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GameMaker

Portland, OR USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Blake J. Harris
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video-game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video-game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But all that would change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a former Mattel executive who knew nothing about video games and everything about fighting uphill battles.

    Robert says: "If you love video games..."
    "A Trip Down Memory Lane"
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    Console Wars gives us all a trip down memory lane, returning us to the mid 80's through the mid 90's, which to me is the "Golden Age Of Video Games". The book focuses mainly on Tom Kalinski, the head of Sega of America, and follows him through the whirlwind ride that Sega took, coming to prominence in the 16-bit wars only to lose it all in 32-bit.

    I really really enjoyed being taken back and re-living that era of video games. And along the way I learned tons about all the corporate strategies and deal-making and such that was going on. Fascinating stuff. Also the reading of this book is outstanding.

    The only downside to me is that the book somehow doesn't take it's own advice, namely that "The name of the game is the game". In other words, the book gives us so much detail about what the heads of the companies are doing, what their strategies were, what the marketing department was doing, how they were coming up with their slogans and advertisements, and on and on. But what they talked surprisingly little about were the games! What would have been much MORE interesting to me was more of a focus on the development of the games, how the games were received by players, discussions about game genres and technologies and peripherals and all that stuff. THAT would be been a lot more engaging.

    But anyway... it's still a really good and interesting book. Highly recommended for fans of video games who are interested in some of the history and behind the scenes stuff of that era.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (323)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Too Political Not Enough Story"
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    Michael Crichton is an awesome storyteller, who towards the end of his life got way to political and forgot to try to tell entertaining stories. Next is one of those latter books unfortunately. This book is basically a rant about the idea that Genes should not be patent-able. So it's an oddball collection of events and characters that underscore this idea. The stor(ies), while kind of interesting, are not very coherent, and then at the end of the book we are treated to one of his rants in an epilogue. It's too bad that the author who brought us so many great books like Jurrasic Park and Timeline lost his way like this. I don't recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private L.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (477)

    Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists, and just all-around good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth.

    Christopher says: "Very Well done... but..."
    "One Of Patterson's Best"
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    I've read/listened to most of Patterson's works. Funny because I don't really LOVE his work or anything, but they are usually fun, fairly low-brow sorts of brainless fun, and I know what to expect from them. Private LA though, I consider to be one of his very best. Fun, now familiar characters that one can identify with, evil scary badguys, and lots of mystery and intrigue. Private LA is a very enjoyable read/listen

    1 of 1 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
    (10660)
    Performance
    (9927)
    Story
    (9931)

    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.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Really Really Excellent and Unique"
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    I've gone through close to 100 audio books now, and I consider Ready Player One to be one of my very favorite (probably top 5). Why? It's completely unique. I can't even compare it to anything else. It's part adventure, part nostalgia, part history (of the 1980's, the era when I was a teenager).

    Great story, tons of 80's nostalgia, and as much as I hate to admit it (because he'll always be "Wesley Crusher" to me), Wil Wheaton really did do an excellent job of reading it. Highly highly highly recommended for people that lived in the 1980's, and enjoy video games.

    Oh, and I loved the ending too :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes.

    A. Yerkes says: "Doesn't Get the Creative Story"
    "Rockstar Games And The Idiots Who Ran It"
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    I've always been a big videogame fan, playing games back as far as the early 1980's, and so I'm pretty aware of the Rockstar Games library, but really didn't know much of the company's history. This book is very good as far as telling that story. The problem is though... it's not really THAT interesting a story, and by all accounts the principals in this story are basically jerks. Oh well, it was informative if not enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Vicky Myron, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Susan McInearny
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (32)

    Dewey is the heartwarming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, as told by his owner and companion of 19 years, Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him on a frigid January morning when he was abandoned as a kitten in the book drop slot. It is also the story of a remarkable small town, which burned down at the beginning of the Depression, only to rebuild itself again.

    Mary says: "Great read!!"
    "Outstanding Story"
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    I'm very touched by the story of Dewey, and very glad that I got this audiobook. The reader is really good, and the story is very touching, inspirational, and of course tragic as it chronicles the entire life of Dewey including his eventual death. Prepare to shed a few tears, but you will enjoy the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11243)
    Performance
    (10181)
    Story
    (10267)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Good, But A Bit Harder To Identify With Tris"
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    I really enjoyed Divergent, and in many ways enjoyed this one just as much. Lots of action and combat and drama, and an ending that was somewhat of a surprise and was pretty good. The only thing I didn't like about it is that for me, the character Tris is getting increasingly more difficult to identify with. She keeps lying to and betraying her friends over and over again. That's tough for a main character to do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Herriot's Cat Stories

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    The world's most beloved veterinarian, James Herriot, brings his storytelling magic to the enchanting world of cats. Also available from Herrriot: Every Living Thing.

    luis tavera says: "Beautiful!"
    "Very Refreshing And Sweet"
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    I've gotten somewhat tired of the cat stories that go like: family meets cat, family initially doesn't like cat, but gets used to it, then loves it, then cat gets killed by car, the end. There are only so many such stories (or similar) that you can read/listen to. Fortunately, these are pretty different. Mostly heartwarming, lighthearted, and fun. I enjoyed them all, which is a rarity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cats in the Belfry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Doreen Tovey
    • Narrated By Joy Gelardi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "It wasn't that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese." Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice. But Sugieh is not just any cat. She's an actress, a prima donna, an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove. Sugieh quickly establishes herself as queen of the house.

    Carolyn says: "A Must Read For Cat Lovers"
    "Ok Story, Reading Could be better"
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    I did enjoy Cats In The Belfry. It is basically a series of anecdotes by a owner of several siamese cats. The anecdotes are mostly somewhat whimsical, so it makes for a pretty pleasant read. Two downsides though: firstly, the reading was somewhat difficult to listen to. It is read by a British woman, talking extremely fast in long long long run-on sentences. It takes a long time to get used to that and to hear and process all the words. The other thing that for me is challenging to get past, is the fact that this is a story about a family who acquires a cross-eyed Siamese queen and attempts to breed her. In breeders circles, that is considered somewhat of a travesty, and the book seems to be clueless about the whole morality question of that.

    Aside from those problems though, the stories are sweet and mostly light-hearted fare that are easy and enjoyable to listen to. I am glad that I got this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cat's Life: Dulcy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dee Ready, Judy J. King
    • Narrated By Andi Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The emotionally powerful, remarkably perceptive story of the life and death of a beloved cat - told from the cat's point of view. A song of acceptance and bravery that will pierce the heart of anyone who has ever felt close to an animal.

    GameMaker says: "Nausiatingly Bad"
    "Nausiatingly Bad"
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    Dulcy's Tale is a "story" told from the point of view of Dulcy, a cat. That is in interesting idea, but kind of flawed. The main problem with this is that it forces the cat to "talk" about his owner, and then that quickly turns into self-congratulatory drivel on the writer's part.

    I listened for about an hour to this non-story until I couldn't take anymore. It's really awful. First off, it's in no way a story. It's just a bunch of mundane events (the owner going to work, a trip to the vet, etc etc) told in an equally mundane way. There is no antagonist/protagonist, no conflict, and no growth of the main characters. So in no-way a story. Secondly, the reader is REAL hard to listen to. Just this real "girly" sugar-sweet voice that makes me want to rech.

    I'm a big cat lover, I love "A Streetcat Named Bob" and "Cat Daddy", but not this rubbish. I would recommend one of those books or even one of the "chicken soup" cat books long before this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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