Wow, this was a LONG one. I listened to it on audio and it was over 16 hours; it's a good thing that the narrator was good or I would have given up on it long ago.
I liked the story overall, but there was nothing astounding about it. This told the story from the perspective of the author, who was a marketing employee at Google. I get the trials of being a non-engineer in an engineering company, as I have been in that situation before. There were many sections that I found extremely interesting, such as the controversy over Google Doodles, April Fools jokes, the perks of working there, the magnitude of the operation, and everything that went into the development of the search function. I take it for granted when I go to Google that I will see the box, type in my request, and find what I am looking for. I never thought of it as this complex algorithm that is actually very highly developed. I also never thought of the scope of the manpower and physical equipment that is required to make this happen.
There were no great "confessions" in this book, so maybe I was expecting more of that based on the title. Rather, it was a history of the company and there was no real "dirt" revealed. I found that many names were mentioned and when they came back up again, I could not recall exactly who all of them were. There were also great details about some of the competitors and their skirmishes with Google that I felt went on for way too long. This book definitely would have benefited from editorial work in the area of shortening the story up. When I look back at the entire book, I'm glad that I persevered and finished it, although there were some points where I felt that it was never going to end. Maybe by now, as you are reading this, you are thinking that this review is never ending as well, so on that note, I will conclude!
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I plan to read more. The story is an interesting mystery, and the historical and paranormal elements were neatly woven in. I don't usually like a ghost story, but in this case it was well done and not the main focus. There was an interesting plot twist at the end that I did not see coming. The performance was very good and added to the overall enjoyment of this book.
Disclosure: I received this audio book for free from the author in exchange for a review.
This is the debut novel by this author and I really enjoyed it. I like a good logic puzzle, and this had twists and turns galore! The plot had intricate details that kept you guessing, and I learned interesting stuff about security techniques. It is obvious that the author knows his stuff when it comes to the technical details. I also like that the main character was made more realistic with his marital struggles. Very good book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
I received this audio book for free by the narrator. This was a fun, quick, light mystery. It was fairly obvious who the killer had to be from the outset, so the mystery itself wasn't anything surprising or complex. However, I found that I enjoyed the various characters and the plot moved quickly. Although this was the second book in the series and I haven't read the first, I was able to follow the characters with no problem. The narrator did a good job with the main character's voice; I pictured her as this southern belle, and the voice fit my mental image perfectly!
This was a freebie from the Ford book club; thank you Ford!!! I had read this one ago and was happy to reconnect with Scrooge and the ghosts as an adult. I love this story and Tim Curry's narration was outstanding!
I enjoyed this one, and particularly enjoyed the audio format. The narration was excellent and I thought that the letter format was perfect for audio. The conversational style of the book reminded me of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, in that you felt you were intimately involved in a conversation with the narrator (although it was by letter instead of the spoken word).
The story itself intrigued me, as I enjoyed reading about the Darkness in India and the cultural aspects of the caste system. Despite the grim nature of parts of the story, it was also humorous in spots. The story starts out with the writer of the letters admitting that he murdered his former "master," so there is never a question of "who-dun-it." However, the journey that took him from where he started to murderer to being an entrepreneur was quite interesting.
I enjoyed this audio book, although I am thinking that with all the acronyms used, it may be more conducive to read in print format. I liked that there were different sections, with different areas of focus. It was interesting to learn more about the Military Working Dog program, but I was also glad that there was a section devoted to the stories of the dogs and their handlers. This was an interesting book and will appeal to those interested in animals and the military working dog program; a huge thank you to those in the military (both 2 and 4 legged) who put their lives on the line to protect us.
This one was difficult for me to rate; the premise of an alternate history and protecting the settlements with magic was fascinating to me, but I just didn't love the book. I was interested in the story in the beginning, but by the end, the plot felt like it had dragged in places and just wasn't as exciting and fast-moving as I had hoped. While I liked the characters, Eff's repetitive whining about things being her fault and being the Thirteenth Child got on my nerves. I don't think this was enough to make me pick up the second book in the series unfortunately.
This was a tough one for me to rate. I never heard of this one until I read Dog Star and saw the comparisons between the two. I really liked the ending and the relationship between the father and son, but sometimes the journey getting to the end of the book was tedious for me. It just didn't feel like a lot was happening. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was more of a backstory as to how the world got the way it was as well as a story of where they were going and what they expected to find once they got there. I see where people generally love or hate this book, and I see why; the writing is very good, but if you like a lot of action, this is not for you.
This was one of the daily deals from Audible around Election Day, and it was well worth the 99 cents! I laughed at parts, particularly at how little things have changed. All this time I thought that Americans were responsible for the sad state of political affairs, but come to find out, these attitudes existed in ancient Rome. He is telling his brother to surround himself with those of nobility who can help him in his political life; promise the voters what they want to hear, and then renege on it later; court those who can help you.......sound familiar?
This was a fun, light young adult romance. The premise of having an IT guy getting to know coworkers through their email exchange was interesting; I wasn't sure how the format of the email exchange between Beth and Jennifer would work in audio format, but suprisingly, it did. And, I found that I actually what happened to the characters by the end of the story, even though you knew how it had to end!
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