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Freeman

SAN DIEGO, CA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 46 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 153 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1589)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "better than earth unaware, but not epic"
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    it seemed like it was just a "good straightforward book" that you enjoy, but wasn't unpredictable or surprising at all. i enjoyed listening, but it wouldn't make my list of, "hey, you've got to read this!" there's still something missing from this series and i can't put my finger on it.
    having said that, i'll definitely listen to the next book in the series when it comes out.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Conservatives Without Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    John Dean's last New York Times best seller, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, offered the former White House insider's unique and telling perspective on George W. Bush's presidency. Once again, Dean employs his distinctive knowledge and understanding of Washington politics and process to examine the conservative movement's current inner circle of radical Republican leaders, from Capitol Hill to Pennsylvania Avenue to K Street and beyond.

    J. Stout says: "A Book Every American Should Read"
    "decent, but not great and not very deep"
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    I was hopng for a little more insider story than was provided. the book was kind of a truthful dig on conservatives, but I didn't learn anything new and it left some to be desired. kinda like this review!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2202)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1368)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "like binge watching star talk minus the comedy"
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    save your credit and just listen to star talk. ignore these last words to meet minimum. Bernie sanders 2016 baby!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Firewall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don't harm society or each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions. Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "The future belongs to AIs"
    "great techie thriller, but where the hell is ..."
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    ... I won't spoil it for you, but there was a part that is missing from this book that really I expected to be there. Technically this isn't in the same series as the authors previous books, but it is an obvious continuation of book two. so I was only disappointed with one I'll be at minor detail but I thought shouldn't have been overlooked.
    in my opinion, this book was better than the first two and is up there along with other fun and entertaining technothrillers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A.I. Apocalypse: Singularity, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By J. M. Badger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob's botnet - the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes. The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful - too successful. All the world's computers are infected.

    Daniel says: "If you like Daemon & Freedom(tm)..."
    "solid AI thriller!"
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    this book was more enjoyable than the original and isn't dry like a few of the other robot uprising books I have listen to. One problem I found was that there was zero female interaction other than one character. But there was zero love interest anywhere. I'm surprised that I actually missed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (429)

    Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

    Joseph says: "Great book ... worth the listening to"
    "probably better if you are a conservative"
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    within the first 5 minutes, it talks about:
    * how hard it'd be to fill GWB's shoes b/c of how effective the long war on terror was
    * how great it'd be to get tax rates down to 10%
    * how bin laden was found dead
    * how 'murican & british forces killed "evil terrorists" without any casualties
    * reagan like president
    * homeland security reestablished
    etc

    i probably should have known, but i thought i'd try it b/c it was on sale. not worth the 1/2 credit if you are at all liberal. and this is nothing like the show "homeland"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5372)
    Performance
    (3754)
    Story
    (3801)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "a little slow. not for everybody."
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    I feel bad giving it only three stars overall, but it was kind of a drag for me to listen to. I ended up liking if you characters, but not really enjoying the story despite it being interesting. with only 10% left, I actually listened to an entire book before finishing this one. That says something.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The God Complex: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Murray McDonald
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    When Cash Harris visits his father for the first time after a 15 year estrangement, things don't go anywhere near as planned. By the end of the night, he finds himself embroiled in a plot to destabilise the government, his father has been assassinated, and he discovers a shocking truth that would have fundamentally altered his life 15 years earlier.

    D. W. Wilson says: "I didn't see that coming!!!!"
    "now there's a fun book!"
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    this book reminded me a lot of the "Area 51" series by Bob Mayer where the characters aren't overly interesting or have much depth, but the listening is easy and enjoyable. i was a little bummed that it doesn't seem terribly set up for a sequel, but still well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (258)

    New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

    Donna Stieglitz says: "Don't miss out on a great book!"
    "the writing wasn't as good as the story"
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    i also listened to book #2 hoping that the writing and characters would improve, but they didn't. they might have even gotten worse. the story is creative, but just about everything lacked depth. i won't be listening to book #3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal: The Books of Mortals, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    A terrible secret was closely guarded for centuries: every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity. Nine years have gone by since an unlikely hero named Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in Forbidden. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood - the first Mortals in a world that is dead.

    C. Brown says: "Another Solid Hit for Dekker & Lee"
    "good story, bad writing/dialog"
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    i'm sure i couldn't do any better, but it sure seemed like the writing and dialog was written for young kids at times. the characters don't seem to have a lot of depth and somethings just flat out didn't make sense to me. i won't be listening to book 3.

    0 of 0 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
    (27631)
    Performance
    (24451)
    Story
    (24517)

    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

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