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John J. Ryan

Colorado Springs, CO | Member Since 2013

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  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1192)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "Good Story, a bit slow, good character development"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Shift Omnibus Edition?

    I liked the character development.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Story could have been more exciting. It seemed to drag in places.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Donald


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was a welcome change after torturing my way through Minnie in Wool.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5035)
    Performance
    (4252)
    Story
    (4223)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Starts strong and fizzles"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Power of Habit?

    It got really boring and forced. Half of the examples have political agenda.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Duhigg again?

    probably not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine.


    What character would you cut from The Power of Habit?

    About half of the content.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been replaced with a book half as long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1235)
    Story
    (1235)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Excellent story, Horrible reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would recommend the paper book. Minnie destroys the story with her ridiculous attempts at voices.


    What other book might you compare Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) to and why?

    The book is great. It is like Shift and Dust.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Minnie Goode’s performances?

    Never. She ruined a really good book.


    Do you think Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one. Shift.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the paper book wool and then listen to shift and dust as they are read much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (950)

    Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

    Tango says: "Meanders, then races to a satisfying conclusion"
    "Needed wrap up, better than shift, not quite wool"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Hugh can't help himself, as his writing digresses into hatred of Christian leadership. The story line isn't even lined up properly as the religion in one scene worships 'Gods' plural and in another has crosses symbolizing Christianity. He does not do logical justice in explaining the existence of this religion. The need for religion in this context is nonexistent as the silo is already the sole source of hope for the inhabitants.

    Hugh needs to review logic. It seems he couldn't help himself in displaying his own prejudice, yet lacked the skill or desire to weave this mini plot into the story properly.

    This pitiful attempt to smear one particular religion was very distracting to the story.


    What could Hugh Howey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Either remove the juvenile slam on religion or weave it into the story with more craft. It is quite sloppy and doesn't have logical credence.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Gerard was excellent in this and in Shift.


    Could you see Dust being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The three books should be combined into a movie. Wool was much better than Shift and Dust was slightly better than Shift.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read simply to end the saga. The story begins to drag in the middle of Shift and is painfully slow through Dust as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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