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Coder Guy

I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.

Jacksonville, FL USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Accelerando

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day.

    Coder Guy says: "I tried, I really did..."
    "I tried, I really did..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a professional in the field of software development I can find myself loving the idea of this story. The mistake was in choosing George Guidall to narrate it as it makes the story extremely difficult to follow!


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    I mean no offense to Mr. Guidall, but his performance in this book is horrific. It's nearly impossible to tell which character is speaking as George seem to make little to no effort to change the voice or otherwise help the listener keep who is speaking straight. It's also extremely difficult to know when a specific scene changes, often times we're in a totally different place but I was left thinking we were back at the previous location. I mean no offense to Mr. Guidall, but his lackluster performance destroyed this story for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see a revision to this book with a different narrator. Please strongly consider having this re-read by someone who knows when to pause, knows how to tell the listener who is speaking and is able to to keep things coherent to help prevent the utter feeling of confusion while listening. The story itself has huge potential, it's unfortunate that George's performance was at best sub-par as it made the story quite difficult to follow and wound up causing me to say: "What in the...!?!?" many times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (7407)
    Performance
    (4411)
    Story
    (4444)

    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.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Awesome Book - Something for everyone"
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    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    This book is fantastic, especially if you're a programmer or if you're tech-savvy. Daemon stands for Disk and Execution Monitor. This essentially is a process or group of processes that perform specific tasks, for example, sending email. This book is packed full of action, intrigue and mystery. The ending of the story (Freedom) was a surprise which is typically not the "norm" for many books I read/listen too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daemon?

    There are many memorable moments, however, one of my favorites is watching how humanity overcomes a great obstacle and becomes very self-sustainable. The Daemon helps in this regard as it acquires and provides groups of people with the necessary materials to build.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is packed full of action and is a fantastic and near-realistic given how far technology has come and how interwoven into our daily lives it is. I highly recommend picking up this book as well as "Freedom" the 2nd book that brings the story to it's conclusion. I only wish Daniel felt inclined to produce a movie(s) based on this story and I'd also be extremely happy if he decided to continue the story by writing more for it. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4198)
    Performance
    (3523)
    Story
    (3517)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Awesome story I couldn't get enough of!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    I would, for a few reasons, really. 1) I love Ray Porter, he's an extremely talented story teller. He is rather good at engaging you and giving you the feeling that you're a part of the story. 2) Ray does an absolutely stellar job with the various voices as well as keeping them consistent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's really hard to have a single favorite character. Jonathan certainly has a knack for placing characters in the story that invoke emotions across the entire spectrum. Even better, you may find yourself one moment loathing a character, but several chapters later, you find your self perhaps relating to the same character or even liking them. I also believe Ray plays a big part of this as he manages to give each character unique personality traits that can cause you to completely change your mind about your original impression of the character.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to other performances by Ray and bar none, he's fantastic! He does stellar work and these stories would not be the same without his work.


    Who was the most memorable character of Patient Zero and why?

    It's hard to nail down the most memorable characters in the various Ledger stories as so many of them leave a lasting impression. I would say Joe Ledger, of course, the always rather interesting Mr. Church and of course Joe's frequently changing team. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I believe Jonathan and Ray, together, bring some incredible stories to the audio book scene. With out Jonathan's rich stories and Ray's ability to bring them to life in multiple dimensions, it's easy to see how one can be moved but the various events that happen in Patient Zero. I've gone through all six books now and Jonathan and Ray if you happen to stumble on this review please note: I WANT MORE!!!! :D Keep 'em coming, I don't think I'll ever get enough of these amazing stories and Ray's performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2323)
    Performance
    (2044)
    Story
    (2050)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "Another home run!!"
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    What did you love best about The Dragon Factory?

    The dragon factory was interesting in that there are two "bad guys" and they both seem to be working on some rather sinister projects. The question becomes: Do their paths converge and what does that mean for Ledger and his team? I loved the aspect of creating the perfect "monsters" and add the "Extinction Clock" to the mix and the story becomes downright tense and I can almost promise you'll remain glued to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dragon Factory?

    The most memorable moment in this book was unfortunately a rather sad moment that will forever change Joe, and not for the best. I cannot explain what happened without spoiling an important moment in the story. I'm pretty sure you'll know precisely what I'm referring to when you encounter this part of the story.


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

    Ray brings so much to these stories. When he reads the stories, he brings the characters to life and in many cases is able to invoke emotions of all different types. I found myself becoming very attached to several of the characters, loathing others, all because Ray is able to take the material provided by Jonathan and immerse you so deeply into the story that you almost feel like you're actually there.


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

    Yes, actually there are many moments across all 6 of the Ledger series that invoke real emotions. Joe suffers on so many levels and in some many different ways that as events unfold I'm almost brought to tears as Ray is able to convey real, raw pain and emotion wether it be traces of his voice crackling a bit during rough times to the very intentional and well done sighs.


    Any additional comments?

    At this point Ray IS Joe Ledger, he manages to drag you so deeply into the stories that you don't want to leave! No matter how many characters Jonathan places into the story, Ray makes it very easy to know exactly who's talking without him having to say so because he's consistent and each and every character has a unique voice. Jonathan and Ray are a winning combination that has me wanting more!!

    0 of 0 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
    (1460)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (359)

    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"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    Would you listen to On Intelligence again? Why?

    I would listen to On Intelligence again and again. Jeff Hawkins has a very unique point of view on how our brains work. This is a must have for anyone interested in machine learning or creating "AI" using software.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the deep discussions of how the brain works. Learning that the brain is merely an advanced pattern machine with predictive capabilities that would make even the best software engineer cry at the thought of attempting to reproduce using code.


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

    Yes, but unfortunately my schedule doesn't allow for much time to just sit and listen to a complete audio book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is fantastic. I plan on using the information gleaned from it to attempt to create more intelligence software. We'll see how this journey goes. :) A huge thanks to Jeff for such an amazing book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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