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Charles

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  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2377)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1395)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Arrogant, egostical and self-centred."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone with an ego the size of a small planet? I dunno, Nero, Hitler, Margaret Thatcher, Donald Trump perhaps.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything to take the taste of this out of my ears.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Lawlor?

    No one could have made this self-lovefeat sound palatable.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None I could I hear.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the meek were supposed to inherit the earth. Not in this guy's case. I couldn't stomach the chest-beating arrogance past the sixth chapter. Do yourself a favour and read the new Steve Jobs bio instead. He seems to have been a bit of a jerk too. But I'll wager even he had more humility than Wozniak. Yikes.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Market Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    What do you buy and sell when the global markets reach saturation point? The markets themselves. Thirty years from now the big players in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money is in conflict investment. The corporations keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They guage who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence, and power. In return for a slice of the action when the war is won.

    Gary Godman says: "Good easy listen"
    "The best audiobook I've ever listened to."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I've already listened to it four times myself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Market Forces?

    When Chris takes on his best friend.


    Which character ??? as performed by Simon Vance ??? was your favorite?

    Chris Faulkener.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Pretty much every moment was stirring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (596)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Fabulous book, disappointing ending."
    Overall

    Sawyer writes wonderful books, and this is one of them. Unfortunately, he has a habit of writing completely over-the-top endings, and this is one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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