. This is one of those cases.

    I really wanted to like this story, I did. But the monotone narration, mis-pronunciations, and mis-characterizations (i.e. reading "he said excitedly," but not speaking with excitement) was laughable.

    The story was entertaining, and I listed to the end, but it was grueling and painful; and I could only listen for short periods of time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1920)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1761)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Surpising fright!"
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    I've long been a fan of Mr. Gaiman's writings, and moreso when he narrates is tales. This one's end sneaks up on you so masterfully that a second listen is required, and just as spooky.

    I am thrilled to see Mr. Gaiman continuing to publish new tales that he narrates, and I'm happy to see him still working with charities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2555)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1028)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Would you try another book from Terry Pratchett and/or Nigel Planer?

    Yes. I had bought Good Omens by Terry Prachett & Neil Gaiman and loved it, but this, not so much.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I had always heard Discworld was a good setting, so I thought I'd start at the beginning. Sadly, it was not. Lesson learned. The echoey intro was truly annoying and impossible for me to understand. Also, I kept falling asleep throughout the book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nigel Planer?

    Doubtful. While I don't have a problem with most British accents, his cadence puts me right to sleep.


    Do you think The Colour of Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    That's not really for me to say. It's my understanding there are already many follow-up books. What would really benefit this book is a new narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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