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Jim "The Impatient"

I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (936)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "SOMETIMES YOU GET A BOUNCE"
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    Four stories that are very interconnect and considered stand alone. All four stories are very good in this book. Two of the stories, if I had read as stand alone only, would not have been rated as high.

    I like Zombie stories and this a twist on that theme, they are not Zombies. What I liked most about this group of stories was how the whole thing started and continued. This is my third Clines book and all three were very entertaining.

    I loved Christian Rummel from the first hello and I am liking him even more with each listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (801)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "TICKET PUNCHER"
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    This came within a hair's breath of getting a 5th star from me. If I was a military sci-fi lover it would have, but I am not a fan of endless shoot-em ups, which is what chapters 10-13 are. Other then that it is a pretty good story, certainly entertaining. It has good character development and I have already bought the sequel. It does not really have anything new, but some old favorites done well.

    It's a dystopian future, were most of the country is on welfare. There is the beloved boot camp chapters, a sort of love story, a reenactment of Black Hawk Down, and even Godzilla. It is worth your credit.

    Narrator is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DELISA: DErivative LIfe SApien

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By K. Anderson Yancy
    • Narrated By Alyssa Boyle, Joy Hricko, Michael Hricko, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When the U.S. Supreme Court determines the fate of genetically engineered beings - whether they're humans or animals - humanity learns that the law is truly a double edged sword. Delisa provides a first glimpse of a problem that does not yet exist, but one day will. we infuse plants with animal DNA, animals with plant DNA. When we start doing it to humans, what do they become?

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Used to be a short story"
    "Used to be a short story"
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    This sounds like it would make a good book. It is unusual of Jim "The Impatient" to say something should be longer, but this seems like you came into the middle of something. I wanted to know what happened before and what was going to happen after. The concept is, that there is a group of beings with animal and plant genes in them and they are made in a lab. The are not considered human and are treated like slaves. They end up rebelling.

    The narrators are good and the sound is real good, especially in stero. You will hear talking in one hear and shots in the other ear. The biggest problem is many times it is hard to hear what the narrator is saying, because of the surrounding noise. That was very annoying.

    I bought this, cause I wanted to listen to stuff out of the Science Fiction/ Fantasy, short story and anthology category. I noticed that it was shrinking. I did not notice how many where in it when I first joined in 2010, but I do know a little over a year ago there where about 79 choices. The numbers kept falling and when I bought this the number was 39. That was five months ago. As of today this is no longer in that category and there are only 22 items in that category. I wrote audible about this over a year ago. I complained that if you just want to search short stories or anthologies, that you have to scan through the thousands of books in Science Fiction/ Fantasy. Their own yearly Science Fiction Best Stories are not even in there. None of the many John Joseph Adams collections are included. About the only thing in there are Gaiman shorts. I am a big fan of Science Fiction short collections, but it is too daunting to go through the tens of thousand of books available in the main category and seems stupid since there is a separate category set up just for anthologies.

    If you agree with me please write Audible. They have ignored me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neverending Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Ende
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

    James says: "So much better than the movie"
    "THE NOTHING"
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    Kids will enjoy this, but most will not understand it. I enjoyed the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show as a kid, but did not understand the adult messages. This is full of a lot of abstract ideas, such as The Nothing and a creature who is a voice only. This was the top selling children's book for three years in Germany.

    Movie ends in the middle.
    One main difference between the book and the movie is the main character. In the movie he is a normal looking boy. In the book he is fat and sort of dumb. He is an outcast who is made fun of a lot. This was an important part of the first part of the book, but Americans could not handle a fat hero. The movies stops in the middle of the book and in my opinion that is were the book should have stopped. In the second part of the book the main character gets skinny and becomes a super hero. I think the story was heading toward the message that no matter what we have we want more. A good message, but I was getting pretty bored. The first part of the book was four stars, but the second part was two and heading down. The second half seems to lack a plot.

    The narrator is good, but I also had trouble with the volume. There are characters who talk softly, so softly you can not hear them.

    You might enjoy listening to this with your children, but I don't think as an adult by yourself it will be as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury the Children in the Yard: Horror Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andersen Prunty
    • Narrated By Andersen Prunty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Andersen Prunty (F--kness and Hi I'm a Social Disease) returns with another collection of horror stories. This volume features: "The Library of Trespass", "Music from the Slaughterhouse", "A Butterfly in Ice", "The Spot", "Laundrymen", "The Warm House", and the novella "Bury the Children in the Yard."

