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Buster55

Joe

Alabama | Member Since 2004

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  • 502 titles in library
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  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (726)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert L. Hicks says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "Worth a listen."
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    Story

    I saw the movie and thought I would like to listen to the book too. I think the amazing thing about this sci-fi book is that it was written in 1917. Story is a little different from the movie, so it is interesting and surprising in its own right.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1168)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story

    I agree that this book, like the other reviewers suggest, is very much in the spirit of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, but maybe not the same quality. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. It definitely makes some well needed jabs at the recording industry. I am not a huge fan of John Hodgman, but he was a tolerable reader.

    0 of 2 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
    (11666)
    Performance
    (10877)
    Story
    (10886)

    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.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Awsome!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I wasn't sure about this book when I read the summary, but I am glad I took a chance. Cline cleverly weaves tons of 80s pop culture into a compelling futuristic story with great characters. If you didnt care for the 80s, you might not like it. I simply couldn't stop listening to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark River: The Fourth Realm, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (245)

    The Dark River opens in New York City with a stunning piece of news. Gabriel's father, who has been missing for nearly 20 years, may still be alive and trapped somewhere in Europe. Gabriel and his Harlequin protector, Maya, immediately mobilize to escape New York and find the long-lost Traveler.

    Mary says: "I Liked It"
    "Not as good as the first book"
    Overall

    I thought the first book of this series was very good. I couldn't wait to get the second book. However, the second book just doesn't have that "quality" to make the listener want to keep listening. It is not worth 2 credits. That is like paying for a so-so book twice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (358)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall

    On Intelligence is a fascinating book. Jeff Hawkins may offend scientists who have worked long and hard on previous approaches to solving the mysteries of intelligence, but Hawkins’ theories are thought-provoking and should probably be an eye-opener to those who may very well be following the wrong paths to understanding this complicated topic. He has many excellent points and is the first one to say that his theories will undoubtedly be revised. The framework he proposes for understanding intelligence is easy enough for a layperson to understand while providing an intriguing look at how our own minds may work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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