I really enjoyed this book. The narration was superb; I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't the author because it was so authentic. I could feel the narrator's anger, fear, and frustration at certain points in the story, making it even more believable.
I see where many reviewers didn't like the book because they thought the author was arrogant. I see it more as confident than arrogant; he is smart and he knows his stuff. And while he portrays himself as a victim in places, he takes responsibility in others. I was fascinated by his social engineering successes; prior to reading this, the only time I encountered the term "social engineering" was during mandatory computer security training at work. The examples used there were lame attempts to get access to a company's computer system, and were quite obvious (as in, don't hold the door open for someone you don't know); when I read some of Kevin's tactics, I gained a new appreciation for the term. I kept thinking throughout the book that prior to the computer age, he would not be called a social engineer, but rather, would be referred to as a "con man."
The book was technical enough to get the point across, but not overly technical where you couldn't understand it. It was a bit repetitive in parts, but it was part of the story so it was "necessary repetition." Also, I was bored by some of the replicas of the emails; I didn't need to know every character in an email or every character of code. But those parts were not an integral part of the book and did not detract from my enjoyment of it.
I have to say, Kevin became my hero when someone cut him off in traffic and his response was to hack in the DMV system, get the guy's cell phone number, and then call him to ream his butt out! Come on, who has not ever wanted to do that? That was sweet! I wish I could bring Kevin along on my commute to and from work - I encounter plenty of candidates for this type of hacking project every day!!!!!
Overall, the book was past faced, it read like a fictionalized thriller, and was well narrated. The opening scene hooked me, and my interest was piqued throughout the whole story.
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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