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Frederik

Copenhagen, Denmark | Member Since 2011

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  • Man in the Empty Suit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sean Ferrell
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Say you're a time traveler and you've already toured the entirety of human history. After a while, the outside world might lose a little of its luster. That's why this time traveler celebrates his birthday partying with himself. Every year, he travels to an abandoned hotel in New York City in 2071, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and drinks 12-year-old Scotch (lots of it) with all the other versions of who he has been and who he will be.

    Frederik says: "Up there with the best."
    "Up there with the best."
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    Though there is no shortage of science fiction with time travel elements in these days, also running in the cinemas, this book sets itself apart by its super attractive narcissistic concept.

    All book long, you will linger between compassion for the protagonist, and a state of confusion with the elements of time paradox and destiny driving you close to madness. This has been one of my best listens ever.

    Read this now before it is picked up and made into a movie. And by the way, the movie will be awesome!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2635)
    Performance
    (2367)
    Story
    (2354)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "An okay read - Not living up to expectations"
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    This book, with its captivating title, gave me hope of a piece of fiction that tells a untold tale and creates a world within this book. It does not quite live up to that expectation though...

    First of there is a huge issue with a book set in the near future, promising a different world, and then in fact is not really much different than today's world... Then add in descriptions of technology that is supposed to be revelations, that in fact are already among us, without adding anything futuristic to the equation...

    When that pill is swallowed the story is really good, but the execution not. There is simply lacking detail, mystery and character depth. It is to shallow, just waiting to be picked up and movietized, sigh.

    But in all, I enjoyed my 8 hours listen, although I kept hoping for more, all the way through...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (555)

    Is it possible to Reach your genetic potential in 6 months? Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better? Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing? Yes, and much more.

    Neal says: "Buy the Book - not Abridged"
    "Great read, great narrator, but perhaps to short."
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    The book is great, regardless of your purpose of reading it, it does okay in an audio form, but surely is better in hardcopy, even though the narrator does a really good job.

    After listening to the book, you really need to go back and revisit some chapters to catch the finer points, or perhaps the book should be accompanied by a summary sheet. But luckily you can find tons of those pages on the web.

    As a closing comment I would add that the book seems to short, and the chapters miss coherence, but I guess that comes when it should encompass Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming a Superhuman.

    Also many of the bonus chapters are lacking in the audibook, which is a pity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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