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Third Smartest Man In The World

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ, United States | Member Since 2007

ratings
9
REVIEWS
7
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • The Missing Chums: Hardy Boys 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    When the Hardy Boys set out to solve the mystery of their missing chums, they discover a gang hide-out in a cave on an island along the way.

    MillenniumMike says: "Enjoyable Hardy Boys sleuthing around Bayport"
    "This Was My Favorite"
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    Times may change but Frank and Joe remain the same. I listened with my son and he liked it too, but still went back to "wimpy kid" stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1313)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Good But Not Awesome"
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    I accidentally started listening in the middle of this audiobook and frankly I'm glad I skipped the beginning. Especially when I found out that there's another whole book to go. It's a weird little book - the time traveling scientists seem to fit right into their new time circumstances. And I feel like I've seen these themes before. Yes something has messed up the space time continuum - but what? And can it be undone?

    The writing is subtle and controlled - this is clearly the book Willis wanted to write but I'm just not dying to find out how it all turns out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1380)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Weird One"
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    I wonder if I would have thought about this book differently if I didn't know and like Del Toro's movies. On some level this is a straightforward horror story - but there are scenes of horror that don't really move the plot forward - emotional and evocative scenes that really shouldn't be there if this is just an adventure/genre story. I liked it - but it didn't completely work for me.

    I like Ron Perlman's gravelly voice and he delivers the horror with a "just the facts" restraint that enhances the material

    I didn't realize til I was done that this was book 1 of 3. I'll probably come back to it later - but I can't go right into book 2 - it's just too dark and wretched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scientific American: The Last Great Global Warming

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Lee R. Kump
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Lee R. Kump, a professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, reports on alarming evidence from the past and how it may not be too late to avoid the calamity that awaits us.

    Amazon says: "Better Build An Ark"
    "Better Build An Ark"
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    I don't know why I continue to follow the global warming story. It just depresses me. This new science looks back at a previous time the planet warmed up and concludes that we're pumping carbon into the atmosphere many times faster then ever happened before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhood for Amateurs (Free Promotional Excerpt)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (67)

    As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

    Nina says: "Good"
    "Writing For Amateurs"
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    One two three. Four Five Six. Seven Eight nine ten. Eleven, Twelve 13 fourteen fifteen sixteen.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10980)
    Performance
    (10232)
    Story
    (10237)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Blown Away"
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    I love this book.

    But I can't believe there are many out there who will groove on it the way I am. I was thinking about which of my friends to recommend it to - - but to really appreciate it you need to be an 80s TV, movie, music, D&D, comics, video game nerd and I can't think of anyone who cared about more than a couple of these.

    Wheaton is great for this material not only because of of his geek icon status but also because his voice is still youthful - which suits this story of a man looking back at his teenaged years. (I'm only about halfway through - - so if ST:TNG plays a big role in the second half I may have to reconsider this.) There is a point where the character describes something as "like a holodeck" and I cringed a little.


    At this point I'm just enjoying the material - but on reflection it may actually be a really fine novel too. There is a point where the main character - is in "a game" within a "recreation" within a "virtual universe" and I suppressed some thoughts about how cunningly crafted the whole thing was. I'll let someone think about whether it's got literary merit. I'm just having fun with it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Grant Morrison
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (246)

    From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind's great modern myth: the superhero. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Grant Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero - why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are... and what we may yet become.

    Bradford says: "Average history of comic books"
    "Geek Gospel"
    Overall

    I know guys who know a lot about comics. I know a lot about comics. But Grant Morrison may be the alpha geek.

    Going back to the beginning of superhero time and working forward to the present day - the guy gets into the nitty gritty of the books, the heroes, the creators, the socio-political environment.

    It's as if he has actually read and can effortlessly recall every issue of every superhero funny book ever published.

    I've been wishing for this book to be written and am blown away by the way that Morrison grounds the book in his personal relationship to the form - and also links it to the cosmic forces that shaped the medium.

    I am blown away by this work - but it may not be for everyone. If you can't visualize the difference between the styles of Jack Kirby and Neal Adams then you may need to start elsewhere.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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