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Jose

You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?

Santo Andre, Brazil | Member Since 2009

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  • Radio Free Albemuth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Philip K. Dick's impassioned final novel is a wild and visionary alternate history of the United States. It is 1969, and a paranoid president has convulsed America in a vicious war against imaginary internal enemies. As the country slides into fascism, a struggling science-fiction writer named Philip K. Dick is trying to keep from becoming one of that war's casualties.

    Jose says: "A strange masterpiece"
    "A strange masterpiece"
    Overall

    I love Philip K. Dick books and the way he describes the psychology of its characters. This book is one of its latest and it refers to many of the previous (eg. Valis), but it can serve as an introduction to his world. He puts himself in the book as a scifi writer, and makes you think if the book isn't real. If all the stories he is telling are not reality. He uses this twisted trick in the Man in the Higher Castle, but this time the facts are so close to reality that can make you think. A master piece really worth listening to.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
    • Narrated By Blake Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (320)

    The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

    James says: "In my top 3 favorite Startup books"
    "Very disappointing"
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    When you have nothing good to say, you would better say nothing.
    I wish the authors had followed this advice . I will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (370)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "At least it kept me locked in..."
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    The story is set in a near future where a disease leaves people paralyzed (locked in), but the combination of neural networks, robots and technology allow this population to have an active “normal life”. With this premise the author develops a competent, unpretentious thriller. The book is agile, with relatively well-developed characters, that leads to the reader’s sympathy. It is a great work, nor it will revolutionize science fiction, but it does not disappoint. It has everything to become a successful movie or a TV series. The book could further deepen the characters, could try to discuss the limits of the human and the robot or could discuss the lives of patients stuck in their hospital beds, but it does nothing of that. The author could also write a very heavy, long and boring book, but neither does this too. In the middle term which pleased me enough to read the story to the end and it kept me wanting to know the outcome. It is the not the first book I read from John Scalzi and certainly it will not be the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (840)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Too much details, written by a fan"
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    If the goal of a biography is to create the mood of the times and the life of a person, Tesla's time and life was very boring. This is a highly detailed book, that cites many actual facts, and tries to describe all Tesla's inventions. You can have a glimpse of the style by the very long title. The author is also a clear fan of Tesla, this may prevents him from creating a certain distance from the character. After reading Mr. Isaacson's wonderful bios of Jobs and Einstein, I may be expecting too much. I think we are still lacking a good Tesla's biography, and the character deserves it. I confess I could not go though all the book, and stopped after its half. May be a missed the best part, probably not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (32)

    Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster's 15th novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when 20-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girlfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.

    David and Shoshana Cooper says: "One of Auster's Best"
    "A short long book"
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    The book starts all right, it looks like a good story of the life of a student will be told. The rhythm is good and the facts unravel in a good pace. From the middle part of the book thing get weird. The main story changes without a reason, the narrator changes with no reasonable explanation, and at the end the narrator changes again with no explanation. It ends without answering most of the questions it creates. Maybe I am not very smart, or, maybe, this book is not that good. I did not like it. Paul Auster got his chance and he lost me.The book is short (7hrs, about 200 pages) but at the end it looks like it has 500 pages. I cannot recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2846)
    Performance
    (2618)
    Story
    (2623)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "A good book, not a good end"
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    This is another book of the sucessful author of the Daemon and its sequence Freedom™. This one starts pretty well, including some new and revolutionary cientific revelations, and a clever discussion if men are capable of managing these discoveries. Unfortunatly, it falls at the end in a silly adventure. I thought there would be a second book, as the end approached without a proper resolution. I think it will be hard for the author to match their first two books. Anyway, this is a book worth reading and I definitively will read he next one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (1649)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1509)

    In BV Larson's "An Army of One" the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision.

    Sami says: "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
    "Why I do not like sequences..."
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    I really like science fiction, but it seems that there is a trend in the area of writing endless series books. I do not know a good reason why a story needs 4, 5, 7 or even 10 books to be told. If the reason is financial, I think it really a low blow. To tell a story in droplets just to earn more money.

    This book by BVLarson is good, I like his stories but I stoped at the 5th book of the Star Force series. Other good author that I avoid for the same reason are John Scalzi, Peter F. Hamilton and John Ringo.

    If I could make one suggestion: write short stories. I gues you can win even more money this way It worked for Philip Dick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2922)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2617)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Another good SciFi book..."
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    This is the the third book I read from Daniel Suarez. Despite having no connection with the previous, it follows the same idea of a world threatened by some technology. In this book the threat are autonomous drones that can take the decision to kill by themselves, without the need of a human being. The discussion of drones and war is contemporary and important. The author leaves room for a continued story and new developments in future books. I also still think Kill Decision failed to overcome the enthusiasm left by Daemon and Freedom, but it did not disappoint. I have even already put his latest book (Influx) on my reading list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2392)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1263)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "A class on good writing"
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    In this book Stephen King takes us on his method of writing a novel. He tells a little bit about his own life and the history about some of his books. A must read for Stephen King's fans, for readers in general and for those aspiring to be writers of course. I don't aspire being a writer but the reading of this book helped me on understanding the reading of novels in general and understanding storytelling. Definetly one of the best books I have listen at last year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4594)
    Performance
    (2280)
    Story
    (2307)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Nice story and nice development of characters"
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    This is another novel based on real facts created by Erik Larson. It mixes the history of Chicado exibition with the murders of the first serial killer in America. The book is good but it is not better than his other book "In the Garden of Beasts" that I read in 2012. If you like this book you should read that other one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4445)
    Performance
    (1903)
    Story
    (1923)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill Pagano says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    To summarize the book in one word: Boring. The book is not long, because it would be unbearable, but it is repetitive and has long passages without adding absolutely nothing to the reader. Even worse if you have no interest in the capital market. If this is your case, run away from this book. If you have any interest (and some knowledge) in shares and investments can still find something good in the book. The text explains, describing the action of some investors, what happened in the crash of 2008 due to the sub-prime crisis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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