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G. S Senko

gregsenko

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  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (605)

    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..."
    "Expect the unexpected"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lexicon the most enjoyable?

    Plot full of surprises, good narration, interesting juxtapositions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lexicon?

    Exploring the secrets that underlie her situation with the protagonist.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I know of.


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

    I don't remember being emotionally moved with the exception of laughing out loud. But, I do remember being intellectually stimulated. I listened to the entire over 12 hours of narration in less than 48 hours and I wished it was longer :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Pleasantly surprised by the quality of ideas and depth of characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    Overall
    (1923)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (927)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Christopher Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "The second time through over the course of a year"
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    Where does Anathem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite audio book to date


    What other book might you compare Anathem to and why?

    The only problem with Anathem is that, at the end, it is tough to find something that compares as a book and especially as an audiobook. Maybe that is why I listened again and was not dissapointed. The other Neal Stephenson Books are a must. I really liked, Counting Heads by Steven Marusek, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, 14 by Peter Clines, Traveler by John Twelve Hawks and Daemon by Daniel Suarez. Ready Player One is clever, well written and fun. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is a great audio book.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narration is among the very best.


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

    This is a great and long book (a bargain for that reason). I liked some of the realizations I had as I parsed the well written foreshadowing elements.


    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
    (7302)
    Performance
    (4315)
    Story
    (4347)

    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!"
    "Crichton like techothriller - excellent narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    This is a well written and engaging thriller a level above Crichton in plot finesse and technical sophistication. The fact that it was published in 2009 makes it downright prescient.


    What other book might you compare Daemon to and why?

    This is only my second review. Now that I know that positive reviewers are asked about similar books, I am going to read other positive reviews to see what other books might be similar.


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

    A great sense of the rhythm and pace of the story and of the character's speech.


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

    Not, one, no.


    Any additional comments?

    The is a roller coaster of a plot with well developed characters and cool technology details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (831)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Trite, Slow paced"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am not sure who would enjoy this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Russinovich again?

    Probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    For me it was hard to make a distinction between the the quality of the narration and the quality of the writing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zero Day?

    The code snippets that are elaborated in the text are not essential to the plot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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