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Freeman

SAN DIEGO, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 37 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 135 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1741)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1582)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "it is good, but no ender's game"
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    this book is well written and i get the feeling that i'm going to love the sequel, but the story of this book standing alone didn't do it for me.

    i won't ruin anything for you, but it seems like very little happens in this book. it is pretty much a build up for the sequel.

    one of the things that i didn't like was how OSC seemed to spend too much time reviewing what characters think. i usually like that stuff, but i found myself at times wondering why OSC felt the need to put so much in. you are privy to the decision process of some of the characters and it gets old because it didn't strike me as interesting or creative. and many scenes had a surplus of it. i'm not sure what to suggest in its place, but that's how i felt listening to it.

    having said that, i'm still excited to listen to the sequel and i hope i love it as much as i liked the ender's series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20909)
    Performance
    (18750)
    Story
    (18817)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "good, but don't bother if you saw the movie"
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    i enjoyed the movie, but i found that there really wasn't much more to the characters in the book than the movie portrayed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Rob Granniss
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence. David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers.

    Matthew says: "Short but defintely sweet"
    "i enjoyed the story, but no char development"
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    and in addition to no character development, the narrator seemed pretty bored with the story. it's like he was trying to put us to sleep. despite all that, since i liked the genre, i liked it enough to finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dave Donovan
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    When an elite team of specialists receives a long-awaited first contact from an alien race, it’s nothing like what they’d imagined. The "gifts," from a long-dead but seemingly benevolent alien race, have been sent to help humanity defend itself against an imminent threat. It’s clear that the gifts are intended to help, but at what price? Caught in the middle is Sam Steele, a high-level programmer and veteran with a tragic past, up against the arrogant, intransigent Colonel Eric Web, who considers Steele a loose cannon and is most concerned with giving the United States an edge in the upcoming battle.

    Matthew says: "This Gift is abit of a mess"
    "what a great hidden gem!"
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    I don't understand how this only gets a 4.0 from some people! crazy creative and interesting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Awakens: The First Formic War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (866)

    Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

    Charles Rohrig says: "Sets the Stage for Ender's Game"
    "this series is going downhill"
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    the actual writing still feels like OSC, but the imagination put into this book doesn't feel remotely close to the first ender series. it's at the point where despite reading the original and a few of the shadow series books, i'm not even sure i'll listen to book #4. :(

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11611)
    Performance
    (10827)
    Story
    (10835)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "fun little gem for those alive in the 80s!"
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    this book has lots of fun references to movies, music, games and movies. but it's a fun listen even without knowing all the refs. if you aren't into computer games, this might not be for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4481)
    Performance
    (3408)
    Story
    (3415)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "nice little gem"
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    the story and characters weren't overly interesting, but the premise was interesting enough to keep it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legend: Area 51

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Donnchadh and Gwalcmai were birthed on a far-flung planet in the Milky Way - a human breeding colony with the purpose of churning out disposable foot soldiers. But the masters of the colony, the Airlia, created humans with one fatal flaw: an insatiable thirst for freedom. Though Donnchadh and Gwalcmai become God-killers in the bloody revolt against their seemingly omnipotent creators and captors, their planet is already doomed.

    Mike says: "excellent ending to the series"
    "was hoping for more, but still worth it"
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    it was a lot like the other area 51 Voss, minus that one name character we all love. nonetheless, the backstory was fun to hear. So I was hoping to hear more about the origins of the swarm

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crux

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck.

    andrew says: "Changed narrator not bad at all.."
    "I couldn't love the premise anymore, but…"
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    I found myself a little bored at times with this and nexus. there is definitely the set up for a third book, but I'm not sure I will listen to it. there were great parts to this book, but there was a lot of flat and boring parts too. I thought this was going to be a book that I enjoyed re-listening to, but I won't be.
    nonetheless, it is a very interesting concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nexus: Nexus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage, with far more at stake than anyone realizes.

    Amy says: "The Post-human Future is Now"
    "what a great surprise!"
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    this is a great sci-fi book with some action and fun characters. it kept me interested in finding out what happens next throughout the book.
    in addition to the book being fun, it presents a question of what would we do if we (humans) had this technology. i can't wait to read the sequel.
    if this book reminds me of influx, daemon and freedom TM. (highly recommended.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (614)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "this book really hooks you and then ..."
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    ... and then it seems the editor took a break halfway through. i really liked the ideas in this book and it had some very creative ideas, but then it becomes hard to follow because it jumps around a bit too much. this made the book lose some of its steam. still, it's definitely worth a listen despite this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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