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Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science

ratings
23
REVIEWS
20
FOLLOWING
7
FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
8

  • The Fear Index

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (216)

    Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence.

    Ted says: "The Book Dan Brown Wished He Wrote"
    "Great, enjoyed every minute."
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    Another riveting discovery for me. Good story, easy listen, and fast takeoff. Fun and fast, but not a mindblower.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (338)

    Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer.

    Stanley says: "Great Book"
    "Best Koontz Characters/Plot"
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    I have read almost all of Koontz. I used to think he was a pop S.K. clone, now I go for him first. Dean likes dogs and is an idealist at heart. This has the best developed and fantastic characters , story, and narration that fit like a glove. If I loose my place on this while listening from one drive to the next, there is no problem finding exactly where I was. Years later I remember it vividly, hearing it just as read by Szarabaijka. Also being a sci fi fan, this plot which follows into the next book in the series... with a third on the way..., is fantastic. The narrator, Szarabajka, was born to this SERIES. Starting out with Christopher, who roams the town at night due to an adventurous spirit, and a medical condition which is debilitating with UV exposure, we see a different view than most through his eyes. Not of a dangerous place, or through a foreign perspective. Chris is someone you can easily put yourself in his shoes, or I can. A good person who approaches the world with more intrest and enjoyment. Beloved by his friends who are generally all night owls in some way. Mom is just deceased, a scientist at a nearby military base, like a town to itself which seems to be fading from lack of funding/ etc. This is a well developed long novel that takes twists and turns, all fantastic, that keep you totally engrossed. I am ready to take a second go, and will probably get it now. Dean Koontz just seems to knock the ball out of the field on this one, and the sequel. I hope he is putting as much into the final? book (3rd) coming out hopefully soon, but doesn't feel he has to end it on number 3. I would like very much to live in Moonlight Bay, and will hopefully never grow tired of it. This series is the best story, by one of the best "horror" writers, as many might classify Koontz. I see him as a more inspirational writer of his varied genre. For those who do not see a well defined plot, I see a flowing story.

    I would not opt for another narrator if I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8438)
    Performance
    (6846)
    Story
    (6902)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Series is to hurry up and wait on the next book."
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    My first fantasy trilogy or book which I have felt was just outstanding. As soon as the next one is out, I will be listening the next day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (448)

    Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother.

    M. M. Robinson says: "Excellent read/listen!"
    "Intresting twist on plot. another 5*"
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    This starts out in the traditional slow style of these thrillers, and lives up to Preston and Child's best stories. I just reordered Still life With Crows when I discovered that what I read 9 years ago ( my first Pendergast book) was abridged! I am glad I did not notice it at the time,. as it has lead me to read all they have written in fiction. So glad I bought the unabridged version of Cabinet or Curiosities- maybe audibe will get finally get it. It was worth the extra money I spent for the old taped version. I do not know If I could bear to put up with all the CD's you would have to get now. Thank goodness for technology!! I bought the first or second series audible player years ago, just months after they opened.

    I an mot going to waste your time reviewing any more of Preston and Child's works, unless one is bad, which do not foresee. If you enjoy any of them as much as I do, they are all great.


    Preston is not a just a fantastic author, he has been involved in his own thrilling life stories, some which I believe are reflected in this thriller series. He wrote a non-fiction book with a journalist, Mario Spezi, about the 'Monster of Florence", a serial killer who they had evidently investigated extensively for 5 or more years.

    Preston and Spezi were arrested after the powerful Italian finatic detective or judge or whatever searched Spezi's and discovered that they did not share his certainty that a group of satanists were the culprits and the latest murder victim was just used by the powerful cult. I could go on, but it is bizarre and very interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3759)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2273)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "A 4 star enjoyable sci-fi thriller from the best."
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    Always thrillers, but thrillers with mysticism and sci-fi. Read/listen to this series, then listen to more. Reader was top notch. Will listen to again.

    BTW. this has been made into a TV movie enjoyable- mot as much as the series, but good B fun: The Relic is a 1997 science fiction/horror film directed by...... Google

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: House Atreides: House Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (333)

    Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago.

    Robert says: "Maybe better than original Audible production."
    "Enjoyable."
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    Another hit by these two. I have enjoyed every one. I grew up reading Dune, and was influenced by Herberts ideas. I was awed by Herbert, and these books are a fantastic listen. I have often searched under Scott Brick to help pick books. He is a fantastic narrator. The Dune Purists may have been popular on 1 or 2 of the infinite timelines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (537)

    Webmind - the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web - has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter-the once-blind 16-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind - wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything - Webmind included - may come crashing down.

    brendanstallard says: "Unmissable"
    "Excellent, Novel, Amazing."
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    This is one of the most memorable books/series I have ever read. I am always on the lookout for anything by Sawyer. His first book on this was my intro to him and I was awed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathans of Jupiter: The Grand Tour Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Samantha Eggar, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    In Ben Bova’s novel Jupiter, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter’s planet-wide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant’s team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet’s depths. However, one of Jupiter’s native creatures—a city-sized leviathan—saved the doomed ship.

    Conker says: "Deeply Flawed"
    "Another hit as expected."
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    Bova ia consistently excellent. I grew up on sci fi and he is one of the greats.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2035)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1568)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Excellent."
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    Per this series by Preston and Child, I have never been disappointed. I would recommend any of this series highly to anyone. I always automatically grab anything by them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10176)
    Performance
    (7954)
    Story
    (8051)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Fantastic, above rating."
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    This whole series threw me on my head. I could not wait to get back into it, and worried how close I was coming to the end. More Please!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16038)
    Performance
    (14197)
    Story
    (14144)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A book worthy of King, one of his best."
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    I have been hum drummed by SK in the past, and thought he might have had a shift after his Trauma. But I was overwhelmed by his handling of this plot, I do not believe it could have been better written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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