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  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (345)

    Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

    John says: "A Glimpse Into the Future"
    "Great for understanding the maker movement"
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    Would you listen to Makers again? Why?

    If I were to start my own maker business I sure would, but otherwise as a consumer, the information comes across as "here's what you need to know", and thus has limited replay value.


    Would you recommend Makers to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's a very helpful book to understand the way modern manufacturing and production is being changed by the internet and democratization of factories. Leaves you with a sense of capability and motivation to make something.


    Did Rene Ruiz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, it was easy to tell who was doing what. There weren't that many characters besides a few references, but each one was differentiated well enough.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "People Power, Printers, and Production"


    Any additional comments?

    Great for introducing others to the maker movement, but as somebody that's already been fairly caught up, some of the material was a bit redundant and less useful once you already get the gist of the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8036)
    Performance
    (4988)
    Story
    (5022)

    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!"
    "Prepare for the future"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    Can't say - haven't read print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the plot unfolded. Lots of twists in ways I never expected, and I did try to anticipate some of them and failed. The author is very creative and knows how to appeal to the techlust generation.


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

    His narration helped to give each character a greater personality through their dialect and spoken attitude.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't say extreme, but it did get me motivated to accept such a world changing event as a global darknet. I was rooting for it and excited to see it succeed. AI is pretty nifty.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, and the next one is even better. This first book is slightly more unrealistic than the second, but not to the point where it'll turn you away. It's written by an author that has a pretty good understanding of technology, and appeals to techies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1293)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "This guy just won't die"
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    Where does FREE The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a good filler while waiting for my next credit, good read overall but didn't leave me pondering life. Just good ol' action.


    Would you recommend FREE The Gray Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have, and it seemed to be a good read for those that like military action fiction.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    His impression of Donald Fitzroy was incredible. He's got his elderly British voice down perfectly and brought the character to life.


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

    Not especially, sometimes it was better to take a break from the action and pace things out. Too many "oh yeah right, like that would ever happen" moments would break immersion if read all the way through. Not very realistic despite how amazing the Grey Man is supposed to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book overall, tickled my action fancy pretty well. Won't change your life at all, but may inspire you to hit the gym again and try to be a badass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (865)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Addicting, fast paced, and a blast of nostalgia"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Masters of Doom to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, so I can't say.


    What other book might you compare Masters of Doom to and why?

    Sadly I haven't read enough books to make a one to one comparison, but any book about friendship turning to rivalry would suffice.


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

    Yes, he does an excellent job giving life to the characters and helping you visualize them with lots of details.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was fortunate enough to experience some of the bliss they were sharing over the story, particularly with an exciting breakthrough. I was giddy at times and shared their joy, and at times their frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, one of my favorites and totally worth the time and cost. You won't regret picking this up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sam Manicom
    • Narrated By Sam Manicom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny. Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea’.

    Oubidoobie says: "Great Insight into an Incredible Journey"
    "A very vivid read"
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    Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

    Yes, there's a lot of details that seemed to get lost my first time through, at least for me. Maybe I'm just less capable, but listening seemed difficult at times due to the vast amount of details, people, places, and events going on at one moment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam, his positive attitude and willingness to overcome hardship and frustration was inspiring. What a rad guy


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Hard to imagine; he's narrating his own memories, and thus has a lot of enthusiasm. You can tell he's really enjoying the experience.


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

    Hard to think of one specific moment over all others, there's plenty of moments and a reoccurring theme that equally moved me to admire the general kindness of those in Africa.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read Jupiter's Travels or watched Long Way Round/Down, this book is another one to convince you to travel the world on a motorcycle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5845)
    Performance
    (3743)
    Story
    (3761)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "The series goes out with a bang"
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    Would you listen to Freedom (TM) again? Why?

    Yes, it's a very exciting read and keeps you on your toes with excitement and anticipation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The parallels drawn to our modern society. Even though it's all fiction, there's enough there for the reader to see how possible it may be for such a thing to happen, maybe not to such a degree but close enough to get you thinking.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    Each character had his/her own voice done perfectly, and Jeff was able to switch between them very well. Made it seem like a whole cast was involved.


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

    Some of the events that happened on the Fosin farm and the subsequent city were pretty powerful. Kept me on my toes for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent follow up to the first book, and a perfect ending to an amazing story. Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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