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J S

Ventura, CA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Timescape

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    In a future wracked by environmental catastrophe and social instability, physicist John Renfrew devises a longshot plan to use tachyons - strange, time-traveling particles - to send a warning to the past. In 1962, Gordon Bernstein, a California researcher, gets Renfrew's message as a strange pattern of interference in an experiment he's conducting.

    Mike Schultz says: "An enjoyable book with problems"
    "Quantum mechanics 101"
    Overall

    This is a well thought out slow reading book. I believe the hero scientists of quantum time displacement were attempting to change there future by changing only a small simple past by sending there earlier counter parts of a letter and morse code with the hope of changing their future from a world wide epidemic of sickness and death. Thats about it. The science was good and it wasn't a total waste of time since I'm interested in time displacement. The audio book was easy enough to read and did not mess with my problem of dyslexia.

    If you have time to read books, I would still say listen to it, without any interruptions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Levy
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    From Pygmalion falling for his chiseled Galatea to Dr. Frankenstein marveling at his creature, humans have been enthralled by the possibilities of emotional relationships with their technological creations. Synthesizing cutting-edge research in robotics with the psychology and cultural history of artificial intelligence, Love and Sex with Robots explores this fascination and its far-reaching implications.

    Brendan says: "Somewhat disappointing"
    "My mistake I'm sorry?"
    Overall

    Hi,
    I normally do not give out bad advice, feelings, judgments to anyone. Why? What goes around, comes around and I would not want anyone to hurt a rating I would need to be positive (such as when you're dealing on E-bay). So I'll leave this review as, "I hope this helps with this person's (David Levy's) with his doctorate or his university's need to pump out a book. This book is loaded with information that I would enjoy more with my wife than a certain form of AI.

    I would think and AI programed to do such sexual things would no doubt do it's job better than my wife, but in the long run - it's not my wife and only a lonely soul would probably need this. I would think being lonely still would not be up to an AI to fix that! Maybe, the opposite single sex would do better to give aid to a person of need! In the long run, this is not the kind of book I would read when trying to find a new scifi book or a non-fiction. I would enjoy the book, "Einstein", (and I listen to that book and enjoyed that) over this book. It's my fault, I thought I was listening to a scifi book when I picked it out! My bad!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (701)

    Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

    Euryleia says: "One of my favorites"
    "Mythology & Science WORKS!"
    Overall

    I never read an Anne McCaffrey book I did not like! She is a great writer for kids an adults. That's my opinion and everybody has one so read her books an get your opinion today!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Terminal Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    An experiment has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. One will test life after death; another, immortality. The third one is the control unit. But now all three have escaped from Hobson's computer into the worldwide electronic matrix. And one of them is a killer.

    David says: "Incredible"
    "A SciFi Dectective Story"
    Overall

    It's hard to believe a story of only software programming, when on TV you can enjoy stories of the posi-tronic brain inside DATA on Star Trek-TNG, or holligrams of special rooms allowing whatever your imagination can think of, so you could create stories a person can go into and be a part of that particular story created. All the laws of Issac Asimov are in place so nothing can go wrong? But, in the end something happen and it still does!

    So where in time are the pioneers of AI in software RD (Research and Development) to make the future happen as in Star Trek or other SciFi similar to a perfect so called future? It's ironic even in the future these well made products can still (by accident?) can kill you!

    To me, this is the story of the pioneers. The people who meant well, but did not think of the little things in life that are dismissed. In the end the mistakes created only caused greater destruction. In the end, it's those mistakes that cause learning to occur. But, this time the price of the mistakes learned - were too high?

    As in any SciFi plot it's the mistakes we the reader wish to hear or read about and even though death did occurred it was not enough to create a judge and jury. Nobody goes to prison and the book seems to end too soon? Since I'm not a vilent kind of person, I'm extremely satisfied that the book ended this way so I could let my mind fill in the gaps.

    It's a pretty good book for me. So enjoy your healthy lives and "KAPULACH"! It's always a good day to DIE!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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