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ReductiMat

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Buried Deep: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human woman who vanished 30 years ago with her children.

    Michelle says: "The best so far"
    "I wanted to like it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I hesitate writing a negative review, but this is the first series I've audibly complained to while listening.

    For what it's worth, I love Peter Hamilton, Alistair Reynolds, S.A. Corey, Dan Simmons, China Mieville and so many others.

    This series is pure fantasy written in the future. If you are looking to find the polar opposite of hard SF, this is your cup of tea. It reminds me of Kirk-era Star Trek writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristine Kathryn Rusch again?

    Probably not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    This is an ambiguous question that is difficult to answer.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment.

    There were simply too many unbelievable machinations I was required to accept. I'm not speaking of the "Somewhat unrealistic" flavour, rather it's of the "Are you f'in kidding me?" variety.

    I'll save specific instances so as not to ruin anyone else's enjoyment of the book. Needless to say, the chances of the world the main characters live in coming to fruition are smaller than me spontaneously changing genders.

    The main characters are decent enough, but so many of the powerful, ruling-class characters that make their way into the stories lead me to believe they are timid pre-teens with sub-50 IQ's transferred into older hosts.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (607)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "Great book ruined by small minded idiots"
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    What made the experience of listening to Antifragile the most enjoyable?

    What made it least enjoyable was some small group of cretins at Random House who decided they should censor various words with which they have trouble with.

    I suggest to anyone who can't handle the word bull $hit and the like should go back to reading picture books.

    Random House, you should be ashamed.


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

    He performed great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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