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "EVERYTHING BREATHES IF YOU STARE AT IT LONG ENOUGH"
    "EVERYTHING BREATHES IF YOU STARE AT IT LONG ENOUGH"
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    Yes, I will admit that I was drawn to this because of the cover. The girl is fairly plain looking, but you put a veil on her and have her topless and I will notice, mostly have her naked. I then read the reviews and at the time it was five stars from one customer. I bought it.

    I found all seven stories to be interesting and comparable to Steve Vernon. Course you probably don't know who he is either. These are basically off the wall stories with sex and violence and open ended finishes. Anderson leaves it up to you to image what happens to these characters after the stories. These are stories about the lower end of society (similar to Rowland's White Trash novels.) These people live in apartments or trailer homes. They drive beat up old cars and go to the Laundromat. None of the stories were great and none were bad. The last story is mostly porn and I mean hard core porn.

    Andersen Prunty narrated his own work. One reviewer hated his narration. It was obviously amateurish, but I did not have a problem with it. No story has more then two characters, except the last one has three, so doing different voices was not a problem. Prunty was probably just trying to save money and get his stuff out there. He wrote it, so he should know how he wants it read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thicket

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe R. Lansdale
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous turn-of-the-century East Texas can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a criminal who may believe wearing a dead man's clothes protects them both from death. With bounty hunter Shorty, a charismatic and cunning dwarf, and Eustace, a gravedigging son of an ex-slave, the heartbroken young Jack sets off on an epic quest to rescue his sister from the corrupt men who control much of the new territory.

    Matthew Ortiz says: "Lansdale will knock you out!"
    "JESUE FORGIVES, SO WHY NOT ENJOY YOURSELF"
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    I LIKED READING IT, BUT DECIDED I DID NOT WANT TO LIVE IT.
    Just like the last Lansdale I read, this started out like a Mark Twain novel. THAT WAS THE SIZE OF IT AND I PUT IT ON TO WEAR. Once you get to know the characters it sounds similar to True Grit. Then it turned very very dark. Like a J.A. Konrath novel the killing and explicit torture just would not stop. lansdale wants you to understand why the main good character, Jack Parker, agreed to killing the bad guys instead of capturing them. I thought the point was made fairly early on and the continued body count and descriptive tortures could have ended much sooner. I really like Lansdale's writing and think he is extremely intelligent and witty. I think he should have more confidence in his writing and know when to stop the rubber necking. I KNOW HOW THE HORSE ATE THE APPLE.

    Q: I'M A CORRECT IN MY ASSUMPTION?
    One of JRL's talents is coming up with interesting characters. I also like how he includes the black man in most of his writings. This is my fourth writing of his to enjoy and all have had black men included in the main characters. This stars Jack Parker (IT IS BETTER TO BE DEAD THEN RED IN THE HEAD.), who is very similar to the female lead in True Grit. Eustace, the grave digger, is part Comanche, black, and white. The Comanches COULD TRACK A FART UNDER A ROCK IN A RIVER. Shorty is a dwarf, who is well educated, often called a midget and tends to lecture a lot and who kicks serious ass. Jimmie Sue is a whore, who takes Jack's virginity and wants to marry him. I WANTED TO GROW UP TO BE A PRINCESS, INSTEAD I AM A WHORE. Then there is the six hundred pound hog and I just loved grandpa. Those are the good guys. The bad guys are Cut Throat Billy, Fatty and Nigger Pete.
    A: I GUESS YOU HAVE ASSUMPTED RIGHT.

    The narrator is excellent and makes listening a better experience then reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (279)

    The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone....

    Terri says: "WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!"
    "PEOPLE CHECK IN, BUT THEY DON'T CHECK OUT"
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    THE PERSON WHO TOOK MY LEGS, IS UNDER THE BED
    It is black or white on rather you will love or hate this book, and you will do one of the two. If you enjoy slasher movies and/or you are the type to pay extra to see the freaks at the circus, you will love this. If you do not enjoy such things you will hate this. I'M SURROUNDED BY FREAKS.

    Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT
    A: I WANT TO WATCH YOU BLEED.
    If you are still reading then you will love this, so how does this compare to other Konrath scary books? I have read three of Konrath's science fiction books and this is my third scary or dark book. This is a five star book, but I did like Trapped best and then Afraid and then this. I'm sure I should not admit to it, but I have always been fascinated by inbreeding and the results. X-Files has an episode involving an inbreeding family that I liked a lot. Due to Man's silly belief that leadership is in the blood, we have several examples of inbreeding throughout our history with the Kings and Queens and Pharaohs. The premise for this story is a family who has Roosevelt blood and believes they can breed a new president. Through most of the book I was shocked and grossed out, but I will admit toward the end, it did get to the point of enough already. Konrath got to the point where he was just coming up with all the weird oddities he could think up and the story got a bit redundant. I also did not find the Mountain Lion scary, nor did I think it fit into the story that well. I realize that Mountain Lions are nothing to be messed with, but it was just a regular everyday mountain lion.

    You can not compare Konrath to Koontz or King, these guys have totally different styles. King and Koontz write scary mess with your head stuff, sometimes with character development and usually a political message. Konrath writes dark, gory, shocking stuff, without character development or any messages. He is just trying to entertain.

    The narrator is very good. He does have to do several red necks and many of them do sound the same, but this is not a character driven story, so it did not matter. I did not think when he was doing the regular narration and not doing characters, that he needed to stay in the red neck voice and it would have sounded better if he had not done so. Just my thought and it was certainly not done to the point of distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1770)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "ABSOLOODLE"
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    FIRST WITH THE HEAD, THEN WITH THE HEART
    This is a great book that should appeal to several different people. The first reason it will appeal to most is that fact that it is so well written. I am Jim, The Impatient, but I listened to all 21+ hours. It is a coming of age story, history of South Africa, history with references to Hitler and it has lots of boxing. Not knowing that much about South Africa, I felt I learned much. I got some of the perspective of how the Germans felt about the English before the War and I learned about APARTHEID.

    EVERYONE IS AN ISLAND AND AT THE SAME TIME, ROBINSON CRUSOE.
    Peekay, starts life out fairly rough. He is sent to border school at the age of five. He is the youngest there. A bully makes a habit of picking on him right from the start. Some of the torture this small boy goes through can be hard to take. To help him through it, he has a pet rooster. The first person to really treat Peekay with any kindness is a boxer. Peekay watches this man fight early on and this changes his life. For the rest of his life, his goal is to become welter weight champion of the world. Peekay's tough childhood and the kindness of the boxer, strengthen him and establishes his character. The strength of his character and they strong friendships he makes is the rest of the book. It is all very intelligently written and entertaining.

    THE PRESUMPTION OF THE WHITE MAN KNOWS NO BOUNDS IN AFRICA.
    This is a real good story on how the blacks where treated at this time. This alone makes the book valuable. Peekay makes friends with several blacks and becomes a hero to the people. I will agree with another reviewer and it did bother me and that is, what a shame that we have a white man hero. I would like to read a book where a black man becomes a hero. The statement of The Presumption of the white man also reminded me of a time in my childhood. When I was in fourth grade I knew nothing about South Africa, then a girl moved to our town from South Africa. One day she showed beautiful pictures of the country and talked about South Africa. She mentioned something about the crime and the worry of blacks raping whites. Only knowing what I had seen on tv about Africa and thinking of all of Africa as one country, I asked about all the naked black women. She commented to me "Everybody knows white flesh is more desirable then black flesh." She said it like I was an idiot. WE ARE OF THE EARTH, THAT IS WHY WE ARE THE COLOR OF THE EARTH.

    SHAKE A PAW
    The narrator is good and makes the listening better then the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf's Head: The Forest Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steven A. McKay
    • Narrated By Nick Ellsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions - including John Little and Will Scaflock - hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

    presterjohn1 says: "Not your Grand-dad's Robin Hood"
    "I JUST WANT TO KILL NOBLES"
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    This is not a bad book and it is also not a great book. It was interesting enough that I listened to the whole thing. It is a little rougher then any other Robin Hood story I have ever read. Robin Hood ends up doing a lot of killing. While this is probably more real then the cartoon Robin Hood, the scenes were not that well done. For Example a woman bites off a man's penis, while it is hard and there is no blood. I did not see that coming and thought it added some realism to the time and place, but was disappointed that it was cleaned up to the point of not being real. There are other problems, too many things just happen to fall in place. Robin Hood is a lot like Jack Lord was on the old Hawaii Five-0. If he says What If?, you can take it to the bank that is the way it is going to happen. I also had problems with a character who is all broke up, over his dead family from three years ago, but does not realize, his then five year old daughter is still alive. Hood happens to discover her when he goes to this guy's hometown. He just has a hunch he will find something that will make the guy want to live, and lo and behold he finds his now 8 year old daughter.

