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Gio

Italy | Member Since 2014

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  • 135 titles in library
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  • The Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, The Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Moritz
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    In 1984, The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer told the story of Apples first decade alongside the histories of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Now, completely revised and expanded, Return to the Little Kingdom is the definitive biography of Apple and its founders from the very beginning. Moritz brings readers inside the childhood homes of Jobs and Wozniak and records how they dropped out of college and founded Apple in 1976.

    Brian says: "Good book… Right up until the last hour"
    "Limited in time but much better than Isacsson"
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    It seems to relive those times, so real and interesting to someone who, like me, likes to learn everything about when personal computers were born...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (920)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    Shelley says: "Enjoyed, But Too Many Holes..."
    "Disappointing final chapter"
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    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    Well, unlike this third book, the first two installments of wayward pines read one after the other are very very good. I liked them a lot and still reccomend them,
    As per Paul Michael Garcia, he is the only one that does a good job altso in this book too.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Child by Fitsek.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fact that I cannot find one is the strongest indicator that I did not like it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Actually it lost the chance to be great. It lost the chance to truly and fully follow and develop a few potentially great threads. It seemed clear to me that Blake Crouch when writing this book was already in the mindset of a neverending (but superficial) TV series instead of keeping the good job he did in the first two books. Such a pity.Maybe he was under pressure by the editor too, I don't know...


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18323)
    Performance
    (17000)
    Story
    (17003)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Surprisingly gradually becoming a page turner..."
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    Starting as 2.5 stars because while very interesting in science it remains too confined in the initial one character setup... Starting from when the parallel multiple character earth setup gets in you appreciate the need and credibility of the beginning... From then on it grew on me and I ended up not wanting to stop the narration till the end.Very good reader in the end, same flop of appreciating him more and more as it goes...In the end I vote 4, also as encouragement to the author...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Clare Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In the chill of the Cold War, two Norwegians are shot dead after straying into Soviet wilderness, killings that will bind together three people in a web of treachery and passion: Halvard Starheim, veteran explorer, torn by the deaths of his friends and his love for a beautiful woman; Ragna Johansen, the attractive widow of one of the dead men, on a desperate search for love and fulfilment; Rolf Berg, brilliant Norwegian journalist, whose secret other life holds the key to a deadly conspiracy.

    Needles says: "A good story, well told"
    "Read it much time ago, I was so curious to hear it"
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    ... and I was not disappointed. Clare Francis here did a great job in creating a nice setting, I could almost feel the cold. It got my attention to the end like when I read the book...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1225)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Too mamy things to tell, too few emotion"
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    The story is so long (Steve did so much) that the attempt to treat all ended up into a quite boringly told sequence. I loved WEST OF EDEN and LITTLE KINGDOM and had great expectations knowing this one had Steve's own accounts in it. But the two books I mentioned since issued then and focusing on a short period of time did such a better job at conveying emotions that Isaacson seems to me to have failed here...
    Narrator is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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