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  • The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    In this audiobook, the brain behind the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, advanced speech recognition, and other technologies devises a framework for envisioning the next century. Kurzweil guides us through the inexorable advances that will result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain.

    Ryan says: "An optimistic map to technological transcendence"
    "Intriguing book!"
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    Would you listen to The Age of Spiritual Machines again? Why?

    No. It's a great book but I understood Ray's ideas & theories so now that I know them I don't feel the need to listen again.


    What other book might you compare The Age of Spiritual Machines to and why?

    Anything dealing with the future, and specifically the future of technology.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last few chapters dedicated to his predictions of how society will change in the near & distant future based on technology.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a great late 90's Canadian band called Our Lady Peace that based their entire album "Spiritual Machines" off of this book; sort of cool to hear and good album too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (1822)
    Story
    (1854)

    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"
    "AMAZING!!!!"
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    Where does City of Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On the very top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The battle going on at the end.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she is my favorite narrator and this is performance was one of her best!


    Any additional comments?

    From start to end this book holds your attention. I look forward to listening to this many times in the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2302)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1849)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Tabitha says: "Hmm..."
    "Good series but not a fan of this book"
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    Would you listen to City of Fallen Angels again? Why?

    No, it is an ok story but not one I need to listen to again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Fallen Angels?

    When Simon plays a show and all the craziness that follows that show.


    What about Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn ’s performance did you like?

    I didn't. Having two narrators is ridiculous and there doesn't seem to be any ryhme or reason to when they switch. It's just distracting, and that's putting it nicely. Molly Quinn also pronounces a few words very differently then they have been pronounced in the first 3 books. A little consitency with the other 3 books would've been nice


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of the series but this book was just boring. It was all about the characters relationships and I felt like it didn't even touch on the actual plot until 80% of the way through the book. Book 3 was amazing, which makes Book 4 even more of a letdown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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