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Jamie S. Cullen

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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9350)
    Performance
    (8890)
    Story
    (8907)

    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?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Robinson Crusoe on Mars - You must read this book!"
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    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Crusoe on Mars


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Robinson Crusoe, Why? similar storyline just a different location. Way funnier though.
    The commedy is compared to any stand up show from Robin Willims, Eddy Murphy etc.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    The lead character Mark Watney. He was hilarious.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An Astronaut left on Mars....How will he survive?


    Any additional comments?

    I just finished this book and OMG it was AWESOME!!!!!!it took me on a journey that I initially didn't think it would go. It was funny(hilarious), serious, thrilling, sad, exiting and witty all in one book.I must warn you that there is some swearing, most of which is based in humorous comments made by the lead character. There are vague references to old TV shows and Disco!!Its an outright 5 out 5 book.I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (266)

    Social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.

    James says: "Great content by a great narrator!"
    "What a great insight in the new world ahead of us"
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    What did you love best about Age of Context?

    It was very well researched and impartial. They took their time to really look hard at all sides of this subject.


    What other book might you compare Age of Context to and why?

    not sure as this is the first book of this kind for me.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    He is very easy to understand. Very clear.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Upsize me meets the tech world


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an interest in where we are going with all things tech and social. Read this book.
    If you have an interest in Big Data.
    Read this book.
    If you have concerns about your privacy in today's world.
    Read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nocturnal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

    valarie says: "Another AMAZING story"
    "Wow what a ride!!"
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    If you could sum up Nocturnal: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, Cliff-hanger, addictive


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, The writing kept me going chapter after chapter. I just needed to know what would happen next.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Pookie Chang


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Brian Clouser most knew him as the terminator. A cop that dreams about the creatures lurking in the shadows. Are the dreams real? Will Brian find out?


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes me want to read/listen to more of this authors work. WOW.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1135)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "What a Crazy ride!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Year Zero the most enjoyable?

    This book explored a topic that was just screaming to be sent up. What a ride. I loved every minute of the book. John Hodgman's narrating was outstanding and I was picturing him in my head a Nick constantly. What a great first novel. Great job. I hope there might be more adventures for Nick. This is a must read....


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way you kept me reading (listening) and wanting to keep going until I finished the whole book.


    Which character – as performed by John Hodgman – was your favorite?

    Nick, closely follow by Frampton. Oh and the plaaa.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Meowhouse was holding down Pauly in the Metallicam force field. I laughed hard.


    Any additional comments?

    Please write some more adventures for Nick. Maybe Nick Carter- Lawyer to the Stars.....
    Where Nick help all sorts of Aliens with their legal problems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (210)

    Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

    Garry says: "Dan Brown at his best"
    "This Hooked me from start to Finish"
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    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I loved the twists and turns. I loved how it was written in such a way that what I thought was happened kind of wasn't.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, because the plot is an ever evolving beast


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i'm not sure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown has a way of getting thinking about the plot and then missing you up with twists.
    This is a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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