    I like the historical aspect of the story and I felt I was in old England. He did a good job of showing how oppressed the people where and why. While McKay is not a Michael J. Sullivan or Joe Abercrombie, he can write.

    Once again, I disagree with others on the narrator. This guy has a lilt at the end of each sentence which makes it sound like he is reading a nursery rhyme. He also has a sort of deadpan delivery during action scenes, which is a great let down to the action. He is not bad enough to ruin the book, I just believe a better narrator could have made this more exciting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pump Six and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Eileen Stevens, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science-fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.

    Noah says: "Unrelentingly brutal, brilliantly imaginative"
    "IT'S AS DELICATE AS ROCK"
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    WHEN TIME'S ARE DRY
    At the time of this writing this has received a 4.2 rating from us the readers. If you consider that this is a group of short stories that is a great rating. I like short story collections and I have found that most rate around 3.6 to 3.8 by the majority of listeners, so this 4.2 is a statement in itself and comparable to a 4.5 of a novel.

    SHE'S ABOUT AS SHARP AS A MARBLE
    I am usually happy with a group of short stories if their is one story I really like. This collection had two stories that I loved, Pocketful of Dharma and Pop Squad. There were two that were excellent, The People of Sand and Slag and Pump Six and one that was better then average, The Fluted Girl. Yellow Card Man and Softer were good and The Tamarisk Hunter was average. I did not like The Pasho or The Calorie Man. None of these stories are uplifting, they are mostly dark and all futures are a dystopia. PB's writing style flows easily, is easy to understand even though you are in a world you are not familiar with and his imagination is interesting to explore. I especially liked the living building and I liked the Dali Lama in the computer and ...

    The People Of Sand And Slag, was included in Dozier's Year's Best # 22.
    The Calorie Man, was included in Dozier's Year's Best # 23
    The Yellow Card Man, was included Dozier's Year's Best # 24 and Jonathan Strahan's The Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume one, copyright 2007.

    A NAIL THAT STANDS UP GETS KNOCKED DOWN

    Opinions on narrators can differ widely, so this is just my irk, but I am not a fan of Jonathan Davis. Many reviewers have claimed they could listen to him all night. I did all right in one of the stories, but in the rest he irritated me. To me it sounds like he smokes a lot of pot before reading. Stevens and Chen were great. I especially like the Asian accents, since most of these stories take place in China or the Near East.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (971)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "I will listen to no STUPID book"
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    EVEN THE RUSSIANS ARE AFRAID OF THE UKRAINIANS!!!!
    Do not be fooled by the sample. The sample is part of chapter one. Chapter one thru four are great and then... I loved the first four chapters and thought I was in for a great book, especially after reading Your Next. Then the book goes unbelievable stupid. I am capable of suspending belief in a couple of events, but when it happens over and over, it just gets too stupid. Let's start with the bad guy. We get a background on him and he sounds like one real tough dude. You even admire the guy for his toughness and ability to survive the life he lead. Then this, shoot first, ask questions later type of guy starts to get pushed around by a loser, simply because he has a terminal illness and does not fear death. I guess the Ukrainians have not heard of torture, even though they have pictures. There is one scene where the Bad Ukrainian wants to prove how bad he is, so he disrobes in the middle of a restaurant and shows our hero all of his tattoos. He explains the meaning of most of the tattoos. He even drops his pants. Am sorry, but I got lots of friends who have tattoos and some of them are soft overweight marshmallows who would not hurt a fly. There are several more examples where the tougher then Russians, mafia character acts like a cute kitten. If your going to build up a bad guy, keep him in character and dazzle me with his toughness.

    One of the more improbable things is how everything just goes right for our main character. He sneaks into a crime scene after the police have given it a going over and just happens to come upon what he needs. He manages to go into a bank and steal out of a deposit box, with security standing over his shoulder. He is questioned by the police and never gives anything away, etc...

    The teenage daughter goes above and beyond stupid. I know teenagers don't make the best choices in life, but this one makes so many, that are life threating to her and her family, it stretches belief too far. The parents continue to let her do these things, cause she insists that she needs to be in on the decision making process. Yet, she makes decisions that could cost the whole family their lives on several occasions, without or against her parents warnings.

    I am one of Scott Bricks biggest critics, but I believe he did well in this and it is not his fault the story is so unbelievable.

    I need to change my slogan to, I will listen to no BORING book and no STUPID book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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