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Brad M.

Castle Rock, CO | Member Since 2011


  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    What did you love best about Cryptonomicon?

    The story-telling is engrossing, drawing the reader in bit-by-bit as the story unfolds. The combination of witty humor and detailed technical description will cause more than a few moments of inappropriate laughter and plenty of Google searches.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cryptonomicon?

    There are quite a few memorable moments, but the one for me is [SPOILER] the scene during the raid on the Ordo offices where Tombstone is held, seeing the combination gun toting anti-Government Intrusion Secret Admirers as well as nerds using an EMP cannon to confuse and screw with the police.[/SPOILER]

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

    William Dufris brings the story to life. Not only pronouncing some of the more difficult completely made up languages, he gives each character life. It's less of a narration and more of a one-man radio play, complete with a great Douglas MacArthur voice.

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

    I wasn't able to completely finish the book until a week long road trip where I could enjoy 8-10 hours of it at a time. It is a long, long book and very technical so it does require attention to be paid.

    Any additional comments?

    Read it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Post-American World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria

    For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places.

    Gus says: "The Rise of Chindia"
    "Fareed Zakaria puts it into prospective"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Post-American World to be better than the print version?

    In some ways, yes, because Fareed's unique voice leads to making the information more interesting.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The indepth analysis of Fareed's positions and insight into Geopolitical changes.

    What about Fareed Zakaria’s performance did you like?

    Everything. It was an amazing reading of his book. His voice lends to an easy-to-follow and authoritative lecture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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