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Jason

Edmond, OK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Parmy Olson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (324)

    In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers.

    Adam K says: "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"
    "A fascinating look into Anonymous"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This is a look into Anonymous as deep as I've ever experienced back in its heyday when things were actually getting done of consequence. Whether you agree with Anonymous or not, the story is fascinating and engrossing as you get a fully fleshed out narrative of how things happened inside the collective.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Topiary. I love his personality and relate to him most of all as I am not a terribly skilled hacker, but do support the Anonymous ideals.


    What about Abby Craden’s performance did you like?

    Abby did a fantastic job of relaying the story and capturing the emotions likely behind the words in an IRC chat room.


    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
    (6965)
    Performance
    (3328)
    Story
    (3332)

    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..."
    "A fantastic story, vampires are secondary"
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    What did you love best about The Passage?

    I couldn't put this book down. The story was just pulling me along and I was a very willing participant. Unlike some overly bloated overly long books, every bit of this book felt needed and included in the main story. I didn't think any of it could be left out. That's how every story should be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Justin Cronin has an excellent writing style for this type of story. I love how the beginning of the book tells parts of the story through emails from the characters, and later in the story it's told from journal entries, and other techniques like this. For me it really helped the story become real when a character's email or journal entries are being read, and I can't really explain it more than that. He makes excellent use of these narrative devices.


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

    I thought Scott Brick's narration was almost hypnotic in parts, and I wouldn't replace him with anyone else. He brings the story to life!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At times, yes, although with a book of this length you do have to give your brain a break every so often to absorb the story and keep your interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Arianna Huffington
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    America's middle class, the driver of so much of our economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are slipping as a nation - that our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did. It's the dark flipside of the American Dream - an American Nightmare of our own making.

    Maciej says: "Sad... but with a ray of hope"
    "No surprises here"
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    Would you try another book from Arianna Huffington and/or Coleen Marlo?

    No. Not because it was bad, but even as a member of the middle class that this book was about, I was bored.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    How do you make economics enjoyable?


    Did Coleen Marlo do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Bad question, this is non-fiction.


    Was Third World America worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I wouldn't listen again.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5044)
    Performance
    (3018)
    Story
    (3033)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Freedom - the political side of Daemon"
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    What made the experience of listening to Freedom (TM) the most enjoyable?

    As with Daemon, the choice of Jeff Gurner to narrate this book is perfect, and the production value is wonderful. That and once again the technology used in this story is so believable because it's all real and possible today!


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

    When listening to Jeff read this book, I can see the characters just as surely as I was watching them in a movie (which needs to happen by the way...come on hollywood!!). Jeff is a talented actor and really brings this story to life much much better than my own imagination could when reading to myself.


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

    There were many things in this story that I long to happen in real life. How amazing would it be to be able to build a fully functional world wide darknet that exists within but totally independent of surrounding society? How Utopian would it be to have communities working towards the common good using clean energy and building fully functional independent "holen's"? In so may ways on so many levels, I see in this story the world I would love to live in. Too bad I probably won't see it come to pass in my lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    In replacing our modern way of life and creating a new way of life for people on the darknet, there are natural political tensions that are brought up in this book. The author does a good job not being preachy, but does show that there are many better ways for a society to live and sustain itself other than the corrupted ways we live dictated by money grubbing corporations.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rainmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (530)

    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike Andrews says: "Excellent Story..."
    "David slays Goliath"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rainmaker the most enjoyable?

    I had read this book before and it was great getting to enjoy it in the audible format.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it's a great story, and it really never gets dry like some legal thrillers do.


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

    Frank Muller is great in any book or story!!


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

    Reboot (because a film has already been made of this book)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Love: Letters from the Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Driscoll
    • Narrated By Mark Driscoll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Real people. Real sin. Transformed lives. A compilation of heartfelt letters that explains Jesus' work on the cross, read by coauthor Mark Driscoll. Death by Love is a unique audio experience on the cross of Jesus Christ. While many studies of the cross discuss the finer points of the doctrine of the atonement, what is often lost are the real-life implications of Jesus' death for those who sin and are sinned against.

    Jason says: "Letters written as the Biblical authors did it"
    "Letters written as the Biblical authors did it"
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    Would you listen to Death by Love again? Why?

    Yes. It's encouraging to remind us in all walks of life, not always just our own, why and how God loves us so much that he sent his son to die and be raised for us to be with Him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's faithful to scripture and seems to capture the heart of our loving father in many ways.


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

    His voice. Anyone who has heard Mark preach knows he has his own way of saying things.


    Any additional comments?

    An encouraging book for Christian and non-Christian alike in all walks of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7018)
    Performance
    (4050)
    Story
    (4078)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Best techno-thriller I have ever read!"
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    I have to say this has to be the best techno-thriller in book or movie form I've ever had the enjoyment to come across. The willful decision by the author to make the technology used in the story realistic makes the story even better. Any time you can make something wild and crazy and almost "unbelievable" and then make it believable by tieing it to real life, you're just going to draw your audience in even further. For me in particular especially as an IT professional and an avid gamer, this was almost a wet dream. And the beauty of it is, the author doesn't require you to already understand those things to enjoy the story, as it's told in a clear way without alienating the "outsider" to such things.

    Jeff Gurner does an amazing job on all of Daniel's books, and of course this one is no different. I love the way he reads, and makes the story better for it instead of being a distraction.

    I hope Daniel keeps writing books for many years to come. I've read all he's come out with so far, and he never disappoints. Also, this book would make a KILLER movie...get on it Hollywood!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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